Dec 31, 2010

What Is “the Law and the Prophets” in Luke 16:16?

Yesterday I posted a survey of the treatments of Luke 16:16–18 in some major commentaries. Now I thought I would share with you some of the positions held by the commentators concerning the identification of “the law and the prophets” in Luke 16:16. Here is a table with some results.

The identification of “the law and the prophets”
Old Testament preaching
Joseph Fitzmyer, The Gospel According to Luke 10–24: A New Translation with Introduction and Commentary, AB (1985), 1116
The period of time marked by the law and the prophets or the Old Testament period or age
I. Howard Marshall, The Gospel of Luke: A Commentary on the Greek Text, NIGTC (1978), 628
Alfred Plummer, A Critical and Exegetical Commentary on the Gospel According to St. Luke, ICC (1901), 389
Norval Geldenhuys, The Gospel of Luke, NICNT (1977), 420
Robert H. Stein, Luke. NAC (1992), 418.
Darrell Bock, Luke 9:51–24:53, BECNT (1996), 1351, 54.
The Old Testament
William Hendriksen, The Gospel According to Luke, NTC (1978), 774.
C. F. Evans, Saint Luke (1990), 607.
Craig Evans, Luke, NIBC (1990), 246.
John Nolland, Luke 9:21–18:34, WBC (1993), 821.
C. Marvin Pate, Luke. Moody Gospel Commentary (1995), 316
Joel Green, The Gospel of Luke, NICNT (1997), 603.
The testimony of the Scriptures
Luke Timothy Johnson, The Gospel of Luke, Sacra Pagina (1991), 250. Probably should be included in the OT category.

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