Johann Gerhard is a true blessing to Christendom. Well his words are usually found solely in Lutheran circles, Gearhard truly wrote in a manner which all of the church Universal can benefit from. One of these Monumental works is that of his commentary on 2 of the Pastoral Epistles, 1 & 2 Timothy. This work was his recently released is translated by Joshua J Hayes, edited by Benjamin T. G. Mays and Joshua J Hayes as well as being published by Concordia publishing. This new English translation of This truly historic work is important reading to the pastor as well as the Bible student.
With regard to the introductory matters, Gearhard does not spend a lot of Ink on such matters as date, Place, authorship or any other matters pertaining to themes or important verses. This might be due to the timing of his writing, in the early Reformation, specifically the late 1500s and early 1600’s, in a time where critical scholarship had not arisen, or it might simply be that your hard did not find these matters of much importance compared to the commentary on Holy Scripture. Whatever the case may be the introduction section is very short.
in contrast commentary on the text of one in 2 Timothy can be compared to a small, mid-range commentary, in which a person does not need an extensive knowledge of the Greek, but it will help immensely if one does have a basic understanding period Gearhard gives his own translation of the text as well as a good exegetical outline of each chapter. This will be of great help to pastors looking to preach through this work yet it will not be of great help to the layman or scholars for the commenting on the text is not very verbose. But as it was stated at the beginning of the volume this commentary is aimed at the pastor trying to communicate the important truths of God’s holy word to his congregation. And in that scope, Gearhard has done an excellent and commendable job. This commentary gives a wonderful look into the second generation of reformers, those who took up the battle cry of Luther to continue the reformation of Christendom, which is extremely evident in every part of this commentary.
This book was provided to me free of charge from Concordia Publishing in exchange for an unbiased, honest review.
Commentary on 1 & 2 Timothy
© 2017 by Johann Gerhard
Page Count: 232 Pages