Thorough as a student of Greek, R. C. H. Lenski interprets the Gospel of St. Luke with meticulous exegetical research while providing an original, literal translation of the text. With his conservative Lutheran perspective, he is unwavering in his high view of Scriptural authority, probing deeply and passionately—arguing his conclusions masterfully. Beyond exegesis, he provides linguistic and textual analysis, historical background such as information on the author, date, time of writings, authorial intent, chief themes, and much more. Often addressing difficult text, evading nothing, Lenski evaluates multiple interpretations before choosing one in particular. The Lenski Commentary, therefore, will introduce you to a range of interpretations and viewpoints, allowing you to see how other interpretations relate to one another, and will provide the context as to why he has settled on a particular viewpoint.
A great work of exegesis, every page the result of long meditation, based on rich scholarship, warm with holy reverence for the Word of God.
Lenski is one of the most helpful commentators on the New Testament you'll find — especially for his knowledge of the original Greek text. No serious exegete should neglect his insights.
—The Discerning Reader
The treatment is exhaustive; it seems that nothing has been overlooked or omitted.
My favorite New Testament commentary is that of R.C.H. Lenski. I smile whenever this scholar stabbed the “chiliasts” or those who reject infant baptism; yet I profit greatly from his sane and spiritually sensitive exposition. You do not have to be a Greek scholar to benefit from Lenski.
—Warren W. Wiersbe, A Basic Library for Bible Students
A conservative, very extensive and generally helpful exposition based upon an exegesis of the Greek text. Armenian in doctrine, maintains a rigid approach to Greek grammar, and follows an amillennial interpretation of eschatology. Exceedingly helpful background material and abounds in good preaching values.
—Cyril Barber, The Minister's Library
R. C. H. Lenski a distinguished Lutheran scholar and commentator, studied for the ministry at the Lutheran Theological Seminary in Columbus, Ohio. Upon earning his Doctor of Divinity, he became Dean of the seminary. He was a former professor at Capital Seminary (now Trinity Lutheran Seminary) in Columbus, Ohio, where he taught in the fields of exegesis, dogmatics, and homiletics. His numerous books and commentaries are written from a conservative perspective.
“God has turned all these kingdoms over to him, and he is willing to turn them over to Jesus if, as Satan is under God, Jesus will place himself under Satan. Satan thus offers to make Jesus the Messiah-King just as God wants him to be King. It can all be done with one little act of prostration before Satan. Instead of a long, bitter journey to the throne one short step will reach the crown.” (Page 234)
“Discipleship builds up something grand in us and strikes down something hostile outside of us. It builds faith and a new life—a glorious tower, indeed; and it overcomes the devil and all his assaults—a glorious victory, indeed.” (Page 788)
“Make the question personal, and let your concern be that you may be saved” (Page 747)
“And Jesus now tells his hearers to renounce everything, literally everything they have in and of themselves, because it will all, however much of it there may be, never get beyond the foundation of a tower, beyond 10,000 against 20,000 troops. They must get what will take them through, clean through from start to finish in the case of the tower; clean through from the first clash to a complete victory in the war. When they come to Jesus absolutely empty of anything in and of themselves, then they can truly be his disciples; then he can fill them with his possessions, and with them the tower can and will be built, the battle can and will be won.” (Pages 789–790)
“To be rich in God is to have the wealth that is found in God. This wealth consists of pardon, peace, and salvation in union with God, and ‘in God’ signifies faith. That individual is rich in God who has the saving gifts which God gives him and holds them with gratitude by faith as his own. Such a man is truly rich, however little he may have of earthly goods; nor will earthly possessions interfere with his true wealth since he will treat them as Abraham, David, and others did by making them wholly subservient to God.” (Page 692)
R. C. H. Lenski (1864–1936) was a distinguished Lutheran scholar and commentator. He studied at Lutheran Theological Seminary in Columbus, Ohio, and upon earning his Doctor of Divinity became dean of the seminary. He also served as a professor at Capital Seminary (now Trinity Lutheran Seminary) in Columbus, Ohio, where he taught exegesis, dogmatics, and homiletics. His numerous books and commentaries are written from a conservative Lutheran perspective. Lenski authored Lenski’s Commentary on the New Testament, a 12-volume series of commentaries that provides a literal translation of the New Testament.