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This book, authored by Samuel Driver of Brown-Driver-Briggs fame, tackles what is one of the thorniest books of the Old Testament from a text-critical point of view. It is considered by many to be one of the best commentaries on Samuel ever written. Initially published in , it is still regarded as a model of text-critical method—which is noteworthy in light of the rugged condition of the text of 1 Samuel. Driver wrote using the text of the Septuagint, without the benefit of the Dead Sea Scrolls.

Yet his conclusions about the validity of LXX readings of Samuel as opposed to the MT text, which suffers from some lengthy gaps were well argued and demonstrated to be accurate when the Qumran discovery came along. In particular many letters and words have been accidentally omitted, often because of the phenomenon of homoioteleuton. For more than a century commentators have attempted to emend the text on the basis of the LXX. Their insights were confirmed and refined with the discovery of the Dead Sea Scrolls. In addition, Driver was an expert grammarian and his exegesis is well-respected.

In his book Old Testament Exegesis , Dr. One of the best examples of careful textual criticism applied to a large section of the OT is worth learning from if you can find it: S. From JewishEncyclopedia. English Christian Hebraist; born at Southampton Oct. Together with T. Cheyne and Robertson Smith, Driver has been one of the foremost champions of Biblical criticism in England. Driver approached it from its linguistic side "Jour. In matters of criticism Driver has always taken a conservative view, showing much moderation and sympathy with the orthodox position.

Driver has edited two small rabbinical works: a commentary on Jeremiah and Ezekiel by Moses ben Sheshet, London, , and one on Proverbs, attributed to Abraham ibn Ezra, Oxford, Classic Commentaries and Studies on Kings 12 vols. Moulton , and C. Burney , Classic Commentaries and Studies on Kings 12 vols. The 12 volumes contained in the Classic Commentaries and Studies on Kings 12 vols. The Classic Commentaries and Studies on Chronicles 7 vols. With notable authors such as James G. Murphy , Richard G. Moulton , and W.

Barnes , Classic Commentaries and Studies on Chronicles 7 vols. The seven volumes contained in the Classic Commentaries and Studies on Chronicles 7 vols. With notable authors such as Henry Linton , C. Keil , F. Delitzsch , and J. Davies, Classic Commentaries and Studies on Ezra, Nehemiah, and Esther offers over 4, pages of interpretation, observations, translations, contextual history, and practical application.

The eighteen volumes contained in Classic Commentaries and Studies on Ezra, Nehemiah, and Esther have had an enduring impact on Old Testament exegesis, and this exceptional collection provides easy accessibility to this wealth of significant scholarship. This immense eighteen volume collection features the best commentaries and studies on the book of Job from the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. Theses authors come from a wide range of study and viewpoints, supplying a holistic overview of the character of Job, suffering, the nature of God, the literary value of the text, the historical context, and philological concerns.

This collection provides valuable and historical perspective and insight for anyone who wonders about suffering in human experience, the character of God, or who has studied the book of Job in any context. As well as presenting solid religious studies and scholarly analysis, Classic Commentaries and Studies on Job 18 Vols. He explicates the book in a detailed three-part structure: historical, allegorical, and moral application. Like many of his other writings, his interpretation of Job focuses on the symbolic and how those symbols relate to living a life of integrity.

Andrew, where he remained until AD , when he was appointed as apocrisiarius to Constantinople. Gregory was a great leader, with successful missionary campaigns that changed the reach of Christianity in Europe. Upon his death, he was immediately declared a saint by popular acclamation, and is venerated as a saint in the Roman Catholic, Eastern Orthodox, Anglican and some Lutheran churches.

The Translation of the Vulgate Collection brings together essential reference texts and translations of the Vulgate Psalter, all at your fingertips. These classic works were especially designed to help you understand the breviary and the Latin liturgy better while growing your knowledge of the ecclesial Latin.

With key translations and commentaries that compare the Latin Vulgate with the original Hebrew Psalms—as well as a grammar specifically composed with biblical Latin in mind—these works will help transform your ecclesial Latin studies. These resources contain textual and technical commentary on the Psalms and on the Song of Solomon, citing Hebrew and Latin texts in their translation notes.

This collection also contains a classic technical grammar of Vulgate Latin, aiding in the process of translating difficult or confusing passages. The words of the Psalmists have provided encouragement, comfort, and inspiration to Christians for thousands of years. From laments, to joyful songs, to words of praise, this Old Testament literature is as relatable today as it was when the words were originally penned.

Classic Commentaries and Studies on Psalms 35 Vols. Murphy, J. Stewart Perowne, and many more, these volumes provide a fantastic backdrop for the understanding of the Psalms. Laity, students, professors, ministers, and teachers will all benefit from the biblical wisdom and knowledge contained in these thirty-five volumes on the Psalms.

