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Catalogue of Commentaries & Expositions


[See also works on the Four Gospels.]

  1. ABBOTT (LYMAN, U.S.A.) New Testament. Vol. I. Matthew and Mark. Sq. 8vo., 9/-Lond., Hodder. 1875. Intended for workers, and likely to be useful to them.
  2. ADAMSON (H. T., B.D.) Matthew expounded. Thick 8vo. 12/-Lond., Sampson Low. 1871. This book reads to us like utter nonsense. We question if anyone except the author will ever be able to make head or tail of it, and he had better be quick about it, or he will forget what he meant.
  3. ALEXANDER (JOSEPH ADDISON, D.D.) Matthew Explained. Post 8vo. 5/-Lond., Nisbet. 1870. S. 3/6. Dr. Alexander's last work. He died before it was quite finished. It is complete to Chapter XVI. Its value is great.
  4. BEAUSOBRE (Isaac DE, 1659—1738), and L'ENFANT (JAQUES, 1661—1728). A New Version, with a Commentary. 8vo. Cam&, 1790; Lond., 1823, &c. 1/6 to 3/-The brief notes are purely literal or illustrative, and are remarkably pertinent. The mass of the volume is taken up with an introduction to the New Testament.
  5. BENHAM (W.) Matthew, with Notes. Cr. 8vo. Lond., National Society. [1861]. S. x/-With this in his hand a teacher would be much aided in conducting his class. It is written by a teacher for teachers. The remarks are not very profound, nor always such as we should endorse, but they are well fitted for their purpose.
  6. BLACKWOOD (CHRISTOPHER). An Exposition upon the 'Fen First Chapters of Matthew. 4to. 1649. 9/-This learned divine became a Baptist through studying the arguments against believers' baptism. This proves his candour. His comment is somewhat out of date, but it is still good.
  7. CLARKE (GEORGE W.) Notes. Cr. 8vo. New York, 1870. Good notes for teachers. Well compiled. A fit companion to No. 983.
  8. DICKSON (DAVID). A Brief Exposition of Matthew. 8vo. 1651. 7/6. A perfect gem. The work is, to men of our school, more suggestive of sermons than almost any other we have met with.
  9. GODWIN (JOHN H.) New Translation, with Brief Notes. Cr. 8vo. 5/-Lond., Bagsters. 1863. Dr. Godwin is a painstaking elucidator of the word, and his plan is an excellent one. Students in college will value him.
  10. GOODWIN (HARVEY, D D., Bp. of Carlisle). Commentary. Cr. 8vo. 12/-Lond., G. Bell & Sons. 1857. S. 4/-to 5/6. An important work, which may be consulted with advantage.
  11. KELLY (WILLIAM). Lectures on the Gospel of Matthew. 6/-Lond., G. Morrish. 1868. We cannot accept the forced and fanciful interpretations here given.
  12. MARLORATUS [MARLORAT] (AUGUSTINE. 1560—1562). Exposition. Translated by Thomas Tyroroe. Folio. Lond., 1570-Marlorate was an eminent French reformer, preacher, and martyr. His commentaries contain the cream of the older writers, and are in much esteem, but are very rare. He wrote on the whole New Testament, but we have in English only the Gospels and Jude.
  13. MORISON (JAMES, D.D.) Matthew's Memoirs of Jesus Christ. 8vo. 14/-Lond., Hamilton. 1870. We differ greatly in doctrinal views from Dr. Morison, but we set a great price upon his Matthew and Mark, which deserve the utmost praise.
  14. OVERTON (CHARLES). Expository Preacher. Course of Lectures on Matthew. 2 vols., 8vo. Lond., Nisbet. 1850. S. 6/6. Scarce. Solid, sound, soporific sermons; intended for lay helpers to read, with the prayers appended. They will not make the hearers lie awake at nights, or cause them palpitations of heart through excess of original and striking thought.
  15. PARKER (JOSEPH, D.D.) Homiletic Analysis. Matthew. 8vo. 7/6. Lond., 1870. 3/6. Dr. Parker is an able though somewhat———. But stop, he is a near neighbor of ours.
