Kent S. Brown. Provo, Ut: Maxwell Institute for Religious Scholorship, Brigham Young University, 2015. Hardbound, 6.25×9.25″, 1232 pages.
Enthroned above all creation towers the exalted, glorified Christ. Descending into the darknest recesses of human agony and sin reaches the warm, caring Jesus. These two are the same person. Luke’s testimony introduces us to this man become God-God the Son. He comes into our world already bearing a divine nature, already carrying divine qualities. His birth is a miracle; he is “Christ the Lord” (Luke 2:11)
The most distinguishing element of this line-by-line, word-by-word commentary is its use of Latter-day Saint scriptures-the Book of Mormon, the Doctrine and Covenants, and the Pearl of Great Price-to illuminate Luke’s Gospel. For example, important LDS doctrines arise from Jesus’ activity in the spirit world immediately after his death.
More than all other Gospel accounts, Luke captures the compassion and love of the Savior. Such sweet concern manifests itself particularly for the downtrodden and those forced to the margins of society. Within his text, Luke discloses the deep, divine love that runs through his narrative of the Christ.