Commentary on the Acts of the Apostles in 2 Volumes – Thomas M. Lindsay

Thomas M. Lindsay [1802-1866], The Acts of the Apostles with Introduction, Notes and Maps, Volume 1This is Thomas Martin Lindsay’s 2 Volume commentary on Acts. Lindsay is best known for his writings on the Reformation (see here and here for some examples).

My thanks to Book Aid for making these public domain works available for digtisation.

Thomas M. Lindsay [1802-1866], The Acts of the Apostles with Introduction, Notes and Maps, Volume 1. Chapters I-XII. Edinburgh: T & T Clark, [1884]. Hbk. pp.143. [Click here to visit the download page]

Thomas M. Lindsay [1802-1866], The Acts of the Apostles with Introduction, Notes and Maps, Volume 2. Chapters XIII-XXVIII. Edinburgh: T & T Clark, [1884]. Hbk. pp.165. [Click here to visit the download page]

Introduction

In the more important MSS. of the New Testament, the title ls not ” The Acts of the Apostles,” but “Acts of Apostles,” and in one very important MS., the Sinaitic, the book is called simply “Acts.” These titles describe the book much better; it does not contain all the acts, nor even the principal acts of all the Apostles, but only a few selected deeds of some of the Apostles. It is a record of Apostolic Acts, not of the Acts of the Twelve Apostles. In this respect, the book may be fitly compared to the Gospels. They are not, nor do they pretend to be, a complete record of that Life of untiring activity which found “no leisure so much as to eat” (Mark vi. 31). They were written that the readers “might believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God….

Blunt’s Undesigned Coincidences on-line

J.J. Blunt: Undesigned Coincidences
J.J. Blunt: Undesigned Coincidences

J.J. Blunt’s classic work Undesigned Coincidences in the Writings of the Old and New Testament, an Argument of Their Veracity is now available on-line in PDF.

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” When I first read through the Gospels forensically, comparing those places where two or more gospels writers were describing the same event, I was immediately struck by the inadvertent support that each writer provided for the other…. When one gospel eyewitness described an event and left out a detail that raised a question, this question was unintentionally answered by another gospel writer (who, by the way, often left out a detail that was provided by the first gospel writer)….

As someone new to the Bible, I began to investigate whether or not anyone else had observed this phenomenon and found that a professor of divinity name J.J.Blunt wrote a book in 1847 entitled Undesigned Coincidences… This was one of the  first books about the Bible I ever purchased. In his section related to the Gospels and the Boo of Acts, Blunt identified the very same inadvertent parallel passages I discovered when examining the Gospels forensically. Blunt described the phenomenon as a series of “undesigned coincidences” and identified over forty locations in the New Testament where this feature of unintentional eyewitness support could be seen on the pages of Scripture. “

J. Warner Wallace, Cold Case Christianity. A homicide Detective Investigates the Claims of the Gospels. Colorado Springs, CO:  David C. Cook, 2013. pp.184-185.

With such a recommendation I am very pleased to be able to make this book available.

Ramsay’s Cities of St Paul on-line

The Cities of St. Paul by William M. Ramsay
The Cities of St Paul by William M. Ramsay

While I was at Bible College (a long time ago now, or so it seems) I wrote at article about missionary principles in the Book of Acts. As I studied the various Bible Encyclopedia articles on the cities of Acts I was surprised to find how many of them where based on William M. Ramsay’s 1907 work on the subject, which at the that time, had not been superseded. For that reason I am very pleased to be able to make it available free of charge.

William M. Ramsay [1851-1939], The Cities of St Paul. Their Influence on His Life and Thought. London: Hodder & Stoughton, 1907. Hbk. pp.452. This title is in the Public Domain

Table of Contents

Part I – Paulinism in the Graeco-Roman World

§ I. Introduction
§ II. The Pauline Philosophy of History
§ III. The Pauline Contrasted with the Method .
§ IV. St Paul and Hellenism
§ V. Hellenism and Hebraism
§ VI. The Empire as the World’s Hope
§ VII. Paulinism in the Roman Empire
§ VIII. Conclusion

PART II – Tarsus

§ I. Introduction
§ II. The Situation of Tarsus
§ III. Tarsus and the Plain of Cilicia
§ IV. Tarsus, the River and the Sea
§ V. Tarsus and the Cilician Gates
§ VI. The Ionians in Early Tarsus
§ VII. Tarsus as an Oriental Town
§ VIII. Legends of Early Tarsus
§ IX. The Religion of Tarsus
§ X. The Revival of Greek Influence
§ XI. Tarsus as the Greek Colony Antiocheia
§ XII. The Greeks in Tarsus-Antiocheia
§ XIII. The Jews in Tarsus 169
§ XIV. The Jews settled in Tarsus in l 7 l B.C.
§ XV. Tarsus the Hellenistic City
§ XVI. Tarsus as Capital of · the Roman Province Cilicia
§ XVII. The Oriental Spirit ‘in Tarsus
§ XVIII. Romans otherwise Tarsians
§ XIX. The Tarsian Democracy
§·XX. Athenodorus of Tarsus
§ XXI. The Reform of the Tarsian Constitution by Athenodorus
§ XXII. The University of Tarsus
§ XXIII. Tarsus under the Empire

Part III – Antioch

§ I. The City and its Foundation
§ II. The Jews in Pisidian Antioch
§ III. The Greek Colonists in Early Antioch
§ IV. The Phrygians of Antioch
§ V. Antioch a City of Galatia
§ VI. Character of the Original Hellenic City
§ VII. The Roman Colony of Pisidian Antioch
§ VIII. Hellenism in Pisidian Antioch
§ IX. The Religion of Antioch
§ X. First Appearance of Paul and Barnabas in the Antiochian Synagogue
§ XL Paul’s First Address to a Galatian Audience
§ XII. The Approach to the Gentiles
§ XIII. The Door of the Gentiles

Part IV – Iconium

§ I. Natural and National Character
§ II. The Religion of Iconium
§III. The Territory of Iconium
§IV. Iconium a City of Galatia
§ V. The Constitution of the Hellenic City Iconium
§VII. Iconium as a Roman City
§VIII. The Roman Colony of Iconium
§IX. St Paul at Iconium
§ x. The Christian Cults of Iconium

Part V – Derbe

Part VI – Lystra

§I. Situation and Character
§II. Character of the Five Cities

Part VII – St Paul in the Roman World

Notes