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Explanation - The following list includes not only commentaries but other Christian works by well known evangelical writers. Most of the resources below are newer works (written after 1970) which previously were available only for purchase in book form or in a Bible computer program. The resources are made freely available by archive.org but have several caveats - (1) they do not allow copy and paste, (2) they can only be checked out for one hour (but can be checked out immediately when your hour expires giving you time to read or take notes on a lengthy section) and (3) they require creating an account which allows you to check out the books free of charge. To set up an account click archive.org and then click the picture of the person in right upper corner and enter email and a password. That's all you have to do. Then you can read these more modern resources free of charge! I have read or used many of these resources but not all of them so ultimately you will need to be a Berean (Acts 17:11+) as you use them. I have also selected works that are conservative and Biblically sound. If you find one that you think does not meet those criteria please send an email at https://www.preceptaustin.org/
NOTE - THESE ARE IN NO SPECIFIC ORDER - AS WITH ALL COMMENTARIES - BE AN Acts 17:11+ BEREAN - IT IS ALWAYS BEST TO DO YOUR OWN STUDY UNDER THE TUTELAGE OF THE HOLY SPIRIT (See inductive Bible study and especially the skill/discipline of Observation) BEFORE YOU CHECK THE COMMENTARIES. THEN YOU WILL BE ABLE TO INTELLIGENTLY "COMMENT ON THE COMMENTARIES!"
Luke 1-5 Commentary - John MacArthur
Preaching Luke-Acts by Allen, Ronald J.
James Rosscup - This conservative commentary is a detailed work in the Greek and is well-written. The author did the famous Greek-English lexicon and two books on alleged contradictions.
Bible commentary: the Gospel according to St. Luke by Arndt, William F
Poet and peasant : a literary-cultural approach to the parables in Luke by Bailey, Kenneth
James Rosscup - Bailey discusses four Lukan parables at length in the first book, making a great contribution as to cultural data that opens up the parables. His data is based on studies while teaching for many years in the mid-East, also on extensive travels, correspondence, and scholarly probing into the literature. Particularly insightful are his remarks on Luke 15 (the triad of parables) and Luke 11 (Friend at Midnight). The second book continues to be rich in peasant cultural background, with data not available to many who study the parables. But the second book treats ten further parables (7:36–50 and others in 9:51–19:48, Luke’s travel narrative). These are well-done but not treated in as much detail. Both books are excellent in making parables “come alive” and making readers think. In more recent years both volumes have been put into one book. Cf. Hultgren in the Matthew section.
Luke comes alive! by Blanchard, John,
Patterns for power : parables of Luke by Briscoe, D. Stuart
Saint Luke by Caird, G. B.
Cyril Barber - One of the better works in this series. Contains numerous references to Jewish literature as well as pertinent comments on the text. Is of value to the preacher. Needs to be read with discernment
Luke by Evans, Craig A., The New International Commentary on the New Testament
James Rosscup - A lucid study, often of help on problem texts but cursory at times. Evans gives authorship by Luke “provisional acceptance” and feels that this issue is not vital to how this gospel is interpreted (3). After a brief introduction (1–16), general summaries of each section are followed by added notes on a few key details, with bypassing of many, such as Anna’s 84 years in 2:36–38, and problems of interpretation in 11:5–7. While Evans shows high expertise even when terse, one will find other works explaining far more to make their time fruitful.
The Bible Knowledge Background Commentary : Matthew-Luke by Evans, Craig A - This resource will give you interesting insights and is worth checking on individual passages
NIV Cultural Backgrounds Study Bible. bringing to life the ancient world of scripture Keener, Craig and Walton, John. Editors (2017)
The Gospel according to Luke (I-IX) The Gospel according to Luke : introduction, translation, and notes (X-XXIV) by Fitzmyer, Joseph A
James Rosscup - An internationally known Catholic scholar presents an excellent appraisal of “The Current State of Lukan Studies” (3–34) and has “A Sketch of Lukan Theology” (143–270). In explaining the gospel text, Fitzmyer has often helpful sources on various points. This will rank as one of the best-regarded commentaries at this time from the standpoint of awareness of critical literature and comments reflecting current learning. He gives his own translation and a fairly lucid, detailed exposition that is abreast of language, background, and views. It is a mixed bag with Fitzmyer, though. He often takes views that evangelicals appreciate, such as Jesus’ resurrection body being able to eat food. At other times he stumbles where there are possible solutions, as when he feels that there is no way to harmonize the accounts of Jesus’ resurrection. Indices to both volumes help find material.
