“The name ‘Lutheran’ ought always, in the sphere of scholarship, to designate first of all devotion to exegetical study.” —from the introduction
Luther, Melanchthon, and Chemnitz, while being theologians, were above all else exegetes, drawing the mysteries of Christianity prayerfully and resourcefully forth from the Holy Scriptures. Their calling as expounders of the Scriptures is a time-honored tradition in ecclesiastical Lutheran heritage that still proves itself today. The Lutheran Commentary is a product of that tradition, reverently exegeting the biblical text—not for the sake of generating more systematic theologies and dogmatic treatises, but for a closer devotion to the God who gave us the Scriptures. The rich and lively expositions contained in this commentary were written to stimulate the mind, challenge the conscience, and grow the heart—of Christians of any creed or confession.
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A good commentary on a book of Holy Scripture is an achievement of the highest order, a work toward which great natural endowments, a variety of literary accomplishments, profound and extensive Christian experience, thorough soundness of doctrine, and patient application, must contribute to make it what it should be. . . . and if a Lutheran commentary is to be specifically such, its distinctive features should be not only full doctrinal conformity with the confessional standards of the Lutheran church, but also a vindication of all its distinctive doctrines exhibited in the book of which the commentary is to be an exposition. . . . Viewed in the light of these general remarks, the volumes before us are worthy of honorable mention in modern exegetical literature.
—Theological Quarterly, vol. 2
The purpose of this work is to furnish a plain exposition of the New Testament Scriptures for the benefit of intelligent Christians generally. . . . the object of the different commentators is to give results rather than the methods of obtaining them.
—The Reformed Church Review
Henry Eyster Jacobs (1844–1932) was an American educator and a Lutheran theologian born in Gettysburg, Pennsylvania. He graduated from Pennsylvania College in 1862 and from the Lutheran Theological Seminary in 1865. He took up the position of professor at Pennsylvania College in 1870, and then was appointed professor of systematic theology at the Lutheran Theological Seminary in Mount Airy in 1894. In 1920, he became president of the seminary. He published several histories of Lutheranism and commentaries on the New Testament, and, with John A. W. Haas, published The Lutheran Cyclopedia in 1899.