With hundreds of thousands of copies sold, these classic commentaries have informed and inspired generations of Christians who have studied the Psalms. The Treasury of David is one of the most comprehensive commentaries on the Psalms ever written, and Spurgeon devoted nearly two decades to completing the project. For each Psalm, Spurgeon offers verse-by-verse commentary, followed by detailed explanatory notes, quotations, and sayings for each verse.

Each Psalm also contains suggestions for preaching and teaching, including illustrations, themes, and other tips. This commentary on the Psalms by Ernst Wilhelm Hengstenberg, a 19th century German Lutheran theologian and exegete, is still widely known and cited and is considered a solid addition to the personal library of any serious student of the Old Testament.

The translator and editor of Calvin's Commentaries also makes frequent reference to the works of this 19th century German Protestant commentator. Neale and R. Littledale have condensed the writings of the Church Fathers and other important writers from the Middle Ages into a verse-by-verse commentary of all Psalms.

In his Expositions on the Book of Psalms , Augustine of Hippo provides a vivid and compelling exploration of the Psalms, with the beautiful humanity that characterizes his work. This six volume collection was translated by E. Pusey , H. Walford, and Charles Marriott, and it provides notes throughout each volume.

He studied rhetoric in Carthage when he was As an adult, Augustine abandoned the Christianity of his youth to pursue Manichaeism. Through his Manichaen connections, Augustine became professor of rhetoric at the imperial court of Milan. While in Milan, Augustine was heavily influenced by the bishop of Milan, Ambrose. Influenced by Ambrose and by the biography of St. Anthony, Augustine began exploring Christianity and eventually reconverted. He was baptized in and returned to Africa.

There he was ordained and became a well-known preacher and apologist for the Christian faith. He was eventually made Bishop of Hippo, an office he held until his death in Proverbial teaching is one of the most ancient forms of instruction—handed down in short, pithy, easy-to-remember sayings, proverbs have long been used to instruct and exhort. The Book of Proverbs, in keeping with the form, is designed for reflection and practical application.

Amassing some of the most significant late-nineteenth- and early-twentieth-century studies on Proverbs, these volumes put the Old Testament book under the microscope. Classic Commentaries and Studies on Proverbs offers more than 6, pages of interpretation, observation, translation, contextual history, reflection, and practical application. A rich and varied collection, it combines accessibility and scholastic richness. With notable authors such as Charles Bridges , Richard G. The twenty-six volumes contained in the Classic Commentaries and Studies on the Book of Ecclesiastes 26 vols.

This massive twenty-four volume collection features some of the best commentaries and studies on the Song of Songs from the eighteenth, nineteenth, and early twentieth centuries. The Classic Commentaries and Studies on Isaiah offers some of the most significant classic studies on the book of Isaiah from the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. Moulton , S. Driver , Joseph Addison Alexander , and T.

Cheyne , Classic Commentaries and Studies on Isaiah offers over 6, pages of interpretation, observations, translations, contextual history, and application on this important book of the Old Testament. The twenty-two volumes contained in Classic Commentaries and Studies on Isaiah have had an enduring impact on Old Testament exegesis, and this exceptional collection provides easy accessibility to this wealth of significant scholarship.

He also wrote extensively, authoring numerous theological works, many of which sparked discussion and debate. The Old Testament prophets are a large and much discussed part of the Old Testament writings, and Ewald presents a critical commentary series unique in historical context and writing style.

This exceptional set introduces each prophet in historically chronological order, rather than presenting a more traditional Biblically ordered listing. A professor of both theology and philosophy, Ewald was associated with both the Protestant association and the Hanoverian Church of Germany. His writings on the Old Testament come from his extensive studies in the Hebrew language and research on the topic of the chronology of the Old Testament. Along with a thorough exegesis, these resources published between the years of and also contain indexes and appendixes.

A must-have for all interested in Old Testament studies, these volumes are now also easily searchable in your Logos collection. Georg Heinrich Ewald , well-known orientalist, theologian and teacher, was born in in Gottingen, Germany. Throughout his life, he taught numerous students who went on to become well-known themselves, including Christian Friedrich, Ferdinand Hitzig, August Dillman, and August Schleicher. In addition to writing over twenty theological books, Ewald was also quite politically active until his death in Volume one of The Book of Isaiah according to the Septuagint Codex Alexandrinus contains a concise introduction to the history of the Septuagint before providing parallel English translations of Isaiah from the Hebrew and the Greek texts.

The side-by-side translations make for easy comparison, and Ottley provides helpful notes on each page. He was the editor of H. Volume two of The Book of Isaiah According to the Septuagint includes the entire Greek text of Isaiah from the Codex Alexandrinus, and then a full commentary with notes and textual variants. Includes a Greek index and a general index. Classic Commentaries and Studies on Jeremiah and Lamentations includes some of the most significant classical studies on the books of Jeremiah and Lamentations from the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. With notable authors such as S.

