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Education Southern Baptist Theological Seminary
Strauss, Mark L.; Walton, John H. eds. Luke. TTCS. Baker Books, 2013.
R.T. France is always worth reading when it comes to commentaries, as he has time and time again shown his strong exegetical work in his NICNT on Matthew and his NIGNT commentary on Mark. This commentary is a little different, as while it still focuses on exegesis, France does less work in the original languages than his prior two commentaries. This makes the commentary more accessible to those who don't have rudimentary knowledge of Koine Greek. Nonetheless, it still maintains the quality of France's consistently strong exegetical work. The commentary does the work to talk about what someone could teach on from the text, and what some of the points of application are. Overall, this is a great commentary that is worth utilizing for bible study, preaching, and personal study.
1 Peter. TNTC. InterVarsity Press, 1988.
I am sad that Grudem has not produced more commentaries. I was very impressed the amount he was able to pack into this very small commentary. This book has done so much in helping better understand some of the exegetical issues in book, especially around the end of Chapter 3. Overall, a great commentary that needs to be on everyone's shelf, along with Schriener and Clowney.
John. CCC. Crossway, 1994.
I think too many people run away from the commentators of old. In the case of this commentary, I think it furthers the case. Calvin's interaction with the scripture still is not matched by many evangelicals today. He faithfully goes back to the text and shows us again and again why numerous scholars call him "the father of exposition and exegesis." Furthermore, his work is a classic for historical theological reasons as well. If you want to see some of the fault line issues debated between the Protestants and Catholics (especially revolving around Transubstantiation and John 6). Overall, Calvin is a person who should always be consulted when doing exegesis.
Luke. REC. P&R Publishing, 2009.
I am very much impressed by Ryken's commentary. It is much more a devotional commentary, one that will help bring clarity to each preaching unit you study. It also is very good for Bible Study Groups and for getting a great overview understanding of the text with some great exegetical gems. Plus, it is thoroughly evangelical (as in David Bebbington defined evangelical) and Reformed in its thinking.
The Epistle to the Romans. NICNT. Eerdmans, 1996.
Absolutely fabulous commentary; this one is the gold standard when it comes to being faith to the text, defending sound orthodoxy and being pastoral all at the same time. Still not quite sure if I agree with his interpretation of Romans 7 (still wrestling with it), but the commentary is worth having regardless if you agree or not. This is a commentary I will go back to for years
Arnold, Clinton E. ed. Galatians. ZECNT. Zondervan, 2010.
Amidst all the new commentaries that have come out recently, this is the one that I have been oozing over. Schrenier is a great New testament Theologian, so I expected much. Well, he delivered. Schriener does a magnificent job with this commentary. It's exegetically faithful, works with the Greek while still being understandable by the layman and is very pastoral. Furthermore, Schriener holds to the original protestant position of justification. In short, buy this commentary now.
Thessalonians, the Pastorals, and Hebrews. HK. Baker Books, 1996.
I am thoroughly impressed with the work of both Kistemaker and Hendriksen. Both have an utter devotional quality devoid of some of the newer technical commentaries. However, they are more than willing to take excursions and work on a technical level. Hendriksen's work on the Pastoral's was especially helpful. `The first thirty pages on 1 Timothy was dedicated to defending Pauline authorship; advancing arguments based on the church fathers to citing "new word studies" to defending that the epistle overflows with Pauline theology. Hendriksen's defense is far from dated and is a wonderful starting block for defending Pauline authorship. His exegesis is very faithful, diving into the Greek when necessary but not choking you out with it. At times he even works over every single word in the sentence. Sometimes it can be a little overbearing, but other times it is explosive and can bring you to tears (see his work on 1 Tim. 1:15, absolutely amazing). Finally, the doctrinal content is on the dot. Thoroughly evangelical, wonderfully cross-centered and solidly reformed, this book reaches out to sinners to present an exalted God who loves sinners and sent his son into the world to save them (1 Timothy 1:15). Overall, this commentary will probably stay at one of my top two for the pastorals. It has been wonderful help to my study and teaching of 1 Timothy and the other pastorals.