  16. PENROSE (JOHN). Lectures on Matthew. 12mo. Lond., 1832. I/6. The author says of his work, "no novelty of any kind, no originality either of thought or research will be found in it." Why, then, did he print it?
  17. THOMAS (DAVID, D.D.) Genius of the Gospel. Homiletical Commentary. 8vo. Lond., Dickinson. 1873. 8/6. We hardly know a more suggestive book.
  18. WARD (RICHARD). Theoloicall Questions, Dogmaticall Observations, and Evangelicall Essays vpon the Gospel according to Matthew. Wherein about two thousand six hundred and fifty profitable Questions are discussed; and five hundred and eighty points of Doctrine noted, &c., &c. Folio. Lond., 1640. 12/ A huge mass of comment, in which are thousands of good things mostly set forth by way of question and answer. Few could ever read it through; but to a wise minister it would be a mine of wealth.

  19. ALEXANDER (JOSEPH ADDISON, D.D.) Mark Ex-plained. Post 8yD. 5/-Lond., Nisbet. 1866. S. 3/6. Alexander expounds Mark as an independent record, and does nat constantly tell us to "see Matthew and Luke." Hence the boo/, is complete in itself, and the author's learning and care have made i,' invaluable.
  20. B. (G.) Practical Commentary on Mark, in Simple and Familiar Language. 12mo. 3/-Lond., Nisbet. 1863. The different paragraphs are treated under most suggestive headings which are the most useful parts of the book. Infant baptism is far too prominent, but the little work is likely to be very helpful.
  21. GODWIN (John H.) Mark. A New Translation, with Note, and Doctrinal Lessons. Cr. 8yD. 4/6. Lond., Hodder & Stoughton. 1869. S. 2/-We like the brief doctrinal lessons, which are rather a new feature They will serve admirably well as sermon-hints. The notes and trans lation are really good.
  22. GOODWIN (HARVEY, D.D., Bp. of Carlisle). Commentary. Cr. 8vD. 7/6. Lond., G. Bell & Sons. 1860. Contains much very helpful comment. Produced in connection with the Cambridge Working Men's College.
  23. MORISON (JAMES, D.D.) A Commentary. Large 8yD. 14/-Lond., Hamilton, Adams & Co. 1873. .4 deeply learned work; we know of none more thorough. Differing as we do from this author's theology, we nevertheless set a high price upon this production.
  24. PETTER (GEORGE). Commentary on Mark. 2 vols., folio. Lond., 1661. f1 12s. 6d. Mr. J. C. Rye says of this work: "For laborious investigation of the meaning of every word, for patient discussion of every question bearing; on the text, for fullness of matter, for real thoughtfulness, and for continued practical application, there is no work on St. Mark which, in my opinion, bears comparison with Petter's. Like Goliath's sword, there is nothing like it." We have found far less fresh thought in it than we expected, and think it rather tedious reading.


    [See also on the Gospels. Oosterzee in Lange is excellent.]

  25. FOOTE (JAMES, M.A.) Lectures on Luke. 2 vols. 8vo. Third edition. Edinb., Ogle &. Murray, and Oliver & Boyd; Lond., Hamilton, Adams & Co. 1858. S. 9/-We frequently consult this work, and never without.finding in it things new and old. To preachers who will not steal the lectures, but use them suggestively, they will be extremely serviceable.
  26. GODET (F., Professor of Theology, Neuchatel). Commentary on Luke. Translated by E. W. Shelders, B.A., and M.D. Cusin. 2 vols., 8vo. 21/-Edinb., Clark. 1875. Dr. Meyer says: "To an immense erudition, to a living piety, Godet unites a profound feeling of reality; there is here a vivifying breath, an ardent love for the Savior, which helps the disciple to comprehend the work, the acts, the words of his Divine Master."
  27. GOODWIN (HARVEY, D.D.) Commentary on Luke. Cr. 8vo. 9/-Lond., G. Bell & Sons. 1865. This writer endeavors to give the results of learning in such a manner that working men may understand them. He says many good things.
  28. MAJOR (J. R., M.A.) Luke, with English Notes. 8vo. Lond., 1826. 3/-Notes compiled with a view to the divinity examinations at Cambridge, containing a considerable amount of information.
