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Catalogue of Commentaries & Expositions

  1. ALLEN (JOHN).—A Spiritual Exposition of the Old and New Testaments; or, The Christian's Gospel Treasure. Three vols. 8vo. 1816. 4/6.
        Spiritual reflections after the High Calvinistic School. Some preachers cannot see Christ where he is, but Allen finds him where he is not. There is in these reflections much godly savor, but very little exposition.
  2. ASSEMBLY OF DIVINES, Westminster.—Annotations. Two vols. Folio. Lond., 1657. 10/-to 16/-
        Contain valuable remarks, but are somewhat out of date. The work is probably less esteemed than it should be.
  3. BARTH (Dr. C. G., of Calw, Wurtemberg).—Practical Commentary on the Books of Holy Scripture, arranged in Chronological Order; being a Bible Manual for the use of Students of the Word of God. Translated from the German. Imp. 8vo., 12/-. Lond., Nisbet & Co. S. 7/-
        Helpful in showing the historical position of the books, and in assisting to illustrate them by the circumstances under which they were written. We have referred to it with benefit.
  4. BENSON (JOSEPH, 1748—1821. An eminent Methodist Preacher). Notes, Critical, Explanatory, and Practical. Six vols. Imp. 8vo. 10/6 each. Lond., Wesleyan Conference Office. S. 37/6.
        Adopted by the Wesleyan Conference as a standard work, and characterized by that body as marked by "solid learning, soundness of theological opinion, and an edifying attention to experimental and practical religion." Necessary to Methodist Students.
  5. BIBLICAL MUSEUM. (JAMES COMPER GRAY). Old Testament portion to be issued in 8 vols., at 4/6 each. New Testament already out, 5 vols., 4/6 each. Lond., Elliot Stock.
        We can only speak of the New Testament; it is surpassingly useful, sententious and sensible. Buy the work at once.
  6. BONAR (HORATIUS, D.D.)—Light and Truth: or, Bible Thoughts and Themes. Vol. I., Old Testament. Vol. II., Gospels. Vol. III., Acts and Larger Epistles. Vol. IV., Lesser Epistles. Vol. V., Revelation of St. John. Crown 8vo. 5s. each, Lond., Nisbet.
        One volume is rather short space in which to bring out the "light and truth" of the Old Testament. If Dr. Bonar required four volumes for the New, we wish he had felt the same need for the Old. The passages selected are popularly expounded, but the thought is not deep. The volumes will be more prized by the ordinary reader than by the minister.
  7. BOOTHROYD (BENJAMIN, D.D., 1768-836.—A learned Independent Minister and eminent Hebrew scholar.)—Family Bible. Improved Version. Notes, and reflections on each chapter; introduction on the authenticity and inspiration of the sacred books, and a complete view of the Mosaic laws, &c. Three vols. Royal 4to, 1824, 16/-, or one vol., thick 8vo., 1853, 7/-
        Good, but may be dispensed with, now that the East has been more fully explored.
  8. BROWN (John, 1722-1787).—Self-Interpreting Bible. 6/-to 15/-
        Useful in its day, and still popular. Notes on New Testament an undisguised plagiarism from Guyse. Not a Student's book.
  9. BURDER (SAMUEL, A.M.) The Scripture Expositor; a New Commentary, Critical and Practical. Four vols., 4to. 1811. 20/-
        Well selected notes. Those upon Eastern manners, geography, &c., are collected very judiciously.
  10. CALVIN (JOHN, 1519-1564). In the works of Calvin, published by the Calvin Translation Society, are the Commentaries, in 45 volumes. Messrs. T. & T. Clark, of Edinburgh, now issue sets of 45 vols., at £7 17s. 6d.; or six vols. for One Guinea, excepting Psalms, vol. 5, and Habakkuk. Separate volumes, 6s. each. Old copies of Calvin's comments are to be met with at second-hand book stores. We have entered most of them in their proper places, but cannot afford space for separate mention of the volumes of the C. T. Society.
        Of priceless value. (See pages 4 and 5 of this work).
  11. CHALMERS (THOMAS, D.D., LL.D., 1780-1847). Daily Scripture Readings (3 vols.) and Sabbath Scripture Readings (2 vols.) being vols. I. to V. of the "Posthumous Works" of Dr. Chalmers, edited by Rev. W. Hanna, D.D. Lond., Hamilton, Adams & Co.; Edinb., Edmonston & Douglas, in whose catalogue they are priced as follows: D. S. Readings, 3 vols., crown 8vo., £1 11s. 6d.; cheap edition, 2 vols, 10s. S.S. Readings, 2 vols., £1 1s.; cheap edition, 2 vols., 10s.
        Those acquainted with the writings of Chalmers will know what to expect from his pen when guided by fervent devotion.
