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


  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.

Greek Text Commentary on Ephesians by John Owen Farquhar Murray

John Owen Farquhar Murray [1858-1944], editor, The Epistle of Paul to the Ephesians with Notes and IntroductionThe  Rev J.O.F. Murray [1858-1944] wrote this commentary on the Greek text of Paul’s letter to the Ephesians as part of a series intended for use in the schools and colleges of his day. He was Master of the Selwyn College, Cambridge and Honorary Canon of Ely Cathedral.

This copy of his book was kindly provided by Book Aid and is in the public domain.

John Owen Farquhar Murray [1858-1944], editor, The Epistle of Paul to the Ephesians with Notes and Introduction. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1914. Hbk. pp.151. [Click to visit the download page]

Table of Contents


  • Authorship
  • The Recipients
  • Time and Place of Writing
  • The Effect of te Epistle
  • Notes
  • Additional Notes
  • List of Words
  • Indices

Murray also wrote this article on the resurrection:

John Owen Farquhar Murray [1858-1944], “The Resurrection of Our Lord Jesus Christ,” Journal of the Transactions of the Victoria Institute 54 (1922): 144-159. [Click to view in PDF]

He was a regular contributor to both The Expositor and the The Expository Times.


When five and twenty years ago I first had to prepare a course of public lectures on the Epistle to the Ephesians, I had access, in addition to the generally accessible sources of information, to the notes taken by a College friend at a course of lectures given some years previously in the University by Professor Lightfoot. I asked and obtained permission from him, he was then Bishop of Durham, to make free use of these notes. They are my authority for the views attributed in this edition to ‘ L’ when the reference is not derived from his published works. I owed a great deal at that time to what I learnt both at first and at second hand from him. I trust I have not made him responsible for any opinions which he would have disowned….

John Calvin’s Commentary on Romans

John CalvinThis is the 1849 edition of John Calvin’s Commentary on Paul’s letter to the Romans, published by the Calvin Translation Society, translated by the Rev. John Owen. I need to be careful to distinguish it from more recent translations, which may still be in copyright.

My thanks to Book Aid for providing a copy of this book for digitisation. This title is in the public domain.

John Calvin, Translated edited by Rev John Owen, Commentaries on the Epistle of Paul to the Romans. Edinburgh: Calvin Translation Society, 1849. Hbk. pp.592. [Click to visit the download page]

Table of Contents

  • Translator’s Preface
  • Commentary
  • Indices

The Argument

With regard to the excellency of this Epistle, I know not whether it would be well for me to dwell long on the subject; for I fear, lest through my recommendations falling far short of what they ought to be, I should do nothing but obscure its merits: besides, the Epistle itself, at its very beginning, explains itself in a much better way than can be done by any words which I can use. It will then be better for me to pass on to the Argument, or the contents of the Epistle; and it will hence appear beyond all controversy, that besides other excellencies, and those remarkable, this can with truth be said of it, and it is what can never be sufficiently appreciated – that when any one gains a knowledge of this Epistle, he has an entrance opened to him to all the most hidden treasures of Scripture….

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