James Rosscup - Replaces the work of Geldenhuys (1951). Scholars will appreciate the author’s emphasis on literary and narrative criticism. Pastors, however, will have little to gain from this work.
Tim Challies - Most commentators on the commentaries commend this volume, D.A. Carson among them, though he offers caveats. He says it is “full of thoughtful interaction with contemporary scholarship, but I do not think it is either as rigorous or as accurate as the work of Luke.” He suggests that its unique strength is narrative historiography and discourse analysis. If you, like me, don’t know what that means, then perhaps choose one of the other volumes
James Rosscup - This work with pp. i-xcii plus 928 replaced Norval Geldenhuys’ effort of 1951. Green puts more focus on literary criticism, narrative criticism, and social-scientific analysis than on earlier issues about historical critical matters, redaction and source criticism, etc. One sees topics such as family allegiances, friendship, purity, and status. He seeks to show OT background for this gospel, and not Mark, or Matthew, or oral tradition. Green sets up a misleading opinion that Luke and those using his work were “not so much concerned with the issue, Did it happen? as with the queries What happened? and what does it all mean? (36). It surely is both. However, he does appear to believe that the details are fact in Luke’s perspective, but thinks Luke is more burdened with how to understand things (20). One can say that Luke saw the two in a necessary balance and need not have any thought of ranking them.
Commentary on the Gospel of Luke : the English text with introduction, exposition and notes by Geldenhuys, Norval,
James Rosscup - Amillennial in its interpretation of the kingdom program, this work is solid and explains many verses rather well but is not the best.
Luke : a self-study guide by Jensen, Irving
The Parables of Jesus by Kistemaker, Simon J.,
James Rosscup - A past national president of Evangelical Theological Society deals with all of Jesus’ parables and shows a lucid style, warmth, and broad acquaintance with scholarly writings on his material which is obvious in footnotes. He uses the NIV text. The contribution is very good on background, the main thrust of parables, key expository details, and the practical contribution for life. This is one of the best fairily recent evangelical works on the parables in general (cf. Bailey, Ellisen, Hultgren, Longenecker, etc, under Matthew and Luke).
Book of Luke : Jesus, the son of man by Lucado, Max
Luke : the Savior of the world - John Macarthur - Not his full commentary.
Twelve Ordinary Men - (the 12 apostles) - John Macarthur (How the Master Shaped His Disciples for Service and What He Wants to Do with You).
Cyril Barber - An exacting, technical presentation of Lukan theology. Rich and full.
According to Luke : a new exposition of the Third Gospel by David Gooding 9 ratings
James Rosscup - A well-researched, contemporary assessment of the teaching of Luke's gospel. Summarizes the contribution of modern scholars, and examines the dominant theories regarding the composition of the gospel. Intertwines political and social aspects of Luke's "former work" to describe the community about which the physician wrote.
A walk with Jesus : enjoying the company of Christ - Gospel of Luke by Sproul, R. C 3 ratings
Luke & John : life that lasts forever - Quick Notes - Mark Strauss
Windows on the parables by Wiersbe, Warren
Interpreting the parables by Blomberg, Craig
STUDY BIBLES - ONE VOLUME COMMENTARIES OF ENTIRE BIBLE, BIBLE DICTIONARIES, GENERAL REFERENCE WORKS
The Experiencing God Study Bible : the Bible for knowing and doing the will of God - Blackaby, Henry (1996) 1968 pages - CHECK THIS ONE! Each chapter begins with several questions under the title "PREPARE TO MEET GOD." Then you will interesting symbols before many of the passages. The chapter ends with a "DID YOU NOTICE?" question. This might make a "dry chapter" jump off the page! Read some of the 48 ratings
The David Jeremiah study bible - (2013) 2208 pages. 2,272 ratings Logos.com - "Drawing on more than 40 years of study, Dr. David Jeremiah has compiled a legacy resource that will make an eternal impact on generations to come. 8,000 study notes. Hundreds of enriching word studies"50+ Essentials of the Christian Faith" articles."
Compact Bible commentary by Radmacher, Earl D; Allen, Ronald Barclay; House, H Wayne, et al - 954 pages. 424 ratings Multiple contributors to the comments which are often verse by verse. The comments are brief but meaty and can really help your study through a given book. A sleeper in my opinion.
The Word in life Study Bible - Very interesting format. Not your routine study Bible. Worth checking the very informative notes. (e.g., here is a picture of Jesus' post-resurrection appearances.)