  12. CLARKE (ADAM, LL.D., 1760-1832).—A New Edition, with the Author's final corrections. Six vols., Imp. 8vo. Lond., 1844. W. Tegg's edition, new, £3 3s. S. 38/- Also printed on large paper, 6 vols., 4to.
        Despite some few oddities, this is one of the most learned of English expositions. (See page 9.)
  13. CLARKE (SAMUEL. Died 1701).—The Old and New Testament, with Annotations and Parallel Scriptures. Folio. Lond., 1690. 7/-
        Notes very brief, but judicious. 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.
  14. CLASS AND THE DESK, The.—By J. COMPER GRAY, of Halifax; and C. STOKES CAREY, of London. Four vols. Crown 8vo, 12S. Lond., J. Sangster& Co.
        Condensed thought. Suited for Teachers and Local Preachers.
  15. COBBIN, (INGRAM).—Evangelical Synopsis. The Holy Bible, with Notes Explanatory and Practical, selected from the writings of the most esteemed divines and Biblical critics. Three vols. Imp. 4to. Lond., George Berger. S. 24/-or less.
        An admirable collection of notes. Men with small means will find it a miniature library. We have heard brethren who have had no commentary but Cobbin's speak of the work with much enthusiasm.
  16. COBBIN (INGRAM). A condensed Commentary on the Bible. Second edition. Imp. 8vo. Lond., 1839. 12/-
        An excellent makeshift for a poor man.
  17. COKE (THOMAS, LLD. Wesleyan Methodist Minister. Died 1814.) A Commentary on the Old and New Testament. 6 vols. 4to. Lond., 1803. 17/6.
        A Wesleyan comment. Too big: ought to have been put in half the space. Moreover, it is next door to a fraud, for it is "in the main a reprint of the work of Dr. Dodd," without that author's name. Ah, Dr. Coke, this is a burning shame!
  18. COMMENTARY, WHOLLY BIBLICAL, The: An Exposition in the very words of Scripture. 3 vols., 4to., £2 16S. od. Lond., S. Bagster and Sons. S. 26/-
        It is very handy to have explanatory passages thus presented to the eye. In general the work is excellently done; but ministers with scanty purses can make a Biblical exposition for themselves.
  19. COMPREHENSIVE BIBLE, The. (Edited by W. Greenfield, M.R.A.S.). The Old and New Testaments, with the various readings and marginal notes, parallel passages systematically arranged, numerous philological and explanatory notes, &c., &c. Medium 4to., pica type, £1 15s. in cloth; crown 4to., small pica type, £1 1s., cloth. Lond., S. Bagster & Sons.
        Generally used as a Pulpit Bible. Said to contain 4,000 notes and 500,000 parallel passages, being all those of Blayney, Scott, Clarke, and others. The tables, notes, introductions, &c., are of standard value.
  20. DIODATI (JOHN, 1576—1649). Annotations plainly expounding the most difficult places. Third edition. Folio. Lond. 1651. [Quarto editions exist, but the folio is best. 4/6.]
        Bickersteth says: "The spiritual and evangelical remarks are of much value." Diodati's notes are short and worth consulting.
  21. DODD (WILLIAM, D.D.) A Commentary on the Books of the Old and New Testament; in which are inserted the notes and collections of John Locke, Esq.; Daniel Waterland, D.D.; the Earl of Clarendon, and other learned persons; with practical improvements, &c. 3 vols. Folio. Lond., 1770. 18/-
        An almost forgotten production of the unhappy Dodd. It is founded on the manuscript collections of Cudworth, Waterland, Clarendon, and others. Not very likely to quicken piety, or inspire spiritual thought; yet, as Adam Clarke thought very highly of it, and Dr. Coke appropriated it, it must have some value.
  22. D'OYLY AND MANT. Notes, taken principally from the Church of England writers. Published by the S.P.C.K. Prepared by the Rev. Geo. D'Oyly, D.D., and the Rev. R. Mant, D.D. 3 vols. Royal 8vo., with the text, S. 1 5/-; or in 1 vol., without the text, 6/-1845, &c.
        Of moderate value. More fitted for the family than the study. A compilation most appreciated among Episcopalians.
  23. DUTCH ANNOTATIONS upon the whole Bible, as ordered by the Synod of Dort, 1618, and published in English, by Theodore Haak, Esq. 2 vols. Folio. Lond., 1657. 12/-
        Similar to the Westminster Assembly's Annotations. (See page 12).