Driver , A. The twenty-two volumes contained in Classic Commentaries and Studies on Jeremiah and Lamentations 22 vols. Classic Commentaries and Studies on Ezekiel 15 vols. With scholars such as William Kelly , C. Toy , and E. Hengstenberg , this collection offers over 4, pages of interpretation, observations, translations, contextual history, and application on this critical piece of prophetic prose. The fifteen volumes contained in Classic Commentaries and Studies on Ezekiel 15 vols. Weigh arguments for and against multiple authorship. Ezekiel begins with a great vision near a river, and tells the story of a man filled with energy and vigor, along with a deep sense of human responsibility.

His prophecy contains severe condemnations, and his visions are detailed enough to describe a difficult reality and a saving God. When catastrophe fell upon the remnant in exile, Ezekiel brought promises of hope and restoration. The Prophet Ezekiel: An Analytical Exposition helps us understand the significance of his prophecy and the importance of his calling. This massive twenty-one volume collection features some of the best commentaries and studies on the Book of Daniel from the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries.

With scholars and authors such as Moses Stuart, Charles H. Wright , James Moffatt, E. Pusey , and S. Tregelles, Classic Commentaries and Studies on Daniel 21 vols. The twenty-one volumes contained in Classic Commentaries and Studies on Daniel 21 vols. Prophecy is history rewritten. The history of nations, the times of the Gentiles, the present age in which we live, its course and end, the coming glories in a future age—all this and much more God has revealed.

But the center of all prophecy is Jesus Christ—his sufferings and glory, his first and second coming. The book of Daniel, perhaps more than any other, deals with great prophecies—some unfulfilled to this day. In The Prophet Daniel , Gaebelein outlines the trajectory of world history through the prophecy in the book of Daniel. He shows how the past fulfillment of prophecy in Daniel provides added certainty of future fulfillment.

The Classic Commentaries and Studies on the Minor Prophets collection includes some of the most significant late-nineteenth- and early-twentieth-century studies on the books of the twelve Minor Prophets. Driver , Ralph Wardlaw , and Edward Marbury, Classic Commentaries and Studies on the Minor Prophets offers more than 9, pages of exegetical analysis, rhetorical insight, and contextual comparison.

These 40 volumes have had an enduring impact on Old Testament exegesis, and this exceptional collection marries easy accessibility and scholastic richness. And what does the day of the Lord have to do with the present? The book of Joel tells us little about the prophet, but much about the dire situation of Israel. But in the end, God has mercy, and he promises to pour out his Spirit on the people—a telling prophecy, both then and now, given the trials.

This exposition of Joel divides the book into manageable sections and analyzes each one, with a keen eye toward prophecy and prophetic fulfillment. Classic Commentaries and Studies on Amos offers some of the most significant classic studies on the book of Amos from the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. Mitchell , this collection offers over 1, pages of interpretation, observations, translations, contextual history, and practical application. These five volumes have had an enduring impact on Old Testament exegesis, and this exceptional collection provides easy accessibility to this wealth of diverse and significant scholarship.

Adams brings to life the prophet Zechariah, making his works and visions accessible to pastors, teachers, and laity. Adams focuses on Hebrew grammar and writing styles, bringing valuable context to the life of this prophet. He explains chapter by chapter, giving a full spectrum of information such as background, relation to other prophets, and cultural ramifications of the prophecies of Zechariah. John Adams was a twentieth-century American pastor and Biblical studies editor. The Classic Commentaries and Studies on the Biblical Apocrypha collection presents many of the most important late-nineteenth- and early-twentieth-century studies on the Apocrypha and related literature.

Thanks to such notable authors as W. Oesterley , R. Charles , Montague Rhodes James , and F. Burkitt , Classic Commentaries and Studies on the Biblical Apocrypha offers over 7, pages of interpretation, observation, translation, contextual history, and application on this important collection of ancient texts. This collection offers enduring classics on the Gospels and Acts including multivolume commentaries, helpful overviews, focused monographs, and rich daily expositions. These volumes delve into the interpretation of these foundational Scriptures and address some of the most pressing and perennial challenges that face exegetes and theologians.

Bruce, and others, bring their monumental insights to the four Gospels and the book of Acts, allowing readers to stand on the shoulders of these theological and exegetical giants and reach new heights of understanding this fundamental section of the New Testament. In addition to in-depth commentaries, this collection also includes works that examine and defend the historical character of the Gospels, focus on the sayings of Jesus, and offer chronologies of the Gospel events.

This collection is a veritable one-stop-shop for classic treatments of all the major aspects and issues surrounding the Gospels and Acts. The Classic Commentaries and Studies on Matthew includes some of the most significant classic studies on the book of Matthew from the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. With notable authors such as A. Gaebelein , Alfred Plummer , William Kelly , and Richard Chenevix Trench , Classic Commentaries and Studies on Matthew offers over pages of exegetical analysis, rhetorical context, contextual comparison, and interpretation.

