I spent a lot of time with Luke-Acts the past few years, including with many of its commentators. Here are three random thoughts from recent reflection:
- Howard Marshall’s NIGTC Luke commentary from 1978 is still one of the most useful commentaries for quickly thumbing to a specific passage and finding the major issues laid out. And he did it in one volume. Of course, interaction with secondary literature is quite out of date now.
- Craig Keener’s massive four volume Acts commentary (Baker) is so large and its pace so unpredictable that navigating to a specific passage or issue takes much longer than it should, making it frustrating to use as a commentary. Part of the problem is the way its contents are presented, which I mention in an RBL review here. However, its exhaustiveness makes it indispensable. I suspect this is a commentary one may prefer to have electronically for navigation and searching.
- John Carroll’s relatively recent Luke commentary (NLT)—which I reviewed in three parts (the first here)—has grown on me, becoming one of my favourite less-technical ones due to Carroll’s knack for tracking and summarising literary and theological threads.