  29. THOMSON (JAMES, D.D.) Exposition of Luke, in a Series of Lectures. 3 vols., 8vo. Edinb., A. & C. Black; Lond., Longmans. 1849. 6/-to 8/- Eminently instructive. Clear good sense, freshness, and earnestness are well combined. We have had great pleasure in examining these lectures.
  30. VAN DOREN (W. H., of Chicago). Suggestive Commentary on the New Testament, on an original plan [Luke, 2 vols., cr. 8vo., 8/-nett.] Lond., Dickinson. 187x. Well named "suggestive",' it is all suggestions. It teems and swarms with homiletical hints

  31. ANDERSON (ROBERT. 1792—1843). Practical Exposition of John. 2 vols., 12mo. Lond., 1841. 4/-By an evangelical clergyman: sound, but not very original.
  32. AUGUSTINE. Commentary on John. 2 vols. of Works of Augustine, now in course of issue by T. & T. Clark. Edinb.
  33.     "    "     Homilies on the Gospel and First Epistle of John. 2 vols. of the Library of the Fathers, 30/-; or to subscribers, 22/6. Lond. and Oxf, Jas. Parker & Co. To the wise a mine of treasure. Augustine is often fanciful; but even his fancies show a master-mind. Much that passes for new is stolen from this prince of theologians.
  34. BEITH (ALEXANDER, D.D.) Expository Discourses. Cr. 8vo. Lond., Nisbet. 1857. 3/6. Discourses which must have been very profitable to the hearers. Students will do better with works which are more condensed.
  35. BESSER (RUDOLPH, D.D.) Biblical Studies on John. Trans-lated from the German by M. G. Huxtable. 2 vols. cr. 8vo. 15/-Edinb., T. & T. Clark. 1861—62. "The character of this commentary is practical and devotional. There are often very exquisite devotional passages, and a vein of earnest piety runs through the whole work."—Literary Churchman.
  36. BROWN (GEORGE J., M.A.) Lectures, forming a Continuous Commentary. 5 vols., 8vo. Lond., Rivingtons. 1863. S. 5/6. The plan of this work will prevent its being widely used; but its execution strikes us as being uncommonly able. It is a gathering up of other men's materials and an amalgamation of them. It is intensely Episcopalian, even to Baptismal Regeneration, yet it brings a good deal of light to bear on the Gospel of John, and, if to be met with at a very low figure, it is not to be passed by.
  37. DRUMMOND (D. T. K., B.A.) Exposition of the Last Nine Chapters of John. 12mo. Seeleys. 1850. 2/-Good, but not very striking.
  38. DUNWELL (FRANCIS HENRY, B.A.) Commentary on the Authorised Version of John, compared with the Sinaitic, Vatican, and Alexandrian Manuscripts, and also with Dean Alford's revised translation. 8vo. 15/-Lond., J. T. Hayes. 1872. S. 10/-The notes from various authors are good, and the various readings are useful; but we fail to see any very special value in the volume. The interpretation of the Third of John is eminently unsatisfactory; Mr. Dunwell teaches Baptismal Regeneration.
  39. FAWCETT (JOHN, A.M. 1769—1851). Exposition of John. 3 vols., 8vo., 21/-Lond., Hatchards. 1860. S. 8/-Good, evangelical sermons.
  40. HENGSTENBERG (E. W., D.D.) Commentary on John. 2 vols., 8vo. 21/.. Edinb., Clark. 1868. S. 8/6. Like others of this author's works: solid, but dry.
  41. HUTCHESON (GEORGE). Exposition of John. Folio. Lond., 1657. Reprinted, roy. 8vo. Lond., Ward. 1841. 4/-to 6/. Excellent; beyond all praise. It is a full-stored treasury of sound theology, holy thought, and marrowy doctrine.
  42. MEYER (H. A. W., D.D.) See No. 928.
  43. O'CONOR (W. A.) Commentary. Cr. 8vo. 10/6. Lond., Longmans. 1872. In this translation the first verse runs thus: "In origin the Word was, and the Word was the Deity, and the Word was Deity." Who likes this, or understands it? The notes do not charm us.
