[B-Greek] List of Best Greek Commentaries on NT Books
hholmyard3 at earthlink.net
Sat Oct 3 14:46:14 EDT 2009
> 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
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.
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.
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.
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