HENRY ALFORD- Commentary
Charles Haddon Spurgeon writes that this text "is an invaluable aid to the critical study of the text of the New Testament. You will find in it the ripened results of a matured scholarship, the harvesting of a judgment, generally highly impartial, always worthy of respect, which has gleaned from the most important fields of Biblical research, both modern and ancient, at home and abroad. You will not look here for any spirituality of thought or tenderness of feeling; you will find the learned Dean does not forget to do full justice to his own views, and is quite able to express himself vigorously against his opponents; but for what it professes to be, it is an exceedingly able and successful work. The later issues are by far the most desirable, as the author has considerably revised the work in the fourth edition. What I have said of his Greek Testament applies equally to Alford’s New Testament for English Readers,* which is also a standard work." (Spurgeon, C. H. Lectures to my Students, Vol. 4: Commenting and Commentaries; Lectures Addressed to the students of the Pastors' College, Metropolitan Tabernacle)
- Luke 15:1-24 WHO CARES ABOUT SINNERS? PARABLE OF THE LOST SHEEP, COIN, AND SON - Phil Thengvail
- Luke 15:1-32 LOST AND FOUND
CLINTON ARNOLD - Borrow the Zondervan Illustrated Bible Background Commentary
- Luke 15:1-7 The Parable of the Searching Father
- Luke 15:8-10 The Parable of the Seeking Spirit
- Luke 15:11-32 The Parable of the Lost Son
WILLIAM ARNOT - Parables of our Lord
- Luke 15 The Lost Sheep, the Lost Coin, and the Prodigal Son
- Luke 15:1-7 The Lost Sheep
- Luke 15:8-10 The Lost Coin
- Luke 15:11-32 The Prodigal Son
WILLIAM BARCLAY- Commentary
ALBERT BARNES- Commentary
BRIAN BELL - Sermons - often has very helpful insights
CHRIS BENFIELD - Sermons
JOHANN A BENGEL - Commentary
A B BRUCE - Expositor's Greek Testament
DARRELL L BOCK - IVP Commentary - IVP NT Commentary Series 428 pages 16 ratings
Rosscup comments: Evangelical comments run quickly to their points, yet the generality causes skipping some key details (cf. on Anna, Lk 2:36-38) or seem to argue around a more likely view with unconvincing reasoning (Lk 3:16). In other cases, Bock seems to select the most probable view, an instance being in seeing the sermon (Luke 6) as a condensed version of the same sermon in Mt 5–7. One can also find the second and third soils of Luke 8 taken to represent people not actually saved (148–49). One can wonder in Lk 14:34–35 how inability to be worthy disciples is in harmony with salvation as a gift, for the work passes by this. Bock in most verses touches clearly on key issues and… lacks space to deal with every important matter… For a work with much application, cf. Darrell Bock, Luke (NIV Application Commentary. Grand Rapids: Zondervan, 1996). (Rosscup, J. Commentaries for Biblical Expositors)
Cyril Barber - A well-researched, well-outlined, and well-written commentary that is easy to read. Uses the text of the NIV. Adequately explains the theological themes relating to the life and mission of Christ. Recommended.
JIM BOMKAMP - Sermons
GENE BROOKS - Sermons
A B BRUCE - Expositor's Greek Testament
HENRY BURTON - Expositor's Bible Commentary
D Edmond Hiebert - A practical, warm-hearted exposition by a conservative scholar. Although written during the nineteenth century, it is rich in its interpretative contents, as, for example, on chapter 15.
- Luke 15 - Has all of the following in easier to read format
CAMBRIDGE BIBLE COMMENTARY
CAMBRIDGE GREEK TESTAMENT - FARRAR, F W
D Edmond Hiebert - Greek text. The work of a famous British scholar of the past century. In spite of its age, the phrase-by-phrase treatment is worth consulting.
