This first volume includes an introduction to Matthew Poole and provides commentary for Genesis through the book of Job.
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Matthew Poole was born in in England. He became a minister at age twenty-four after seminary. Poole was known for being consistently cheerful and a deep theological thinker. He completed two works during his lifetime, Synopsis Criticorum and Commentary on the Holy Bible 3 vols. Poole ministered during the Act of Uniformity in and underwent great persecution for not joining the Church of England, including attempts on his life.
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He escaped to Amsterdam and died there in , supposedly from being poisoned. Logos 8. You have reading more interesting than any novel that was ever written, and as instructive as the heaviest theology. The matter is quite attractive and fascinating, and yet so weighty, that the man who shall study those eight volumes thoroughly, will not fail to read his Bible intelligently and with growing interest. Barth, Christian, G. We have referred to it with benefit. We have nothing equal to them as a series.
These volumes are not all of equal value, but, as a whole, they are a grand addition to our stores. The American translators have added considerably to the German work, and in some cases these additions are more valuable than the original matter. For homiletical [preaching] purposes these volumes are so many hills of gold, but, alas, there is dross also, for Baptismal Regeneration and other grave errors occur.
It gives many precious hints, and much of the choicest thought of medieval writers, besides suggesting catch-words and showing connections between various passages. Geikie — Porter; Dr. Buy the work at once. Multum in parvo [a lot in a little]. Our opinion of it is very high.
It is not critical, but popular. The author has used abbreviations in order to crowd in as much as possible. Suited for teachers and local preachers. M ost of these works would be in the category of great commentaries, except they are not typically what one expects from a commentary. The commentary is purely composed of related verses to the verse at hand. Useful as they are typed out as opposed to having to look up all the cross-references. In general the work is excellently done; but ministers with scanty purses can make a Biblical exposition for themselves.
Torrey, R. This is the best mine of cross-references, topical concordance and ultra concise commentary there is. Invaluable as a Bible-study tool. Torrey was an American fundamentalist who greatly expanded and re-published this work. Bush was a Biblical scholar, a professor of oriental literature in New York City University, and initially a presbyterian minister. Not every verse is commented on. Invaluable; this is a one of a kind gem! The author is at home in the Classics, and has performed the work well. This is a great way to be introduced to and get familiar with the Biblical commentary of the early early Church fathers.
This series has grown to cover every book of the Bible. Most verses in the Bible are commented on by way of one or two paragraph snippets from the writings of the fathers, with helpful background info. Well done.
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George, Timothy — Reformation Commentary on Scripture , vols. This is a great way to get familiar with some lesser known reformers and their writings. Some are newly translated for this volume. Because the series is focused on the history of the Reformation, some non-reformed folk are included as well, such as Anabaptists and Arminians, etc.
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The volumes are well done. Hopefully the series will continue and eventually cover the entire Bible. Trapp was a reformed Anglican, though presbyterian in his leanings. Since Mr. Dickinson has rendered them accessible, I trust most of you have bought them. Trapp will be most valuable to men of discernment, to thoughtful men, to men who only want a start in a line of thought, and are then able to run alone. Trapp excels in witty stories on the one hand, and learned allusions on the other.
You will not thoroughly enjoy him unless you can turn to the original, and yet a mere dunce at classics will prize him. His writings remind me of himself: he was a pastor, hence his holy practical remarks; he was the head of a public school, and everywhere we see his profound scholarship; he was for some time amid the guns and drums of a parliamentary garrison, and he gossips and tells queer anecdotes like a man used to soldier-life; yet withal, he comments as if he had been nothing else but a commentator all his days.
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His criticisms would some of them be the cause of amusement in these days of greater scholarship; but for all that, he who shall excel Trapp had need rise very early in the morning. Trapp is my especial companion and treasure; I can read him when I am too weary for anything else. Trapp is salt, pepper, mustard, vineagar, and all the other condiments.
Put him on the table when you study, and when you have your dish ready, use him by way of spicing the whole thing.
Yes, gentlemen, read Trapp certainly, and if you catch the infection of his consecrated humor, so much the better for your hearers. Whitecross was a school master who wrote to engage the minds of the young, though these select anecdotes will be welcome and profitable to all.
He also wrote a commentary of anecdotes on the Shorter Catechism. Theodore Haak. Joel Beeke. Not a traditional commentary, but it gives introductions to the Biblical books and summaries of them. It is particularly full on the Psalms. From the English author of the magnum opus on covenant theology in the puritan period. Rich and experiential. By hard texts, Hall means the hard parts in about every other verse of the Bible, as that is how much he comments on. It is not necessary to the Student, but might be useful.
Clarke d. His annotations are very hard to find, though sometimes the New Testament portion can be bought as a print-on-demand. The main drawback is the brevity and often sparsity of his comments. Author one of the ejected ministers, an exceedingly learned man. This work was highly commended by Owen, Baxter, Howe and others, but is now superseded.
Bishop Simon Patrick and Dr. Daniel Whitby were Arminians, but they must be of some use as Matthew Henry in his commentary quotes from Patrick about times and Whitby about 50 times.
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The authors were men of great learning, their association in one commentary is remarkable, and their joint production has a place in all complete libraries. Oxford, Wells was an Anglican. The late Dr. Wall was the great champion on infant baptism against the learned Gale.
His notes are good, but out of date. Ostervald was a Swiss protestant pastor historically in the line of the reformed tradition, though, being one of the primary leaders of the Enlightenment coming after the orthodox days of Turretin and Pictet , he was thought to show a leaning towards Socinianism and Arminianism see Wiki. His summaries of the Biblical books, their chapters and his reflection are still useful.
He is quite right. Necessary to Methodist students.
Holden was an orthodox Anglican. Commentaries compiled from the comments of multiple authors are notorious for containing lots of information, though not always in the most fluent and helpful fashion. This work does it better than most, and unlike most the contributors here are only the best.
Said to contain 4, notes and , parallel passages, being all those of Blayney, Scott, Clarke, and others. The tables, notes, introductions, etc. More fitted for the family than the study.