Commentary on the Book of Ruth by George Albert Cooke

George Albert Cooke [1865-1939], The Book of Ruth in the Revised Version with introduction and notes.A brief commentary on the book of Ruth by G.A. Cooke, who was successively Oriel Professor of the Interpretation of Holy Scripture and Regius Professor of Hebrew at Oxford University. This title is in the public domain.

George Albert Cooke [1865-1939], The Book of Ruth in the Revised Version with introduction and notes. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1913. Hbk. pp.22. [Download complete volume in PDF]

Table of Contents

  • Preface
  • List of Principal Abbreviations
  1. Contents and Aims of the Books
  2. Date of the Book
  3. Place of the Book in the Canon
  • Text and Notes
  • Index

Introduction

Contents and Aim of the Book

The ancient narratives of the Book of Judges carry us back to a half-barbarous age of struggle and disorder, memorable chiefly for the deeds of Israel’s heroes: the Book of Ruth, although the scene is laid in the same age, gives us a very different picture. It introduces us to the peaceful life of the home and of the village, with its sorrows and joys, its wholesome industry and kindly virtues; a life which is by no means barren of heroic qualities, but they take the form of unselfish affection and generosity and loyalty to the ties of kindred; a simple community, tenacious of long established customs, and penetrated throughout by a spirit of unaffected piety. No doubt the picture is idealized; but the author, so far from inventing facts which never existed, is evidently describing a life with which he was familiar. [Continue reading]

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Commentaries on the Books of Kings

Joseph Rawson Lumby [1831-1895], The First Book of Kings.One of my aims in 2018 is to make available more biblical commentaries. Here are four on the books of first and second Kings; two short, two long. Colour maps are included, enhanced as much as possible to overcome the fading in the originals. All are in the public domain.

Joseph Rawson Lumby [1831-1895], The First Book of Kings. J.J.S. Perowne, gen.ed., The Cambridge Bible for Schools and Colleges. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1896. Hbk. pp.248. [Click to download in PDF]

Joseph Rawson Lumby [1831-1895], The First Book of Kings with Map, Introduction and Notes. The Smaller Cambridge Bible for Schools. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1891. Hbk. pp.144. [Click to download in PDF]

Joseph Rawson Lumby [1831-1895], The Second Book of Kings. J.J.S. Perowne, gen.ed., The Cambridge Bible for Schools and Colleges. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1897. Hbk. pp.267. [Click to download in PDF]

Winfred Oldfield Burrows [1858-1929], The Second Book of Kings with Introduction, Notes and Maps. Rivington’s Books of the Bible. London: Rivingtons, 1910. Hbk. pp.118. [Click to download in PDF]

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George Adam Smith’s 1923 Lectures on Jeremiah

George Adam Smith [1856-1942], Jeremiah, Being the Baird Lectures for 1923, 3rd edn., 1924.
Rembrandt van Rijn, Jeremiah Lamenting the Destruction of Jerusalem, c. 1630 [Source: Wikipedia]
These are the 1923 Baird Lectures given by George Adam Smith on the book of Jeremiah. They provide an introduction both to the prophet and his book. This title is in the public domain.

George Adam Smith [1856-1942], Jeremiah, Being the Baird Lectures for 1923, 3rd edn., 1924. London: Hodder & Stoughton, 1923. Hbk. pp.394. [Click to download complete book in pdf]

Table of Contents

Preface
Preliminary

Lecture 1: The Man and the Book
Lecture 2: The Poet
Lecture 3: Prophet – His Youth and His Call
Lecture 4: The Prophet in the Reigh of Josiah, 627-608 B.C.
Lecture 5: Under Jehoiakim, 608-597 B.C.
Lecture 6: To the End and After, 597-B.C.?
Lecture 7: The Story of His Soul
Lecture 8: God, Man and the New Covenant

Appendices
Index of Texts
Index of Names and Subjects

Preface

The purpose and the scope of this volume are set forth in the beginning of Lecture I. Lecture II. explains the various metrical forms in which I understand Jeremiah to have delivered the most of his prophecies, and which I have endeavoured, however imperfectly, to reproduce in English. Here it is necessary only to emphasise the variety of these forms, the irregularities which are found in them, and the occasional passage of the Prophet from verse to prose and from prose to verse, after the manner of some other bards or rhapsodists of his race. The reader will keep in mind that what appear as metrical irregularities on the printed page would not be felt to be so when sung or chanted; just as is the case with the folk-songs of Palestine to-day. I am well aware that metres so primitive and by our canons so irregular have been more rhythmically rendered by the stately prose of our English Versions… [Continue reading]