  24. FAUSSET (A.R., A.M.—See JAMIESON, and page 20.)
  25. FOURFOLD UNION COMMENTARY, The. Containing, I. Parallel Texts, in full. II. Commentary of Matthew Henry, &c. III. Scott's Commentary condensed. IV. Commentary by Jamieson, Fausset, and Brown. To which is added the Biblical Cyclopaedia, by Dr. John Eadie, a Biblical Atlas, &c. Two handsome volumes. Royal 4to. £3 3s. net. Lond., Wesley. 1872.
        A Christian man wishing for the cream of expository writers could not make a better purchase. Ministers, as a rule, should not buy condensations, but get the works themselves.
  26. FRASER (DONALD, D.D.) Synoptical Lectures on the Books of Holy Scripture. First Series—Genesis to Canticles. Second Series—Isaiah to Acts. Post 8vo. 6/-each. Lond., Nisbet and Co.
        Dr. Fraser has observed, like many others of us, the mischief which results from cuttin6 the Bible into fragments, and usin6 it piecemeal. In these volumes he discourses of the Bible at large, indicates the scope of each book, and furnishes a brief digest of its contents. He has compressed rigorously. The design was in itself mast laudable, and it has been well carried out.
  27. GILL, (Joust, D.D. 1697—1771). An Exposition of the Old and New Testament. 9 Vols. Folio. Lond., 1763. S. f5. 9Vols., 4to., 1810. S.£415s. 6Vols.,Royal 8vo., 1852. £3 3s.
        Invaluable in its own line of things. (For full title and extended remarks see pages 8 and 9.)
  28. HAAK (THEODORE). See under "Dutch Annotations."
  29. HALL (JOSEPH, D.D. Bishop of Norwich. 1574—1656). Contemplations. Several editions; the one published by T. Nelson, Edinb., 1844, has a memoir of the good Bishop by the late Dr. James Hamilton. S. 4/-
        The work can be readily procured; but if its price were raised in proportion to its real value, it would become one of the most costly books extant. (See page 11.)
  30. HALL (JOSEPH) A Plain and Familiar Explication, by way of Paraphrase, of all the Hard Texts of the whole Divine Scrip-tures. Small Folio, 1633. S. 5/' Also forming Vols. III and IV. of the 8vo. edition of Hall's works in 12 vols. Oxford, 1837.
        Not so pithy as the Contemplations; nor, indeed, could it be expected 'to be so. It is not necessary to the Student, but might be useful.
  31. HAWEIS (THOMAS. 1734—1820). The Evangelical Expositor. 2 vols. Folio. 1765-6, 12/-
        Partakes of the author's character; for of him it has been said, that "he was rather useful than eminent." The work is mainly an abridgment of Henry.
  32. HAWKER (ROBERT, D.D. 1753—1827). The Poor Man's Commentary. 9 vols. 8vo., and 3 vols. 4to. 1843. S. 30/-Full of devotion and sweetness. (See page 13.)
  33. HENRY [MATTHEW. 1662—1714). Exposition. The following are recent editions. The prices refer to new copies. Blackie's, 3 vols., Royal 4to., £3 10s.; Cassell's, 3 vols., demy 4to., f2 12S. 6d.; Griffin's, 3 vols., Super-royal 8vo., f2 10s.; Nisbet's, 9 vols., Imp. 8vo., f3 3s. S. from 20/-to 30/-according to condition.
        (For title and remarks see pages 3, 4, 5.)
  34. HOLDEN (GEORGE, M.A.) Christian Expositor. 2 vols., 8vo. 1837. 4/-
        Notes highly spoken of; we consider them the most ordinary of platitudes.
  35. JAMIESON (REV. DR., Glasgow). FAUSSET (REv. A.R. York), and BROWN (REV. DR. D., Aberdeen). THE LIBRARY COMMENTARY, Critical, Experimental, and Practical. 6 vols. Medium 8vo., f3 12s.; or 14/-each vol. Collins & Co., Edinb.
        A really standard work. We consult it continually, and with growing interest. Mr. Fausset's portion strikes us as being of the highest order.
    (See page 20.) The following are different forms or abridgments of the same work, each of which we can highly recommend:—
  36. JAMIESON. The Complete Commentary. 2 vols., Royal 4to., with maps, £2 10s. Much the same as the Fourfold Commentary. Edinb., W. Collins. (See No. 25.)
  37.     "    "     The Student's Commentary. 4 vols., foolscap 8vo. "3[6 per vol. W. Collins.
  38.     "    "     The Portable Commentary. 2 vols., post 8vo. 7/6 each. W. Collins, Sons, & Co.
  39. KITTO (JOHN, D.D., F.S.A., 1804—1850). The Pictorial Bible. 4 vols., Imp. 8vo., £1 10s. 1855. Land. and Edinb., Chambers. S. 20/-
        A work of art as well as learning.
