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Luke 3: A Commentary on the Gospel of Luke 19:28-24:53 (Hermeneia: a Critical and Historical Commentary on the Bible) (Hermeneia: A Critical & Historical Commentary on the Bible) Hardcover – November 1, 2012

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  • Series: Hermeneia: A Critical & Historical Commentary on the Bible
  • Hardcover: 492 pages
  • Publisher: Fortress Press (November 1, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 080069760X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0800697600
  • Product Dimensions: 9.8 x 8.7 x 1.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.3 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,155,597 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Francois Bovon is Frothingham Professor of the History of Religion at Harvard Divinity School. His publications have appeared in French, German, and English; his English-language books include Luke the Theologian (1985) and New Testament Traditions and Apocryphal Narratives (1995). He is also coeditor of Exegesis: Problems of Method and Exercises in Reading (1978).

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10 of 18 people found the following review helpful By Dr. Chuang Wei Ping on December 15, 2012
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One thorn in the sarx of Biblical Inerrancy is in Luke 22:44. John Nolland's commentary exemplifies the common academic view that Jesus' sweating blood was not part of the original biblical text (1993 Word, Luke Vol 3 1085). Joel B Green's 1997 NICNT 780 stresses Greek "hosei" (like) blood, not that Jesus was actually sweating blood. Joseph Fitzmeyer's 1985 Anchor Yale 1444 also appeals to "hosei" and dismisses alleged instances of haematidrosis. Darrell Bock's 1996 BECNT 1761 emphasises "hosei": "It is important to note that this is metaphorical...Luke goes out of his way to portray Jesus' humanity". I Howard Marshall 1978 NICGT adds "rhetorical expression" to "metaphor". Many commentaries like 1997 Concordia (Arthur Just) and 2008 Smyth & Helwys (Richard Vinson) use enough fudge words to render their expositions of Luke 22:43-44 useless. In 2011 Zondervan ECNT David E Garland uses the explanation of "metaphor". RSV and NRSV bibles have these verses bracketed, qualified, or relegated to footnotes. For them, biblical Infallibility is sufficient.

The 21st century ESV bible elevates Luke 22:43-44 back to unqualified biblical text. Crossway and John MacArthur ESV study bibles have extensive notes on haematidrosis. The "black beads" grading the authenticity of these verses gradually turn into red beads. Frederic Godet 1871 made a comparison with emotion making blood rise to the face. Alfred Plummer's five editions of ICC from 1890 to 1922 dictates "One thing is certain. It would be impossible to regard these verses as a product of the inventiveness of the scribes". Philip Ryken's 2009 REC commentary (Vol 2) takes "sweating blood" literally. There are authenticated cases of haematidrosis in recent medical journals, including the American Journal of Dermatology.
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