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Luke 1:5 Commentary - Whedon's Commentary on the Old and New Testaments

§ 3. ELISABETH’S CONCEPTION, Luk 1:5-25 .

Luke now opens his gospel history with the striking scene which announced the approaching birth of John, the harbinger of Jesus.

During the 400 years preceding the account now to be narrated, neither vision nor miracle had been vouchsafed by God to his people. As the old canon closed with the prediction by Malachi that the coming of Elijah should precede the advent of the Messiah, so the first action of the new is to announce the true Elijah’s birth. God did but honour the ordinances of his own appointment when he made his temple the place, his priesthood the instrument, and his service the time of the initial movement.

5. Days of Herod Herod, surnamed the Great. See note on Mat 2:1.

Course of Abia Abijah. See 1Ch 24:3 ; 1Ch 24:10; 1Ch 24:19; also, Neh 12:1; Neh 12:4; Neh 12:17. When the sons of Aaron became too numerous, David divided them into twenty-four courses, or classes. Each class had supervision of the daily service of the temple for a week. The priests for each day of the week were selected from the class by lot. On the return from the captivity but four courses were left, which were again divided into twenty-four. The course of Abia, being the eighth, it has been calculated officiated April 17-23, and in October 3-9.

His wife was of the daughters of Aaron Both John’s parents were of priestly rank, the most honourable nobility among the Jews. It is a saying of R. Jochanan, “He that would be rich, let him join himself to the seed of Aaron; for so it is, that the law and the priesthood make rich. R. Idi bar Abin married a priestess, and from him proceeded those that were made doctors, namely, R. Shecheth, and R. Joshua.” And so Josephus says, “As among different nations there are different sorts of nobility, so with us the sharing of the priesthood is token of illustrious rank.” And so the learned Greek Jew of Alexandria, the celebrated Philo, a contemporary of Jesus, loftily said, “As far as God surpasses man in greatness, so far the high-priesthood surpasses the royalty; for the former is the service of God, the latter the care of men.” The two illustrious births now about to be announced were to be from the daughters of the sacred line of Aaron and the royal line of David.

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Luke 1:5 - Abbott's Illustrated New Testament

Luke 1:5 - The Greek Testament

Luke 1:5 - Albert Barnes' Notes on the Bible

Luke 1:5 - Joseph Benson’s Commentary on the Old and New Testaments

Luke 1:5 - Expository Notes with Practical Observations on the New Testament

Luke 1:5 - Calvin's Complete Commentary

Luke 1:5 - The Cambridge Bible for Schools and Colleges

Luke 1:5 - B.H. Carroll's An Interpretation of the English Bible

Luke 1:5 - Adam Clarke's Commentary and Critical Notes on the Bible

Luke 1:5 - Commentary on the Holy Bible by Thomas Coke

Luke 1:5 - College Press Bible Study Textbook Series

Luke 1:5 - Companion Bible Notes, Appendices and Graphics

Luke 1:5 - Expository Notes of Dr. Constable (Old and New Testaments)

Luke 1:5 - Expositors Bible Commentary

Luke 1:5 - Ellicott's Commentary for English Readers (Old and New Testaments)

Luke 1:5 - Everett's Study Notes on the Holy Scriptures

Luke 1:5 - The Expositor’s Greek Testament by Robertson

Luke 1:5 - Discovering Christ In Selected Books of the Bible

Luke 1:5 - Garner-Howes Baptist Commentary

Luke 1:5 - McGarvey and Pendleton Commentaries (New Testament)

Luke 1:5 - Geneva Bible Notes

Luke 1:5 - John Gill's Exposition of the Entire Bible

Luke 1:5 - Gnomon of the New Testament

Luke 1:5 - William Godbey's Commentary on the New Testament

Luke 1:5 - Godet Commentary (Luke, John, Romans and 1 Corinthians)

Luke 1:5 - Henry Alford's Greek Testament

Luke 1:5 - Hawker's Poor Man's Commentary (Old and New Testaments)

Luke 1:5 - Matthew Henry's Whole Bible Commentary

Luke 1:5 - Biblical Illustrator Edited by Joseph S. Exell

Luke 1:5 - Commentaries on the New Testament and Prophets

Luke 1:5 - Jamieson, Fausset and Brown's Commentary Critical and Explanatory on the Whole Bible

Luke 1:5 - The Popular Commentary on the Bible by Kretzmann

Luke 1:5 - A Commentary on the Holy Scriptures, Critical, Doctrinal, and Homiletical by Lange

Luke 1:5 - Lightfoot Commentary Gospels

Luke 1:5 - Neighbour's Wells of Living Water

Luke 1:5 - Expositions Of Holy Scripture by Alexander MacLaren

Luke 1:5 - Heinrich August Wilhelm Meyer's New Testament Commentary

Luke 1:5 - Peake's Commentary on the Bible

Luke 1:5 - Commentary Series on the Bible by Peter Pett

Luke 1:5 - English Annotations on the Holy Bible by Matthew Poole

Luke 1:5 - The Preacher's Complete Homiletical Commentary Edited by Joseph S. Exell

Luke 1:5 - Old and New Testaments Restoration Commentary

Luke 1:5 - Robertson's Word Pictures in the New Testament

Luke 1:5 - Ryle's Expository Thoughts on the Gospels

Luke 1:5 - A Popular Commentary on the New Testament

Luke 1:5 - Scofield Reference Bible Notes

Luke 1:5 - Spurgeon's Verse Expositions of the Bible

Luke 1:5 - John Trapp's Complete Commentary (Old and New Testaments)

Luke 1:5 - The Treasury of Scripture Knowledge

Luke 1:5 - You Can Understand the Bible: Study Guide Commentary Series by Bob Utley

Luke 1:5 - Vincent's Word Studies in the New Testament

Luke 1:5 - Whedon's Commentary on the Old and New Testaments

Luke 1:5 - Combined Bible Commentary

Whedon's Commentary on the Old and New Testaments