For over one hundred years, the International Critical Commentary series has held a special place among works on the Bible. It has sought to bring together all the relevant aids to exegesis—linguistic and textual no less than archaeological, historical, literary and theological—with a level of comprehension and quality of scholarship unmatched by any other series.
No attempt has been made to secure a uniform theological or critical approach to the biblical text: contributors have been invited for their scholarly distinction, not for their adherence to any one school of thought.
Editors at the Time of Publication: Samuel Rolles Driver, Alfred Plummer, Charles Augustus Briggs
The depth of analysis found in the International Critical Commentary (ICC) Series has yet to be surpassed in any commentary collection. One of the best features of this series is the extensive amount of background information given in each volume's introduction, where all of the analysis is provided before the actual commentary begins. Each volume packs more information into the introduction than you will often find in the body of most commentaries! Also consider that with the electronic versions of each volume, you will never need to leaf through the hundreds of pages in each volume searching for the passage you are studying.
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“The Parable of the Good Samaritan. Entirely in harmony with the general character of this Gospel as teaching that righteousness and salvation are not the exclusive privilege of the Jew. The parable is not an answer to the original question (ver. 25), and therefore in no way implies that works of benevolence secure eternal life. It is an answer to the new question (ver. 29), and teaches that no one who is striving to love his neighbour as himself can be in doubt as to who is his neighbour.” (Page 285)
“The Parable of the Rich Fool, which illustrates both points;—that the life that is worth living does not depend upon wealth, which may be a trouble and anxiety; and that even mere existence cannot be secured by wealth.” (Page 323)
“We must distinguish between ἀκολουθείτω μοι, ‘follow Me loyally,’ and ὀπίσω μου ἔρχεσθαι, ‘become My disciple.’ There are three conditions of discipleship: self-denial, bearing one’s cross, and obedience.” (Page 248)
“Christ uses Peter’s boat as a pulpit, whence to throw the net of the Gospel over His hearers.” (Page 143)
It is distinguished throughout by learning, sobriety of judgment, and sound exegesis. It is a weighty contribution to the interpretation of the Third Gospel, and will take an honorable place in the series of which it forms a part.
—Professor D. D. Salmond, in the Critical Review
We are pleased with the thoroughness and scientific accuracy of the interpretations. ... It seems to us that the prevailing characteristic of the book is common sense, fortified by learning and piety.
—The Herald and Presbyter
It is a valuable and welcome addition to our somewhat scanty stock of first-class commentaries on the Third Gospel. By its scholarly thoroughness it well sustains the reputation which the International Series has already won.
—Professor J. H. Thayer, of Harvard University
Alfred Plummer was master of University College, Durham, and formerly a fellow and senior tutor of Trinity College, Oxford. He was one of the original editors of this ICC series, and wrote the volume on Luke, 2 Corinthians, and co-authored a volume on 1 Corinthians. He is also the author of a number of commentaries in the Cambridge Greek Testament for Schools and Colleges. Plummer also a contributed to the The Expositor’s Bible commentary set.