Commentary on the Book of Ruth by George Albert Cooke

George Albert Cooke [1865-1939], The Book of Ruth in the Revised Version with introduction and notes.A brief commentary on the book of Ruth by G.A. Cooke, who was successively Oriel Professor of the Interpretation of Holy Scripture and Regius Professor of Hebrew at Oxford University. This title is in the public domain.

George Albert Cooke [1865-1939], The Book of Ruth in the Revised Version with introduction and notes. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1913. Hbk. pp.22. [Download complete volume in PDF]

Table of Contents

  • Preface
  • List of Principal Abbreviations
  1. Contents and Aims of the Books
  2. Date of the Book
  3. Place of the Book in the Canon
  • Text and Notes
  • Index

Introduction

Contents and Aim of the Book

The ancient narratives of the Book of Judges carry us back to a half-barbarous age of struggle and disorder, memorable chiefly for the deeds of Israel’s heroes: the Book of Ruth, although the scene is laid in the same age, gives us a very different picture. It introduces us to the peaceful life of the home and of the village, with its sorrows and joys, its wholesome industry and kindly virtues; a life which is by no means barren of heroic qualities, but they take the form of unselfish affection and generosity and loyalty to the ties of kindred; a simple community, tenacious of long established customs, and penetrated throughout by a spirit of unaffected piety. No doubt the picture is idealized; but the author, so far from inventing facts which never existed, is evidently describing a life with which he was familiar. [Continue reading]

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Commentaries on the Books of Kings

Joseph Rawson Lumby [1831-1895], The First Book of Kings.One of my aims in 2018 is to make available more biblical commentaries. Here are four on the books of first and second Kings; two short, two long. Colour maps are included, enhanced as much as possible to overcome the fading in the originals. All are in the public domain.

Joseph Rawson Lumby [1831-1895], The First Book of Kings. J.J.S. Perowne, gen.ed., The Cambridge Bible for Schools and Colleges. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1896. Hbk. pp.248. [Click to download in PDF]

Joseph Rawson Lumby [1831-1895], The First Book of Kings with Map, Introduction and Notes. The Smaller Cambridge Bible for Schools. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1891. Hbk. pp.144. [Click to download in PDF]

Joseph Rawson Lumby [1831-1895], The Second Book of Kings. J.J.S. Perowne, gen.ed., The Cambridge Bible for Schools and Colleges. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1897. Hbk. pp.267. [Click to download in PDF]

Winfred Oldfield Burrows [1858-1929], The Second Book of Kings with Introduction, Notes and Maps. Rivington’s Books of the Bible. London: Rivingtons, 1910. Hbk. pp.118. [Click to download in PDF]

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Alfred Plummer on the Pastoral Epistles

The Pastoral Epistles by Alfred PlummerThe commentary on the Pastoral Epistles by Alfred Plummer in the Expositor’s Bible Series is now available for free download in PDF.

Table of Contents

Introductory

Chapter I – The Character and the Genuineness of the Pastoral Epistles

I Timothy

Chapter II – Timothy the Beloved Disciple of S. Paul – His Life and Character

Chapter III – The Doctrine Condemned in the Pastoral Epistles A Jewish Form of Gnosticism – The Gnostic’s Problem

Chapter IV – The Moral Teaching of the Gnostics.-Its Modern Counterpart

Chapter V – The Lord’s Compassion in Enabling a Blasphemer and a Persecutor to Become a Servant of Christ Jesus and a Preacher of the Gospel

Chapter VI – The Prophecies on Timothy. – The Prophets of the New Testament an Exceptional Instrument of Edification

Chapter VII – The Punishment of Hymenaeus and Alexander – Delivering to Satan an Exceptional Instrument of Purification – The Personality of Satan

Chapter VIII – Elements of Christian Worship: Intercessory Prayer and Thanksgiving – The Solidarity of Christendom and of the Human Race

Chapter IX – Behaviour in Christian Worship: Men’s Attitude of Body and Mind: Women’s Attire and Ornament

Chapter X – The Origin of the Christian Ministry: Various Certainties and Probabilities Distinguished

Chapter XI – The Apostle’s Rule Respecting Second Marriages: Its Meaning and Present Obligation

Chapter. XII – The Relation of Human Conduct to the Mystery of Godliness

Chapter XIII – The Comparative Value of Bodily Exercise and of Godliness

Chapter XIV – The Pastor’s Behaviour Towards Women – The Church Widow

Chapter XV – The Pastor’s Responsibilities in Ordaining and Judging Presbyters – The Works that Go Before and that Follow Us

Chapter XVI – The Nature of Roman Slavery and the Apostle’s Attitude Towards It – A Modern Parallel

Chapter XVII – The Gain of a Love of Godliness and the Ungodliness of a Love of Gain

Titus

Chapter XVIII – The Epistle to Titus – His Life and Character

Chapter XIX – The Church in Crete and its Organization – The Apostle’s Directions for Appointing Elders

Chapter XX – Christianity and Unchristian Literature

Chapter XXI – The Meaning and Value of Sobermindedness – The Use and Abuse of Religious Emotion

Chapter XXII – The Moral Condition of Slaves – Their Adornment of the Doctrine of God

Chapter XXIII – Hope as a Motive Power – The Present Hopes of Christians

Chapter XXIV – The Duty of Obedience to Authority with its Limits. – The Duty of Courtesy Without Limits

Chapter XXV – The Co-Operation of the Divine Persons in Effecting the New Birth – The Laver of Regeneration

Chapter XXVI – The Meaning of Heresy in the New Testament and the Apostle’s Directions Respecting Heretical Persons

2 Timothy

Chapter XXVII – The Character and Contents of the Last Epistle of S. Paul – The Nemesis of Neglected Gifts

Chapter XXVIII – The Heartlessness of Phygelus and Hermogenes – The Devotion of Onesiphorus – Prayers for the Dead

Chapter XXIX – The Need of Machinery for the Preservation and Transmission of the Faith – The Machinery of the Primitive Church

Chapter XXX – The Christian’s Life as Military Service; as an Athletic Contest; as Husbandry

Chapter XXXI – The Power of a Belief in the Resurrection and the Incarnation – The Gospel of S. Paul

Chapter XXXII – The Need of a Solemn Charge Against a Controversial Spirit, of a Diligence Free From Shame, and of a Hatred of the Profanity which Wraps Up Error in the Language of Truth

Chapter XXXIII – The Last Days – The Bearing of the Mention of Jannes and Jambres on the Question of Inspiration and the Errors Current in Ephesus

Chapter XXXIV – The Perils of Rationalism and the Responsibilities of a Lifelong Contact with Truth – The Properties of Inspired Writings

Chapter XXXV – The Paradoxical Exultation of the Apostle – His Apparent Failure and the Apparent Failure of the Church – The Great Test of Sincerity

Chapter XXXVI – The Personal Details a Guarantee of Genuineness

Chapter XXXVII – The Apostle Forsaken by Men but Strengthened by the Lord – The Mission to the Gentiles Completed – The Sure Hope, and the Final Hymn of Praise