  44. SHEPHERD (R., D.D.) Notes on the Gospel and Epistles of John. 4to. Lond., 1796. Imp. 8vo. Lond., Murray. 1841. S. 3/6. Though the author opposed Socinianism, we cannot but regard his views as an introduction to that heresy. The spirit of the book is vicious.
  45. THOLUOK (AUGUSTUS F., D.D., Ph.D.) Commentary. 8vo. 9/-Edinb., T. & T. Clark. 1860. S. 4/6. Mare spiritual than is usual with German theologians, and quite as scholarly as the best of them.
  46. TITTMANN (K. C., Theol. Prof. 1744—1820). Commentary. vols., cr. 8vo. 8/-Bib. Cab. Edinb., T. Clark. 1844. S. 4/6. Horne, in speaking of this work in the German, without endorsing all Tittmann's opinions, declares it to be the most valuable commentary on John extant in so small a form. Our judgment is less commendatory.
  47. TRAHERON (BARTHOLOMEW. Died 1716.) An Exposition of a Parte of S. Johannes Gospel made in sondrie readinges in the English Congregation, 12mo. 1558. Very rare, 30/-A little quaint old book. Not intrinsically worth the price, nor a tenth of it.
  48. VAN DOREN (W. H., D.D.) Suggestive Commentary on John, Vol. I., containing chap. I.—IX. Cr. 8vo. 5/-nett. Vol II. in the press. Lond., Dickinson. 1872. Dr men who read this volume do not preach the better for so doing, it is not Mr. Van Doren's fault; they must be Van Dolts by nature, though they may ignore the family name.


    [A selection of authors is all we can give.]

  49. HILDERSHAM (ARTHUR). Lectures on John IV. Folio. Lond., 1628 and 1656. 4-/-to 6/-. 4 mass of godly teaching'; but rather heavy reading'.
  50. TURNER (SAMUEL, H., D.D.) Essay on our Lord's Discourse at Capernaum, recorded in John VI. Cr. 8vo. New York, 1851. S. 2/-Written with the immediate view of combating the errors of Dr., afterwards Cardinal, Wiseman, who appeals to this chapter for proofs of" the real presence."
  51. PATTERSON (JOHN B., of Falkirk). Lectures on John XIV, XV, and XVI. Cr. 8vo. Edinb., T. Clark. 1859. S. 2/-Solid discourses, containing much thought happily expressed. Yet withal somewhat laborious reading.
  52. ALEXANDER (THOMAS, D.D.) Great High Priest within the Vail. John XVII. 18mo. Lond., 1857. 1/3. Sound theology and honest exposition, Multum in parvo.
  53. BROWN (JOHN, D.D.) Exposition of John XVII. 8vo. Lond., Hamilton, 1850. S. 5/-Dr. Brown is always deep, full, and overflowing.
  54. BURGESS (ANTHONY). One Hundred and Forty-five Sermons on John XVII. Folio. Lond., 1656. 7/6. ,4 standard work by a great Puritan. Somewhat prolix.
  55. LANDELS (WILLIAM, D.D.) The Savior's Parting Prayer for his Disciples. 12mo. 3/6. Lond., Elliot Stock. 1872. Sermons of a high order: style admirable, but rather diffuse. To be estimated rather from a homiletical than an expository point of view.
  56. NEWTON (GEORGE. 1602—Z680. John XVII. Unfolded. Folio. Lond., 1660. Reprinted in Nichol's Commentaries. Cr. 4to. 7/6. Lond., Nisbet. 1867. S. 4/. If not one of the chief of the Puritans, Newton was but little behind the front rank in ability. Joseph Alleine was his assistant minister at Taunton. His writings are plain and profitable.
  57. PIERCE (SAMUEL EYLES). Exposition of the Lord's Prayer, in John XVII. 8vo. 1812. 4/6. ,41ways sweet as honey to those of strong Calvinistic views.


    [See also under Gospels.]

  58. ALEXANDER (JOSEPH ADDISON, D.D.) The Acts Explained. 2 vols., 8vo. 15/-Lond., Nisbet. 1869. In all respects a work of the highest merit.
