How to Study the English Bible by R.B. Girdlestone

Robert Baker Girdlestone [1836-1923], How to Study the English BibleThis little book was written to help new Christians understand how to read the Bible by Robert Baker Girdlestone [1836-1923], the first Principal of Wycliffe Hall in Oxford. As such it remains of enduring value. This title is in the public domain.

Robert Baker Girdlestone [1836-1923], How to Study the English Bible. London: The Religious Tract Society, 1887. Hbk. pp.112. [Click to visit the main download page]

Table of Contents

  • Preface
  1. A Description of the English Bible
  2. The Bible the Word of God
  3. The Bible Demands Study
  4. Rules for Studying the Bible
  5. Hints on Special Books
  6. The Study of Doctrine
  7. The Practical and Devotional Use of the Bible
  8. Method and Order of Reading the Bible
  9. Useful and Order of Reading the Bible
  • Index of Subjects
  • Index of Texts

Preface

This little book is intended to supply a need felt by many students of God’s Word. They have taken in the message of salvation, they have dedicated their lives to the Master, and have said to Him, ‘Lord, what wilt Thou have me to do?’ The answer to this question lies in the Scriptures, and they have begun to read their Bible in order to learn the will of God. But they soon feel that there are two ways of reading, – a right and a wrong way; and they look out for some practical guidance which may enable them to make the best of God’s Word.

The following pages are offered with a view of meeting this desire.

May God bless them to the reader’s use!

For more resources on how to read the Bible, please go here.

Charles Ellicott’s Commentary on the Pastoral Epistles

Charles John Ellicott [1819-1905]
By Herbert R. Barraud (died 1896), Public Domain Source: Wikipedia.
In order to get the most from Bishop Charles Ellicott’s commentary on the Pastoral Epistles you will need a good grasp of Greek. Despite its age, this commentary still seems to be in demand, so I was very pleased to find one at Book Aid recently. This title is in the public domain.

Charles John Ellicott [1819-1905], The Pastoral Epistles of St. Paul: With a critical and Grammatical commentary and a revised translation, 3rd edn. London: Longmans, Green Reader & Dyer, 1869. Hbk. pp.263. [Click to visit the download page for this title]

Table of Contents

  • Preface to the Third Edition
  • Preface to the Second Edition
  • Preface to the First Edition
  • Introduction
  • Commentary on 1 Timothy
  • Introduction
  • Commentary on 2 Timothy
  • Introduction
  • Commentary on Titus
  • Translation: The First Epistle to Timothy
  • Translation: The Second Epistle to Timothy
  • Translation: The Epistle to Titus

Introduction

The date and general circumstances under which this and the accompanying Epistles were written have long been the subjects of discussion and controversy.

As our opinion on these points must first be stated, it may be said briefly,-(a) that when we duly consider that close connexion in thought, subject, expressions, and style, which exists between the First Epistle to Timothy and the other two Pastoral Epistles, it seems in the highest degree incredible that they could have been composed at intervals of time widely separated from each other. When we further consider (b) the almost insuperable difficulty in assigning any period for the composition of this group of Epistles in that portion of the Apostle’s life and labours included in the Acts; (c) the equally great or even greater difficulty in harmonizing the notes of time and place in these Epistles with those specified in the Apostle’s journeys as recorded by St Luke…

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]