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C.F. Evans' commentary on Luke's Gospel is one of the classic works of New Testament scholarship in the twentieth century. Originally published in 1990, it has been out of print for some time. C.F. Evans taught several generations of students and clergy, including people like Desmond Tutu, who have been profoundly influenced by his teaching and his personality. This re-issue has a new introduction by Michael Wolter and Robert Morgan.
"'As I read this commentary, I felt nostalgic, imagining our dear New Testament Professor,Christopher Evans, a slight figure standing before his class at King's College, London in the 1960's. He dazzled us as he read fluently in English directly from the Greek text in a tour de force of simultaneous translation. I had come from an oppressive South Africa where the pedagogy set great store by the right answers learnt almost by rote,authoritarian in the extreme. What an exhilarating breath of fresh air to sit at the feet of one who was properly authoritative as is illustrated by this magisterial commentary on 'Luke' whose republication is a fitting tribute to a great NT scholar celebrating his hundredth birthday. What a superb and lucid guide through a maze of material.'' -- Archbishop Desmond Tutu
''This very fine commentary has been out of print for far too long: it has no rivals. Christopher Evans was a master teacher who had the knack of encouraging students to think about the text for themselves. His commentary is a distillation of lectures, seminars, and deep theological reflection over a long period. It is succinct, admirably lucid, yet packed with insights only a scholar steeped in the Graeco-Roman world could offer.' -- Graham Stanton, Lady Margaret's Professor Divinity Emeritus, Cambridge
''C.F. Evans' Commentary on Luke is extraordinarily rich, reflecting a life-time's close engagement with the Gospel. The Commentary opens up not only the world of Jesus but also that of the author of the text as he sought to interpret the traditions about Jesus to his own setting. Pastors, interested lay people, and students will find challenging questions that direct them afresh to the text, while more experienced students and scholars will find more new insights and suggestions than in many a much-longer Commentary. SCM are to be congratulated on making this Commentary available again.'' -- Judith Lieu, Lady Margaret's Professor of Divinity, Cambridge
''A new edition of Professor Evans' magisterial commentary deserves to be trumpeted with the jubiliation and fanfare of a host of grateful fans and enthusiasts of the insights of this remarkable centenarian. Seldom has one scholar been able to articulate and control so much knowledge of the Lukan text, composition and style, theology and history of interpretation while at the same time imprinting his own indelible interpretation upon the whole. Every page of this extraordinary commentary oozes with erudition. SCM Press are to be congratulated for making this milestone in Lukan scholarship accessible to a new generation of learners of Luke from the mind of a true master.' -- David P. Moessner, Professor of Biblical Theology, University of Dubuque Theological Seminary and Faculty Associate, Faculty of Theology, Department of New Testament Studies, University of Pretoria
''The product of a lifetime of research, this superb commentary is packed with fresh insights into the multistranded complexities of Luke's Gospel. Evans traces Luke's authorial hand and creative theology with exquisite skill, while historical questions are treated with finely balanced judgement. Students, pastors and scholars alike will be grateful for the reissue of this wonderful resource for all interpreters of Luke.'' -- John Barclay, Lightfoot Professor of Divinity, Department of Theology and Religious Studies, University of Durham
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