J.B. Lightfoot’s Unfinished Commentaries on Paul’s Letters

Joseph Barber Lightfoot
Joseph Barber Lightfoot

Bishop J.B. Lightfoot died before completing his commentaries on Romans, 1 Corinthians, Ephesians and 1 & 2 Thessalonians. His notes on these books were gathered together and published in this volume. My thanks to Book Aid for making a copy of this public domain title available for digitisation.

Joseph Barber Lightfoot [1828-1889], Notes on the Epistles of Paul from Unpublished Commentaries. London & New York: MacMillan & Co., 1895. Hbk. pp.336. [Click to visit the download page]

Table of Contents

  • Introductory Note
  1. The First Epistle to the Thessalonians
  2. The Second Epistle to the Thessalonians
  3. The First Epistle to the Corinthians
  4. The Epistle to the Romans
  5. The Epistle to the Ephesians
  • Indices

Introductory Note

The present work represents the fulfilment of the undertaking announced in the preface to ‘Biblical Essays’ a year and a half ago. As that volume consisted of introductory essays upon New Testament subjects, so this comprises such of Dr Lightfoot’s notes on the text as in the opinion of the Trustees of the Lightfoot Fund are sufficiently complete to justify publication. However, unlike ‘Biblical Essays,’ of which a considerable part had already been given to the world, this volume, as its title-page indicates, consists entirely of unpublished matter. It aims at reproducing, wherever possible, the courses of lectures delivered at Cambridge by Dr Lightfoot upon those Pauline Epistles which he did not live to edit in the form of complete commentaries. His method of trusting to his memory in framing sentences in the lecture room has been alluded to already in the preface to the previous volume…

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Greek Text Commentary on Ephesians by John Owen Farquhar Murray

John Owen Farquhar Murray [1858-1944], editor, The Epistle of Paul to the Ephesians with Notes and IntroductionThe  Rev J.O.F. Murray [1858-1944] wrote this commentary on the Greek text of Paul’s letter to the Ephesians as part of a series intended for use in the schools and colleges of his day. He was Master of the Selwyn College, Cambridge and Honorary Canon of Ely Cathedral.

This copy of his book was kindly provided by Book Aid and is in the public domain.

John Owen Farquhar Murray [1858-1944], editor, The Epistle of Paul to the Ephesians with Notes and Introduction. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1914. Hbk. pp.151. [Click to visit the download page]

Table of Contents

Introduction:

  • Authorship
  • The Recipients
  • Time and Place of Writing
  • The Effect of te Epistle
  • Notes
  • Additional Notes
  • List of Words
  • Indices

Murray also wrote this article on the resurrection:

John Owen Farquhar Murray [1858-1944], “The Resurrection of Our Lord Jesus Christ,” Journal of the Transactions of the Victoria Institute 54 (1922): 144-159. [Click to view in PDF]

He was a regular contributor to both The Expositor and the The Expository Times.

Preface

When five and twenty years ago I first had to prepare a course of public lectures on the Epistle to the Ephesians, I had access, in addition to the generally accessible sources of information, to the notes taken by a College friend at a course of lectures given some years previously in the University by Professor Lightfoot. I asked and obtained permission from him, he was then Bishop of Durham, to make free use of these notes. They are my authority for the views attributed in this edition to ‘ L’ when the reference is not derived from his published works. I owed a great deal at that time to what I learnt both at first and at second hand from him. I trust I have not made him responsible for any opinions which he would have disowned….

Charles Ellicott’s Commentary on Ephesians on-line

Charles John Ellicott [1819-1905]
Charles J. Ellicott By Herbert R. Barraud (died 1896), Public Domain. Source: Wikipedia Commons,
Charles J. Ellicott [1819-1905] was during his distinguished career Professor of Divinity at King’s College London, Hulsean Professor of Divinity at Cambridge University and Bishop of Gloucester and Bristol [See Wikipedia article]. Ellicott wrote several detailed commentaries on the Greek Text of several New Testament books. Readers with good NT Greek will benefit most from this book. This title is in the public domain.

Charles John Ellicott [1819-1905], St. Paul’s Epistle to the Ephesians: With a critical and grammatical commentary, and a revised translation, 4th revised edn. London: Longmans, Green Reader & Dyer, 1868. Hbk. pp.190. [Click to visit the main download page]

Table of Contents

  • Advertisement to the Fourth Edition
  • Preface to the Second Edition
  • Preface to the First Edition
  • Introduction
  • Commentary
  • Translation

Preface to First Edition

The following pages form the second part of a Commentary on St Paul’s Epistles, founded on the same principles and constructed on the same plan as that on the Epistle to the Galatians.

As I explained somewhat at length in the preface to that Epistle the general principles, critical, grammatical, and exegetical, upon which this Commentary has been attempted, I will now only make a few special observations on this present portion of the work, and record my obligations to those expositors who have more particularly devoted themselves to this Epistle.

With regard to the present Commentary, I must remind the reader, that as in style, matter, and logical connexion, this sublime Epistle differs considerably from that to the Galatians, so the Commentary must necessarily in many respects reflect these differences and distinctions. Several points of grammatical interest which particularly characterized the former Epistle are scarcely perceptible in the present…

For more resources on the Book of Ephesians visit this page.