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Luke 1:4 Commentary - Whedon's Commentary on the Old and New Testaments

4. Mightest know the certainty This was the great ultimate object; that the Christian laity, of whom Theophilus was a representative, might be fully assured of the perfect confirmation of the Christian history. This confirmation would arise from the profoundly reliable character of Luke, and from his perfect understanding of all things, even

from the very first. Hast been instructed The Greek word here used, κατηχηθης , is that from which the words catechise and catechumen are derived. This probably refers not to the catechesis of Theophilus’s childhood; for Theophilus was probably an adult when the apostolic ministry commenced. It more probably refers to the private oral instruction preparatory to baptism which the minister of the word bestowed on the young convert, over and above the preaching of the word. This catechetical instruction would embrace such documentary or traditional history of Jesus as his particular Church possessed. Luke now proposes to give this catechetical matter a more authentic substance and form.

It is agreed among scholars that this brief preface of Luke’s is written in the purest Greek style of any passage in the New Testament.

Consult other comments:

Luke 1:4 - The Greek Testament

Luke 1:4 - Albert Barnes' Notes on the Bible

Luke 1:4 - The Cambridge Bible for Schools and Colleges

Luke 1:4 - Adam Clarke's Commentary and Critical Notes on the Bible

Luke 1:4 - Commentary on the Holy Bible by Thomas Coke

Luke 1:4 - Companion Bible Notes, Appendices and Graphics

Luke 1:4 - Expository Notes of Dr. Constable (Old and New Testaments)

Luke 1:4 - Ellicott's Commentary for English Readers (Old and New Testaments)

Luke 1:4 - The Expositor’s Greek Testament by Robertson

Luke 1:4 - Garner-Howes Baptist Commentary

Luke 1:4 - Geneva Bible Notes

Luke 1:4 - John Gill's Exposition of the Entire Bible

Luke 1:4 - Gnomon of the New Testament

Luke 1:4 - Godet Commentary (Luke, John, Romans and 1 Corinthians)

Luke 1:4 - Henry Alford's Greek Testament

Luke 1:4 - Jamieson, Fausset and Brown's Commentary Critical and Explanatory on the Whole Bible

Luke 1:4 - Heinrich August Wilhelm Meyer's New Testament Commentary

Luke 1:4 - Robertson's Word Pictures in the New Testament

Luke 1:4 - A Popular Commentary on the New Testament

Luke 1:4 - John Trapp's Complete Commentary (Old and New Testaments)

Luke 1:4 - The Treasury of Scripture Knowledge

Luke 1:4 - Vincent's Word Studies in the New Testament

Luke 1:4 - Whedon's Commentary on the Old and New Testaments

Luke 1:4 - Combined Bible Commentary

Whedon's Commentary on the Old and New Testaments