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Biblical Essays


Macmillan and Co. 1893

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Originally published in 1893, this volume contains fifteen essays, including three essays on the authenticity of the Gospel of John, and essays on the epistles to the Corinthians, Romans, and Ephesians—including material not found in his commentaries. Lightfoot’s essays on the pastoral epistles, the chronology of Paul’s life, and his essay on the structure of the book of Romans—including an essay on M. Renan’s theory of Romans and an exchange with F. J. A. Hort—are also included. Many of these selections are taken from Lightfoot’s lecture notes and his unpublished manuscripts, which were compiled after his death and edited into readable form.

Key Features

  • Introductory Notes
  • Includes indexes
  • All Scripture references are linked to original language texts and English translations

Praise for the Print Edition

The ease with which [Lightfoot] passes . . . from one subject to another, from a review of commentaries on St. Paul’s Epistles to an emendation of the text of Euripides, from an investigation of the meaning of ‘Caesar’s household’ to the position of the Long Walls at Athens, represents the work of [one] who regards the New Testament as the goal of all his studies.

Brooke Foss Westcott, author

Lightfoot’s research is characterized by clarity and precision, and a historical sense that sees the details within the larger movement of history.

—William Baird

Product Details

  • Title: Biblical Essays
  • Author: Joseph Barber Lightfoot
  • Publisher: MacMillan & Co.
  • Publication Date: 1893
  • Pages: 459

About Joseph Barber Lightfoot

Joseph Barber Lightfoot (1828–1889) was born in Liverpool. He attended King Edward’s School in Birmingham before enrolling at Trinity College, Cambridge. He edited the Journal of Classical and Sacred Philology from 1854 to 1859.

In 1852 he was elected a Fellow of Cambridge, and was ordained in 1854. He became tutor of Trinity College in 1857, professor of divinity in 1861, and anon of St. Paul’s Cathedral in 1871. Lightfoot preached regularly and participated in various ecclesiastical activities. He gained enormous popularity for his defense of the New Testament in response to Walter Richard Cassel’s Supernatural Religion. Lightfoot also participated on the committee for an English revision of the New Testament.

In 1879, Lightfoot became Bishop of Durham, where he continued his theological study, writing, and preaching. In addition to the works included in this collection, Lightfoot also wrote commentaries on Galatians, Philippians, and Colossians and Philemon. Lightfoot was succeeded as bishop by his lifelong friend, Brooke Foss Westcott.

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