Commentaries on Luke

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  1. Eoghan

    Eoghan Puritan Board Senior

    Coming to the end of a study in Psalms and looking to gather commentaries for a possible study in Luke. Probably starting in the next fortnight.

    Which commentaries would you recommend? On a budget so I will be looking for second hand (EBAY, Amazon, ICM books direct and Abe)
     
  2. Von

    Von Puritan Board Freshman

  3. Jack K

    Jack K Puritan Board Professor

    I use Darrell Bock, Phil Ryken, and Leon Morris. Bock isn't Reformed, but it hardly matters in his treatment of Luke. His work is always helpful. Ryken is based on a sermon series and reads like sermons. They are good sermons, also helpful, though whatever technical work he did remains largely hidden as it would in a sermon. Morris is much shorter than the other two and probably available for much less money. He doesn't go into a lot of detail but is a solid starting place, and Morris is a great guy to read, period.
     
  4. ADKing

    ADKing Puritan Board Junior

  5. Ed Walsh

    Ed Walsh Puritan Board Junior

    I have over 40 commentaries and books on Luke. (I've been teaching from Luke for a while :) No, offense Jack, but I think Ryken talks too much and goes to far-a-field.

    My favorite and first place I goto is:
    Interpretation of St.Luke's Gospel 1-11 - tinyurl.com/yxez8823
    Interpretation of St.Luke's Gospel 12-24 - tinyurl.com/y39w444t
    by R. C. H Lenski (Author)

    How's this for a deal. Since you are on a budget, I will order Luke TODAY and send them to you if you are interested. Let me know by PM, and if you want them, send me your mailing address.

    I will look for the one-volume hardcover edition first, but as a backup, I will send the two-volume paperback edition from whoever promises to ship the fastest.

    Richard Lenski is a Lutheran, so there are some commentaries of his I might not recommend. But he nails the Gospels and Acts.

    Ed
     
  6. Romans922

    Romans922 Puritan Board Professor

    Best is JC Ryle
     
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  7. Eoghan

    Eoghan Puritan Board Senior

  8. KMK

    KMK Administrator Staff Member

    I second Ryken if you are looking for excellent practical theology.
     
  9. Brian R.

    Brian R. Puritan Board Freshman

    I third Ryken. It was very good. Only drawback is that he uses the ESV. (Sorry, had to say it.)
     
  10. Eoghan

    Eoghan Puritan Board Senior

    The Ryken I am thinking of (Leland Ryken) is pretty sound and was a contributor to the ESV. Fascinated by his insights into translation - Oh and he now has "THE" wardrobe that belonged to C S Lewis!o_O

    His book A Literary Introduction To The Bible is one I frequently go back to.
     
  11. Dachaser

    Dachaser Puritan Board Doctor

    Dr Bock commentary on Luke highly regarded, and Dr Morris books always good to read, as learned a lot from his work on Romans.
     
  12. Ed Walsh

    Ed Walsh Puritan Board Junior

    I was quoting Jack who mentioned Philip Ryken. While I am sure is sound, I just don't enjoy his style, but I still refer to him when preparing to teach. But Lenski on the Gospels I read, and sometimes re-read cover to cover.
     
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  13. Santos

    Santos Puritan Board Freshman

    Whichever you chose try thriftbooks.com. I have found some pretty good books at a great price. For example I got Louis Berkhoffs Systematic Theology in hard back with dust cover for around $4. Plus they have free shipping on orders over $10.
     
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  14. C. M. Sheffield

    C. M. Sheffield Puritan Board Junior

    I am nearing the end of my sermon series through Luke. I always read Calvin, Henry, and Gill. With others, I would strongly recommend J. C. Ryle. On Luke, his observations are pointed and searching and his critical comments in the printed edition (which I think no Christian home should be without!) are very helpful. In terms of modern commentaries on Luke, I would recommend William Hendriksen. But you will have to buy it used since (much to my displeasure) his New Testament Commentary is no longer in print.
     
  15. Von

    Von Puritan Board Freshman

    Which ones would you recommend?
     
  16. Eoghan

    Eoghan Puritan Board Senior

    If I am driving down to Inverness it's a 2 -3 hour drive, usually on my own, so I listen to sci-fi stories from Librivox, Judge Dredd recordings on CD, etc... Last drive I listened to a half dozen sermons by Charles Bonadies on Psalm 23.

    https://librivox.org/deathworld-version-2-by-harry-harrison/

    or just try an anthology, skip the bad uns and listen to the good ones.
     
  17. KMK

    KMK Administrator Staff Member

    Is it out of print as a set? Or each individual volume?
     
  18. C. M. Sheffield

    C. M. Sheffield Puritan Board Junior

    To my knowledge, they are out of print entirely.
     
  19. greenbaggins

    greenbaggins Administrator Staff Member

    Ryken, Sproul, Bock, Garland, Edwards, Ryle, and Stein are my recommendations.
     
  20. Dachaser

    Dachaser Puritan Board Doctor

    Dr Bock also did a Theology of Luke I believe.
     
  21. bookslover

    bookslover Puritan Board Doctor

    That would be a feature, not a bug. (Sorry, had to say it.) Heh.
     
  22. bookslover

    bookslover Puritan Board Doctor

    Finally! Someone remembered William Hendrickson's 1981 commentary. I'm surprised his name hasn't turned up until now.
     
  23. bookslover

    bookslover Puritan Board Doctor

    Recently, a friend of mine who is downsizing his library (he's 75) gave me his entire William Hendrickson/Simon J. Kistemaker set - except for the volume on Revelation, which I acquired through Mr. Amazon.
     
  24. C. M. Sheffield

    C. M. Sheffield Puritan Board Junior

    What a blessing!
     
  25. bookslover

    bookslover Puritan Board Doctor

    It really is, Christopher. I'm working my way through the volume on 1 Corinthians now.
     
  26. Eoghan

    Eoghan Puritan Board Senior

    If that is R. C. Sproul - there is a sermon series on Luke available - sadly it is 103 sermons but probably worth the effort
     
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