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The Speaker's Commentary (13 vols.)

by Cook, F. C., Wace, Henry

John Murray, Scribner, Armstrong & Co. 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.

Key Features

  • 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..."

The Guardian

"We regard these volumes as a specimen of English scholarship of which we need not be ashamed."

The NonConformist

Individual Titles

Volume 1, Part 1: Genesis, Exodus

  • Authors: E. Harold Browne, Samuel Clark, and F. C. Cook
  • Editor: F. C. Cook
  • Publisher: Scribner, Armstrong & Co.
  • Publication Date: 1873
  • Pages: 492

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This first volume includes a detailed introduction to the Pentateuch, focusing upon questions of Mosaic authorship and its origins. Verse-by-verse commentary and extensive critical notes are given on Genesis and Exodus, supplemented by two historical essays by F. C. Cook on the insights gleaned from modern studies of ancient Egyptian history.

Volume 1, Part 2: Leviticus, Numbers, Deuteronomy

  • Author: Samuel Clark, T. E. Espin, and J. F. Thrupp
  • Editior: F. C. Cook
  • Publisher: Scribner, Armstrong & Co.
  • Publication Date: 1873
  • Pages: 402

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Part two of the first volume completes the verse-by-verse commentary on the Pentateuch, including critical introductions on Leviticus, Numbers, and Deuteronomy.

Volume 2: Joshua, Judges, Ruth, Samuel, and 1 Kings

  • Authors: Arthur Hervey, T. E. Espin, and George Rawlinson
  • Editor: F. C. Cook
  • Publisher: John Murray
  • Publication Date: 1872
  • Pages: 614

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Volume 2 contains exegetical commentary on the historical books, including lengthy introductions delving into issues of authorship, content, structure, and canonical placement.

Volume 3: 2 Kings, Chronicles, Ezra, Nehemiah, Esther

  • Author: George Rawlinson
  • Publisher: John Murray
  • Publication Date: 1873
  • Pages: 499

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This third volume continues verse-by-verse commentary on 2 Kings, 1–2 Chronicles, Ezra, Nehemiah, and Esther. Each contains in-depth discussion of historical, exegetical, and practical matters, helping readers traverse the difficult waters of the historical book by providing the background information necessary to follow the storyline.

Volume 4: Job, Psalms, Proverbs, Ecclesiastes, Song of Solomon

  • Authors: F. C. Cook, C. J. Elliott, G. H. S. Johnson, E. H. Plumptre, W. T. Bullock, and T. L. Kingsbury
  • Publisher: John Murray
  • Publication Date: 1873
  • Pages: 702

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At over 700 pages, The Speaker's Commentary's entry on the Wisdom books and the Psalms is a tremendous resource to assist in digging deep into one of the most theologically and practically rich sections of the Old Testament. Also included are extended excursuses on Psalms 91–100 and the Song of Solomon.

Volume 5: Isaiah, Jeremiah, Lamentations

  • Authors: W. Kay and R. Payne Smith
  • Publisher: John Murray
  • Publication Date: 1875
  • Pages: 606

Sample Pages: 1 | 2 | 3 | 4 | 5 | 6 | 7

Volume 5 contains critical commentary and introductions for Isaiah, Jeremiah, and Lamentations. In his introduction on Isaiah, Kay gives key background information on the important events and cultural practices during Isaiah's day, helping readers to better appreciate the unity and structure of the book.

Volume 6: Ezekiel, Daniel, and the Minor Prophets

  • Authors: F. C. Cook, Samuel Clark, G. Currey, W. Drake, J. M. Fuller, R. Gandell, E. Huxtable, F. Meyrick, and H. J. Rose
  • Publisher: John Murray
  • Publication Date: 1876
  • Pages: 750

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Critical introductions and verse-by-verse commentary on the exhilic books (Ezekiel and Daniel) and the Minor Prophets makes up volume 6.

    Also contains extended treatment of such topics as:
  • Belshazzar and Darius the Mede
  • The Messiah
  • The Four Kingdoms
  • The Belief in the Resurrection
  • The Seventy Weeks

Volume 7: Matthew, Mark, and Luke

  • Authors: F. C. Cook, H. L. Mansel, W. B. Jones, and William Thomson
  • Editor: F. C. Cook
  • Publisher: John Murray
  • Publication Date: 1878
  • Pages: 472

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The difficult debate concerning the unity and diversity of the Synoptic Gospels is addressed in volume 7 of The Speaker's Commentary. Critical issues such as interdependency, differences, similarities, and historical background are discussed as a necessary precursor to the verse-by-verse commentary on Matthew, Mark and Luke.

Volume 8: John, Acts

  • Authors: F. C. Cook, William Jacobson, and B. F. Westcott
  • Editor: F. C. Cook
  • Publisher: John Murray
  • Publication Date: 1880
  • Pages: 534

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The Gospel of John and the book of Acts are the subject of the eighth volume in The Speaker's Commentary. The introduction on John has an extended discussion on authorship, main themes, and its relation to the Synoptic Gospels.

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

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Verse-by-Verse commentary and notes on the Pauline Epistles comprise volume 9 of the series. An introduction to the pastoral epistles is given a separate section, wherein both their uniqueness from and similarities with the general epistles are discussed.

Volume 10: Hebrews, James, Peter, John, Jude, Revelation

  • Authors: W. Alexander, F. C. Cook, William Kay, William Lee, J. R. Lumby, and Robert Scott
  • Editor: F. C. Cook
  • Publisher: John Murray
  • Publication Date: 1881
  • Pages: 844

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Volume 10 concludes The Speaker's Commentary entries on the New Testament, containing exegetical, historical, and literary notes on Hebrews, James, 1–2 Peter, 1–3 John, Jude and Revelation.

Volume 11: 1–2 Esdras, Tobit, Judith, The Rest of Esther, Wisdom

  • Authors: C. J. Ball, F. W. Farrar, J. M. Fuller, J. H. Lupton, and George Salmon
  • Editor: Henry Wace
  • Publisher: John Murray
  • Publication Date: 1888
  • Pages: 534

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Continuing on with the tradition of the Old and New Testament commentaries, Henry Wave assembled a team of the best Anglican scholars to create a two-volume commentary on the Apocrypha. Carrying on the tradition of the first ten volumes, each book contains a critical introduction discussing typical matters of authorship, dating, genre, and history, as well as verse-by-verse commentary.

    Books covered:
  • 1–2 Esdras
  • Tobit
  • Judith
  • The Rest of Esther
  • 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, 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

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    Books covered:
  • 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

Product Details

  • 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.