Item description for Luke 1:1-9:50 (Baker Exegetical Commentary on the New Testament) by Darrell L. Bock...
Overview A fresh translation, exposition, and close exegesis, with background notes and interpretive strategies to deal with problem texts. Introductory notes and excurses.
Publishers Description In the first of two volumes on the Gospel of Luke, Darrell L. Bock leads readers through all aspects of the third Gospel--sociological, historical, and theological. Bock's two volumes on the Gospel of Luke are the inaugural volumes of the acclaimed BECNT series. As with all BECNT volumes, Luke features the author's own translation of the Greek text, detailed interaction with the original text, and a user-friendly design.
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Studio: Baker Academic
Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 9.3" Width: 6.62" Height: 2.59" Weight: 3.35 lbs.
Release Date Dec 1, 1994
Publisher Baker Academic
Series Baker Exegetical Commentary on the New Testament
ISBN 0801010535 ISBN13 9780801010538
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More About Darrell L. Bock
Darrell L. Bock (PhD, University of Aberdeen) is executive director for cultural engagement at the Hendricks Center at Dallas Theological Seminary in Dallas, Texas, where he also serves as senior research professor of New Testament studies. Benjamin I. Simpson (PhD, Dallas Theological Seminary) is assistant professor of New Testament studies and director of resource development at the Washington, DC, campus of Dallas Theological Seminary.
Reviews - What do customers think about Luke 1:1-9:50 (Baker Exegetical Commentary on the New Testament)?
One of the best Jul 20, 2007
For studying Luke, I always keep Nolland, Fitzmyer, and Bock at my side. There are other good commentaries (Marshall, Green, Ellis, Goddet, etc)--but these three are the core. Within this group, Bock is prefered above all because 1) he is VERY clear and thorough. He does a wonderful job of explaining all (or most) sides of an argument and the rational for his decision. 2) Contrary to some of the reviewers, I love the layout of the book As a preacher, it is very easy to find exactly what I need without getting too bogged down in source and historical critical issues. However, I also like the layout of the WBC for the same reason, so my opinions may not be worth much in this respect! 3) If you want to get wrapped up in source and historical critical issues, Bock will help you get there. He deals with the Seminar as well as the more moderate critics, deftly without resorting to "well the HS wrote it, that's all that maters." 4) and this may be most important of all. Unlike many NT scholars, Bock is an OT expert of the highest degree as well as a NT scholar. His knowledge of the OT is not just a way to get at the NT, but a study unto itself. He deals masterfuly with the OT allusions present thoughout Luke and with the customs of first century judaism. A note of caution, however. He is a dispensationalist. You may agree, you may not, but you need to know where he stands.
My Favorite on Luke Apr 2, 2007
I am a pastor who uses commentaries in my sermon prep. I've found that Bock's stuff on Luke, and this volume in particular, as well as it's twin, encourage me with practical and technical information that is actually useful. For example, in the passage I just did for Palm Sunday, Bock does a great job of providing many worthwhile nuggets on Luke 19:28-40-the twin volume to this one using the exact same format and approach. I found some commentators wasting lots of space on issues like 'which part of the story was really spoken by Jesus' and things like that which are completely worthless for preaching....Marshall (NIGTC), who so many rave about, gives far less practical help and spends time evaluating and defending what parts of the story are 'real' and what parts are added later...AND yet his overall coverage is about 25% of Bock's in total...so this means you get about 15% of the real meat that Bock gives you on any one passage. Bock gives much more than the NICNT also.
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. I completely agree with Marc Axelrod's review as well. Thank you Marc!
Heavy but not so weighty Nov 15, 2006
It is hard to say anything negative about Prof Bock considering that I also come from the same Conservative Evangelical family but I must overcome any empathy I may feel with prof Bock if my review is to have at least a modicum of objectivity. When I first laid hands on these massive volumes I ask the book store manager if they were selling them by the pound? These two volumes of some two thousand pages are prehaps the largest ever written on the book of Luke. But of course largest does not mean best by any stretch of the imagination and this appears to be the case here. Perusing the commentary leaves one breathless with the enormous effort that must have been expended by Prof Bock in producing the work, to say nothing of the immense knowledge that fills almost every page.
That considerable effort notwithstanding, this commentary falls short on a number of counts. I will concentrate on one of those here.
A major problem I had with these volumes is that when Prof Bock comes to each paragraph he prefaces the commentary with the heading "Sources and Historicity". Under this heading he discusses the alleged sources behind the particular paragraph under scrutiny. This discussion of sources and historicty is so pervasive that if they were taken away the book would be almost halved in page ccount. This obsession with sources dictates how Prof Bock then exgetes the text of Luke. Markan priority is assumed throughout and so discussion of Lukan redaction of Mark plays a large part in his analysis of sources along with frequent mention of Luke's special material termed "L" and the ubiquitous "Q". Does Prof Bock really believe that Luke used so many sources that they have lain dormant and hidden for two thousand years and have only now been uncovered by the machinery of Modern scholarship? Did not the ancients read this work without recourse to the investigation of alleged sources? All this concentration on sources gives the impression that Luke has not "written" his gospel at all, but has rather pieced it together from various strands of written material no longer extant, with the ever metamorphising "Q" among them, with the exception of Mark assuming its priority, and Matthhew.
Whilst the issues of historicty are extremely important for those who believe the Bible is God's word written, this sort of commentary does nothing to instill confidence in the believer that what he has is indeed God's Word. Despite all Prof Bocks efforts at determing the historicity and genuiness of particular pericopes, this commentary, sadly, leaves one with a feeling of melancholy and even of depression at how Conservatives are so unsure that the Bible is actually the word of God written. They appear to be so enmeshed in the marketplace of ideas with the desire to be recognised by their supposedly more scholarly peers that they seem to have forgotten the stone from which they were hewn.
There are good things in this commentary, there can't fail to be considering its size and the acumen and erudition of its esteemed author, but the commentary's importance has been overblown. There are many more volumes on Luke out there, intended for the same type of audience as the Baker series, that do things much better and in smaller compass.
Preaching Through Luke? This Commentary is for you. Oct 6, 2005
By far, Darrell Bock's 2-Volume set on Luke is my most often used commentary while preaching through Luke.
In this first volume, Bock unleashes 1,000 pages of exegetical work on the first 9 chapters of the Gospel of Luke.
If you haven't utilized any of the Baker Exegetical Commentaries, then you don't know what you are missing in terms of page layout, font, side-bars, etc. The editors and designers have done all they could to increase the ease of reading.
As for the content, you can trust Bock to clearly lay out various positions on issues, then state his opinion. Rarely did I find myself differing from his conclusions.
Thoughtful outlines break down text into manageable chunks, and these seem to be about right for walking across the bridge from exegesis to exposition.
Which brings me to the main point. If you need a commentary to aid you in expository preaching of the Gospel of Luke, you will not be disappointed with this volume. Save your money on 2-3 lesser-quality volumes, and invest instead in Bock.
A good complement, thats all. Feb 27, 2005
I was hoping this huge commentary would be the comprehensive commentary on Luke I've been looking for, but it's not. Bock does a good job in many ways, but he does not treat the obvious theological issues that the various texts actualize. E g today I studied Luk 22:31 where Jesus tells Peter of Satans request to "sift you like wheat". The obvious question that pops up in a readers mind is "Can Satan request such things? And why does God grant him that? And how do God and Satan relate to one another?" Unfortunately Bock does not discuss such issues, but merely skims on the surface >:-( which is very frustrating. Since I bought Bock I am often forced back to Geldenhuys older and much smaller commentary (the older NICNT series), who most often does take a shot at the real relevant issues of the text.