  59. ALFORD (HENRY, D.D.) Homilies on the former part of the Acts of the Apostles. Ch. I.—X. 8vo. 8/-Lond., Rivingtons. 1858. S. 2/6. Not so good as his critical notes; but such an author always deserves attention.
  60. ARNOT (WILLIAM, D.D.) The Church in the House. Post 8vo. 7/6. Lond., Nisbet. 1873. Intended to be read in families on Sabbath afternoons; but all who are acquainted with Dr. Arnot will know that even his simplest expositions are rich and full. He hath dust of gold.
  61. BAUMGARTEN (M., Ph.D.) Apostolic History. 3 vols., 8vo. 27/-Edinb., T. & T. Clark. 1854. S. 10/6. An exposition at once profoundly scientific and sublimely Christian, one of the most pressing wants of our times."—Eclectic Review. Alford calls it excellent, though somewhat fanciful.
  62. BENNETT (JAMES, D.D.) Lectures on the Acts. 8vo. Lond., 1847. 5/6 to 4/-A good specimen of plain and popular pulpit exposition. Dr. Bennett fights very earnestly for the Congregationalist view of Baptism, for which we do not blame him; for common humanity leads us to admire a man who struggles for a weak cause.
  63. BENSON (GEORGE, D.D. 1699—1763). History of the first planting of the Christian Religion. 3 vols., 4to. Lond., 1756. 4/-to 6/6. Dull, but displaying considerable research. Benson was an Arian.
  64. BONAR (H., D.D.) Light and Truth. Vol. Ill. (See No. 6.)
  65. BOUCHIER (BARTON, A.M.) Manna in the House; or, Daily Expositions of the Acts. 12mo. Lond., 1858. S 1/6 to 2/6. Superior family reading. Bouchier did not write for students, but for households, yet even the more advanced may learn from him.
  66. BREWSTER (JOHN, M.A.) Lectures on the Acts. 8vo. 1830. 3/6. A sip of 1Yawsan or Hackett is worth a barrel of these weak and watery prelections.
  67. CALVIN (JOHN). Commentaries upon the Acts. Trans-lated by C. Featherstone. 4to. Lond., 1585. 6/-This forms the basis of the Calvin Translation Society'$ edition.
  68. COOK (F. C., M.A., Canon of Chester). The Acts, with a Commentary. 8vo. 12/6. Lond., Longmans. 1866. S. 2/6. Contains many useful notes, instructive to fairly educated readers.
  69. CRADOCK (Samuel, B.D.) The Apostolical History, containing the Acts, Labors, Travels, Sermons, &c., of the Apostles. Folio..Lond., 1762. 5/' 7'illolson, Reynolds, Doddridge, and others highly commend the works of this Puritan writer. The style in which the "Apostolical History" is got up is most uninviting; the book is nearly all italics. Many modern works far excel it.
  70. DENTON (W.,M.A.) Commentary on the Acts. 2vols., 8vo. [Vol. I. only issued. 18/-] Zend., G. Bell. 1874. A complete list of all authors upon the Acts will be found in this very learned and exhaustive work. We do not always agree with the author, but he has done his work thoroughly well.
  71. DICK (JOHN, D.D. 1764—1833). Lectures on the Acts. Sm. 8vo. Glasg., 1848. 4/-Interesting lectures upon selected portions of the Acts. This work has been reprinted in America, whence we obtained a copy of the second edition 3 this shows that it has been highly esteemed.
  72. DU VEIL (C. M., D.D. A learned converted yew. Died about 1700). Explanation of the Acts. 8vo. Lond., 1685. Reprinted by Hansard Knollys Society. 8vo. 1851. 4/-to 6/-Claude's prefatory letter highly commends this work. The author defends the immersion of believers with earnestness.
  73. FAWCETT (JOHN, M.A.) Exposition of the Acts. 3 vols., 8vo. 21/-Lond., Hatchards. 1860. S. 5/-. 4 fine series of expository discourses. Sometimes we differ.
