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Luke 1:1-9:50 (Baker Exegetical Commentary on the New Testament) Hardcover – December 1, 1994
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--Craig L. Blomberg, Denver Seminary
"The clear and unanimous leader in the field [of Luke commentaries] is this 2,100-page two-volume set by Darrell Bock. It receives accolades for being thorough but not dense, for being conservative, and for having plenty of theological discussion that makes it especially useful for sermon preparation."
--Tim Challies, challies.com
"Bock provides a well informed, conservative treatment of Luke's Gospel that is particularly attentive to its language and use of biblical idioms. The discussion of the individual pericopes . . . is readable, alerts the reader to the principal issues involved in the interpretation of any given passage, and dialogues with a representative selection of the main secondary literature on disputed points."
--Christopher R. Matthews, Journal of Biblical Literature
"This excellent commentary on the Lucan Gospel is massive but well written, informative, and judicious. It should be a boon for pastors, priests, seminarians, and all educated general readers interested in the interpretation of the Gospels."
--Joseph A. Fitzmyer, SJ, Catholic University of America
- Publisher : Baker Academic; 1St Edition (December 1, 1994)
- Language : English
- Hardcover : 1008 pages
- ISBN-10 : 0801010535
- ISBN-13 : 978-0801010538
- Item Weight : 3.25 pounds
- Dimensions : 6.62 x 2.59 x 9.3 inches
- Best Sellers Rank: #339,158 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Not only is there a wealth of information about the text, but Bock also includes information about the historical evidence of different sections. Passages are grouped together into relevant sections and if all you want is a quick overview of that section, Bock presents an overview at the beginning and also a summary at the end. However, he also takes each verse in turn and examines the context, meaning, and significance of it. Many times devoting more than a page per verse. Though very thorough, Bock's work is very easy to read and is engaging. I enjoy the fact that even though, Bock clearly presents his opinion of the meaning of a verse, he also sites alternate views held by other scholars.
This book is both scholarly in its material, and practical in is accessibility and readability. I cannot yet speak of the other commentaries in the Baker series, but if they are like this one, I plan on using them primarily in my study and research of the Bible.
If you are serious about your study of the Gospel of Luke, then you cannot afford to not read this book.
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 the NICNT on Luke...and I love that one as well.
A whole hearted recommendation here. I completely agree with Marc Axelrod's review as well. Thank you Marc!
It has great insights to the scripture, but you have to wade through a lot of technical issues.
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Not every commentary I own has been helpful. Some (including those from well-known series) lack the depth and detail I am looking for - they don't telling me things I didn't know. Others seem written for a narrow audience of academics in language which is unnecessarily technical. C S Lewis once said "I have come to the conviction that if you cannot translate your thoughts into uneducated language, then your thoughts are confused. Power to translate is the test of having really understood one’s own meaning." Sadly some writers fail Lewis' test.
But I do not regret buying Darrell Bock's commentary on Luke 1 - 9:50. There is a considerable depth and substance here and yet Bock communicates clearly. Reading him doesn't feel like a slog. Now I just need to save up for the second volume!
Book arrived well packed and on time .