Luke (TNTC) by Nicholas Perrin

Here is another fine commentary in the widely-used Tyndale New Testament Commentary (TNTC). Before I describe this quality work, I must pause for a moment as my favorite volume of the series before this round of revision, Leon Morris’ Luke, passes from the series. For me, Perrin isn’t a replacement, but a happy addition. Morris AND Perrin will be on my shelves together for the duration.

Now for Perrin. He continues holding to conservative conclusions throughout, so he is trustworthy. He has his own specialties too. Along the way, he has written on the Kingdom of God and I see that knowledge adding sparkle to this commentary at several junctures. He, too, fully understands the design of this series and seemed comfortable in it. The book is near 500 pages, but as he points out at the beginning, Luke is the longest book in the New Testament. More pages were naturally needed, but the depth matches what we are used to in the series.

Also typical for the series, the Introduction is 12 pages. Everything is covered briefly but clear conclusions that will impact the commentary are there. I love how he is agnostic about sources. I’m kind of atheistic about them myself, but that’s a good way to stay out of the ditch in a commentary. Perhaps theological concerns and structure should have been longer in the Introduction, but I’m picking at him now.

The commentary proper is of real value. I read his commentary on Luke 1 and 2 early on Christmas morning and I enjoyed it so much that I may now be too emotionally connected to this book to give unbiased review. Still, I’m pretty sure it’s really good. You will have to cite real proof to convince me otherwise. Until you do, I’ll rate this one highly recommended.

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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