    (See page 15)
  40. KITTO. The Illustrated Commentary of the Old and New Testaments. A reproduction of the Notes, &c., of the Pictorial Bible. 5 vols., 8vo. 1840. S. 10/6
        The omission of the text renders the work cheaper.
  41. KITTO'S Daily Bible Illustrations: being Original Readings: for a Year, on subjects relating to Sacred History, Biography, Geography, Antiquities, and Theology. New edition, edited and revised by f. Z. Porter, D.D. 8 vols., f2 8s. Edinb., Oliphant & Co. S. 20/-
        May always be obtained, both new and second-hand.
    (See page 15.)
  42. LANGE (J.P., D.D.) Translations of the Commentaries of aPr. Lange, and his Collaborateurs. Edited by.Dr. Schaff. T. & T. Clark.
        There are now ready eight volumes on the OLD TESTAMENT, viz., Genesis, 1 vol.; Joshua, Judges, and Ruth, 1 vol.; Kings, 1 vol.; Job, 1 vol.; Psalms, 1 vol.; Proverbs, Ecclesiastes, and the Song of Solomon, 1 vol; Jeremiah and Lamentations, 1 vol.; Minor Prophets, 1 vol. The other Books of the Old Testament are in active preparation.
        NEW TESTAMENT, complete in 10 vols.
        The volumes greatly differ in excellence, yet none could be spared. We have nothing equal to them as a series. (See page 19.)
  43. LEES (FREI). R., Ph.D.) and BURNS (DAwson, M.A.). The Temperance Bible Commentary. Demy 8vo., 6/-Lond., $. W. Partridge & Co. 1872.
        Readers will probably estimate the value of this work according to their views upon Total Abstinence. This question appears to be one which renders both advocates and opponents too warm either to give or accept a cool, impartial verdict; we shall not therefore offer one.
  44. LEIGH (Sin EDWARD. 1602-3—1671). Annotations from Job to Canticles. Folio. Lond., 1657. 3/6. Annotations upon all the New Testament. Philological and Theological. Folio. Lond., 1650. 3/6. Frequently associated with Richardson on the Old Testament. (See No. 7x.) Good, brief notes. Antique, but still prized. Critica Sacra. In two parts: I. Observations on all the primitive Hebrew words of the Old Testament. II. Philological and Theological Observations on all the Greek words of the New Testament. Folio. Lond., 1662. 3/6. Horne says this is "a very valuable help to the understanding of the original languages." Parkhurst valued it.
  45. MANT. (See D'Oyly).
  46. MAYER (JOHN, D.D.) Commentary. 6 vols. folio, and 1 vol. 4to. Lond., 1653. [The seventh volume, containing the Catholic Epistles and Revelation, was published in 4to. only] f6 6s. (For full title and remarks see pages 10 and 11.) Laborious writing and heavy reading.
  47. MILLINGTON (THOMAS S.) The Testimony of the Heathen to the Truths of Holy Writ. Compiled almost exclusively from Greek and Latin Authors of the Classical Ages of Antiquity. 4to. Lond., Seeley, Jackson, & Halliday. 1863. S. 81- It was a capital idea to lay the heathen under contribution. The author is at home in the Classics, and has performed his work well.
  48. NESS (CHRISTOPHER. 1621—1705). History and Mystery. 4 vols., Folio. Lond., 1690—96. S. £4 to f5. Quaint, pithy, suggestive. Full of remarks such as are to be found in Thomas Fuller and Bishop Hall. (See page 11.)
  49. NEW BIBLE COMMENTARY, The. [Sometimes spoken of as "The Speaker's Commentary."] In progress. Lond., Murray. 1871, &c. (For full title see page 19.) The proverb concerning too many cooks applies also to Commentators. The work is good, but it might have been better.
  50. PATRICK & LOWTH. A Critical Commentary. Corrected by the Rev. F. R. Pitman. 6 vols., Royal 4to 1822. [There are other editions, but some of them do not contain the whole of the Commentary; the above is one of the best. Good edition in smaller type, 4 vols., Imp. 8vo., £3 3s. Lond., W. Tegg.] S. 24/- (See page 18.)
  51. POOLE (MATTHEW. 1624—1679). Annotations. Our copy is dated 1853. Lond., Nisbet & Co. S. 2 I/-Old folios, 14/-See title and remarks on pages 6 and 7.
  52. PURVER (ANTHONY. 1702—1777). A New and Literal Translation, with Notes. 2 vols., Folio. Lond., 1764. 10/-A Quaker Translation. Often ungrammatical and unintelligible. Not without its good points, but much more curious than useful.
  53. RELIGIOUS TRACT SOCIETY'S COMMENTARY. From Henry and Scott, with numerous observations from other writers. With the text and maps, 6 vols., Super-royal 8vo., f2 6s. Without the text, 6vols., 12mo.,f 1 4s. S. 9/- The Society kindly allows Students to purchase this work at a reduced rate. The abridgements are carefully executed.
