Luke: Historian & Theologian, By I. Howard Marshall

Luke: Historian & Theologian

by I. Howard Marshall

Luke: Historian & Theologian
  • Length: 252 pages
  • Published: August 05, 1998
  • Imprint: IVP Academic
  • Item Code: 1513
  • ISBN: 9780830815135

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Apart from the apostle Paul, Luke is arguably the most influential force in the canon of the New Testament. His Gospel and Acts occupy almost a third of the New Testament, and together their narrative voice carries us over a span of more than sixty years, from the birth of Jesus to the imprisonment of Paul in Rome.

It is difficult to imagine our understanding of the New Testament period without Luke's writings. For this reason, the question of Luke's historical reliability has been repeatedly investigated. In this study Howard Marshall affirms Luke's trustworthiness as a historian.

But Luke is more than a historian. He is also a theologian who finds his interpretive key in the great theme of salvation. Marshall provides us with a lucid guide to Luke's theology of salvation as it is unfurled in Gospel narrative, but always with a eye on its ongoing development in the companion work, the Acts of the Apostles. A postscript assesses the course of Lukan studies during the decade of 1979-1988.


I. The Modern Approach to Luke-Acts
II. History or Theology?
III. Luke as a Historian
IV. The Theology of Salvation
V. God My Saviour
VI. To Save the Lost
VII. The Word of this Salvation
VIII. What Must I do to be Saved?
IX. Luke the Evangelist
X. Postscript: Lucan Studies Since 1979

Index of Subjects

Index of Authors

Index of References


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I. Howard Marshall

I. Howard Marshall (1934-2015) was a world-renowned New Testament scholar and the author or editor of at least thirty-eight books and more than 120 essays and articles. He taught New Testament at the University of Aberdeen for thirty-five years and was a professor emeritus for sixteen years. Among his numerous publications on the New Testament are his commentaries on the Gospel of Luke, Acts, 1-2 Thessalonians, the Pastoral Epistles, and 1 Peter and 1-3 John. He is coauthor of Exploring the New Testament: A Guide to the Letters and Revelation and coeditor of the New International Greek Testament Commentary series, as well as the author of the series' volume on Luke. He has also authored New Testament Theology: Many Witnesses, One Gospel. Marshall was an evangelical Methodist who was born and lived most of his life in Scotland. He received a PhD from the University of Aberdeen and a DD from Asbury Theological Seminary.

See IVP's Remember Ian Howard Marshall memorial page.

Read the Gospel Coalition's tribute to Marshall's life and career.