ALAN CARR - Sermons
- Luke 15:1-7 The Lost Sheep
- Luke 15:1-7 What The Good Shepherd Does For His Sheep
- Luke 15:3-7 The Shepherd Seeking His Sheep
- Luke 15:8-10 The Lost Silver
- Luke 15:8-10 The Value Of Just One
- Luke 15:11-24 The Lost Son -
- Luke 15:11-24 How To Go Home
- Luke 15:11-24 It'll Be Better When I Get Home
- Luke 15:11-32 There's No Place Like Home -
- Luke 15:25-32 The Lost Sibling
- Luke 15:1-7 The Shepherd And His Sheep
- Luke 15:8-10 A Penny Saved Is A Penny Earned
- Luke 15:11-24 A Tale Of A Wasted Life
- Luke 15:11, 25-32 The Prodigal Brother
RICH CATHERS - sermons with frequent illustrations
CENTURY BIBLE COMMENTARY
ADAM CLARKE - Commentary
STEVEN COLE - Sermons
- Luke 15:1-10 God’s Lost and Found
- Luke 15:11-32 How to Receive God’s Abundant Mercy
- Luke 15:11-32 A Model for Hurting Parents
THOMAS CONSTABLE - Expository Notes
W A CRISWELL - Sermons
- Luke 15:10 Where Angels Rejoice
- Luke 15:1-10 The Most Tragic Word in the Bible
- Luke 15:1-6 The Most Tragic Word: Lost
- Luke 15:3-7 The Shepherd Heart
- Luke 15:8-10 Lost in the Home
- Luke 15:11-24 The Prodigal Son
- Luke 15:25-32 The Prodigal Who Stayed at Home
BOB DEFFINBAUGH - Sermons
DEVOTIONAL AND PRACTICAL COMMENTARY - 1840
DICTIONARY OF JESUS AND THE GOSPELS
- DICTIONARY OF JESUS AND THE GOSPELS (borrow a copy)
JOHN DUMMELOW - COMMENTARY
DAN DUNCAN - Sermons
J LIGON DUNCAN - Sermons
- What Makes Angels Rejoice? Luke 15:1-10
- Jesus' Posture Towards Us Luke 15:1-32
- A Father's Prodigal Love for a Prodigal Luke 15:11-32
- The Greatest Prodigal of All Luke 15:20-32
EASY ENGLISH - Commentary
CHARLES R ERDMAN - Commentary
Rosscup comments: Concise treatments are given to each of the NT books. The main value of the set lies in its clear synthesis which helps the student grasp the flow of thought as he moves through a book. Erdman possessed a lucid writing style. He was amillennial. (Rosscup, J. Commentaries for Biblical Expositors)
D Edmond Hiebert - A devotional and practical exposition, in paragraph form, by a conservative Presbyterian scholar.
ESV STUDY BIBLE - - Excellent resource but not always literal in eschatology and the nation of Israel
- ESV Study Bible - this resource can be borrowed
EXPLORE THE BIBLE
EXPOSITOR'S BIBLE COMMENTARY - Well done. Evangelical. These can be borrowed
- The Expositor's Bible Commentary - 1984 edition - Luke by Walter Liefeld - Must be borrowed.
- The Expositor's Bible Commentary - 2007 edition - Luke and Acts - Temper Longman and David Garland - Must be borrowed.
- The Expositor's Bible Commentary - 1994 edition - Abridged - New Testament
EXPOSITOR'S DICTIONARY OF TEXTS
JAMES FOOTE - Commentary
Spurgeon comments: "We frequently consult this work and never without finding in it things new and old. To preachers who will not steal the lectures, but use them suggestively, they will be extremely serviceable." (Spurgeon - Commenting on Commentaries)
DON FORTNER'S SERMON OUTLINES
- Luke - 27 files
- Luke-series - 201 files
- Luke 15:11-24 Grace - The Prodigal
- Luke 15:20 Come On Home
- Luke 15:23-24 Bring Hither the Fatted Calf
- Luke 15:24 The Parable of the Prodigal Son
- Luke 15:1-32 Lost and Found
- Luke 15:1 Publicans and Sinners Welcome
- Luke 15:2 This Man Receiveth Sinners
- Luke 15:3-7 The Parable of the Lost Sheep
- Luke 15:8-10 The Parable of The Lost Coin
- Luke 15:11-24 The Parable of the Prodigal Son
- Luke 15:11-24 God's Method of Grace
- Luke 15:20 And He Kissed Him
- Luke 15:22-23 But The Father Said
- Luke 15:25-32 The Other Son
- Luke 15:32 It Was Meet
A C GAEBELEIN Annotated Bible
GENE GETZ VIDEO PRINCIPLES GOSPEL OF LUKE
- Luke; Principle #35; Lk. 15:1-32; p. 1412 The Lost is Found: We are to rejoice and celebrate whenever an unsaved person repents and becomes a member of God's eternal family. Video
JOHN GILL - Commentary
FREDERIC GODET - Commentary
Spurgeon has these comment on Godet: Dr. Meyer says: “To an immense erudition, to a living piety, Godet unites a profound feeling of reality; there is here a vivifying breath, an ardent love for the Saviour, which helps the disciple to comprehend the work, the acts, the words of his Divine Master.” (Spurgeon - Commenting on Commentaries)
Cyril Barber - An exhaustive, technical commentary that ably defends the cardinal doctrines of the Christian faith while expounding the text. Deserves a place on the shelf of every pastor.
D Edmond Hiebert - An exhaustive, technical commentary by a conservative French theologian of the past century. Godet's theological and critical conservatism is clearly revealed in this work on Luke. Of abiding value in spite of its age.