  74. FORD (J., M.A.) The Acts, illustrated from Ancient and Modern Authors. 8vo. 12/-Lond., Masters. 1856. (See No. 955)
  75. GLOAG (PATON J., D.D.) Commentary on the Acts. 2 vols., demy 8vo, 21/-Edinb., T. & T. Clark. 1870. Dr. Hackett says aye Dr. Gloag's work: "I have examined it with special care. For my purposes I have found it unsurpassed by any similar work in the English language. It shows a thorough mastery of the material, philology, history, and literature pertaining to this range of study, and a skill in the use of this knowledge, which places it in the first class of modern expositions."
  76. GUALTHERUS (RODULPHUS. 1529—1586). A Hundred Threescore and Fifteen Homelyes or Sermons vppon the Actes of the Apostles, made by Radulphe Gualthere, of Tigurine, and Translated out of Latine [by John Bridges, Vicare of Herne]. Folio. Black Letter. Lond., 1572. 30/-Full of Protestantism. The author judged that, as Luke who wrote the Act was a physician, his book was meant to be medicine to the Church.
  77. HACKETT (HORATIO B., D.D.) Commentary on the Original Text of the Acts. [Several American editions. Reprinted in 2 vols., in The Bunyan Library.] 7/' to 10/-Hackett occupies the first position among commentators upon the '4cts. The Bunyan Library edition omits some of his most valuable critical observations.
  78. HODGSON (ROBERT, D.D., Dean of Carlisle). Lectures upon the first Seventeen Chapters of the Acts. 8vo. Lond., 1845. I/6. Deficient in Gospel clearness, and in every other respect, except ardent churchism.
  79. HUMPHRY (WILLIAM GILSON, B.D.) Commentary on the Acts. Second edition. 8vo. Lond., J. w. Parker & Son. 1854. 3/' Exegetical remarks upon the Greek text. Very good from a philological point of view, but professedly of an elementary character.
  80. KELLY (W.) Lectures Introductory to the Study of the Acts, Catholic Epistles, and Revelation. Cr. 8vo. 5/-/.and., Broom. 1870. S. 3/-By a man "who, born for the universe, narrowed his mind" by Darbyism.
  81. LANGE (J.P.) Commentary: from the German of Lechler and Gerock. 2 vols., 8vo. 21/-Edinb., Clark. 1864. S. 10/6. Also 1 vol., imp. 8vo. 21/- (Seepage 19.) Adds nothing to our knowledge of the Acts; but the homiletical hints are useful
  82. LIGHTFOOT (JOHN, D.D. 1602—1675). Commentary. Edited by J. R. Pitman, A.M. 8vo. 1823. [Vol. VIII. of Lightfoot's Works.] Few now-a-days will care for this author, whose learning ran mostly in Talmudical channels. He was profound, but not always discreet.
  83. MACBRIDE (JOHN DAVID, D.D.) Lectures on the Acts and Epistles. 8vo. Oxf, 1858. 2/6. This author simply gives a continuous narrative. He has also written on the Gospels. We mention him that the student may not purchase his work as a Commentary.
  84. MASKEW (T. R., B.A.) Annotations on the Acts. With College and Senate-House Examination Papers. 121110. Camb., 1847. 1/6. A handbook to the Acts, viewing it simply as a Greek book; prepared for the use of students passing through the university.
  85. MIMPRISS (R.) The Acts and Epistles, according to Gres-well's Arrangement. 8vo. 1837. 2/-A handy book for teachers.
  86. NEANDER (J. A.W.) History of the Planting and Training of the Christian Church by the Apostles. Translated by J. E. Ryland. 2 vols., cr. 8vo. 3/6 each. Lond., Bohn's Library, Bell & Sons. 1851. S. 4/6. Also in Cabinet Library. The work rather of an historian than of a commentator. Bold, devout, learned, and, on the whole, sound. The result of wide research, and deep learning.
  87. NORRIS (J.P., MA.) Key to the Acts. Sm. 8vo. 2/6. Lond., Rivingtons. 1871. A well-executed sketch of the Acts of the Apostles, giving the student a clear idea of the run of the book. Like the same author's "Key to the Gospels" (No. 963), it would be most useful in Bible classes.
