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on February 20, 2013
As a preacher and teacher, I don't think I could do my job without the INTERPRETATION series. They are comprehensive, informative, and on the level of the average person - not of a scholar or grad student. Plus, anything written by Fred Craddock is a beautiful thing to have in your personal library. If you've ever heard him preach you know that anything he writes is coming from the pen of a master story teller.
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on September 3, 2016
great resource- about the best there is
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on February 11, 2017
MY OLD PROFESSOR WHO CONTINUES TO HAVE LIFE LONG IMPACT ON MY MINISTRY. HIGHLY RECOMMEND
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on November 6, 2014
I'm just beginning to read & study this in my class which meets twice.
Our teacher highly recommends this & the series.
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on April 21, 2015
Not sure I agree with basic view of the Bible.
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on August 1, 2015
Great interpretation
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on January 13, 2017
Book is clean with no markings.
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on January 17, 2010
Part of the Interpretation Series of Bible commentaries, Craddock is well written and covers essentials of the gospel. He suggestes that Luke's narrative presentation of Jesus' life has echoes from the Old Testament and foreshadows Luke's continung narrative in Acts. There are not the exegetical foot notes found is some more comprehensive commentaries, making it, perhaps, more suitable for the lay teacher.
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on November 29, 2005
The Interpretation series is a real mixed bag. There are volumes like Willimon on Acts -- not what you'd want for your ONLY commentary on that book, but an ideal 2nd or 3rd one (original, well illustrated, theologically interesting, etc.) Then there are volumes like Craddock's.

I expected alot from this commentary. Craddock is a professor of both homiletics and NT at Emory, one of the leading liberal seminaries in America. He has a long-standing reputation as one of the premier preachers of his generation. And yet, there was nothing worthwhile I could locate in this book. (At least not in the first few chapters -- I gave up after Luke 2).

The problems as I see them:

1. Generally way too brief.

2. Highly idiosyncratic in what he chooses to focus on. For example, on the annuciation to Mary (Luke 1:26f.) Craddock devotes just two pages and wastes most of it digressing on ancient near east views on angels.

3. shockingly, almost no practical application.

4. Spills too much ink exploring highly speculative (and sometimes dated) critical issues that would seem to have very little use for preaching (even if they WERE true). For example, in Zechariah's song at the end of Luke 1, Craddock spends one of the three short paragraphs wondering if this might have originally been a hymn of John the Baptist's followers, with an new ending added by Christians to reshape it.

5. Dry as dust, with an artless use of English (again shocking for one with a reputation for eloquence).

I could go on. For a decent, theologically aware homiletical commentary try R. Kent Hughes' 2 vol. work (1998). The volume in the Bible Speaks Today series (BST) is also better. If you want something theologically creative (if sometimes wrong) and practically oriented, while academically solid, try NT (Tom) Wright instead. That volume is what this Interpretation series entry OUGHT to be.
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