Biblical Interpretation by Edwin Cyril Blackman

Edwin Cyril Blackman, Biblical Interpretation. The Old Difficulties and the New OpportunityThis book on biblical interpretation deals with the issue of biblical authority and surveys the history of biblical interpretation. According to the blurb on the dustjacket the author “…shows the Bible is still the Word of God for mankind, and the work of the scholars enables it to be more easily understood and proclaimed by this generation”. Edwin Cyril Blackman is perhaps best known for his classic work Marcion and His Influence (SPCK, 1948).

This book is still in copyright. Permission to reproduce it on-line has been granted by E.C. Blackman’s family and the United Reformed Church. It can be used for educational purposes, but not sold for profit without permission from the copyright holders.

Edwin Cyril Blackman, Biblical Interpretation. The Old Difficulties and the New Opportunity. London: Independent Press Ltd., 1957. Hbk. pp.212. [Click to visit the download page for this title]

Contents

  • Preface
    1. Introductory
    2. The Question of Authority
    3. The Development of Exegesis
    4. Modern Criticism
    5. The Present Task in Biblical Interpretation
  • Index

Preface

The aim of this book is to serve ‘the cause of true exposition. The three longer chapters IV-VI are more obviously related to that purpose than the others. Chapter IV is historical, and tries to give an impression of how Christian teachers and preachers through nineteen centuries have in fact expounded the Bible. Chapter VI is intended to be a climax in that it ventures to lay down canons of exegesis for the preacher today. It seemed advisable to preface these larger chapters with some discussion of issues about which it is essential for the preacher to have a right judgment: the significance of the Bible as Revelation, the authority of the Bible in the setting of the general problem of moral and spiritual authority, and the function and limits of historical criticism as applied to the Bible….

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Charles J. Ellicott’s Commentary on the New Testament

Charles John Ellicott [1819-1905], editor, A New Testament commentary for English readers various writers, 3 Vols., 3rd ednCharles J. Ellicott edited a multi-volume commentary on the Bible in the 1870s which is still being reprinted today. This is the three volume New Testament set.

I am looking for the Old Testament volumes in poor condition which I can disbind and scan. If anyone knows of one, please let me know. These volumes are in the public domain.

Charles John Ellicott [1819-1905], editor, A New Testament commentary for English readers various writers, 3 Vols., 3rd edn. London: Cassell, Petter & Galpin, [1877-79]. Hbk. pp.554+468+641. [Click to visit the download page]

Volume 1

The Gospel According to St. Matthew, St. Mark, and St. Luke by Edward Hayes Plumtre [1821-1891]

The Gospel According to St. John by Henry William Watkins [1844-1922]

Volume 2

The Acts of the Apostles by Edward Hayes Plumtre [1821-1891]

Romans by William Sanday [1843-1920]

1 Corinthians by Thomas Teignmouth Shore [1841-1911]

2 Corinthians by Edward Hayes Plumtre [1821-1891]

Galatians by William Sanday [1843-1920]

Volume 3

Ephesians, Philippians, Colossians and Philemon by Alfred Barry [1826-1910]

Thessalonians, I & II and St. Peter I by Arthur James Mason [1851-1928]

Timothy I & II, and Titus by Henry Donald Maurice Spence [1836-1917]

Hebrews by William Fiddian Moulton [1835-1898]

St. James by Elgood George Punchard [1844-1917]

St Peter II and Jude by Alfred Plummer [1841-1926]

St John, Epistles I, II & 3 by William Macdonald Sinclair [1850-1917]

Revelation by William Boyd Carpenter [1841-1918]

Wardle’s History and Religion of Israel on-line

The Black Obelisk of Shalmaneser

Walter L. Wardle’s The History and Religion of Israel forms the first volume in the Clarendon Bible series. It contains numerous plates which are included in greyscale to preserve their quality. The supplement “The Old Testament Chronologically Arranged” by Evelyn Waters Hippisley [1878-1968] is not included as it is still in copyright. This title is in the public domain.

Walter Landsell Wardle [1877-1946], The History and Religion of Israel. Thomas Strong [1861-1944], Herbert Wild [1865-1940] & George Herbert Box [1869-1933], General Editors, The Clarendon Bible. Old Testament, Vol. 1. Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1936. Hbk. pp.228. [Click to visit the main download page]

Table of Contents

  • Editor’s Preface
  • Author’s Preface
  1. Introductory
  2. Israel’s Origins
  3. The Period of the Judges
  4. Thr Rise of the Kingdom
  5. The Divided Kingdoms
  6. The Exile and the Perian Period
  7. The Background of the Religion
  8. Moses and Yahweh
  9. THe Influence of Canaanite Religion on the Religion of Israel
  10. Law
  11. The Development of Prophecy
  12. The Writing Prophets
  13. The Later Literature
  14. Israel’s Debt to Other Nations
  • Index
  • Chronological Table [Not included]

Editor’s Preface

The problem of the teaching of Holy Scripture at the present time presents many difficulties. There is a large and growing class of persons who feel bound to recognize that the progress of archaeological and critical studies has made it impossible for them to read, and still more to teach, it precisely in the old way. How-ever strongly they may believe in inspiration, they cannot any longer set before their pupils, or take as the basis of their interpretation, the doctrine of the verbal inspiration of Holy Scripture. It is with the object of meeting the requirements not only of the elder pupils in public schools, their teachers, students in training colleges, and others engaged in education, but also of the clergy and the growing class of the general public, which, we believe, takes an interest in Biblical studies, that the present series has been projected….