[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.
In this innovative study, the author draws attention to the silent and, potentially, un(der)recognized presence of children in Luke’s Gospel. The book’s overarching thesis is that children would have been present in the main loci of Jesus’s activity, from family households to places of worship and marketplaces. Accordingly, they must be included among the intended recipients of Jesus’s ministry.... These hypotheses deserve close consideration, including in light of the other canonical gospels. The book joins the growing field of childist biblical studies, a promising new approach to the text of the Bible.