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on 7 June 2002
Tom Wright is to be congratulated on making up to date scholarship on Luke's gospel not only easily accessible, but a source of inspiration and worship.
Wright begins each section of the book with a fresh translation of a few verses followed by a detailed commentary, usually beginning with a helpful illustration.
Each section takes about ten minutes to read. The book therefore lends itself to daily devotional reading
Within our Church congregation the book is being enjoyed by someone who has two M.A. degrees in theology, as well as some who have become Christians within the last few months.
Recommended for everyone who wants to take a fresh look at Luke's gospel.
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on 28 March 2017
Tom Wright lights the gospel of Luke up with parallels and observations from everyday life, as well as offering nuggets of literary and historical knowledge about how to read the gospel as Luke wants us to. In terms of why you would turn to a commentary in the first place, this gem of a book offers everything you need to begin understanding the life, work, death, resurrection and significance of Jesus as recorded by Luke.

It is light enough to read through out of interest, and useful enough to use it in small groups. Youth talk writers and church pastors can also get a heads up about what Luke is doing in a particular passage. There is always some fascinating or unnoticed detail that Wright can explain and out of which bring something spiritually nourishing for the inquistive Christian reader. His lucid translation of the NT texts nearly have a pulse, and are lucid and organic enough for a teens' Bible study, and accurate enough for academics and serious bible students to enjoy. Luke, as a historian and brainbox, would love Wright's language and passion for following Jesus, as Luke after all was writing for 'everyone' in his day too.

So read Luke. And then read it again. And then read Wright's commentary, as it would be a shame to waste the St Andrews scholar's unrivaled historical knowledge of the 1st century biblical times, and leave unconsidered Wright's use of modern parables, metaphors and stories to explain the good news of what Jesus taught, did, and does in the lives of his children. Insightful and inspiring reading, for everyone.
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on 25 April 2009
This is such a useful series! Tom Wright has been described as the world's leading New Testament expert. Some of what he writes (using the name NT Wright) is technical stuff for academics and theology students but this series is quite different - its specifically written for everyone. And it delivers in a number of different ways:

Tom Wright is really clear and easy to follow - no technical theological language which can be off-putting for the lay reader. He is a good writer!

It does though reflect and draw on his expertise. As Wright puts it in his introduction: "Of course, it matters that some people give time and care to the historical evidence, the meaning of the original words (the early Christians wrote in Greek) and the exact and particular force of what different writers were saying about God, Jesus, the world and themselves. This series is based quite closely on that sort of work. But the point of it all is that the message can get out to everyone, especially to people who wouldn't normally read a book with footnotes and Greek words in it. That's the sort of person for whom these books are written."

I found the books full of insights and stories which help to help you find things you might otherwise have missed in the text, or which present things a slightly different way. So its a very helpful series for the lay Christian who wants to hear the word of God speaking afresh.

The layout, structure and presentation are excellent too. The books are paperback sized but printed on good paper with a decent font. Each section is about four pages long and generally there are 2, 3 or 4 sections for each New Testament chapter. So if, like me, you like to read some of the Bible everyday for between 10 and 30 minutes - this is very useful companion.
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on 12 March 2014
This is not a verse-by-verse exposition, but gives very good insight into each passage of Luke. The author especially follows the theme of Jesus's teaching as he moves towards Jerusalem for the end. I find it useful to read alongside Mathew Henry's Commentary for each passage, as this does look at each verse. Tom Wright has also written companion Bile Study guiodes, and I intend to study these at some stage.
So far I have used the same author's 'for Everyone' guides for Mark, John and Matthew, and I have certainly learned a lot; the author has a gift for allowing one to see passages with fresh eyes.. I intend to use the same guides for the epistles next.
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on 27 June 2016
Another great book by NT Wright. The chapters on 2 Cor 10, 11 and 12 are absolutely brilliant and life changing!. For the first time I saw the words of Jesus in 2 Cor 12:9 ''My grace is enough for you; my power comes to perfection in weakness'' in a larger context and it was a true revelation for me.
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on 8 May 2013
This is a well researched and easy to follow book on 2 Corinthians. This book tends to be generally an overlooked and neglected part of the New Testament. I read this as a follow up to 1 Corinthians and by the time I had finished both I felt as if I had really got under the skin of Paul's rocky relationship with his beloved but difficult church in Corinth. There is so much to learn here about church relationships, problems and joys which are very relevant to the church today and not only two thousand years ago. This is not just an abstract theological work. You can sympathise with Paul's love for his church and admire his sensitivity and wisdom in handling its ups and owns. We could do with more of that love and wisdom today.
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on 21 April 2014
True to form, this is an excellent study of Mark's Gospel, written in a convincing and very accessible style. Tom Wright has broken down the study into easily digestible chapters and in each one he provides relevant and colourful examples and every day illustrations. Better still, he concludes each chapter with a penetrating challenge or question. A very helpful and informative read.
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on 16 June 2011
Tom Wright is a powerful communicator. In his view, Mark's Gospel is presented as breathlessly urgent, colourful, challenging, sometimes humorous and utterly relevant to life today in all it's complexities. He makes some of Christ's more difficult teachings relatively easy to understand, whilst leaving us room to think for ourselves and reflect on the personal meaning of what we have read.

My only wish is that Wright could have given us more on the issues that many who are new to the Bible struggle with - the resurrection, exorcism, the nature of sin, repentance. He seems to approach some of these issues at a tangent without always tackling them head-on. As a result, I was often excited by his insights, but sometimes puzzled by exactly what it was I was excited about!

But overall, engaging and beautifully written.
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on 28 December 2013
This is a great Bible Study on Mark, presented by Tom Wright in my opinion, one of the great Biblical Scholars of our time.

Having used William Barclay's Bible commentaries in the past, I can safely say that this commentary on Mark's Gospel is both interesting and insightful.

I would thoroughly recommend Tom Wright's - Everyone commentaries, to anyone who wants a deeper meaningful understanding of the Bible.
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VINE VOICEon 10 September 2013
I have read most of Tom Wright's "For Everyone" series of biblical commentaries and they are all pretty good. This one is written in the same style as all of the others and it is engaging enough. However I didn't find 2 Corinthians to be as interesting as most of the other Pauline epistles and the subject material didn't particularly stimulate my interest.
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