The twenty-five volumes contained in Classic Commentaries and Studies on Matthew have had an enduring impact on New Testament exegesis, and this exceptional collection provides easy accessibility to this wealth of significant scholarship. There is much in God's prophetic program which must necessarily remain dark until the parables of this chapter are thoroughly mastered. At present they are much misunderstood and misinterpreted. Over the course of 64 chapters, Pink moves through Matthew verse by verse, offering illuminating commentary and application for this well-loved passage of Scripture.

Charles Gore — was born in Wimbledon, London. He attended Balliol College, Oxford, graduating with honors in classics and philosophy. In , he accepted a fellowship at Trinity College, Oxford; he was ordained in the Church of England three years later. In , Gore became the first principal of the newly established Pusey House, a library and study center named for the Anglo-Catholic scholar Edward Pusey.

Four years later, in , Gore founded the Community of the Resurrection—a religious society for priests modeled on monastic society. In , Gore was named the bishop of Worcester, and in , he became bishop of the newly created diocese of Birmingham. He transferred to the diocese of Oxford in , an office he held until he retired in During this period, he travelled throughout the world preaching and lecturing. In , he went on a preaching tour through India and returned quite ill.

Martin Luther was never shy about calling out what he believed to be the excesses, heresies, and depravity of his tempestuous era. Marcus Dods — was born in Belford, Northumberland. Dods went on to study divinity and theology at Edinburgh Academy and Edinburgh University, where he graduated in He is a highly respected scholar who published over a dozen books of theology , which are recognized for their expansive critical research.

James J. Moffatt — was a graduate of Glasgow University. He first ministered before becoming professor of Greek and New Testament exegesis at Mansfield College, Oxford in He authored many books, especially commentaries. This famous commentary from St. Thomas Aquinas is now more accessible than ever! In this masterpiece, Aquinas seamlessly weaves together extracts from various Fathers to provide a complete commentary on all four Gospels. Thomas Aquinas to bring together the Catena Aurea in a bid to make readily available to the academic public an orthodox patristic commentary on the Gospels.

His work manifests an intimate acquaintance with the Fathers of the church and provides an excellent complement to the modern attempts to understand how the fathers read scripture. Corresponding to each of the four Gospel writers, the Catena begins by putting forth the verses to be analyzed and then takes each verse phrase-by-phrase and provides the early Fathers' insights into the passage. Thomas Aquinas was born in in what is now Italy. He entered the Benedictine abbey of Montecassino at the age of five to begin his studies. He was transferred to the University of Naples at the age of sixteen, where he became acquainted with the revival of Aristotle and the Order of the Dominicans.

Aquinas went on to study in Cologne in and Paris in He then returned to Cologne in , where he became a lecturer. In addition to regularly lecturing and teaching in cities throughout Europe, Aquinas participated regularly in public life and advised both kings and popes. Thomas Aquinas has also profoundly influenced the history of Protestantism.

He wrote prolifically on the relationship between faith and reason, as well as the theological and philosophical issues which defined the Reformation. Throughout the nineteenth century, biblical studies progressed and expanded, with the onset of new forms of criticism and the emergence of the historical consciousness.

This volume is A. He offers a comprehensive commentary that is both compact and clear. In addition to discussions of canonicity, authorship, and historicity, this verse-by-verse commentary also outlines the characteristics and purpose of the book, as well as its theology and Christology. His family moved to Statesville, North Carolina, where he grew up.

He was appointed Greek instructor as a student, and received his Th. Robertson became an associate professor in , and then served as Professor of New Testament Interpretation from to He devoted his life to preaching, teaching, scholarly activities, and giving public lectures, many of which have been reproduced in book form in this collection. John J. It incorporates the findings of linguists, historians, archaeologists and other scholars to reveal relevant contextual issues.

In fact, prior to writing commentaries on the Bible, Owen published numerous works on Homer, Zenophpon, and other classics. The Classic Commentaries and Studies on Mark includes some of the most significant classic studies on the book of Mark from the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries.

With notable authors such as John A. Robertson , and M. Sadler , Classic Commentaries and Studies on Mark 24 vols. The twenty-four volumes contained in Classic Commentaries and Studies on Mark 24 vols. Gaebelein also includes an outline of the entire Gospel, and he notes points of comparison and contrast with the other synoptic Gospels.

This brief commentary on each section of the Gospel of Mark is written in accessible and non-technical language, making it ideal for personal or group Bible study. Get devotional and spiritual insights into the Gospel of Mark in an extensive but simple format. Congregational preacher J. John Daniel Jones — was a Congregational minister, preacher, and popular author. He was later awarded honorary DD degrees from the universities of St.

Andrews, Manchester, and Wales. In he became minister of Richmond Hill Church, Bournemouth, where he remained until his retirement. This massive volume collection features some of the best commentaries and studies on the Gospel According to Luke from the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. With scholars and authors such as James Foote, Edwin W.

