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Luke 1:2 Commentary - Whedon's Commentary on the Old and New Testaments

2. Delivered them unto us This delivery being previous to writing must have been oral. The us to whom they were delivered must be the Church and people contemporaneous with the apostles, and to whom they preached. The phrase “handed down,” therefore, is not a proper translation of the Greek term; for that would imply that the receiver belonged to a later generation. Luke, though after the apostles in rank, was probably their coeval in time.

From the beginning The beginning of the public ministry of Jesus.

Eyewitnesses To be “witnesses chosen before of God” of the doings and sayings of Jesus was the very essence and object of the apostolic office. Act 10:41; Act 1:8; Act 1:22; Act 26:16. In accordance with this is the bold declaration of Peter at a later day: “We have not followed cunningly devised fables… but were eye-witnesses.” On equally strong grounds does John, near the close of the first century, later, in fact, than the publication of this gospel, place his own testimony: “That which was from the beginning, which we have HEARD, which we have SEEN with our EYES, which we have looked upon, and our hands have handled… declare we unto you.” 1Jn 1:1. Such declarations afford no room, no interval of time, no chance for the intervention of fabricators for forming traditions, legends, or myths. Our gospels are the plain records of the statements of actual spectators.

Ministers of the word The terms eyewitnesses and ministers are epithets for the same persons. The apostles were to be eye-witnesses of the facts, in order to be official rehearsers of the history.

Consult other comments:

Luke 1:2 - Abbott's Illustrated New Testament

Luke 1:2 - The Greek Testament

Luke 1:2 - Albert Barnes' Notes on the Bible

Luke 1:2 - The Cambridge Bible for Schools and Colleges

Luke 1:2 - Adam Clarke's Commentary and Critical Notes on the Bible

Luke 1:2 - Commentary on the Holy Bible by Thomas Coke

Luke 1:2 - Companion Bible Notes, Appendices and Graphics

Luke 1:2 - Expository Notes of Dr. Constable (Old and New Testaments)

Luke 1:2 - Ellicott's Commentary for English Readers (Old and New Testaments)

Luke 1:2 - The Expositor’s Greek Testament by Robertson

Luke 1:2 - Garner-Howes Baptist Commentary

Luke 1:2 - Geneva Bible Notes

Luke 1:2 - John Gill's Exposition of the Entire Bible

Luke 1:2 - Gnomon of the New Testament

Luke 1:2 - Godet Commentary (Luke, John, Romans and 1 Corinthians)

Luke 1:2 - Henry Alford's Greek Testament

Luke 1:2 - Jamieson, Fausset and Brown's Commentary Critical and Explanatory on the Whole Bible

Luke 1:2 - Lightfoot Commentary Gospels

Luke 1:2 - Heinrich August Wilhelm Meyer's New Testament Commentary

Luke 1:2 - Robertson's Word Pictures in the New Testament

Luke 1:2 - A Popular Commentary on the New Testament

Luke 1:2 - John Trapp's Complete Commentary (Old and New Testaments)

Luke 1:2 - The Treasury of Scripture Knowledge

Luke 1:2 - Vincent's Word Studies in the New Testament

Luke 1:2 - Whedon's Commentary on the Old and New Testaments

Luke 1:2 - Combined Bible Commentary

Whedon's Commentary on the Old and New Testaments