BULLETIN INSERTS & OTHER RESOURCES
Luke (Interpretation series) by Fred Craddock (Westminster John Knox Press). As he did so well, the late author provides many wonderful reflections on the significance of the text for contemporary readers.
Acts (Interpretation series) by William H. Willimon (Westminster John Knox Press). This is a very accessible commentary on Acts, with many of Willimon’s valuable insights, both for those teaching and preaching and for any other thoughtful reader.
The Gospel of Luke (New Cambridge Bible Commentary series) by Amy-Jill Levine and Ben Witherington III (2018: Cambridge University Press). As the authors point out in the introduction, this is an unprecedented work: “a Jew and a Christian writing an exegetical and theological commentary together on a Gospel… Ben is a Methodist evangelical New Testament scholar; Amy-Jill is a Jewish feminist agnostic New Testament scholar.” Their very different “takes” on the gospel, along with their long-time personal friendship and the mutual respect that is evident in their approach, have much to offer to the church and the wider society in our time and place.
Conversion in Luke-Acts: Divine Action, Human Cognition, and the People of God by Joel B. Green (Baker Academic). Drawing on contemporary cognitive studies, the author illustrates the contributions that they have to make to understanding the central theme of repentance-conversion in Luke-Acts.
Prophetic Jesus, Prophetic Church: The Challenge of Luke-Acts to Contemporary Christians by Luke Timothy Johnson (Eerdmans). The author reflects on Jesus’ prophetic role and on Luke-Acts’ call for the church to continue to proclaim God’s vision for the world.
There are three new books for children that provide a wonderful treatment of some of Luke’s parables. They have been created by New Testament scholar, Amy-Jill Levine, interpreting them in such a way as to bring across the impact that they would have had for their original audience, together with the wonderful story-telling of Sandy Eisenberg Sasso, and the marvelous artwork of Margaux Meganck. All are published by Flyaway Books and are marketed through Westminster John Knox Press. Included with each title is the Luke citation and Amazon’s age recommendation.
- Who Is My Neighbor? (based on Luke 10:25-37’s parable of “The Good Samaritan”; ages 7-10)
- The Marvelous Mustard Seed (based on Luke 13:18-19’s parable of “The Mustard Seed”; ages 4-8)
- Who Counts?: 100 Sheep, 10 Coins, and 2 Sons (based on Luke 15’s parables of “The Lost Sheep,” “The Lost Coin,” and “The Prodigal and His Brother”; ages 3-8)