The Speaker's Commentary (13 vols.)
by F. C. Cook, Henry Wace
Scribner, Armstrong & Co., John Murray 1872–1888
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"Whilst the Word of God is one, and does not change, it must touch, at new points, the changing phases of physical, philological, and historical knowledge, and so the Comments that suit one generation are felt by another to be obsolete." These words begin The Speaker's Commentary, the collaborated efforts of a team of over 30 top Anglican scholars. The growing controversy concerning historical criticism, polygamy, and racism created a need for an authoritative response from trusted and capable men within the Church. Compelled to address this challenge, the Speaker of the House of Commons, the Right Hon. J. Evelyn Denison, formed a committee with the task of writing a commentary on the entire Bible. Denison and his committee understood the seriousness of these challenges and so took up arms to guard the truth of the Word against their modern critics, such as Frederick Maurice and William Colenso. Through it all, they desired to make the Scriptures plain and clear for the Church - at a time when it was most needed.
Drawing upon the talents F. C. Cook as editor, an exceptionally skilled linguist and biblical scholar, The Holy Bible According to the Authorized Version (A.D. 1611), with an Explanatory and Critical Commentary—or as it is known popularly, The Speaker's Commentary, presents the best of 19th-century Anglican scholarship, having taken over 18 years to complete by a team of more than 30 scholars.
In addition to the complete commentary on the Old and New Testaments, The Speaker's Commentary includes a unique two-volume set on the Apocrypha, continuing the spirit and scholarship of the series to provide a complete commentary of the 1611 Authorized Version.
This scholarly yet accessible whole-Bible commentary is great for readers of the KJV, seminary students and pastors looking to learn from an important tradition in Church History, and anyone desiring to gain further insight into the Scriptures. As always, with the Logos Bible Software edition, each volume in The Speaker's Commentary (13 vols.) is fully integrated with the other resources in your Logos library, including your favorite Bibles, dictionaries, and numerous other Bible study tools. The Logos edition also allows you to perform powerful searches and word studies, and Scripture references are linked to the wealth of language resources in your digital library. This makes The Speaker's Commentary (13 vols.) more powerful and easier to access than ever before for reading, sermon preparation, research, and Bible study.
- Complete commentary on the Old and New Testaments from the best Anglican scholarship of the 19th century
- Bonus two-volume commentary on the Apocrypha
- Additional excursuses on difficult and important passages
- Contributions from over 30 scholars
Praise for The Speaker's Commentary
"There can be no question that The Speaker's Commentary will supersede all older commentaries for English readers..."
"We regard these volumes as a specimen of English scholarship of which we need not be ashamed."
- Volume 1, Part 1: Genesis and Exodus
- Volume 1, Part 2: Leviticus, Numbers, and Deuteronomy
- Volume 2: Joshua, Judges, Ruth, Samuel, and 1 Kings
- Volume 3: 2 Kings, 1–2 Chronicles, Ezra, Nehemiah, and Esther
- Volume 4: Job, Psalms, Proverbs, Ecclesiastes, and Song of Solomon
- Volume 5: Isaiah, Jeremiah, and Lamentations
- Volume 6: Ezekiel, Daniel, and the Minor Prophets
- Volume 7: Matthew, Mark, and Luke
- Volume 8: John and Acts
- Volume 9: Romans, Corinthians, Galatians, Ephesians, Philippians, Colossians, Thessalonians, Timothy, Titus, and Philemon
- Volume 10: Hebrews, James, Peter, John, Jude, and Revelation
- Volume 11: 1–2 Esdras, Tobit, Judith, The Rest of Esther, and Wisdom
- Volume 12: Ecclesiasticus, Baruch, The Epistle of Jeremy, The Song of the Three Holy Children, The History of Susanna, Bel and the Dragon, The Prayer of Manassa, and 1–2 Maccabees
Volume 9: Romans, Corinthians, Galatians, Ephesians, Philippians, Colossians, Thessalonians, Timothy, Titus, Philemon
- Authors: Canon Evans, J. S. Howson, E. H. Gifford, J. Gwynn, John Jackson, Francis Kelly, F. Meyrick, and Joseph Waite
- Editor: F. C. Cook
- Publisher: John Murray
- Publication Date: 1881
- Pages: 844
Volume 12: Ecclesiasticus, Baruch, The Epistle of Jeremy, The Song of the Three Holy Children, The History of Susanna, Bel and the Dragon, The Prayer of Manassa, 1–2 Maccabees
- Authors: C. J. Ball, A. Edersheim, E. H. Gifford, G. Rawlinson,
- Editor: Henry Wace
- Publisher: John Murray
- Publication Date: 1888
- Pages: 648
- Title: The Speaker's Commentary
- Editors: F. C. Cook and Henry Wace
- Publisher: John Murray
- Volumes: 13
- Pages: 7,941
About the Editor
F. C. Cook (1810–1889) was a respected biblical scholar and extraordinary linguist, rumored to have a working knowledge of over 50 languages. As editor of and contributor to The Speaker's Commentary, he was tasked with giving the Anglican Church's response to the growing controversy surrounding the writings and teachings of Bishop Colenso and other modern critics.