The twenty-four volumes contained in Classic Commentaries and Studies on Luke 25 vols. This commentary, like many other patristic commentaries, was delivered in a course of short sermons. Cyril of Alexandria was the Patriarch of Alexandria from to Cyril was well educated, wrote extensively, and was a leading figure in the First Council of Ephesus in , the third ecumenical council of the early Christian Church.

The council convened amid disputes over the teachings of Nestorius, Patriarch of Constantinople, and Cyril led the charges of heresy against Nestorius. Nestorius' teachings were condemned by the council, leading to the formation of separate denominations that broke from the Orthodox church. Godet's commentary is frequently referenced to this day as a reliable source for the study of Luke's Gospel.

Godet's Commentary on Luke is an important addition to the Logos Bible Software library because of its historical precedence as a premier study of third Gospel. This commentary includes the standard scripture reference tagging and language tools that allow users to integrate the new wealth of knowledge into their existing library and study the Gospel of Luke with greater depth. Pentecost in Bibliotheca Sacra. He served as supply preacher in the Val—de—Ruy from to , and as pastor at Neuchatel from to Between and he was also professor of exegetical and critical theology in Neuchatel.

From to he was professor of New Testament exegesis at the newly established Free Evangelical Faculty, which he helped to found. Godet did much to interpret German theological thought to French—speaking Protestants, and the English translations of his works made him influential in international New Testament scholarship. His conservative viewpoint in New Testament interpretation is clearly expressed in his critical commentaries John, —; Luke, ; Romans, —; 1 Corinthians, An ordained minister in the Presbyterian church, John J.

Owen taught as a professor of classical languages in the Free Academy, New York, until he was made vice-principal of that institution in , in which capacity he served until his death. An eminent classicist, Owen's translations of Greek works were highly acclaimed and his biblical commentaries were well received. When this commentary was published, the North American Review had very favorable things to say about it: "On the appearance of Dr. That estimate is fully sustained by the Commentary on Luke.

We are particularly pleased with the adaptation of the work equally to the use of the Biblical scholar and the needs of the merely English reader. No important critical question is ignored or slighted; and yet there is not a sentence beyond the comprehension of an intelligent and thoughtful child. Equally admirable is the union of the critical and practical purposes, which a popular commentary should subserve at the same time Classic Commentaries and Studies on the Gospel according to John offers some of the most significant classic studies on the book of John from the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries.

With notable authors such as John J. Owen , A. Robertson , William Kelly , and W. The 25 volumes contained in the Classic Commentaries and Studies on the Gospel according to John 25 vols. Originally published in two volumes, this popular commentary has been valued by Bible students for more than a century.

The Genius of the Fourth Gospel is an intensely practical commentary which focuses on the issue of the message. As such, the commentary is a wonderful resource for teachers in lesson preparation. It is also an excellent commentary for use in personal devotional readings. The work is enormously practical in that it focuses on the events and the unfolding story in the text rather than grammar issues and word derivations.

Discover the historical and contemporary significance of the John 17 prayer. Uncover what Jesus requested of the Father on our behalf. George Newton — was an English nonconformist minister and theologian. The Act of Uniformity in deprived Newton of a living, but he continued to preach. As a result, he was imprisoned several years for unlawful preaching. The question of the authenticity, canonicity, and integrity of the Gospel of John has been in question for centuries. Yet, within it resides substantial claim to our understanding of the person of Jesus Christ.

In this volume, Luthardt brings together the facts—from a myriad of sources and evidences—and proves the canonity and trustworthiness of the Gospel of John. After studying theology at Erlangen and Berlin, he was appointed professor of systematic theology and New Testament exegesis at Leipzig. He was strictly orthodox in his interpretive style, widely recognized for his confrontational apologetic lectures and writings, which defended against the atheistic explanation of a material-only universe.

He was a voluminous writer belonging to the Erlangen school of Lutheran theologians. John the Author of the Fourth Gospel , History of Christian Ethics , and a number of books not translated into English, including the widely read and referenced Compendium der Dogmatik. The importance of the study of the Gospel of John and its enormous impact on theology compelled Godet to write this lengthy and detailed commentary.

This volume contains an introduction to the authorship issue, the history of Johannine authenticity, the dating of composition, and a broad survey of all exegetical, interpretive, and historical material on the Gospel of John. This volume concludes with a detailed exposition of the first chapter of John. This volume concludes with commentary on the First Discourse and the Second Discourse in chapter ten.

Pink devoted 15 years of special study to John's Gospel and taught the book five times over before writing this commentary. He intended the verse by verse commentary to serve the needs of preachers, Sunday school teachers, and anyone involved in Bible study. This complete exposition comprises three volumes.