Rosscup comments: Though old, this work is almost exhaustive in dealing with interpretive problems and shows a wide acquaintance with commentators of all ages up to his day. He is regarded by Greek authorities as weak on textual criticism but strong on exegesis. (Rosscup, J. Commentaries for Biblical Expositors)
BRUCE GOETTSCHE - SERMONS ON LUKE
GOSPEL COALITION - Sermons
- Luke 15:3-10 What is the meaning of the Parables of the Lost Sheep and Lost Coin?
- Luke 15:11-32 What is the meaning of the Parable of the Prodigal Son?
L M GRANT - Commentary
DAVE GUZIK - Commentary
ROBERT HAWKER - Poor Man's Commentary
WILLIAM HENDRIKSEN -
Cyril Barber - Fills a long-felt need for a comprehensive, scholarly exposition of this neglected gospel. Structures Luke's thematic presentation around Christ's words "the work which Thou gavest Me to do:' Treats Christ's ministry in terms of its inauguration, continuation, and consummation.
- Exposition of the Gospel of Luke - borrow
MATTHEW HENRY - Commentary
DANIEL HILL - 348 pages - more modern commentary
F B HOLE - Commentary
HOLMAN PUBLISHING - well done, conservative study Bible notes
- Luke 15:1-32 Lost Sheep, Coin and Son
- Luke 15:11-24 The Prodigal Son
- Luke 15:11-27 On Being a Child of God
- Luke 15:11-32 Our Loving Father
HARRY IRONSIDE - Commentary
JAMIESON, FAUSSET, BROWN - Commentary
LOWELL JOHNSON - Sermons
These sermons that make a great starting point for preaching or teaching Luke and are all on one page. It is not cleaned up yet (lots of spaces, poor right margins, etc) but all the material is there. Click here and scroll down.
- The Lost Sheep: A Parable of Salvation Luke 15:1-7
- The Lost Silver: A Parable of Celebration Luke 15:8-10
- The Lost Son: A Parable of Restoration Luke 15:11-24
- The Prodigal Father Luke 15:11-24
- A Loving Father Luke 15:11-12, 25-32
- The Lost Sibling: The Other Prodigal Luke 15:25-32
WILLIAM KELLY - Commentary
Cyril Barber - An excellent handling of Luke's theme, replete with the author's own translation and an exposition that is at once refreshing and satisfying.
FRANKLIN L KIRKSEY
KJV BIBLE COMMENTARY - Edward Hindson and Woodrow M Kroll
Well done conservative commentary that interprets Scripture from a literal perspective. User reviews - 372 ratings - I have found the comments are very good but not generally in great depth. It is worth check as you may glean additional insights on a passage. It is not strictly speaking verse by verse but does cover many verses.
- KJV Bible Commentary. - note if you want to use copy and paste function, select the one page view. Two page view does not allow copy/paste.
PAUL E. KRETZMANN - Lutheran Perspective
LANGE'S COMMENTARY - J J VAN OOSTERZEE - Lange's Commentary on the Holy Scriptures
Spurgeon writes "Oosterzee in Lange is excellent."
D Edmond Hiebert - In keeping with the series to which it belongs, the massive material is presented in three parts: exegetical and critical, doctrinal and ethical, and homiletical and practical. Conservative in viewpoint. Valuable for those willing to dig into its vast stores of material, much of which is definitely dated.
LIFE APPLICATION BIBLE - Notes on Luke (158 pages) includes nice black and white maps
- Luke Application Study Notes - Pdf of Luke - practical notes which help you apply the text.
- Life Application Study Bible - borrow this copy for OT and NT study notes.
JOHN LIGHTFOOT - Commentary
JOHN MACARTHUR- verse by verse - probably the best expositor in the last 100 years but very literal and conservative
- Borrow The MacArthur Study Bible
- Luke 15 Jesus: The Seeking Savior, Part 1
- Luke 15:1-2 Heaven's Joy: Recovering the Lost
- Luke 15:8-10 Recovering the Lost Coin
- Luke 15 The Seeking Savior - Pt 1
- Luke 19:1-10 Jesus: The Seeking Savior, Pt 2
- Luke 15 The Seeking Savior-Study Guide (6 separate topics)
- Luke 15:11-32 The Tale of Two Sons
- Luke 15:11-16 The Tale of Two Sons - Part 1
- Luke 15:17-21 The Tale of Two Sons - Part 2
- Luke 15:22-24 The Tale of Two Sons - Part 3
- Luke 15:25-28 The Tale of Two Sons - Part 4
- Luke 15:28-32 The Tale of Two Sons - Part 5
- Luke 15:11-16 The Licentious Son
- Luke 15:17-24 The Loving Father
- Luke 15:25-32 The Legalistic Son
WILLIAM MACDONALD - commentary on whole Bible. Often has pithy, practical and very insightful comments.