  54. SCOTT (THOMAS. 1747—1821). The Holy Bible. A New Edition. 6 vols., 4to. £2 10. Lond., Nisbet & Co. S. 20/- (For title and remarks see page 12.) F. Mr. Neale says of Scott's practical observations, "They arc such as some men would not take the trouble of even thinking', many would not be at the pains of speaking, and one should have imagined, were not the fact as it is such as no man would have condescended to write down." This judgment is far too severe, and reveals the High Churchman: it raises Scott in our esteem.
  55. SIMEON (CHARLES, M.A. 1759—1836). Horae Homileticae; or, Discourses digested into one continued series, and forming a Comment upon every book of the Old and Near Testament; 21 vols. 8vo. Seventh edition. Lond., H. G. Bohn. 1845. S.f2 10s. [Being the entire works of Charles Simeon, with Copious Indexes, prepared by T. Hartwell Horne.] Not Commentaries, but we could not exclude them. They have been called "a valley of dry bones": be a prophet and they will live.
  56. SPEAKER'S COMMENTARY,The. (See New Bible Commentary).
  57. SUTCLIFFE (JOSEPH, M.A. Wesleyan 21giniseer). A Commentary; containing Copious Notes. Imp. 8vo., 12/6. Lond., 66, Paternoster Row, E.C. S. 7/-To comprise the whole Bible in one volume necessitated notes few and brief. Sutcliffe, though an Arminian, is in general so good that we wish we had more of him; his style is vivacious and forcible.
  59. TRAPP (JOHN. 1611—1669). Commentary. 5 vols., Folio. 1654, &c. There are also 4to. editions of parts of the Commentary. Reprinted by Mr. R. D. Dickinson, Farringdon Street, E.C., in 5 vols., Super-royal 8vo., price f2 18s. 6d. (published at f3 15s.); or, 12/6 each vol. nett. Oh, rare John Trapp! (See pages 7 and 8. )
  60. WALL (WILLIAM, D.D. 1646—1720). Critical Notes on the Old and New Testament. 3 vols., 8vo. Lond., 1730-34. S. 3/6. Dr. Wall was the great champion of infant baptism against the learned Gale. His notes are good, but out of date.
  61. WELLS (EDWARD, D.D., Died 1724). Help for the more easy and clear understanding of the Holy Scriptures. 6 vols., 4to. Oxford, 1724, &c. 18/-Seldom to be met with complete, but this need not be regretted, for though somewhat useful, it is not of primary importance.
  62. WESLEY (JOHN, A.M. 1703—1791). Notes on Old and New Testament. 4 vols., 4to. Lond., 1764. S. 20/-[Editions of the New Test., with Wesley's Wales, are published at the Wesleyan Conference Office. 18mo., 2/-; 8vo., 4/-] The Notes on the New Testament are esteemed, but Dr. Clark says that those on the Old are meagre and unsatisfactory. He is quite right.
  63. WILSON (THOMAS, D.D. 1663—1755. Bishop of Sodor and Man). The Holy Bible, with Notes and various renderings. By the Rev. C. Crutwell. 3 vols., 4to. Lond., 1785. The good Bishop's notes are brief hints, only intended for the explanation or practical improvement of certain passages; their value to Biblical Students is inconsiderable. Crutwell's various readings are numerous. We gave no less than ~f3 3s-for the copy by which we have been able to form this estimate; but for our own use we should be sorry to give half-a-guinea for it.
  64. WORDSWORTH (CHRISTOPHER, D.D. Bishop of Lincoln). See page 18.
  65. YOUNG (ROBERT, LL.D.) Commentary on the Bible, as Literally and Idiomatically Translated. Crown 8vo. Lond., Fullorton & Co. S. 36-Too small to be of any use. You cannot put the sea into a tea cup.

  66. AINSWORTH (HENRY, Died 1622). Annotations upon the Five Bookes of Moses, the Booke of Psalmes, and the Song of Songs: wherein the Hebrew words and sentences are compared with the Greeke and Chaldee versions. Folio. Lond., 1627 and 1639. 7/-" Ainsworth was a celebrated scholar and an excellent divine. His uncommon skill in Hebrew learning, and his excellent Commentaries on the Scriptures are held in high reputation to this day."—Brook's Lives of the Puritans.
  67. HENGSTENBERG (E. W. D.D.), Christology of the Old Testament: a Commentary on the Messianic Predictions. 4 vols., f2 2s. Edinb., T. & T. Clark. 1858. S. 20/-This great work deals with a most vital theme in a masterly manner; it has always been held in high esteem. We confess, however, that we can only read it as a task, for the dry scholastic style repels us, and it seems to us that in answering a number of sceptical doctors, whose opinions are ridiculous, the author has made much ado about nothing.
