Canadian Journal of Theology

Canadian Journal of Theology
A full set of the Canadian Journal of Theology, courtesy of Canterbury Cathedral library

The Canadian Journal of Theology was published by the University of Toronto and ran for 16 volumes between 1955 and 1970. It is valuable resource of learned articles from an interesting range of theological perspectives. Canterbury Cathedral library have kindly provided me with a full set of this journal. However, as far as digitisation is concerned, it presents some unusual challenges. In Canada the copyright term is life of author + 50 years and so some of the articles are now in the public domain. The digital rights (which were not thought of when the journal was published) belong to the authors, the majority of whom are now, sadly, deceased. Tracing the estates of authors is always a difficult task and so far I have only been able to make contact with a few of them.

As I have corresponded with folks in Canada, however, it has become clear that they are very interested in seeing this journal placed on-line. Because of this positive feedback and the tremendous value to students of the journal itself,  I have decided to go ahead (cautiously) with this project straight away. While still attempting at every stage to find the copyright holder, I am going to begin making most of the articles available in the hope that the rights holders that I have been unable to trace, will contact me. I am making Volume 1 of the Journal available today.

It would be a great help if you could look through the table of contents and share this post with anyone whom you think might know one of the copyright holders.

Click here to visit the table of contents for the Canadian Journal of Theology

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]

Blog Interview – Dr. Dave Johnson – Asia Pacific Theological Seminary, Philippines

1) Please introduce yourself and your role at Asia Pacific Theological Seminary

Asia Pacific Theological Seminary logoMy name is Dave Johnson and I am a member of the faculty at the Asia Pacific Theological Seminary (APTS) in Baguio City, Philippines. My speciality is overseeing the school’s publishing ministry, both books and our Journal, the Asian Journal of Pentecostal Studies.

2) Tell us a little about Asia Pacific Theological Seminary

APTS was founded in 1964 for the purposes of training Asian church leaders to minister effectively in their own contexts. Since most Bible schools were only offering a diploma level education at the time, we began by offering a bachelor’s degree and in time, starting offering masters programs. As the Bible schools were able to upgrade their programs to the four year level, we gradually phased out our bachelor’s degrees and added more masters programs and, eventually, post graduate studies were added. Today, we offer masters degree in various ministerial disciplines and have post graduate programs at the MTh, DMin and PhD levels. We currently have a total of 135 resident and non-resident students representing 28 nations.

3) Are the courses full time, part-time or a mixture of both?

Dave and Debbie JohnsonSince most students come from outside the Philippines, they study full time.

4) How do APTS students fund their studies?

We have some scholarship programs. Otherwise, the students must find their own sponsors or financial resources.

5) Does APTS take students from overseas?

Yes. See above.

6) What type of ministry is APTS intended to prepare students for?

Pastors, missionaries and Bible School educators

7) When students leave APTS what kind of ministries / jobs do they go into.

They mainly pastor, teach in a Bible school (or both) or serve as missionaries. Many have gone on to high leadership positions within their denomination or fellowship.

8) What is distinctive about what APTS offers compared with other colleges in and overseas?

We are international, missional and Pentecostal. With one possible exception, we are the only seminary in the Philippines that focuses on all three and one of the few in the entire Asia Pacific Region that do so.

9) Please tell us about the library and other research facilities.

We have an excellent library of over 60,000 resources as well as an archive for church historians. We have an excellent pastoral setting that is conducive to study and reflection.

10) Does APTS offer a distance or on-line learning option.

We offer a few courses online. We also have extension campuses in Samoa, Fiji, Bangkok and one restricted access nation.


Asia Pacific Theological Seminary publishes the Asian Journal of Pentecostal Studies, which is available for free download on their website.

For more interview with Bible College Faculty from around the globe go here.