John MacArthur - "Concise yet comprehensive - the most complete single-volume commentary I have seen."
Warren Wiersbe - "For the student who is serious about seeing Christ in the Word."
- Believer's Bible Commentary - borrow. This resource is always worth checking.
ALEXANDER MACLAREN - sermons with a devotional bent
J VERNON MCGEE - Thru the Bible comments - often has pithy comments
F B MEYER - Devotional
HEINRICH MEYER - Commentary - lots of Greek
J R MILLER - Devotional Hours
J MIKE MINNIX
EDWARD C MITCHELL - from The Parables of the NT Spiritually Unfolded
- Luke 15:3-7 The Lost Sheep - The Lord's Saving Love
- Luke 15:8-10 The Lord Piece of Silver - The Loss and Recovery of Truth
- Luke 15:11-32 The Prodigal Son - The Sinner's Return to the Lord
G. CAMPBELL MORGAN - Sermons
- The Gospel of Luke - 503 page Pdf (Another Source)
- The Crises of Christ - The Call for Christ = Man Fallen; The Birth, The Baptism, The Temptation, The Transfiguration, The Crucifixion, The Resurrection, The Ascension , Resultant-The Answer of Christ -Man Redeemed (This is same as Pdf above)
- Luke 15:2 Jesus and Sinners
HENRY MORRIS - Defender's Study Bible Notes - well-known creationist. Conservative. Millennial.
- Borrow The Defender's Study Bible
- Luke 15:1 publicans
- Luke 15:3 parable
- Luke 15:4 that which is lost
- Luke 15:8 ten pieces of silver
- Luke 15:10 joy in the presence
- Luke 15:12 Father, give me the portion of goods
- Luke 15:13 riotous living
- Luke 15:15 that country
- Luke 15:16 no man gave
- Luke 15:29 serve thee
- Luke 15:31 Son
LEON MORRIS - Tyndale New Testament Commentary - borrow this resource
Matheson (Ligonier) - Christians should pick up and read anything they find by the late Leon Morris. For those who may not have the time to dig into a 2,100-page commentary and are looking for a great introductory-level commentary on Luke, Morris is the place to begin.
Cyril Barber - A clear, forthright presentation of the facts surrounding the authorship and date of this gospel, followed by almost 300 pages of exposition. A handy and helpful volume.
James Rosscup - Morris has written a good conservative commentary of some detail. It is lucid and not technical in nature.
Tim Challies - The inherent and deliberate limits of the Tyndale New Testament Commentaries means that this volume is relatively short (370 pages) and written at a popular level. This is the entry-level commentary for those who would like just one volume on Luke. Morris has written commentaries on many books of the Bible and they are uniformly sound even if they are rarely considered the top of the class.
ROBERT NEIGHBOUR - Living Water Commentary
NET BIBLE NOTES - somewhat technical but you can find some practical "nuggets" from time to time
JAMES NISBET'S - Church Pulpit Commentary
NIV STUDY BIBLE - notes are brief but helpful. This must be borrowed.
- Zondervan NIV Study Bible - (2011) 2570 pages - use the new edition if available.
- The NIV Study Bible by Barker, Kenneth L; Burdick, Donald W (1995) 2250 pages. Note this is the first edition. This resource has been fully revised in 2020.
NKJV STUDY BIBLE - online no restriction for use - notes are brief but conservative and well-done
- Luke - for easiest copy/paste select theater view.
OUR DAILY BREAD - Devotionals, Good Sermon Illustrations
- Luke 15 When The Lost Is Found
- Luke 15:1-7 Lessons From A Shepherd
- Luke 15:1-7 One-To-One
- Luke 15:1-7 A Heart Of Compassion
- Luke 15:1-7 T-Ball Faith
- Luke 15:1-7 To The Rescue
- Luke 15:1-10 The Value Of One - 3
- Luke 15:1-10 Heaven Rejoices!
- Luke 15:1-10 When The Lost Is Found
- Luke 15:1-10 Lost And Found
- Luke 15:1-10 Lost And Found -2
- Luke 15:1-10 Lost And Found -4
- Luke 15:1-10 Lost And Found -5
- Luke 15:1-10 Rejoicing In Release
- Luke 15:1-10 Joy Over One
- Luke 15:3-7 You Matter To God
- Luke 15:3-7 New To The Family
- Luke 15:4-6 Lost Ones
- Luke 15:1-10 He Found Me
- Luke 15:11-24 Avoid The Husks
- Luke 15:11-24 The Beauty of Forgiveness
- Luke 15:11-24 A Father Who Runs
- Luke 15:15-32 Two Wayward Brothers
- Luke 15:11-24 I'm Sorry
- Luke 15:11-32 It Makes Sense
- Luke 15:11-32 Who Gets The Love?