  68. HORSLEY (SAMUEL, LL.D., F.R.S., and F.A.S. Bishop of St. ,4saSh. 1733—1806). Biblical Criticism on the first fourteen Historical Books of the Old Testament; also on the first nine ;Prophetical Books. Second edition. 2 vols., 8vo. Lond., 1844. S. 7/6. These criticisms will be of more interest to the scholar than of value to the minister, Horsley was far too ready to invent new readings; yet he was a master in his own line. He writes very dogmatically and with a violent bias toward a theory of interpretation which, with all its excellencies, cannot be everywhere maintained. Numbers of other writers have followed in his track, but none with equal footsteps.
  69. JACKSON (ARTHUR, M.A. 1593—1666). A Help for the Understanding of the Holy Scriptures (Genesis to Isaiah). 4 vols. 4to. 1643, &c. 10/to 20/-Rather tame, but will well repay quiet reading. His works are now somewhat rare. (See page 11.)
  70. ORTON (JOB, D.D. 1717—1783). Exposition of the Old Testament, with Devotional and Practical Reflections, Published from the Author's Manuscripts, by Robert Gentleman. 6 vols. 8vo. Shrewsbury, 1788. Reprinted, 1822. 8. 6/-A sort of paraphrase, after the manner of Doddridge's Family Exposi-.for; which it was intended to accompany. Not a very able production.
  71. RICHARDSON (John, Bishop of Ardagh. Died 1654). Choice Observations and Explanations upon the Old Testament, con-taining in them many remarkable matters, additional to the large Annotations made by some of the Assembly of Divines. Folio, 1655. S. 2/6. Of secondary importance, and very short; yet good. Frequently bound up with Leigh (No. 44).

  72. AINSWORTH (HENRY), Annotations on the Pentateuch (See also No. 66). 4to. 1616. 2/6. Thoroughly learned. Though old, not out of date.
  73. ALEXANDER (WILLIAM. The Pentateuch, with Notes. S. 1/6. A book of no importance.
  74. BABINGTON (GERVASE, Bishop of Worcester. Died 1610). In Babington's Works, folio, 1622. there are "Certaine plain, brief, and comfortable notes" upon the five books of Moses. Whole works 20/. ,Our copy is in the old Black Letter. It contains little to repay the student for toil-ing through the old-fashioned expressions.
  75. BARRETT (R. A. F., M.A.). A Synopsis of Criticisms upon those passages of the Old Testament in which modem commentators have differed from the Authorized Version. 2 vols. in 2 parts each, and vol. III. part x, large 8vo., 1847. [Only extends from Genesis to Esther.] S. 10/6. The object of this work is to lay before the reader the principal alterations which modem critics have proposed in the Authorized Version, together with the reasons for or against such emendations. Many of the notes are in Latin. Of small use to the average minister.
  76. BATE (JuLiUS, M.A. 1711—1771). New Literal Translation of the Pentateuch and Historical Books to end of 2 Kings. With Notes. 4to. Lond., 1773. 4/' Paper spoiled. We greatly grudge the four shillings which we gave for it.
  77. BIBLE TEACHINGS; or, Remarks on Genesis, Exodus, and Leviticus. With Recommendatory Preface by Rev. W. B. Mackenzie. 8vo. Lond., 1855. S. 2/6. This book was written by the Three Misses Bird, of Taplow. The Remarks are very plain and practical, and a spirit of earnest piety and fervent prayer pervades them throughout.
  78. BLUNT (HENRY, A.M. Died 1843). Family Exposition of Pentateuch. 1844. S vols., 12mo. 6/-each. Hatchards. S. 3 vols. 5/-See remarks under each separate volume.
  79. BRIGHTWELL (T.) Notes selected from the exegetical parts of Rosenmuller's Scholia, and of a9athe's Notes to his Latin version; also from Schrank, Michaelis, Le Clerc, Ainsworth, Poole, and other authors. 8vo. Lond., 1840. S. x/6. This writer worked very industriously at the almost impossible task of condensing the twenty-eight volumes of Rasenmuller's Notes. Besides the remarks from authors mentioned in the text, there are observations from the manuscripts of Joseph Kinghorn, of Norwich. It is not a didactic or spiritual work, but almost entirely explanatory and illustrative
  80. CHRIST IN THE LAW; or the Gospel foreshadowed in the Pentateuch. Compiled by a Priest of the Church of England. CHRIST IN THE PROPHETS.—Joshua to Kings. 2 vols., Foolscap 8vo. 3/6 each. Lond. Masters, 1872 and 1873. Of the High Church order, and praised by the Saturday Review. What worse need be said? Yet will we add that the savor of Christ in these books saves them from unqualified condemnation.
