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Luke 9:51-24:53 (Baker Exegetical Commentary on the New Testament) Hardcover – May 1, 1996
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From the Back Cover
Luke is the most linguistically up-to-date and comprehensive evangelical commentary on the Gospel now available. For quick or detailed reference, Luke unites depth and clarity to create a tool usable by scholars and laypeople alike.
About the Author
Darrell L. Bock (PhD, University of Aberdeen) is research professor of New Testament studies at Dallas Theological Seminary. He is the author or editor of many books, including Acts in the Baker Exegetical Commentary on the New Testament series, Jesus according to Scripture, and Studying the Historical Jesus.
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Bock avoids all that stuff and goes to the meat of the issues at hand. For example, on the cross references he sometimes provides great insights as in when discussing Bethphage, one of the little towns Jesus was near when he sent his disciples to get the colt for him to ride on...that Bock points out the Aramaic meaning of Bethphage, which was 'House of unripe figs'. The cross reference in the Greek text to the pronouncement of judgment on the fig tree earlier in Luke was augmented by this information. The clear allusion then is to the judgment pronounced on the Jews for being an unripe fig tree by Jesus as he passes through 'the house of unripe figs' just before his Triumphal Entry into Jerusalem which ends up with his grief over Jerusalem's judgment for rejecting his kingship.
Bock has a lot of detail like this that I have not found as much of in most commentaries.
He also cued me in on the angaria concept without too much information so that I could see crucial points without wasting a lot of time on minutia. (Angaria was the custom of demanding citizens provide transportation...which may relate to the provision of the colt for Jesus triumphal entry).
This commentary is a wealth of very helpful information that is based on solid exegesis. His information provided also blends well with the sermon crafting process for those who are careful to use tried and true hermeneutical principles.
I have found that these two Luke commentaries (Baker Exegetical) are more helpful to me than even my NICNT on Luke...and I love that one as well.
A whole hearted recommendation here.
2009 update: This commentary still remains my top pick for Luke studies.
Each unit of the text begins with a Summary Title and Introduction of that particular unit, next Dr. Bock handles the Sources and Historicity, Exegesis and Exposition (each sub unit of text is also given a title to show that overall theme), another Summary, and finally an Additional Notes section in which Dr. Bock will handle in more detail certain verses within the text, often giving manuscript information that supports a particular reading, variant, or needed clarification of disputed words.
You will not find another commentary of LUKE that is more thoroughly covered than this book. I would recommend LUKE to anyone who takes understanding the Bible seriously. Depending on how much time you can devote to reading, LUKE will likely take you more than a week to read.
In fairness, each book has some drawbacks, but you have to be real picky to find one in this book! Personally, I prefer commentaries that spend more time in the original Greek text than LUKE covers. I realize that had Dr. Bock done that, the book would be another 2,000 pages, an unrealistic expectation. I would like to have seen more interaction with characters, places, and words/phrases that have a rich background. Typos are hard to find, no more than a few.
Dr. Bock is clearly one of the leading Evangelical scholars on LUKE. This Gospel is not the kind of book you might read and not need to consult time and time again. You wont need to read other commentaries of LUKE since Dr. Bock has already done that and often points out other scholars' viewpoints. I highly recommend LUKE. I gave this book a five-star rating primarily because there was not a sixth star.
I chose not to interact with Dr. Bock's positions and rich comments since that would realistically encompass the length of a small book itself. There are some great prices on Amazon for this book. Get it.