[Allen's] intellectual honesty and epistemic humility are to be commended (and emulated). . . . Allen has written an important book. Scholars of biblical children, as well as scholars of Luke, would do well to read it. . . her deep engagement with the child characters of Luke will generate new scholarly questions.
This rewarding study joins a growing body of scholarship devoted to the role of children in early Christianity and the New Testament. Students of Luke's gospel will discover a refreshing and informative reading of Luke's account here - one with great significance for the contempory church.
With her book For Theirs Is the Kingdom: Inclusion and Participation of Children in the Gospel according to Luke, Amy Lindeman Allen makes a significant contribution to the growing field of child-oriented criticism of biblical texts by offering one of the first book-length explorations of children in a single New Testament book. While written primarily for an academic readership, the book also offers insights for faith leaders who are open to including children as active and integral members of their faith communities.