I just finished reading what is for me, the second book in a series I hope to complete over the rest of the year. Luke: The Gospel of Amazement by Michael Card is part of the Biblical Imagination series. Since I’ve already devoted some space to it after I read and reviewed Mark: The Gospel of Passion — click here to read — I won’t go into great detail, since the format of all four books in the series is the same.
In this volume, Card points out certain recurring themes in Luke that aren’t present (or as noticeable) in the other gospels including the attention to detail and the observations on the role of women in the narrative, and we also come to understand how it is that Luke got the information that is unique to his story.
I wasn’t really taking notes on this one, but one takeaway — which applies to the whole series — is that the speculative, imagination-based things Card points out are not things being extrapolated without other Biblical support, but rather, the text bids us or begs us to make certain connections.
Honestly, completing the book only makes me want to read more Luke commentaries. There is so much going on in these gospels that we miss completely.
To my friends at InterVarsity / IVP Books in Illinois: I had to buy this one. Next one is your turn, okay?