It is not a dry commentary, nor a ponderous production suited only to seminary students. It avoids the technical, and aims at the practical. It is designed for those who crave spiritual food. It will appeal not to the intellectuals but to the spiritually minded. Surprisingly accessible, clear, and pastoral in tone—the first volume of Sermons on Selected Lessons of the New Testament by St. Augustine examines 66 different passages from the Synoptic Gospels. Modern readers, whether scholars who are studying Augustine or lay readers who merely wish to learn from him, will find much of value in these sermons.

They are easily adaptable for devotional reading and provide keen insights into how Augustine interpreted the Bible. Written for an ancient audience, the relevance of these sermons for the modern world is easily discernible, and contemporary readers will find them useful for studying Augustine and his scriptural hermeneutics as well as for devotional reading and doctrinal instruction. Volume 1 of Homilies on the Gospel According to St. Although his reputation is marked with controversy, Cyril is most remembered for his intelligent writing, his strong condemnation of heresy, and the Nestorian Schism.

The dispute between Cyril and Nestorius, Patriarch of Constantinople, over different Christological views was decided in favor of Cyril at the First Council of Ephesus in and the Council of Chalcedon in Sample Pages: 1 2 3 4 5 6. In this work, Peter Ainslie provides an excellent Bible reading companion by breaking up the Gospels and Acts into manageable sections and providing commentary on each section.

For each book, he offers a brief survey of its contents, authorship, date, and similar considerations. The divisions of the book are laid out, along with a unique system of marking and underlining the text so that key concepts stand out. He then proceeds through the book section by section, offering notes on historical and cultural background, application, and keen observations along the way.

Each division concludes with a prayer and a number of questions for review purposes. New Perspectives on the Old Testament. Waco: Word, Skilton, John H. Nutley, N. Tenney, Merrill C. Zondervan Pictorial Encyclopedia of the Bible. Tucker, Gene M. Petersen and Robert R. Wilson, eds. Tuttle, Gary A. Van der Woude, A. New Avenues in the Study of the O. Leiden: Brill, Articles on Jer ; age as structure device in Abraham cycle; Exod ; ark narrative. Watts, J. Sheffield: Academic Press, Geography Aharoni, Yohanan.

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God made people and animals out of dust and we will all return to dust. Nobody can know what will happen in the future. Verse 16 The Teacher had noticed the way that the judges worked. They did not act as they should act. They expected that people would give money to them. Then the judges would say that a rich person was innocent.

But they would not say that a poor man was innocent. If the poor man had no money, he could not give it to the judges. So their decision would be against the poor man. King Jehoshaphat warned his judges to think carefully about their work. He would not help a poor widow Luke Perhaps that was because she had no money to give to him. Verse 17 The man who wrote Psalm 73 could not understand the world. He did not know why wicked people seemed to have a very good life in the world. Then he realised that there is an answer to the problem.

In the end, God will punish those wicked people. God will be the judge of everyone after their death. The judge of all the earth will do what is right Genesis All the good people and all the bad people will have to stand in front of God. He will be the judge of everyone. He will be the judge of our actions and of our decisions. Perhaps we neglect what we should do. But our judge will see what we have neglected. Jesus taught it in his story about the sheep and the goats Matthew The Teacher thinks about how people and animals are alike.

They both breathe because they are both alive. They both die in the end. And they will return to the dust when they die Genesis Their graves will be in the earth and their bodies will become dust again. So the bodies of people have no advantage over the bodies of animals. But the Teacher thinks about whether any part of a human being goes up to heaven. Nobody can be sure about what happens to people after their death.

Therefore, the Teacher thought in the end that it is best for a person to enjoy their life here on the earth. But Christians can be sure about a future that is in heaven. Three times the Teacher has given the advice that people should enjoy their lives. See also Ecclesiastes ; Perhaps they will know nothing more about events in this world. Sometimes they caused people to suffer in many ways. I saw those people who were suffering. And they were crying. People with power can control other people in the wrong way.

But nobody offers comfort to those people who are suffering. It is better for them than for those people who are still alive. It is better for them than for the dead people. That is because they have not seen the wicked things on the earth. And people do very wicked things on this earth. Verse 1 Powerful people can cause other people to suffer and to have troubles. A bad ruler encourages bad officials.

And they cause his people to suffer Proverbs Judges can lie. They might say that wicked rich people are innocent. And they might say that innocent poor people are guilty. The Teacher saw that poor people were suffering. Merchants cheated them. The merchants would not weigh things properly. And then they charged too much money for things of poor quality Amos People were afraid of those men with power.

So nobody was willing to help the poor people who had these troubles. Verses The people who have died do not suffer. And the people who are not yet born cannot see all the wicked things. People do terrible things on the earth. So it is better for those who are not yet born. That is what the Teacher thinks, anyway. The people who are alive will suffer. And the people who have died also suffered. They all had troubles while they lived on this earth. And they achieve great things because they are jealous of other people.

