Commentary on the Acts of the Apostles by Richard Belward Rackham

Richard Belward Rackham [1863-1912], The Acts of the Apostles. An Exposition, 10th edn., 1925

Richard Belward Rackham’s commentary on Acts is written from a conservative viewpoint, focusing on the Greek text and historical background. My thanks to Book Aid for providing a copy for digitisation.

Richard Belward Rackham [1863-1912], The Acts of the Apostles. An Exposition, 10th edn., 1925. London: Methuen & Co. Ltd., 1901. Hbk. pp.524. [Click to visit the Acts page for the download link for this title and other resources on this book]

Table of Contents

  1. The Book
  2. The Author
  3. The Composition of Acts
  4. The History of the Acts
  5. The Theology of the Acts
  6. The Church and Ministry in the Acts
  • The Analysis of the Acts
  • Chronological Table
  • Addenda
  • Commentary
  • Index
  • Map of the Eastern Mediterranean

Preface

The form of this commentary upon The Acts of the Apostles requires some words of explanation. Instead of breaking up the comment into disjointed notes, an attempt has been made to give a continuous interpretation which the reader can read straight on without interruption, just as he would read the book of The Acts itself. The aim has been simply to ascertain the meaning of the original text and to add the necessary information. Thus the commentary is practically a paraphrase of The Acts, in which the words of the text commented upon are distinguished by being printed in italics, and such general information or discussion as is required from time to time is inserted in the paraphrase fu separate paragraphs: further illustration which the reader can leave on one side is relegated to footnotes. If, however, this method on the one hand aims at consulting the reader’s convenience, on the other it is liable to err on the side of length and repetition, from which faults this commentary can hardly claim to be free.

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Commentary on First Corinthians by Frederic Godet

Frédéric Louis Godet [1812-1900], Commentary on St. Paul's First Epistle to the Corinthians, 2 Vols.

A two-volume commentary on Paul’s first letter to the Corinthians by Swiss theologian Frédéric Louis Godet [1812-1900]. My thanks to Book Aid for making these public domain books available for digitisation.

Frédéric Louis Godet [1812-1900], Commentary on St. Paul’s First Epistle to the Corinthians, 2 Vols. Edinburgh: T & T Clark, 1889. Hbk. pp.428+493. [Click to visit the First Corinthians page for the download link for these titles and other resources on this letter]

Table of Contents

  • Preface
  • Introduction
    1. The Founding of the Church of Corinth
    2. The External Circumstances in which the Epistle was composed
    3. The Events which took place at Corinth in the Interval between the Founding of the Church and the Composition of the Epistle
    4. Plan of the Epistle
  • Commentary
  • Conclusion

Preface

In publishing this new Commentary, I do not feel altogether free from anxiety. The welcome given to its elder brothers encourages me, it is true; but the apostolic book explained in these pages is so practical in its nature, and consequently touches on so many existing religious phenomena, that it is difficult to avoid drawing certain parallels which may injure the objectivity of the work. Then the commentator’s responsibility increases the more the results which he obtains are fitted to exercise a direct influence on the solution of questions which are now occupying the Church. And so I am specially constrained to ask God to avert every hurtful consequence that might flow from errors I may have committed in interpreting this important book, and to say to my readers, like the apostle himself, but in a sense slightly different from his: “Judge yourselves what I say.”

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Commentary on First Corinthians by Thomas Charles Edwards

Principal Thomas Charles Edwards (1837-1900) - author of Commentary n First Corinthians

Thomas Charles Edwards was born in Bala, North Wales and served as the first Principal of the University of Aberyswyth and later of Bala Theological College, which had been founded by his father. Edwards was moderator of the Presbyterian Church in 1887 and was renowned for his preaching. My thanks to Book Aid for making a copy of his public domain title available for digitisation.

Thomas Charles Edwards [1837-1900], A Commentary on the First Epistle to the Corinthians. London: Hamilton, Adams & Co., 1885. Hbk. pp.491. [Click to visit the First Corinthians page for the download for this link book and for other resources on the letter]

Table of Contents

  • Preface
  • Introduction
  • Summary
  • Commentary
  • Index

Preface

Several years ago I entered on a solitary and prolonged study of the Apostle Paul, from a desire to find out for myself, if possible, his real meaning and central principle. This principle seemed to me to spring first to the front in the Epistles to the Corinthian Church. But in the effort to understand it and the Apostle’s application of it to the difficulties and faults 0£ his readers, I found the truth 0£ Wycliffe’s remark “that Paulis wordis passen othere writingis in two thingis,-thei ben pure, sutil, and plentenous to preche the puple.” As I proceeded, I was ever more convinced of the vitality and power of his doctrine of Christ, its sufficiency, its peculiar fitness, to rekindle our dying faith. To me its power was the evidence of its truth. It seemed, not merely to answer the anxious questions of the age, but also to raise the entire spiritual life into a higher sphere, in which doubt is put away with the things of the child and faith in the supernatural made human becomes a promise of strength .and a pledge of victory.

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