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Luke (Interpretation, a Bible Commentary for Teaching and Preaching) [Hardcover]

By Fred B. Craddock (Author)
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Item description for Luke (Interpretation, a Bible Commentary for Teaching and Preaching) by Fred B. Craddock...

Overview
In this new volume in the Interpretation series, master preacher Fred Craddock opens Luke's gospel to other preachers and teachers. Using Luke's own prologue as a guiding outline, Craddock pays special attention to the sequence of Luke's ''orderly account,'' particularly bringing out the continuities between Jesus and his heritage in Judaism and the church after him.

Publishers Description

Using Luke's own prologue as the guideline for his commentary, Fred B. Craddock calls attention to the continuities between Jesus and his heritage in Judaism and the church after him. Like Luke, Craddock assumes the reader is not only a believer but also a leader in the community of faith.

Interpretation: A Bible Commentary for Teaching and Preaching is a distinctive resource for those who interpret the Bible in the church. Planned and written specifically for teaching and preaching needs, this critically acclaimed biblical commentary is a major contribution to scholarship and ministry.

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Luke (Interpretation, a Bible Commentary for Teaching and Preaching) by Fred B. Craddock has been reviewed by professional book reviewers and journalists at the following establishments -

  • Library Journal - 10/01/1990


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Studio: Westminster John Knox Press
Pages   298
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 9.55" Width: 6.03" Height: 1.2"
Weight:   1.35 lbs.
Binding  Hardcover
Release Date   Jan 1, 1991
Publisher   PRESBYTERIAN PUBLISHING #86
Edition  New  
Series  Interpretation Commentary  
ISBN  0804231230  
ISBN13  9780804231237  


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Register your artisan biography and upload your photo! Fred B. Craddock is Bandy Distinguished professor of Preaching and NT Wmeritus at Emory University John H. Hayes is Professor of Old Testament at Candler School of Theology, Emory University, Atlanta, Georgia. Carl R. Holladay teaches at Candler School of Theology at Emory University, Atlanta, and is a renowned scholar in Hebrew Bible and New Testament studies. Gene M. Tucker teaches at Candler School of Theology at Emory University, Atlanta, and is a renowned scholar in Hebrew Bible and New Testament studies.

Fred B. Craddock currently resides in the state of Georgia. Fred B. Craddock was born in 1941.

Fred B. Craddock has published or released items in the following series...
  1. Interpretation: A Bible Commentary for Teaching & Preaching
  2. New Interpreter's Bible


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Surely not "dry as dust, boring, mundane or unfulfilling"   Aug 22, 2006
My retort to a review from Pastor who stopped reading Part Two, I find six sermon potentials in Part two of "The Ministry Of Jesus in Galilee!" Stories of Elijah & Elisha restoring life to young men make use of those daring comments: "A great prophet has arisen among us!" and "God has visited his people," in the person of Jesus on p.97.

Using these stories was a boost for sermons to prison inmates on the evenings before and after Death-Row Executions of the GD&CC or The GA Diagnostic Center for two years of 1991-1993.

Also the Section of Luke 9:28-36, pp. 133-135.."as brief as it is" includes references to Ex. 24:12-18, Mark 9:2 & Ex 34:29-35. These describe reflections upon the Epiphany stories of the Transfiguration in the Gospels as related to the O.T. accounts of "the face of Moses shone" much like Jesus, as seen praying by the disciples! What appropriate illustrations to LUKE'S accounts of "the Transfiguration, the Baptism and the prayer-life of Jesus."

Another outstanding example of Dr. Craddock's expertise comes in Part Four "The Journey To JERUSAMEM." In Luke 14:1-24 he gathers four disparate units of material by means of the context of a meal. These four stories do not depend on each other for meaning but it is important that they all occur "at table." Thus, "Table Talk was not only a fairly common literary device for gathering and disseminating discussions on a range of topics...provide the occasions for teachers to impart their wisdom."

All of these comes from that Professor of New Testament and Preaching from EMORY UNIVERSITY, "one of the more liberal Seminaries." Joyfully from Retired Chap. Fred W Hood
 
True to Series Title  Jan 21, 2006
Along with Green's commentary, Craddock, a master at preaching, makes available to pastors a tool for getting to the heart of Luke's message. While I may not always agree with Craddock's understanding of a text, more often than not he is right on.
 
Short, but great insights  Dec 18, 2005
I was surprised by this commentary. I don't like the Interpretation series generally-for its liberal tendencies-but this volumne is quite good. Craddock's interpretations are very illuminating. The commentary is short, but very thought-provoking.
 
disappointing  Nov 30, 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.
 
Craddock makes Luke accessible.  Aug 21, 2000
It is always hard to write a commentary about a gospel. The stories we have heard in our youth leave us with one perspective, and the insecurities we have as adults (who cannot read Greek, Hebrew & Aramaic) many times keep us from developing another. But, Craddock makes Luke an accessible gospel despite the fact so many of the stories recorded in this gospel are so difficult to understand. For example, his breakdown of the influential 10th chapter helps provide the reader with a framework to discern how Jesus' misson to his followers was really an effort to help people come to realize that point where earthly knowledge must give way to faith. He does so by providing a context in which the various stories are written, and a suggestion as to why they are written. The Bible can be a difficult book to study for ministers, much less for laymen. But, Craddock opens a door that makes the stories in Luke so much more alive, and therefore, so much more meaningful, for the student. While it is a commentary for preachers and teachers, it is really a framework for anyone who wishes to learn more.
 

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