This too is hard to understand. Some people work too much. They want to gain twice as much. They are like someone who is trying to catch the wind. Verse 4 People often see all the things that other people have. They look at other people and they become jealous. So perhaps they spend much time and effort as they try to be successful. However, they may not always produce a good result. They may neglect their family and they may lose their friends. They may lose their own good health too. Verse 5 The lazy man is different from the man who works too hard.

The result is that he ruins himself. He becomes so poor that he has nothing to eat. Then he dies. Or he becomes so selfish that other people do not respect him. In the end, he does not respect himself. Verse 6 If you have enough, it seems better to live without too much effort. Then your life will be quiet and calm. It is better to be content than to be jealous. To gain a lot, you must work too much.

And if you work too hard you do not achieve anything really worthwhile. This behaviour is like someone who is trying to catch the wind. He did not even have a son or a brother. But he was always working hard. And why am I not having pleasure? His life will have meant nothing. This is another unhappy situation. Verses These verses describe a man who has no family.

He works hard and he becomes rich. But he is not happy with the results. He has no pleasure in anything. He does not know who will benefit from all his work. But he does not know who will get it. They can help each other in everything that they do. The other person can lift him up. But we should pity the man who falls alone. He has nobody who can help him! But one person cannot keep warm alone! But he cannot defeat two men who oppose him. Verses The Teacher has thought about the lonely man.

Now he realises the advantages if someone has a companion. The companion may be a friend, a husband or a wife. They benefit each other. If a person fell, especially at night, it might be dangerous. There might be nobody available to help. It may refer to any difficulty, perhaps in business.

It may be the result when we do something wrong. A friend can advise us, and a friend can give practical help to us. Two people who sleep together may be a husband and a wife. But in the country called Israel the nights can be cold. And travellers sometimes slept close to each other. Someone may attack a man who is travelling alone. Jesus told a story about a man who was travelling. He was walking to the town called Jericho.

Somebody attacked the man as he walked along the road Luke This man was travelling alone. But if someone is travelling with a friend, they can protect each other. A rope is a thick string that is very strong. A person winds several strings together to make rope. In this verse, the strings refer to people. One string is not very strong. In a similar way, just one person is not very strong.

But there seems to be something special about 3 people who work together. King David had 3 very special soldiers 2 Samuel Some writers think that the 3 strings refer to a husband, a wife and a child. When people have married, the birth of a child will make their love stronger. Other writers think that one string refers to God.

God is the partner that makes a husband and wife or a friendship much stronger. A king who is like this will not receive advice. Or perhaps he was born into a poor family in that country. But those people who came later were not happy with him as king. This also has no purpose. But when King David was old, he was like the foolish king. He had ruled for a long time. He had forgotten what his people needed. He did not appoint a king to follow him. Finally, his friend, Nathan, and his wife, Bathsheba, told him what his young son, Adonijah, was trying to do.

See 1 Kings — Old King David still thought that he was wise Proverbs Many years ago, young Joseph was in prison. But he became an important ruler in the country called Egypt Genesis ; Verses At first the new young king was popular with many people. But later he was not popular with many other people.

Perhaps it was not his fault. Perhaps he became so familiar to them that the people wanted a change. People can be loyal for a time. Then their children become adults and those new adults want someone different as their leader. All this has no purpose. Go there to listen. Do not be like foolish people when you offer your gift to God. They do not know when they are doing something wrong. You must think carefully before you promise something to God. God is in heaven and you are on the earth.

So do not say much when you speak to him. If you talk too much like foolish people,. God is not happy with foolish people. So, do what you have promised to do. Otherwise it is better not to promise it. God may become angry with you. And he might destroy everything that you do. So, wise people will be afraid to make God angry. And they will obey him. Verse 1 The Teacher warns people about how they should approach God.

It is in the city called Jerusalem. And we must obey what we hear. People need to think carefully before they offer a gift to God. Then they will show that they really want to give honour to him. To give a gift to him is less important. People are stupid if they do not intend to obey God. They may think that they are doing the right thing.

But they may be doing something that is wrong. Verses are about prayer. We cannot behave towards God as we sometimes behave towards people. He is great because he made everything. And he is the great Judge who makes decisions about all men and all women. We must think before we speak. And we must not be impatient. Also, Jesus himself taught us that there is no need to say a lot Matthew Verses People make serious promises to God.

A man and a woman make serious promises to each other when they marry.

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People may promise to give something to God. Or they may promise to do something for him. Here are some examples:. So he made a serious promise to God. Jacob said that he would give to God one from every 10 of his possessions Genesis Her son, Samuel, served God during all his life. He wanted to thank God because God had rescued him from danger Jonah A person is free to decide whether he promises something to God.

So it is right to think carefully about it first. People should be sure that they can do that thing Deuteronomy The person has not done what he promised to God. So the leader would ask the person why he has not done it. The person must not answer just with an excuse. He must not say only that the promise was a mistake. He could not merely say that he wanted God to forgive him for the mistake. So the priest must stand and speak to God on behalf of the person. Perhaps the person had not intended to do a bad thing.