  88. OLSHAUSEN (H., D.D.) See No. 964. Denton says that "this is a brief, hasty, and not well-digested supplement to Olshausen's volumes on the Gospels." He thinks all the German writers to be much overrated, and we are much of his mind.
  89. PYLE (T., M.A. 1674—1756). Paraphrase. 2 vols., 8vo. 1795. 2/-This pile of printed paper may safely be left on the bookseller's shelves.
  90. STIER (RUDOLPH, D.D.) The Words of the Apostles. 8vo. 10/6. Edinb., T. & T. Clark. 1869. Devout, scholarly, full of thought. To be used discreetly,.
  91. STOCK (EUGENE). Lessons on the Acts. For Sunday School Teachers and other Religious Instructors. 8VO. 2/6. Lond., Ch. of England S. School Institute. 1874. For half-a-crown the teacher may here obtain one of the most useful books known to us. Though produced for members of the Church of England, we recommend it heartily to ministers and others who are preparing addresses to the young.
  92. THOMAS (DAVID, D.D.) Homiletic Commentary on the Acts. 8vo. Lond., Dickinson. 1870. 6/6. Many of the homiletic outlines strike us as "much ado about nothing "; still, if a man should read this work and get no help from it, it would be his own fault.
  93. THOMSON (JAMES, D.D.) Exposition of the Acts. 8vo. Lond.,A. Hall, Virtue, & Co. 1854. S. 216. We fail to see much here of service to a preacher.
  94. TROLLOPE (W., M.A.) Commentary on the Acts, with Examination Questions, for the B.A. Degree. 12mo. Cam&, 1854. 2/6. Well adapted to accomplish the design indicated in the title.
  95. VAUGHAN (CHARLES J., D.D.) Lectures. 3 vols. Fcap. 8vo. 4,/6 each. Lond., Macmillan. 1864, &c. Not only does Dr. Vaughan expound his texts in the ablest manner, but he introduces passages of Scripture so aptly that he suggests discourses. Bating his Churchianity, we cannot too highly commend him.

  96. KITTO (JOHN, D.D.) "The Apostles and the Early Church." Daily Bible Illustrations. (See No. 41.)
  97. BAUR (FERDINAND CHRISTIAN, D.D.) Paul, his Life and Works. From the German. 2 vols., 8vo. 21/-Lond., William & Norgates. 1873—75. Of the very Broad Church school. Not at all to our mind.
  98. BEVAN (JOSEPH GURNEY). Life of Paul. 8vo. Lond., 1807. 2/-For the Society of Friends. Contains nothing which adds to our information upon 'the life of Paul. It may have been useful in its day, but it is superseded.
  99. BINNEY (THoMAs, D.D.) Paul: his Life and Ministry. Cr. 8vo. 5/-Lond., Nisbet. 1870. Mr. Binney says, "This work is strictly an outline of' the life of St. Paul, and it is nothing more." It is a capital preparation for reading.Lea,in and Conybeare and Howson.
  100. BLUNT (HENRY, A.M.) Lectures upon the History of St. Paul. 2 vols., 12mo. Sixth edition. Lond., 1835. 2/6. Printed in such large and widely-leaded type that a very little matter goes a long way. Very good, but not striking.
  101. CONYBEARE (W. J., M.A.) and HOWSON (J. S., D.D., Dean of Chester). Life and Epistles of St. Paul. Library edition. 2vols.,4to. 48/-Intermediate edition, 2vols., sq. cr. 8vo. 21/-Student's edition, condensed, 1 vol., cr. 8vo. 9/-Lond., Macmillan & Co. Far superior to any other work on the subject. It stands like some o'ertopping Alp, a marvel among Scriptural biographies. We have not space to mention Howson's minor works connected with Paul, but they are all good.
