The First Book of Samuel is one of a series of manuals on the books of the Old· Testament, which are primarily intended for the use of Students preparing for the Local Examinations of the Universities of Oxford and Cambridge.
The Introduction treats fully of the several subjects with which the Student should be acquainted, comprising full Geographical and Biographical Notes, and other important details, which are clearly set forth in the Table of Contents. The special features in the narrative are fully commented upon.
The chief alterations of the Revised Version are pointed out in footnotes, the Student being referred to the Revised Version. In the Appendix will be found (1) a Commentary upon the most important differences between the Authorised and Revised Versions, the alterations being pointed out and explanations given of the reasons for the changes; (2) an Explanation of words and phrases, thus avoiding constant reference to the text and notes…
James Bickersteth Mayor’s commentary is generally recognised as one of the finest works on the epistle of James of all time. My thanks to Book Aid for providing a copy of this public domain title for digitisation.
Relation of the Epistle to the Other Books of the New Testament
The Contents of the Epistle
Persons to Whom the Epistle is Addressed and Place From Which it is Written
On the Date of the Epistle / Harnack and Spitta on the Date of the Epistle
On the Grammar of St James
On the Style of St. James
Did St. James Write in Greek or in Aramaic?
Text of St James
Paraphrase and Comments
Preface To The First Edition
In writing my Preface I bring to a close a work which has for some years been my chief occupation, and which has indeed been seldom out of my thoughts since the time when, as an undergraduate, I first made acquaintance with Coleridge’s Aids to Reflection, and was led in consequence to study with some care the Epistle of St. James, to which reference is made in the earlier Aphorisms of that book.
In the Introduction I have stated my reasons for believing this Epistle to be the earliest of the books of the New Testament, written probably in the fifth decade of the Christian era by one who had been brought up with Jesus from his childhood and whose teaching is in many points identical with the actual words of our Lord as recorded in the Synoptic Gospels. If I am not mistaken, it presents to its a picture of pre-Pauline Christianity, which is not only interesting historically, but is likely to be of special value in an age of religious doubt and anxiety like the present…