Commentaries on Philippians, Colossians and Philemon by Charles J. Ellicott

Charles J. Ellicott [1819-1905] was Professor of Divinity at King’s College London, Hulsean Professor of Divinity at Cambridge University and Bishop of Gloucester and Bristol [See Wikipedia article]

These are detailed commentaries on the Greek text of Paul’s letters to the Philippians, Colossians and to Philemon. Despite their age Charles Ellicott’s commentaries are still being reprinted. This title is in the public domain.

Charles John Ellicott [1819-1905], A Critical and Grammatical Commentary on St. Paul’s Epistles to the Philippians, Colossians and to Philemon with a Revised Translation. London: John W. Parker & Son, 1857. Hbk. pp.268. [Click to visit the download page]

Table of Contents

  • Preface
  • The Epistle to the Philippians
  • The Epistle to the Colossians
  • The Epistle to Philemon

Preface

The present volume forms the fourth portion of my Commentary on St. Paul’s Epistles, and contains an exposition of the important Epistles to the Philippians and Colossians, and of the graceful and touching Epistle to Philemon.

The notes will be found to reflect the same critical and grammatical characteristics, and to recognise the same principles of interpretation as those which I endeavoured to follow in the earlier portions of this work, and on which the experiences slowly and laboriously acquired during this undertaking have taught me year by year more confidently to rely. There is, however, a slight amount of additional matter which it is perhaps desirable to briefly specify.

In the first place, I have been enabled to carry out more fully and completely a system of reference to the great Versions of antiquity, and have spared no pains to approach a little more nearly to those fresh and clear, yet somewhat remote, well-heads of Christian interpretation…

Charles J. Ellicott’s Commentary on the Letters to the Thessalonians

Charles John Ellicott [1819-1905]

Portrait of Bishop Charles Ellicott By Herbert R. Barraud (died 1896) – Public Domain. Source: Wikipedia

This is a detailed commentary on the Greek text of Paul’s Letters to the Thessalonians by Biship Charles Ellicott. As such those with a good knowledge of Greek will benefit most from it. This title is in the public domain.

Charles John Ellicott [1819-1905], St. Paul’s Epistles to the Thessalonians: With a critical and Grammatical commentary and a revised translation, 4th edn. London: Longman, Green, Longman, Roberts & Green, 1880. Hbk. pp.167. [Click here to visit the download page]

Table of Contents

  • Preface to the Third Edition
  • Preface to the Second Edition
  • Preface to the First Edition
  • 1 Thessalonians
  • 2 Thessalonians

Introduction

This calm, practical, and profoundly consolatory Epistle was written by the Apostle to his converts in the wealthy and populous city of Thessalonica not long after his first visit to Macedonia ( Acts xvi. 9), when in conjunction with Silas and Timothy he laid the foundations of the Thessalonian Church (Acts xvii. 1 sq.). See notes on ch. i. 1.

The exact time of writing the Epistle appears to have been the early months of the Apostle’s year and a half stay at Corinth (Acts xviii. 11), soon after Timothy had joined him (1 Thess. iii. 6) and reported the spiritual state of their converts, into which he had been sent to enquire (eh. iii. 2), probably from Athens; see notes on eh. iii. 1. We may thus consider the close of A.D. 52, or the beginning of A.D. 53, as the probable date, and, if this be correct, must place the Epistle first on the chronological list of the Apostle’s writings….

Charles Ellicott’s Commentary on Ephesians on-line

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…

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Samuel and His Age by George C.M. Douglas

George Cunningham Monteath Douglas [1826-1904], Samuel and His Age. A Study in the Constitutional History of Israel. This is a detailed study of the life and times of the prophet Samuel. I picked this copy up at Book Aid whilst assisting with the reorganisation of the bookshop and noticed that it had previously been part of Professor Donald J. Wiseman’s library. This title is in the public domain.

George Cunningham Monteath Douglas [1826-1904], Samuel and His Age. A Study in the Constitutional History of Israel. Edinburgh: Eyre & Spottiswoode, 1901. Hbk. pp.276. [CLick to visit the download page]

Table of Contents

  • Preface
  1. Historical Position of Samuel Vindicated
  2. Relation of Samuel and David to Moses and Joshua
  3. The Childhood and Youth of Samuel
  4. The Prophetic Office of Samuel
  5. The Priestly Work of Samuel
  6. Samuel as Judge
  7. Samuel hands over his Office as Judge to a King
  8. How Saul was There Times made King by Samuel
  9. The Completeness of this quiet Revolution by Samuel
  10. Literary Relationship of 1 Samuel to the earlier Books
  11. Recapitulation
  • Appendix
  • Index

Preface

There are certain conspicuous personalities in the history of the Kingdom of God in the Old Testament, men whose lives form epochs in the opening up of His ways to His people. Moses is immeasurably the grandest of these. Probably the next to him is Samuel ; and just as we understand Samuel, his character, his position, his offices, and his work, or fail to understand him, we shall succeed in understanding, or shall fail to understand, very much of Jehovah’s dealings with Israel. There is one very marked resemblance between Moses and Samuel-both exercised the three great functions in the Hebrew Commonwealth, those of prophet, priest, and supreme ruler, combining in their own persons three offices which in ordinary circumstances were jealously kept separate.

It is matter of deep and unfeigned regret to me that the scholars who form what is commonly known as the Critical School….

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!

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