Frederic Godet’s Commentary on Romans

Frédéric Louis Godet [1812-1900], Commentary on St. Paul's Epistle to the Romans, 2 Vols

Frederic Godet’s 2-volume commentary on Romans is written from an Arminian perspective and is still considered useful. My thanks to Book Aid for making this public domain set available for digitisation.

Frédéric Louis Godet [1812-1900], Commentary on St. Paul’s Epistle to the Romans, 2 Vols. Edinburgh: T & T Clark, 1881-82. Hbk. pp.446+434. [Click to visit the Romans page for the download link to this title and other commentaries and theological articles]

Table of Contents

  • Preface
  • Introduction
    1. The Apostle Paul
      1. St. Paul before his Conversion
      2. His Conversion
      3. His Apostleship
    2. The Church of Rome
      1. Foundation of the Roman Church
      2. Composition and Tendency of the Roman Church
    3. The Epistle
      1. The Author
      2. The Date
      3. The Aim
        First Group: Apologetic Aim
        Second Group: Polemic Aim
        Third Group: Didactic Aim
  • Commentary

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Commentary on Romans by David Brown

David Brown [1803-1897], The Epistle to the Romans with Introduction and Notes

David Brown’s commentary on Romans is part of 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.

David Brown [1803-1897], The Epistle to the Romans with Introduction and Notes. Edinburgh: T & T Clark, 1950. Hbk. pp.152. [Click to visit the Romans page for the download link for this title and other free resources]

Table of Contents

Introduction

  1. Authenticity of the Epistle
  2. The Traing of the Writer
  3. When and Where this Epistle was Written
  4. Origin of the Roman Church
  5. Was the Roman Church a Jewish or a Gentle Church
  6. The Plan and Character of this Epistle
  • Address and Salutation
  • Theme of the Epistle
  • Salvation needed alike by all, and first, by the whole gentile world
  • The Jew under condemnation no less than the gentile
  • Jewish objections answered
  • The doctrine of justification by faith illustrated from the Old Testament
  • The blessedness of the justified
  • Comparison and contrast between Adam and Christ in their relation to the human family
  • The fruits of justification in the new life
  • The completedness of them that are in Christ Jesus stretching over all time into eternity
  • The true Israel has not been rejected—How Israel after the flesh has has fallen—and how, in the case of both, and in the calling of the Gentiles, the word of God has taken effect
  • The ultimate infringing of all israel to form, with the Gentiles, one kingdom of God on the earth
  • Christian service
  • Political and Social Relations
  • Christian Forbearance
  • Conclusion