2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on 24 March 2014
This is certainly a useful commentary as it deals with the text verse by verse and therefore is very thorough in its approach. I'm not a big fan of Tyndale commentaries, but there is no doubt that they manage to be readable enough (although I tend to prefer more of a narrative flow) and yet have enough to satisfy the academic with their approach to the technicalities of the text (translation etc). This is probably worth a bit more than three stars and it is readable enough. Certainly worth having on your bookshelf if you are preaching through Luke, although if you are doing Bible study I would advise you to get something a bit easier to handle like Michael Bentley's commentary in Welwyn or Wiersbe's 'Be' commentaries as he has done two in Luke.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 17 July 2014
This commentary highlights how Luke's Gospel has a particular emphasis on salvation coming to the poor. He emphasizes that Jesus was born homeless to poor parents who could only afford two doves for their sacrifice in the Jerusalem Temple. This aligns Jesus with the homeless and the unemployed, making him a friend of those who are on the margins of society. His sermon in Nazareth which begins his ministry states that the poor have the good news preached to them. For preachers reading this commentary to prepare a sermon from Luke 4 need to consider who the poor are today and what good news means to the unemployed. How exactly do the unemployed have the good news preached to them?
The commentary also expands on the conversion of Peter whilst he is fishing. He toils all night fishing and catches nothing. That is akin to an unemployed person applying for jobs every day and receiving no responses. It is disheartening, and the poor can relate directly to this text. For this reason, Leon Morris is successful in explaining how Luke's Gospel in particular is relevant to the poor because it speaks into their contemporary experiences. The text is timeless, crossing all cultural and national boundaries.
I would recommend this commentary to anyone who is leading a bible study on, or preaching from, Luke's Gospel.