Arjan van den Os

Arjan van den Os

Reviews

Bock, Darrell L. Luke. 2 Vols. BECNT. Baker Academic, 1994.
Arjan van den Os Arjan van den Os January 1, 2014
Massive volumes don't always have to be splendid work. You have two big volumes in size in your hands with the work of Bock on Luke. But, it's not as good as Bovon or Fitzmyer in my eyes. The historical value of events in Luke gets a lot of attention, but it reduces the attention on literary or historical-critical points and also a comparison with the other synoptics is reduced by it. Already mentioned below is his tendency to name a lot of opinions of authors on the text, and then 'picking one out' as his own opinion. It's certainly a good work by Bock, but it lacks depth in the whole line of exegetical approaches.
Bovon, Fran├žois. Luke. 3 Vols. Herm. Fortress Press, 2012.
Arjan van den Os Arjan van den Os January 1, 2014
Certainly the best commentary on Luke. Its original is in German, but it's thorough, sound, readable, a bit critical, but his exegesis is simply magnificent. Deserves to be number one in the list.
Allen, Leslie C. Jeremiah. OTL. Westminster John Knox Press, 2008.
Arjan van den Os Arjan van den Os January 1, 2014
My third choice reading on Jeremiah. It's not as good as Lundbom and Fischer (German), but it is sound and better than House (who wrote the preceding volume in OTL). It's exegesis is good (better than Thompson), but it's a bit lacking-in-thoroughness. It's certainly a readable commentary, but not the best one.
Lundbom, Jack R. Jeremiah. 3 Vols. AYB. Yale University Press, 2004.
Arjan van den Os Arjan van den Os January 1, 2014
The best commentary on Jeremiah. It almost exhausts with needed details on verses, and at the same time keeps the text readable. Lundbom uses his knowledge on Jeremiah to give a clear and sound exegesis, without forgetting important details and other autors on Jeremiah. So: the best commentary on Jeremiah, as I say.
Thompson, John A. The Book of Jeremiah. NICOT. Eerdmans, 1980.
Arjan van den Os Arjan van den Os January 1, 2014
Certainly not the best commentary on Jeremiah. Lundbom is more thorough and gives better lines for exegesis than the sometimes insufficient explanations that Thompson gives. Nice as third choice commentary (Lundbom first, Fischer (Herder Th. Kommentar, German second), but after combining Lundbom and Fischer, you don't need Thompson