Osborne, Grant R. Luke: Verse by Verse. Osborne New Testament Commentaries; Bellingham, Wash.: Lexham Press, 2018.
Grant R. Osborne (1942-2018) will be always remembered for his great contribution to the field of homiletics thanks to his outstanding book The Hermeneutical Spiral. But let us not forget her was very prominent in writing exegetical commentaries. I have to confess (and ask to be forgiven) that I was not very familiar with his commentaries, until I decided to give him a chance and read the volume Luke: Verse by Verse, from the Osborne New Testament Commentaries collection. To summarize: I am glad I opened the door to his commentaries.
As the series preface notes, this kind of commentaries are profitable for devotional Scripture reading, Church Bible studies, and Sermons aids. And I say, amen to that. When you find yourself reading this volume, you can clearly envision yourself using and consulting this volume while preparing your sermon, while having your personal devotional time, or while conducting a Church Bible study verse by verse.
As expected, the author opens with a brief yet effective introduction to help readers to get familiar with authorship, date, purpose, and other pertinent topics for a solid study of the third Gospel. Osborne advocated for Lukan authorship based on both internal evidence and the testimony of early witnesses. The introduction is followed by a thorough outline which can be used a roadmap for your personal study or sermon preparation. As the title states, this commentary is a verse by verse one, and Osborne was very careful in so doing, providing ample explanation for every single verse.
I have to confess that I fell in love with the way he writes. Though Osborne reflected his knowledge and scholarly experience in this volume, he was very aware of his intentions and the purpose and audience of this books. He writes in an accessible way so every single student or reader, experienced or not, can get immersed in a fluent and smooth reading. I found his style of writing to be comparable to a paraphrase of the text, or a narrator or storyteller style. There are few writers that are gifted with such a prodigious combination of the skills aforementioned, and Grant R. Osborne was one of them.
Readers will find that Osborne makes a minimal use of foot notes, and the bibliography, a very selective one, includes sixteen works published by other writers. Not very common, especially for a 647 pages volume. But Grant R. Osborne was versed enough to write a volume like this one with only referencing few sources. Greek and idiomatic technicities are used at a minimum level and only when strictly necessary, and when he does so, he transliterates from Greek into English, omitting Greek characters.
Summarizing, this volume, and I am confident if I say any volume in this series, is a gem for every single student of the Scripture who wants to dig deeper in the third Gospel. At the same time, if you are the instructor of a Bible study group or a preacher, this volume will serve you well in your study/sermon preparation. I just cannot recommend this volume enough.
I received a copy of this book free from the publisher. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255I received a copy of this book free from the publisher. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255