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Expository Thoughts on the Gospels: Luke Vol. 1

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“Expository Thoughts” divides the Gospels into sections of about twelve verses each, from which J. C. Ryle selects two or three prominent points to dwell on and bring to the reader’s attention. In Ryle’s day, there were many detailed commentaries and expositions on scripture. In writing these “Expository Thoughts”, Ryle aimed to offer a resource to the laity for use in fam “Expository Thoughts” divides the Gospels into sections of about twelve verses each, from which J. C. Ryle selects two or three prominent points to dwell on and bring to the reader’s attention. In Ryle’s day, there were many detailed commentaries and expositions on scripture. In writing these “Expository Thoughts”, Ryle aimed to offer a resource to the laity for use in family prayers, as an aid to those who visit the sick and desire a proper book to read on such occasions, and for private devotions for those whose callings and engagements make it impossible for them to read large commentaries. This is the first of two volumes on St. Luke. As with the previous volumes on the Gospels of St. Matthew and St. Mark, Rev. Ryle offered this book “with an earnest prayer, that it may tend to the promotion of pure and undefiled religion, help to extend the knowledge of Christ, and be a humble instrument in aid of the glorious work of converting and edifying immortal souls.” (Introduction by MaryAnn)


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“Expository Thoughts” divides the Gospels into sections of about twelve verses each, from which J. C. Ryle selects two or three prominent points to dwell on and bring to the reader’s attention. In Ryle’s day, there were many detailed commentaries and expositions on scripture. In writing these “Expository Thoughts”, Ryle aimed to offer a resource to the laity for use in fam “Expository Thoughts” divides the Gospels into sections of about twelve verses each, from which J. C. Ryle selects two or three prominent points to dwell on and bring to the reader’s attention. In Ryle’s day, there were many detailed commentaries and expositions on scripture. In writing these “Expository Thoughts”, Ryle aimed to offer a resource to the laity for use in family prayers, as an aid to those who visit the sick and desire a proper book to read on such occasions, and for private devotions for those whose callings and engagements make it impossible for them to read large commentaries. This is the first of two volumes on St. Luke. As with the previous volumes on the Gospels of St. Matthew and St. Mark, Rev. Ryle offered this book “with an earnest prayer, that it may tend to the promotion of pure and undefiled religion, help to extend the knowledge of Christ, and be a humble instrument in aid of the glorious work of converting and edifying immortal souls.” (Introduction by MaryAnn)

30 review for Expository Thoughts on the Gospels: Luke Vol. 1

  1. 4 out of 5

    Donna

    Outstanding! Like everything written by Ryle

  2. 4 out of 5

    R

    Studying Luke with this as a reference has been perhaps the most profitable study since I was saved four and a half years ago. The Lord has seen fit to bless richly, for which I am deeply thankful. Ryle is perfect for someone who desires to study and ponder the text for themselves, and then turn to him for additional wisdom and/or correction. Ryle is incredibly easy to read, deeply Christ focused, and inherently practical. Can't recommend highly enough. Studying Luke with this as a reference has been perhaps the most profitable study since I was saved four and a half years ago. The Lord has seen fit to bless richly, for which I am deeply thankful. Ryle is perfect for someone who desires to study and ponder the text for themselves, and then turn to him for additional wisdom and/or correction. Ryle is incredibly easy to read, deeply Christ focused, and inherently practical. Can't recommend highly enough.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Jon Pentecost

    Fully of exegetical and pastoral nuggets. Because it was written as a primarily devotional reading, the application is fronted, and exegetical notes follow. So I recommend reserving it toward the end of any commentary consulting. But it is rich fare indeed. Used in preparing to preach Luke in 2019, 2020

  4. 5 out of 5

    Bryan Craddock

    Extremely helpful! Ryle explains the text well and gives good applications. His exegetical notes are also surprisingly thorough.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Eric Honsberger

    Excellent. Ryle is always helpful.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Ian Hall

    See comments on "Expository Thoughts on Matthew's Gospel". See comments on "Expository Thoughts on Matthew's Gospel".

  7. 4 out of 5

    Sarahelisabeth

    This was a reread of Expository Thoughts on the Gospels: Luke volume 1. On the reread, I've probably bored other people telling them how much I like this book. JC Ryle was the Anglican bishop of Liverpool and a Victorian but he avoided using typical Victorian prose. This book is clear, sensible and honest. Ryle is clear about parts of the Gospel that he doesn't understand or are controversial yet brings out clear, challenging thoughts without compromising the meaning of the passage. The sections This was a reread of Expository Thoughts on the Gospels: Luke volume 1. On the reread, I've probably bored other people telling them how much I like this book. JC Ryle was the Anglican bishop of Liverpool and a Victorian but he avoided using typical Victorian prose. This book is clear, sensible and honest. Ryle is clear about parts of the Gospel that he doesn't understand or are controversial yet brings out clear, challenging thoughts without compromising the meaning of the passage. The sections are short and conveniently have a Bible passage printed at the top. The short sections make this idea for reading a portion daily. Highly recommended.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Roy Bartle

    Informative commentary; embellishes a few unusual and interesting points.

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