- Luke 15:11-32 Come Home!
- Luke 15:11-32 What Makes You Happy?
- Luke 15:11-24 Deal or No Deal
- Luke 15:11-24 Open Arms
PASTOR LIFE - sermons
- Jesus, Friend of Sinners Luke 15:1-10 Dennis M. Davidson
- Let Us Not Forget Luke 15:11-24 Jerry N. Watts
- Coming Home Luke 15:11-24 Steve Wagers
- A Father's Love Luke 15:11-24 O.S. Hawkins
- What Does A Real Father Do? Luke 15:11-32 Ron Hale
- A Lost Child Luke 15:3-32 Ken Hemphill
PETER PETT - Commentary
JOHN PIPER - Sermons
- Luke 15:1-10 Mission: The Gladness of God
- Luke 15:1-2 This Man Receives Sinners and Eats with Them
- Luke 15:1-10 The Happiest Days of Heaven Second in a Series on Luke 15
- Luke 15:11-24 Coming to Yourself and Coming to the Father Part Three
- Luke 15:25-31 The Blinding Effects of Serving God Part Four
ALFRED PLUMMER - International Critical Commentary - Detailed Comments Verse by Verse
Rosscup comments: This used to be often considered the best older commentary on the Greek. (Rosscup, J. Commentaries for Biblical Expositors)
D. D. Salmond - 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.
J. H. Thayer - 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.
Cyril Barber - A most exhaustive and helpful treatment of the Greek text.
E H PLUMPTRE, D.D. - New Testament Commentary for English Readers Edited by Charles J Ellicott, D.D.
MATTHEW POOLE - Commentary
PREACHER'S HOMILETICAL - Commentary - Includes Germ Notes, Illustrations, Homilies
PREACHER'S OUTLINE AND SERMON BIBLE (POSB) - This resource can be very helpful. Must be borrowed and no copy/paste.
- Luke 15:21 Is It Becoming Easier to Say "I Was Wrong?"
- Luke 15:11-32 Tapped On a Dead-End Street
- Luke 15:1-7 Christ-Like Love in a World of Hate
REFORMATION STUDY BIBLE - study notes
- Luke 15:1
- Luke 15:3
- Luke 15:8
- Luke 15:11–32
- Luke 15:11–12
- Luke 15:15
- Luke 15:20
- Luke 15:22–23
- Luke 15:25
- Luke 15:28
- Luke 15:29
- Luke 15:31
JOHN R RICE
RON RITCHIE - Sermons
A. T. ROBERTSON - Word Pictures in the NT
DON ROBINSON- sermons
- Luke 15:10 Joy in Heaven
- Luke 15:11-24 Father's Day
- Luke 15:11-24 The Father is Still Waiting
- Luke 15:13 The Far Country
J C RYLE - Commentary
ROB SALVATO - Sermons
SERMONAUDIO - PDF's of sermons - Be aware there might be some variation in quality so be a Berean!
- Luke 15 Sermons in PDF - 369 sermons (9/15/22)
SERMON BIBLE COMMENTARY
CHARLES SIMEON - Sermons
- All Simeon's Sermons on Luke on one Page
- Luke 15 - Click here for following messages
- Luke 15:3-7 The Lost Sheep
- Luke 15:8-10 The Lost Piece of Silver
- Luke 15:10 Angels Rejoice Over Penitents
- Luke 15:23, 24 The Prodigal Son
- Luke 15:28 The Prodigal's Elder Brother
CHUCK SMITH - Sermon Notes
- Luke 15 Commentary
- Sermon Notes for Luke 15:1, 2
- Sermon Notes for Luke 15:3-31
- Sermon Notes for Luke 15:3
- Sermon Notes for Luke 15:23,24
JAMES SMITH - HANDFULS OF PURPOSE GOSPEL OF LUKE
- Click here for messages below
- THE LOST SHEEP. Luke 15:1-7.
- THE LOST SILVER. Luke 15:8-10.
- THE LOST SON. Luke 15:11-24.
- LOST SYMPATHY. Luke 15:25-32.