But he was careless Leviticus , God would be angry about a careless attitude to a promise. Whatever the person did in the future might not be successful. Verse 7 Many dreams have no use. And people may talk a lot but their words have no value. So a wise person will be afraid to make God angry. They will use only a few sincere words when they talk to him.

They are not fair to poor people. And they are causing the people to suffer. But a more important official always is watching each official. And there are even more important officials who are watching them both. But the king will benefit the most. Verse 8 Where there are many officials, it is very hard for a poor person. He cannot obtain a fair decision. He cannot afford to give money to the officials.

He must wait while the officials make excuses. Maybe they do nothing. Or maybe they send him to another official. People should realise that this happens in the world. Each official watches the other officials and each official takes a part of the taxes. These are three possible explanations of this verse. Perhaps it was better to have a king and his officials. This was true, even if some officials were unfair. He liked agriculture 2 Chronicles This should benefit everyone who lives there. And whoever loves wealth will never gain enough.

This is very hard to understand. Then the number of people who depend on you will increase as well. So the owner of the possessions gets nothing extra. He can only look at his wealth. But they sleep well during the night. A rich person has many possessions. But he cannot sleep during the night. Verse 10 People who have a lot of money often want more money. A man who earns a lot of money wants to earn even more money.

Some people play games to gain more money. But what they gain does not satisfy them. Verse 11 Money attracts other people who want to depend on wealthy people. Then the wealthy people have extra responsibilities. So there are more demands on the money. The owner has gained nothing for himself except something that he can look at.

He cannot enjoy his wealth, because extra costs use all his money. Verse 12 The poor man sleeps well at night after his hard work. Whether he has had enough to eat or not, he is free from anxious thoughts. But the rich man stays awake. He cannot sleep. Perhaps he has eaten too much and he has a pain in his stomach. Or perhaps he is worrying about his money and his possessions, so he cannot sleep. It was not fair. A person became rich and he was guarding his money. But he had terrible trouble. Then nothing remained for his son.

In the same way, when they leave the world they have nothing. They cannot take anything with them. They cannot prove that they worked hard in this world. It is a painful fact. A person leaves this world, as he comes into it, with nothing. There is no benefit for someone who tries to catch the wind. He just worries all the time. He is sick and he is angry. Verses A person may save his money. He may work to protect his money.

But he may not be wise in his business decisions. So he may lose all his money. Or he may lose it suddenly for some other reason. Then he would have nothing to give to his children. Verses Babies have nothing when they are born. They do not even have clothes! And people cannot take their possessions with them when they die. But people can forget this. If their hard work is only for their own satisfaction, it will not benefit them in the end.

It is like people who are trying to catch the wind. But verse 18 will provide the answer. See below. Verse 17 These people are very unhappy. They often feel disappointed and they worry a lot. Hard work and worry can affect their health so that they become ill. Sometimes they are angry because their plans fail. It is right for them to eat and to drink. It is good for them to enjoy all their hard work. This is what they should do during their short life on the earth. He has given power to those people so that they can enjoy those things. God helps all people to enjoy their lives.

He helps them to enjoy their work. Then we shall not have much time to be anxious. We can enjoy what we have. Verses The Teacher has talked about the wealthy person who was not aware of God. Here he describes the life that God has given to the wise person. God gives wealth to some people. Also he gives to them the power so that they can enjoy that wealth. People will enjoy things that they use wisely. But what they have depends on God.

And people must remember that. Verse 20 We should enjoy all that God gives to us. Then our days will be full of happy activity and the time will pass quickly. There will be little opportunity to worry. We will not think about why we do not live for a long time. We will not try to understand why we are alive. As a result, we will sleep well.

It is not fair. And it is like a heavy load upon people. He has everything that he wants. But perhaps God does not let him enjoy those things. Then a different person enjoys them instead. It is difficult to understand when this kind of thing happens. It is a very sad thing because it is not fair. He might have many good things and he might live for a long time. But perhaps he does not enjoy the good things that he has. And at the end, nobody buries him.

It would have been better if he had been born dead. I would rather not be that person who has many children. And it never knew anything. But it has more rest than the wealthy man who did not enjoy his life. Verses A person may be famous and wealthy. But, for some reason, he cannot enjoy his life. He may become tired of his possessions.

Or maybe he has to leave them. It is sad if a stranger will enjoy those possessions. Verses People thought that it was good to have many children in a family. See Psalm In this passage, children sounds like too many children for one man. But a man who had many wives could have a great number of children. Read, for example, about Gideon in Judges And people thought that a long life was good. But it was very bad to die without a proper grave. This showed that the dead person had no value.

Jeremiah spoke about the wicked king who was called Jehoiakim. Nobody will be sad about his death.