  81. DELGADO (IsAAc. Jewish Teacher). New Translation. 4to. Lond., 1789. 2/ The author modestly says, that his work is highly useful. This is another instance of paternal partiality, and of "great cry and little wool."
  82. ETHERIDGE (.[. W., M.A.). The Targums of Onkelos and Jonathan Ben, Uzziel on the Pentateuch, with the Fragments of the Jerusalem Targum Leviticus, Numbers, and Deuteronomy. 8vo. Lond., Longmans, 1865 S. 7/6. Comparatively few of our readers will set much store by the Targums of Onkely, and Jonathan Ben Uzziel; but those who desire to read them will find here a good literal version.
  83. GEDDES (ALEXANDER, LL.D.—,4 Roman Catholic divine.—1737 —1802.)—Translation from corrected texts with various Readings and Notes. ['Genesis to Ruth only published.] 3 vols, 4to., 1792—1800, 12/-The author was a Hebraist of considerable repute, but treated the inspired word fa,, too flippantly. His style of criticism is essentially sceptical.
  84. GERLACH (OTTO VON. 1801—1849). Pentateuch. Translated by the Rev. Henry Downing. Demy 8vo., 10/6. Edinb., T. & T. Clark. Very different from other German authors. Plain, clear, and instructive. Not choked up with metaphysical bewilderments and long lists of sceptical authors whose names defile the pages which bear them.
  85. HÄVERNICK (Dr. H. A. Ch.) Historico-Critical Introduction to the Pentateuch. Translated by A. Thomson, A.M. Edinb., Clark. 1850. S. IO/6. Almost entirely occupied with a discussion upon the genuineness of the Pentateuch. A check to the rationalistic and infidel spirit. Those who have never taken the poison do not need the antidote.
  86. HENGSTENBERG (E.W., D.D.) Genuineness of the Pentateuch. Translated by ]. E. Ryland. 2 vols., 8vo. Edinb., 1847. S. 8/-This great author contends ably for the Pentateuch, but the perusal of his book reminds us of the king who "Fought all his battles o'er again, And thrice he routed all his foes, and thrice he slew the slain."
  87.     "    "     Egypt and the Books of Moses; or, the Books of Moses Illustrated by the Monuments of Egypt. 8vo. 7/6. Edinb., 1845. T. & T. Clark. Dr. Hengstenberg, as Professor at Berlin, had access to the rich collection of Egyptian antiquities in the Museum, and he has made noble use of his advantages.
  88. HOWARD (The Hon. E. J., D.D.. Dean of Lichfield.) 1. Genesis according to the LXX. Translated into English, with Notes on the Passages in which it differs from our Authorized Version. Cr. 8vo. 8/6. 2. Exodus and Leviticus, 10/6. 3-Numbers and Deuteronomy, 10/6. Camb.; Macmillan, 1857, &c. S. 316 each. Of no particular use to preachers; but the Guardian says, "It is an excellent introduction to the comparative study of God's word, in those three languages with which an ordinary English student is mainly concerned."
  89. JAMIESON (J., LL.D.) The Pentateuch, with Notes, &c. [Anon.] Folio, Lond., 1748. S. 6/-Published anonymously. Mainly a compilation, in which more industry was shown in the collection than discretion in the selection.
  90. KALISCH (M.M., Ph.D.) Historical and Critical Commentary on the Old Testament; with a New Translation. 8vo. Vol. I. Genesis, 18/-; or, adapted for the general reader, 12/-Vol. II. Exodus, 15/-, 12/-Vol. III. Leviticus, part 1, 15/-, 8/'-Vol. IV. Leviticus, part 2, 15/-, 8/. Lond., Longmans. 1858. Contains a large amount of historical illustration, shedding new light upon the letter of the Word. The author has used the fresh information which has come to us from the Euphrates and the Nile. At the same time he sows scepticisms broadcast, and we cannot recommend him.
  91. KEIL (CARL FRIEDRICH, D.D., Ph.D.) Pentateuch. 3 vols., 8vo. 31/6-Edinb., T. & T. Clark. 1864. A work for the learned. It has received the highest commendations from competent scholars. But it is somewhat dull and formal
  92. KELLY (WILLIAM). Introductory Lectures. Cr. 8vo., 4/6. Lond., W. H. Broom. By a leading writer of the exclusive Plymouth school. Not to our mind.
  93. KIDDER (RICHARD, D.D., Bp. of Bath and Wells.—Died 1703). Five Books of Moses. 2 vols., 8vo. Lond., 1694. 4/. Of no importance: a chip in the porridge: mild as a modem bishop.