R C SPROUL DEVOTIONALS
C. H. SPURGEON - Sermons, et al
- Luke 15 - exposition
- Luke 15:2 - devotional
- Luke 15:18 - devotional
- Luke 15:1 The Approachableness of Jesus
- Luke 15:1, 2 Christ and His Hearers
- Luke 15:2 An Appeal to Sinners
- Luke 15:2 Open House for all Comers
- Luke 15:4 “Until He Finds It”
- Luke 15:4-6 Our Great Shepherd Finding the Sheep
- Luke 15:4-6 The Good Shepherd in Three Positions- Sermon Notes
- Luke 15:4-7 The Parable of the Lost Sheep
- Luke 15:8-10 The Lost Silver Piece
- Luke 15:10 A High Day in Heaven
- Luke 15:10 The Sympathy of the Two Worlds
- Luke 15:17 Number 1000 or Bread Enough and to Spare
- Luke 15:17 The Prodigal’s Climax
- Luke 15:20 Prodigal Love for the Prodigal Son
- Luke 15:20 The Prodigal’s Reception
- Luke 15:20 The Prodigal's Return
- Luke 15:20 The Turning Point
- Luke 15:20 He Ran, and He Ran
- Luke 15:20, 21 A Program Never Carried Out
- Luke 15:22, 23 The Reception of Sinners
- Luke 15:1-7 God and the Unthinking
- Luke 15:8-10 God and the Neglected
- Luke 15:11-24 God and the Rebellious
- Luke 15:25-32 God and the Respectable
WILLIAM B STEVENS
JOHN STEVENSON - Sermons
T. DE WITT TALMAGE
THIRD MILLENNIUM STUDY NOTES
- Three Parables: Lost Sheep, Coin, Prodigal Son - Luke 15:1-32
- A lost sheep - Luke 1:1-7
- A lost coin - Luke 15:8-10
- Lost sinners - Luke 15:10
- The gracious Father and two sons - Luke 15:11-32
GEOFF THOMAS - Sermons
- 15:1-10 The Lost Sheep and the Lost Coin
- 15:11 The Prodigal Son
- 15:26-32 The Parable of the Two Sons
DAVID THOMPSON - sermons - average about 6 pages, verse by verse exposition. Literal. Conservative. (Audios are available but only pdf's are listed)
- Luke Message #74 Luke 15:1-10
- Luke Message #75 Luke 15:11-20
- Luke Message #76 Luke 15:20-24
- Luke Message #77 Luke 15:25-32
TODAY IN THE WORD - devotionals
JOHN TRAPP - Commentary
MARVIN VINCENT - Greek Word Studies
WARREN WIERSBE - Always worth checking for preaching/teaching points.
Rosscup - One of America’s most appreciated staunchly evangelical Bible conference teachers gives diligent, refreshing expositions. These are all of his 23 separate, earlier books in the “Be” series on the New Testament. He strikes a particular appeal with lay people as he crystallizes sections, deals with some of the verses, handles certain problems and backgrounds and applies principles. He is premillennial.
Cyril Barber - Together these volumes treat the gospel of Luke. Wiersbe, who is a pastor's pastor, outlines and expounds the text with exemplary skill. These books are ideal for individual or group Bible study.
Cyril Barber - This is a book (referring to Wiersbe's Expository Outlines) of exceptional merit. Pastors, missionaries, and Christian workers will profit from its use. Wiersbe introduces each book of the NT, provides an outline, and then furnishes his readers with a chapter-by-chapter discussion of the contents. The homiletic style is a “plus.” Recommended.
- Be compassionate (Luke 1-13) - borrow
- Be courageous (Luke 14-24) - borrow
- With the Word - borrow - Excellent chapter summaries. Good ideas for preaching or teaching. - 428 ratings
- Wiersbe's Expository Outlines on the New Testament - borrow - useful for preaching or teaching
- Windows on the parables - borrow
WYCLIFFE BIBLE COMMENTARY - Merrill C Tenney authored the Gospel of Luke. Scripture in left column, comments in right column
James Rosscup - Tenney is limited in his space, but usually makes good use of it to explain verses so as to provide help. He is conservative and premillennial. Sometimes he is quite clear, other times one can only guess what he means when he is vague, as when he says that “the kingdom of God is nigh at hand” (Lk 21:29) are words complementary to Lk 17:21, “The kingdom of God is within you” (p. 1063). Overall he offers a fairly good commentary for those wanting a brief study with considerable competence behind it.
- Luke Comments in the NT Wycliffe Bible commentary - no restrictions. Note if you want to use copy and paste function, select the one page view. Two page view does not allow copy/paste.
- Wycliffe Bible Commentary - OT and NT - Charles Pfeiffer - 1560 pages (1962) - can be borrowed