[B-Greek] List of Best Greek Commentaries on NT Books

Harold Holmyard hholmyard3 at earthlink.net
Sat Oct 3 14:46:14 EDT 2009

Hi, Tim,
> Any thoughts on Lenski's Commentary on the New Testament?
I have very much appreciated his commentaries. Lenski's  is now is 
somewhat old commentary set. The release of most books in the set was 
from 1934-46, with the volume on Revelation released in 1975. Here is a 
comment about the man:

R.C.H. Lenski was trained as a pastor at the old American Lutheran 
Church seminary in Columbus, Ohio, and eventually became a professor 
there. This was at the time when the ALC was still fairly conservative 
and before it joined with the more liberal LCA and AELC to become the ELCA.

Lenski was very devout, and his commentaries are wonderfully edifying. 
But Mike was right that you have to watch what he does with grammatical 
points. It is good to use his commentary alongside another one as a 
crosscheck, for he will offer valuable thoughts that you may not get 
elsewhere but occasionally goes overboard. The Logos website offers 
these comments about his commentary set (and of course they are trying 
to sell them):

    A great work of exegesis, every page the result of long meditation,
    based on rich scholarship, warm with holy reverence for the Word of
    ---/Moody Monthly/ 

    Lenski is one of the most helpful commentators on the New Testament
    you'll find --- especially for his knowledge of the original Greek
    text. No serious exegete should neglect his insights.
    ---/The Discerning Reader/

    The treatment is exhaustive; it seems that nothing has been
    overlooked or omitted.
    ---/The Lutheran/

    My favorite New Testament commentary is that of R.C.H. Lenski. I
    smile whenever this scholar stabbed the "chiliasts" or those who
    reject infant baptism; yet I profit greatly from his sane and
    spiritually sensitive exposition. You do not have to be a Greek
    scholar to benefit from Lenski."
    ---Warren W. Wiersbe <http://www.logos.com/search/wiersbe>, /A Basic
    Library for Bible Students/

    A conservative, very extensive and generally helpful exposition
    based upon an exegesis of the Greek text. Arminian in doctrine,
    maintains a rigid approach to Greek grammar, and follows an
    amillennial interpretation of eschatology. Exceedingly helpful
    background material and abounds in good preaching values.
    ---Cyril Barber, /The Minister's Library/

    Lenski gives great analysis of verbs, historical background, and
    syntax. If you aren't sure how a particular NT Greek passage fits
    together, a half hour of study in Lenski will usually provide you
    with the answer. Besides the exegesis, there are introductions to
    each book that give helpful information on the author, date, time of
    writing, reason for writing, chief themes dealt with, and so on.
    Lenski gives you a wealth of NT knowledge. It will greatly assist
    your work in the Greek NT.
    ---Online Reviewer 

    Lenski was a genius NT exegete. Anyone who wants a deep study of the
    NT, and has some knowledge of Greek, should seriously consider
    buying his set of commentaries.
    ---Online Reviewer

    Harold Holmyard

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