  94. KINGSLEY (CHARLES, M.A., Cotton of Westminster. Diea 1875). The Gospel of the Pentateuch. I18 sermons]. Foolscap 8vo. 3/6. Lond., Macmillan. A small volume of Kingsley's usual sort. Not over-freighted with what is usually known as the Gospel; but plain and practical, with common-sense remarks for common people.
  95. LAW (HENRY, M.A., Dean of Gloucester). "Christ is All." The Gospel of the Old Testament. Several editions; a recent one is published by the Religious Tract Society, in 4 vols., Cr. 8vo. 2/-each. Deservedly popular. Simple, instructive, full of Christ. Law abounds in gospel.
  96. MACDONALD (DONALD, M.A.) Introduction, and an enquiry into the genuineness, authority and design of the Mosaic writings. 2 vols., demy 8vo. 21/-Edinb., Clark. 1861. "A full review of the evidence, external and internal, for the genuine-ness, authenticity, and Divine character of the Pentateuch. Its special attention is devoted to the connection between the Pentateuch and the great scheme of revelation, of which it forms the basis."—Guardian.
  97. MORISON (JAMES, 1762—1809). Introductory Key to the first four Books of Moses; being an attempt to show that the great design of the things recorded therein was the sufferings of Christ and the following glory. 8vo-Perth, 1810. S. 31- Plain, forcible, and instructive remarks, realizing the title—an Introductory Key.
  98. PARKER (SAMUEL, son of Bp. Samuel Parker). Bibliotheca Biblica; a Commentary gathered out of the writings of fathers and ecclesiastical historians, &c. [Anonymous.] 5 vols., 4to. Oxf, 1720, &c. [Genesis to Deuteronomy only completed.] 35/" Darling says, that this is "a commentary of profound learning and research;" but it: seems to us to be mainly filled with that archaic learning which is now out of date.
  99. PIERCE (SAMUEL EYLES). Discourses on the several Revelations of the Lord Jesus, from the Fall, to Moses, &c. 8vo. Lond., 1815. S. 3/' Dr. Hawker says, that "these Discourses carry with them testimonies of being written under Divine teaching." Sweet, but not very expository.
  100. PYLE (THOMAS, M.A. 1674—1756). Paraphrase, with Notes. 4 vols., 8vo. 1717—28. S. 3/' [Genesis to Esther only.] A pile of paper, valuable to housemaids for lighting fires.
  101. ROBERTSON (JAMES, A.M.) Clavis Pentateuchi. Analysis of the Hebrew words in the Pentateuch, with Notes. Reprinted, edited by Kinghorn, at Norwich, 1824. 8vo. S. 9/-Almost entirely in Latin, and therefore useful only to those who can readily read that language. The work was in good repute in its day.
  102. SAURIN (JAMES. 1677~1730). Dissertations on the most memorable events of the Bible. [Vol. I., The Books of Moses, was all ever published in English. Folio. Lond., 1723]. S. 5/' More eloquent than accurate. Florid rather than solid.
  103. SHEPHEARD (H., M.A.) Traditions of Eden; or, Proofs of the Historical Truth of the Pentateuch, from existing facts, and from the Customs and Monuments of all Nations. Demy 8vo. 10/-Lond., Nisbet & Co. A very interesting and curious work. Good lectures might be gathered from it for week-night instruction. Not a Commentary.
  104. STANLEY (ARTHUR PENRHYN, D.D., Dean of Westminster). Lectures on the History of the Jewish Church. Part I. Abraham to Samuel. Part II, Samuel to the Captivity. 2 vols., 8vo 32/-Lond., 1870. S. 18/-A fascinating book, which no one can read without being the better able to realize the scenes of Scripture history. The author's broad views are known and deplored: that he has equal breadth of learning we: cheerfully admit.
  105. THISTLEWAITE (W., M.A.) Expository Sermons. 4 vols., 12mo. Lond., 1837-8. S. 2/6. Sermons as good as these are plentiful as blackberries. Why were they printed?
  106. TOWNSEND (GEORGE, D.D., Canon of Durham). The Pentateuch and the Book of Job, arranged in Chronological Order, with Prayers and Notes. 2 vols., 8vo. /.and., 1849. 10/-A singular combination of family prayers, essays and notes, by an able but singular writer.
  107. WRIGHT (ABRAHAM). A Practical Commentary, wherein the Text of every Chapter is Practically expounded, in a way not usually trod by Commentators. Folio. 1662. 10/6 to 20/-An extremely rare book. The style and matter are after the manner of Christopher 2Vess. Wright does not comment upon every verse, but.after indicating the run of the chapter gives little sermons upon the,more salient points. He is very quaint and pithy.

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