  102. EADIE (JOHN, D.D., LLD.) Paul, the Preacher. An Exposition of his Discourses and Speeches, as recorded in the Acts. Cr. 8vo. Lond., Griffin. 1859. S. 3/6. Designed to give ordinary readers a juster and fuller conception of the doctrine and life-work of the apostle.,4 n able work
  103. LEWIN (THOMAS, M.A., F.S.A., Barrister-at-Law). Life and Epistles of St. Paul. Second edition, much enlarged. 2 vols., demy 4to. 42//-Lond., G. Bell & Sons. 1875. [Second-hand copies of first edition, 1851. 6//-to 9/-] Dr. Gloag in his Commentary on the Acts says: "Two works are especially instructive, and deserve careful perusal. The Life and Epistles of St. Paul, by Lewin, and the classical work on the same subject by Conybeare and Howson. In the former the historical connections of the Acts are chiefly stated, and in the latter its geographical relations."
  104. LYTTLETON (GEORGE, LORD). Observations on the Conversion and Apostleship of St. Paul. In a letter to Gilbert West, Esq. 8vo. Lond., 1747. [Numerous editions. The Tract Society's edition. Fcap. 8vo. 3/'] Gilbert West and his friend Lord Lyttleton, both men of acknowledged talents, had imbibed the principles of infidelity from a superficial view of the Scriptures. Fully persuaded that the Bible was an imposture, they were determined to expose the cheat. Air. West chose the Resurrection of Christ, and Lord Lyttleton the Conversion of St. Paul, for the subject of hostile criticism. Both sat down to their respective tasks, full of prejudice, and a contempt for Christianity. The result of their separate attempts was that they were both converted by their endeavors to overthrow the truth of Christianity! They came together, not as they expected, to exult over an imposture exposed to ridicule, but to lament their folly, and to congratulate each other on their joint conviction, that the Bible was the word of God. Their able enquiries have furnished two most valuable treatises in favor of revelation; one, entitled "Observations on the Conversion of St. Paul," and the other, "Observations on the Resurrection of Christ."
  105. MACDUFF (J. R., D.D.) St. Paul in Rome. Cr. 8vo. 4/6. Lond., Nisbet. 1871. S. 2/6. Sermons preached in Rome, into which are ably introduced eloquent mention of the existing traditions and remains which associate the Apostle with that great city.
  106. BISCOE (RICHARD, M.A.,—Preb. of St. Paul's. Died 1748). History of the Acts of the Apostles. Confirmed from other Authors, and considered as full evidence of the Truth of Christianity. 8vo. Oxf., 1840. 4/-1132
  107. PALEY (WILLIAM, D.D. 1743—1805). Horae Paulinae. Numerous editions. The Religious Tract Society publishes the Horae Paulinae, with Notes, and Horae Apostolicae, by Rev. T. Birks. 12mo. 3/-
  108. TATE (JAMES, Canon of St.-Paul's). The Horae Paulinae carried out and illustrated. 8vo. Lond., 1840. Though not commentaries, the three works just mentioned are sources of information not to be neglected by the student of the Acts.
  109. RIVINGTON (FRANCIS). Life and Writings of St. Paul. Cr. 8vo. 5/-Lond., Sampson Low & Co. 1874. S. 2/-Nobody possessing Conybeare and Howson will need this work, though in the absence of better this would have been serviceable.
  110. SMITH (THORNLEY). Saul of Tarsus. 2/-and 2/6. Lond., J, Blackwood & Co. S. 1/3. Thornley Smith always deserves attentive reading.
  111. BLUNT (HENRY, A.M.) Lectures upon the History of St. Peter. 12mo. Lond., 1830. 1/- (For remarks, see No. 1125).
  112. GREEN (SAMUEL G., D.D., President of Rawdon College). The Apostle Peter' his Life and Lessons. 12mo. 3/-Lond., S. School Union. 1873. Contains a large amount of needful information, condensed and:well arranged. Dr. Green is the writer on Peter's biography.
  113. KRUMMACHER (F. W., D.D.) St. John the Evangelist. 12mo. Bib. Cabinet. Edinb., T. & T. Clark. S. 3/' The author's name is a sufficient guarantee. He has also written on Cornelius and Stephen.
  114. GOULBURN (EDWARD MEYRICK, D.D., Dean of Norwich). Acts of the Deacons: Lectures on Acts VI.—IX. Sin. 8vo. 6/-Lond., Rivingtons. 1869. S. 2/9. An interesting topic well handled.

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