Commentary on Colossians by S.R. Macphail

Simon Ross Macphail [d.1912], The Epistle of Paul to the Colossians.

A brief commentary on Paul’s letter to the Colossians by Simon Ross Macphail [died 1912] in the Handbooks for Bible Classes and Private Students series. My thanks to Book Aid for providing a copy of this public domain title for digitisation.

Simon Ross Macphail [d.1912], The Epistle of Paul to the Colossians. Handbooks for Bible Classes and Bible Students. Edinburgh: T & T Clark, 1911. pbk. pp.130. [Click to visit the download page for this title]

Table of Contents

  • Foreword
  • Introduction
  • Commentary
  • Appendix A. Outline of the Letter
  • Appendix B. Mithraism and Christianity
  • Appendix C. Manumission
  • Appendix D. Colossians and Ephesians
  • Appendix E. Words, etc., Specially Examined

Introduction

When any one proposes to enter on the study of a portion of the New Testament, the first question which arises is, To which division of the New Testament does my present study belong? For there are two leading divisions. The one contains the narrative of our Lord’s earthly ministry (the four Gospels), and the other belongs to a subsequent time of special Revelation, when the Holy Spirit interpreted to the Apostles the full meaning of the Lord’s earthly mission, and also led them, as He had Himself promised, into much new truth. These two portions combined form the New Testament Revelation, and contain all through which the knowledge of grace and glory by Jesus Christ comes to men in every age. The New Testament is final Revelation, but New Testament theology, i.e. man’s grasp of the New Testament, is ever purifying, enlarging, and enriching…

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Handley Moule on Romans, Colossians and Philemon

Handley Carr Glyn Moule /ˈmoʊl/ (23 December 1841 – 8 May 1920)
Handley Carr Glyn Moule (23 December 1841 – 8 May 1920). Source: Wikipedia

Handley Moule was Bishop of Durham (1901–1920). He was prolific author and contributed several volumes to the Cambridge Bible for Schools and College series (1891-98). The noted Cambridge theologian C.F.D. Moule was his grand-nephew.

My thanks to Book Aid for providing two of Moule’s commentaries for digitisation. These volumes are in the public domain.

Handley Carr Glyn Moule [1841-1920], editor, The Epistles of Paul the Apostle to the Colossians and Philemon. The Cambridge Bible for Schools and Colleges. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1906. Hbk. pp.195. [Click to visit the download page]

Handley Carr Glyn Moule [1841-1920], The Epistles of Paul the Apostle to the Romans. The Cambridge Bible for Schools and Colleges. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1918. Hbk. pp.270.  [Click to visit the download page]

Introduction (from Romans Commentary

“Saul, who is also called Paul,” was born at Tarsus, the capital of the province of Cilicia, and one of the three great Academies (Athens, Alexandria, Tarsus,) of the classic world. His father was a Jew, a Benjamite; one of the great orthodox-patriotic party of the Pharisees; a “Hebrew,” in the special sense of a maintainer of Hebrew customs and of the use (within his own household) of the Aramaic language; and, finally, a Roman citizen. This citizenship was no result of the “freedom” of Tarsus; for civic “freedom,” under the Empire, implied no more at the most than municipal self-government and exemption from public taxation. Saul’s father may have been the freedman of a Roman noble; or he may have received citizenship in reward for political services during the great Civil Wars; or, just possibly, he may have bought the privilege….