Luke 1 (Hermeneia) by Bovon

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This commentary is one where I’ve heard so many tidbits of praise that I have long wanted to see what all the hoopla was about. With this review I’ve had my opportunity to look over this commentary from the Hermeneia series that I’ve had little interaction with. Since the series is geared more to scholars while my needs are that of a pastor, perhaps that was to be expected. Having now looked at this first volume of the three-volume set, I’m ready to admit that it is as special as its press clippings say.

Even though I have some caveats to my glowing review, I’m so glad to have it at my disposal. I must confess that the Introduction is rather brief, and misses what most introductions of an exegetical commentary discuss. That reason, I’ve heard, is because Bovon has written a full volume on introductory matters of Luke’s Gospel and feels no need of repetition. Further, I have no sympathy with his conclusions about sources, dating, or the historical integrity of what Luke’s Gospel says. Why with such caveats do I offer such a high ranking?

He is savvy with exegetical or philological insights. Even better, his theological help is profound. In the passages I reviewed, after I read past matters I couldn’t agree with, I’d find sparkling nuggets that enabled whole new lines of thought. I don’t know about you, but that’s what I’m looking for in a commentary. He’d often pull in incredibly interesting references from other parts of Scripture. I find that kind of help stimulating.

Aimed at scholars or not, I still recommend this book as a fine resource for pastors!

I received this book free from the publisher. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255.

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