Cambridge Greek Testament on Acts – J. Rawson Lumby

Joseph Rawson Lumby [1831-1895], The Acts of the Apostles. Cambridge Greek Testament for Schools and Colleges

This is J. Rawson Lumby’s commentary on the Greek text of the Acts of the Apostles written for students in the 19th Century. This copy came from the reserve stock of Spurgeon’s College library.

Joseph Rawson Lumby [1831-1895], The Acts of the Apostles. Cambridge Greek Testament for Schools and Colleges. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1894. Hbk. pp.472. [Click to visit the download page]

Table of Contents

I. Introduction

  • Design of the Author
  • The Title
  • The Author
  • Date of the Work
  • The Sources of the Narrative
  • Alleged difficulties in the Acts

II. Text

III. Notes

IV. Index

V. Greek Index

Was Christ Born in Bethlehem? by Sir William Ramsay

Sir William Mitchell Ramsay
Sir William Mitchell Ramsay (Photo Source: Wikipedia)

Sir William M. Ramsay’s classic defence of the historicity of Luke-Acts. My thanks to Book Aid for making a copy of this public domain title available for digitisation.

William M. Ramsay [1851-1939], Was Christ Born at Bethlehem? A Study on the Credibility of St Luke. London: Hodder & Stoughton, 1898. Hbk. pp.280. [Click here to visit the download page for this title]

Table of Contents

  1. Luke’s History: What it Professes to Be
  2. Plan and Unity of Luke’s History
  3. The Attitude of Luke to the Roman Empire
  4. Importance in Luke’s History of the Story of the Birth of Christ
  5. The Question at Issue
  6. Luke’s Account of the Enrolment
  7. Enrolment by Households in Egypt
  8. The Syrian Enrolment of the Year 8 B.C.
  9. The Enrolment of Palestine by Herod the King
  10. Chronology of the Life of Christ
  11. Some Associated Questions
  • Appendix

Preface

Understanding that a certain criticism implied a sort of challenge to apply my theory of Luke’s character as a historian to the Gospel, I took what is generally acknowledged to be the most doubtful passage, from the historian’s view, in the New Testament, Luke ii. 1-4. Many would not even call it doubtful. Strauss (in his New Life of Jesus) and Renan dismiss it in a short footnote as unworthy even of mention in the text.

This passage, interpreted according to the view which I have maintained – that Luke was a great historian, and that he appreciated the force of the Greek superlative (in spite of the contradiction of Professor Blass and others) – gave the result that Luke was acquainted with a system of Periodic Enrolments in Syria, and probably in the East generally. I looked for evidence of such a system; and it was offered by recent discoveries in Egypt. The confirmation afforded to Luke was explained in the Expositor, April and June, 1897.

Realising better in subsequent thought the bearings of the Egyptian discovery, I have enlarged these two articles into an argument against the view that Luke sinks, in the accessories of his narrative, below the standard exacted from ordinary historians. At the risk of repeating views already stated in previous works, the second chapter attempts to put clearly the present state of the question as regards the two books of Luke, without expecting others to be familiar with my views already published.

The names of those scholars whose views I contend against are hardly ever mentioned. The scholars of the “destructive” school seem to prefer not to be mentioned, when one differs from them. I have learned much from them; I was once guided by them; I believe that the right understanding of the New Testament has been very greatly advanced by their laudable determination to probe and to understand everything, as is stated on p. 33; but I think their conclusions are to a great extent erroneous. It might, however, be considered disingenuous if I concealed that the weighty authority of Gardthausen, the historian of Augustus, is dead against me, p. 102….

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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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