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Luke 1:1 Commentary - Whedon's Commentary on the Old and New Testaments

§ 1. LUKE’S PREFACE, Luk 1:1-4 .

1. Forasmuch Luke here informs us that the many attempts made to reduce the oral and documentary gospel matter to form had induced him to furnish a complete, orderly, and reliable Gospel.

Many The history of the doings and sayings of Jesus would necessarily constitute a main amount of the preaching of the apostles. Of this history so preached every Church, at any rate, if not many private Christians, would desire to possess some sketch or summary. These would be raw material for history, but not of sufficient authority to become a standard gospel for the Christian Church at large. Among these defective particulars of the many, the gospels of Matthew and Mark, even if written previous to the publication of Luke’s, are not to be included. Matthew’s gospel as yet was in the Hebrew language, and Mark’s was published in distant Italy, so that neither probably was yet in circulation in the locality where Luke was conversant.

Have taken in hand Have undertaken. The phrase in itself expresses neither success nor failure; and so implies neither praise nor censure. The only terms, indeed, in which Luke implies censure are those in which he expresses the excellences he expected his own gospel to exhibit. These excellences will be found to consist in the earliness of the point at which his history begins the care with which he had investigated everything to the bottom, and the certainty of his confirmation.

To set forth in order To arrange. It does not, therefore, seem that Luke reprehends any very great want of orderly arrangement in the documents of these

many. A declaration A narrative or relation. Something less than a history, yet constituting a summary of the matter, however long or short.

Things… most surely believed among us Things held as absolute facts, on the surest evidence, by the full faith of the Church.

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Luke 1:1 - Abbott's Illustrated New Testament

Luke 1:1 - The Greek Testament

Luke 1:1 - Barclay Daily Study Bible

Luke 1:1 - Albert Barnes' Notes on the Bible

Luke 1:1 - Joseph Benson’s Commentary on the Old and New Testaments

Luke 1:1 - Expository Notes with Practical Observations on the New Testament

Luke 1:1 - Calvin's Complete Commentary

Luke 1:1 - The Cambridge Bible for Schools and Colleges

Luke 1:1 - B.H. Carroll's An Interpretation of the English Bible

Luke 1:1 - Through the Bible Commentary

Luke 1:1 - Adam Clarke's Commentary and Critical Notes on the Bible

Luke 1:1 - Commentary on the Holy Bible by Thomas Coke

Luke 1:1 - College Press Bible Study Textbook Series

Luke 1:1 - Companion Bible Notes, Appendices and Graphics

Luke 1:1 - James Gray's Concise Bible Commentary

Luke 1:1 - Expository Notes of Dr. Constable (Old and New Testaments)

Luke 1:1 - John Darby's Synopsis of the New Testament

Luke 1:1 - Expositors Bible Commentary

Luke 1:1 - Ellicott's Commentary for English Readers (Old and New Testaments)

Luke 1:1 - Everett's Study Notes on the Holy Scriptures

Luke 1:1 - The Expositor’s Greek Testament by Robertson

Luke 1:1 - Expositor's Dictionary of Text by Robertson

Luke 1:1 - F. B. Hole's Old and New Testaments Commentary

Luke 1:1 - F.B. Meyer's Through the Bible Commentary

Luke 1:1 - Discovering Christ In Selected Books of the Bible

Luke 1:1 - Gaebelein's Annotated Bible (Commentary)

Luke 1:1 - Garner-Howes Baptist Commentary

Luke 1:1 - McGarvey and Pendleton Commentaries (New Testament)

Luke 1:1 - Geneva Bible Notes

Luke 1:1 - John Gill's Exposition of the Entire Bible

Luke 1:1 - Gnomon of the New Testament

Luke 1:1 - William Godbey's Commentary on the New Testament

Luke 1:1 - Godet Commentary (Luke, John, Romans and 1 Corinthians)

Luke 1:1 - Grant's Commentary on the Bible

Luke 1:1 - Henry Alford's Greek Testament

Luke 1:1 - Hawker's Poor Man's Commentary (Old and New Testaments)

Luke 1:1 - Matthew Henry's Whole Bible Commentary

Luke 1:1 - International Critical Commentary New Testament

Luke 1:1 - Biblical Illustrator Edited by Joseph S. Exell

Luke 1:1 - Commentaries on the New Testament and Prophets

Luke 1:1 - Jamieson, Fausset and Brown's Commentary Critical and Explanatory on the Whole Bible

Luke 1:1 - William Kelly Major Works (New Testament)

Luke 1:1 - The Popular Commentary on the Bible by Kretzmann

Luke 1:1 - A Commentary on the Holy Scriptures, Critical, Doctrinal, and Homiletical by Lange

Luke 1:1 - Cornelius Lapide Commentary

Luke 1:1 - Lightfoot Commentary Gospels

Luke 1:1 - Neighbour's Wells of Living Water

Luke 1:1 - Heinrich August Wilhelm Meyer's New Testament Commentary

Luke 1:1 - Grant's Numerical Bible Notes and Commentary

Luke 1:1 - Peake's Commentary on the Bible

Luke 1:1 - Commentary Series on the Bible by Peter Pett

Luke 1:1 - English Annotations on the Holy Bible by Matthew Poole

Luke 1:1 - The Preacher's Complete Homiletical Commentary Edited by Joseph S. Exell

Luke 1:1 - The Complete Pulpit Commentary

Luke 1:1 - Old and New Testaments Restoration Commentary

Luke 1:1 - Robertson's Word Pictures in the New Testament

Luke 1:1 - Ryle's Expository Thoughts on the Gospels

Luke 1:1 - A Popular Commentary on the New Testament

Luke 1:1 - The Sermon Bible

Luke 1:1 - Sutcliffe's Commentary on the Old and New Testaments

Luke 1:1 - John Trapp's Complete Commentary (Old and New Testaments)

Luke 1:1 - The Treasury of Scripture Knowledge

Luke 1:1 - You Can Understand the Bible: Study Guide Commentary Series by Bob Utley

Luke 1:1 - Vincent's Word Studies in the New Testament

Luke 1:1 - Whedon's Commentary on the Old and New Testaments

Luke 1:1 - Combined Bible Commentary

Whedon's Commentary on the Old and New Testaments