First Christian Century by Sir William Ramsay

William M. Ramsay [1851-1939], The First Christian Century. Notes on Dr. Moffatt's Introduction to the Literature of the New Testament.

In this series of ad hoc articles Sir William Ramsay defends the historicity of the New Testament against the arguments put forward by Dr James Moffatt. Ramsay was not the first to respond to Moffatt’s attacks on historicity, see Daniel in the Critic’s Den, for another example. My thanks to Book Aid for making a copy of this public domain title available for digitisation.

William M. Ramsay [1851-1939], The First Christian Century. Notes on Dr. Moffatt’s Introduction to the Literature of the New Testament. London: Hodder & Stoughton, 1911. Hbk. pp.195. [Click to visit the download page for this title]

Table of Contents

  • Preface
  1. General
  2. Literary Illustrations in Dr. Moffatt’s Book
  3. Literature and History: A Difference in Method
  4. The First and Late Second Century
  5. The Personality of Papias and Polycarp
  6. Papias as Authority for the Early Deathg of John the Apostle
  7. The Supposed Early Death of John
  8. The Fascination of the Second Century
  9. The Argument from Accuracy of Local Details
  10. Exsamples of the “Imaginative Reconstruction” of the Past in Literature
  11. The Lawfulness of False Attribution in Literature
  12. The Growth of a Miracle
  13. The “Growing Consciousness of the Church”
  14. The Unity of the New Testament
  15. Order and Unifying Principle in the New Testament
  16. St. Paul as the Beginning of the New Testament
  17. St. Paul and St. John
  18. Incident and Teaching
  19. The Fourth Gospel and Its Author
  20. The “Semi-Pseudonymity” of First Peter
  21. The Study of Opinions
  22. Analogies from Classical Non-Christian Literature
  23. The South Galatian Question
  24. The Phygian Region of the Province of Galatia
  25. The Phrygian Language at Iconium
  26. Antioch a Galatian City
  27. The Political and Religious Importance of Pisidian Antioch
  28. A Greek Linguistic Argument
  29. Conclusion

Commentary on St. Luke by Frank Marshall

Frank Marshall [1848-1906], The School and College St Luke

This commentary on Luke’s Gospel by Frank Marshall is a further volume in this series originally written for schoolchildren preparing for this Oxford and Cambridge examinations. My thanks to Book Aid for providing a copy of this public domain title for digitisation.

Frank Marshall [1848-1906], The School and College St Luke. London: George Gull & Sons, Ltd., [1898]. Hbk. pp.211. [Click here to visit the download page]

Contents

  • Preface
  • Introduction to the Gospel
    1. Title
    2. The Author
    3. Life of St. Luke
    4. Purpose of the Writer
    5. For What Readers
    6. Date, Place and Language
    7. Characterstics of the Gospel
    8. Miracles and Parables Recorded by St. Luke
    9. Peculiarities of St. Luke’s Gospel –
      • Miracles and Parables
      • Other Points Peculiar to St. Luke
      • Effect of Miracles and other Events
      • Circumstances calling forth Parables
    10. Appewarance of Angels
    11. Our Lord’s Conformity to the Law of Moses
    12. Errors of Judgement on the Part of the Apostles
    13. Kings and Governors
    14. Biographical Notes
    15. Apostles
    16. Geographical Notes
    17. The Synagogue
    18. The Sanhedrin
    19. The Temple
    20. The Officers of the Temple
    21. The Jewish Festivals
    22. Sects and Orders of Men
    23. The Nazarite Vow
    24. Names of our Lord
  • The Gospel according to St. Luke, with Marginal Notes and Foot Notes
  • Important Changes in the Revised Version, with Comments
  • Glossary of Terms and Phrases
  • Our Lord’s Teaching
  • Quotations from the Old Testament
  • Illustrations from the Old Testament
  • Titles Given to our Lord
  • Maps

Commentary on the Johannine Epistles by Johann Ebrard

Johann Heinrich August Ebrard [1822-1903], Biblical Commentary on the Epistles of St. John

I have been unable to find further information about this commentary on the Greek text of the Johannine Epistles or its author Johann Ebrard. It is not mentioned in any of the commentary surveys I have to hand (Carson, Evans or Rosscup), so if anyone can provide any background information, please do so in the comments.

My thanks to Book Aid for making a copy of this public domain work available for digitisation.

Johann Heinrich August Ebrard [1822-1903], Biblical Commentary on the Epistles of St. John in Continuation of the Work of Olshausen with an Appendix on the Catholic Epistles. Edinburgh: T & T Clark, 1890. Hbk. pp.423. [Click hereto visit the download page]

Contents

  • St John the Apostle and his Writings
  • The First Epistle of John. Introduction
    1. The Epistolary Form
    2. Identity of Author and Evangelist
    3. Genuineness of Epistle
    4. Its Relation to the Gospel
    5. Time and Place of Composition, and Circle of Readers
    6. Diction and Spirit of the Epistle
    7. Literature
  • Exposition
  • The Second and Third Epistles of John
    1. Introduction
    2. Exposition of the Second Epistle
  • The Third Epistle of John. Exposition
  • Translation of the Two Epistles
  • Appendix on the Catholic Epistles
  • Index
    1. Greek Words and Phrases Explained
    2. Passages of Scripture incidentally Explained or Illustrated
    3. Principal Matters

St John the Apostle and His Writings

St John occupies a place so peculiar and prominent, among the disciples of our Lord as a person, and among – the New-Testament writers as an author – and the writings which bear his name have always been the object of such various and conflicting discussion-that a comprehensive exhibition of his personal character, his life, his labours, and his literary activity may well be regarded as one of the most difficult undertakings. If, in the brief limits here prescribed to us, we are to succeed, we must enter upon the subject not analytically, but synthetically; that is, we must set out with the collective picture of the Apostle and his writings given in the New Testament, and then pass on to a general view of all the critical questions arising out of it. The personality of the Apostle himself, and the character of his writings, and their adjustment in the extant cycle of New-Testament literature, must first of all be viewed as a thesis; and upon that we may found a universal review of the critical questions which have been raised in relation to those writings.

Three of our Lord’s Apostles stand out prominently from the general circle: St John, St Peter, and St Paul. The last was not in the number of the Twelve. Among them St James, the son of Zebedee and brother of St John, had been singled out by Christ to be the companion of St John and St Peter in the special distinction of witnessing His transfiguration and His deepest humiliation (Mark v. 37; Matt. xvii. 1, xxvi. 37); but St James soon followed his Master in a death of martyrdom (Acts xii. 2), and on that account is less known to us than the rest.

As compared with St Peter, St John exhibits to us a calm and reflective nature, with a preeminent receptivity: every word of his beloved Master, which tends to solve to his heart the mystery which he pondered, he apprehends in his deepest soul, and holds it fast, and meditates upon it, blessedly losing himself in the contemplation of the glory of the Son of Man.

Pages v-vi.