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Luke 1:59 Commentary - Whedon's Commentary on the Old and New Testaments

59. They came To the house probably of Zacharias. For no particular place was prescribed, and no particular person as performer of the rite.

To circumcise the child Circumcision was given by God to Abraham as the sign of the covenant between God and the circumcised. Perhaps it was, as in the case of sacrifices, merely the renewal of an ancient rite, for we find that not only the Jews and other Abrahamic tribes practised the rite, but the Ethiopians, Abyssinians, Egyptians, and others. Under the Mosaic law, infant circumcision was the rite of induction into the kingdom of God. It was the condition to be performed before the adult person could partake of the paschal feast. Exo 12:43-48. This was enjoined with great solemnity. So under the Christian dispensation except a man be externally born of water he cannot see the external kingdom of God. Joh 3:3. That is, as circumcision once, so baptism now is the admission rite of the Church of God. From this it would follow that no one who is not qualified if an adult, by justifying faith, if an infant, by the unconditional power of the atonement to enter the kingdom of God, is qualified for baptism. And as circumcision was required previous to the paschal feast, so baptism should be performed previous to the partaking of the communion.

They called him The name was generally given to the child by the Jews at circumcision. Like baptism, circumcision was the sacred recognition of the personality of the individual; and the persons solemnly present are proper witnesses to identify him in case of future dispute. So in our old English, to baptize is to christen, that is, both to Christianize and to name him; giving him his Christian or christen name.

Consult other comments:

Luke 1:59 - Abbott's Illustrated New Testament

Luke 1:59 - The Greek Testament

Luke 1:59 - Albert Barnes' Notes on the Bible

Luke 1:59 - Expository Notes with Practical Observations on the New Testament

Luke 1:59 - Calvin's Complete Commentary

Luke 1:59 - The Cambridge Bible for Schools and Colleges

Luke 1:59 - Adam Clarke's Commentary and Critical Notes on the Bible

Luke 1:59 - Commentary on the Holy Bible by Thomas Coke

Luke 1:59 - Companion Bible Notes, Appendices and Graphics

Luke 1:59 - Expository Notes of Dr. Constable (Old and New Testaments)

Luke 1:59 - Ellicott's Commentary for English Readers (Old and New Testaments)

Luke 1:59 - The Expositor’s Greek Testament by Robertson

Luke 1:59 - Garner-Howes Baptist Commentary

Luke 1:59 - John Gill's Exposition of the Entire Bible

Luke 1:59 - Gnomon of the New Testament

Luke 1:59 - Godet Commentary (Luke, John, Romans and 1 Corinthians)

Luke 1:59 - Henry Alford's Greek Testament

Luke 1:59 - Jamieson, Fausset and Brown's Commentary Critical and Explanatory on the Whole Bible

Luke 1:59 - Lightfoot Commentary Gospels

Luke 1:59 - Heinrich August Wilhelm Meyer's New Testament Commentary

Luke 1:59 - Commentary Series on the Bible by Peter Pett

Luke 1:59 - English Annotations on the Holy Bible by Matthew Poole

Luke 1:59 - Robertson's Word Pictures in the New Testament

Luke 1:59 - A Popular Commentary on the New Testament

Luke 1:59 - John Trapp's Complete Commentary (Old and New Testaments)

Luke 1:59 - The Treasury of Scripture Knowledge

Luke 1:59 - You Can Understand the Bible: Study Guide Commentary Series by Bob Utley

Luke 1:59 - Vincent's Word Studies in the New Testament

Luke 1:59 - Whedon's Commentary on the Old and New Testaments

Luke 1:59 - Combined Bible Commentary

Whedon's Commentary on the Old and New Testaments