Commentary on Psalms 1-41 by A.F. Kirkpatrick

Alexander Francis Kirkpatrick [1849-1940], ed., The Book of Psalms with Introduction and Notes. Books I. Psalms I-XLIThis is the first part of the Rev A.F. Kirkpatrick’s Commentary on Psalms in the Cambridge Bible for Schools and Colleges series.

My thanks to Book Aid for providing a copy of this public domain title for digitisation.

Alexander Francis Kirkpatrick [1849-1940.], ed., The Book of Psalms with Introduction and Notes. Books I. Psalms I-XLI. The Cambridge Bible for Schools and Colleges. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1892. Hbk. pp.227. pdf [This material is in the Public Domain]

Table of Contents

Preface by the General Editor J.J.S. Perowne, D.D.

I. Introduction:

  1. The Book of Psalms
  2. The Position, Names, Numbering, and Divisions of the Psalter
  3. The Titles of the Psalms
  4. The Authorship and Age of the Psalms
  5. The Collection and Growth of the Psalter
  6. The Form of Hebrew Poetry
  7. The Hebrew Text, the Ancient Versions, and the English Versions
  8. The Messianic Hope
  9. On some points in the Theology of the Psalms

II. Text and Notes

III. Appendices

Index

Chapter 1

Lyric poetry is the most ancient kind of poetry, and Hebrew poetry is mainly lyric. Neither epic nor dramatic poetry flourished in ancient Israel. Some indeed of the historical Psalms may be said to have an epic colouring, but they belong to the class of didactic narrative: Job and the Song of Songs may be called in a sense dramatic, but they do not appear to have been intended for performance on the stage. The only independent branch of poetry in Israel was Gnomic or Proverbial poetry, which in the hands of the ‘Wise Men’ attained to a rich development, and must have exercised an important influence on the education of the people.

The Old Testament is the religious history of Israel, and the poetry preserved in the Book of Psalms is, as might be expected, religious poetry. Secular poetry no doubt existed, but it has not come down to us….

Commentary on the Books of Samuel by C.F. Keil

Carl Friedrich Keil
Carl Friedrich Keil. Image source: Wikipedia.

Carl Friedrich Keil and Franz Delitzsch were 19th Century German Lutheran theologians. Their commentaries are conservative and express their conviction of the divine authority and inspiration of the whole Old Testament. My thanks to Book Aid for making a copy of this book available for digitisation. This title is in the public domain.

Carl Friedrich Keil [1807-1888], Biblical Commentary on the Books of Samuel. Edinburgh: T & T Clark, [1866]. Hbk. pp.512. [Click to visit the download page]

Table of Contents

Introduction

  • Title, Contents, Character, and Origin of the Books of Samuel

Commentary

 

Commentary on John by B.F. Westcott

Brooke Foss Westcott (12 January 1825 – 27 July 1901)
 Brooke Foss Westcott (12 January 1825 – 27 July 1901). Image source: Wikipedia

According to F.F. Bruce this is the best of Bishop Brooke Foss Westcott’s commentaries. My thanks to Book Aid for providing a copy for digitisation.

This title is in the public domain.

Brooke Foss Westcott [1825-1901], The Gospel According to John: The Authorised Version with Introduction and Notes. London: John Murray, 1894. Hbk. pp.307. [Click to visit the download page]

Table of Contents

Introduction:

  1. The Authorship of the Gospel
  2. The Composition of the Gospel
  3. Characteristics of the Gospel
  4. Relation to the Other Apostolic Writings
  5. The History of the Gospel
  • Commentary

F.F. Bruce notes:

It was after Westcott’s election to the Regius Chair in 1870 that his commentaries began to appear, although he had been laying the groundwork for them in his Harrow years. The first commentary to be published was not one of the projected Macmillan series: it was the commentary on the Gospel of John in the Speaker’s Commentary series (so called because it was sponsored by the Speaker of the House of Commons). This work, based on the AV, appeared in 1880; it was the one volume in the Speaker’s Commentary destined for immortality; it is still reprinted (and most deservedly so) from time to time. A posthumous edition, adapted to the Greek text, was edited by his son Arthur Westcott and published in 1908.

F.F. Bruce, “Bishop Westcott and the Classical Tradition,” Spectrum 11 (September 1978): 20.