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A Popular Commentary on the New Testament (4 vols.)

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Aiming to produce both an international and interdenominational commentary that unifies Christians, Philip Schaff worked closely with publishers T&T Clark in Edinburgh and Charles Scribner’s Sons in New York and with almost a dozen biblical professors and scholars from around the globe to produce a New Testament commentary that could be read and enjoyed by Christians of any denominational calling. His project was a great success, resulting in solid exegesis and practical applications for nearly every verse in the New Testament. With familiar classic authors like Marcus Dods, William Burt Pope, and Philip Schaff, this commentary is essential to any Logos library looking for interdenominational depth.

Over a hundred years later, this commentary is still referenced in modern commentaries and textbooks. Filled with maps, charts, pictures, graphs, and images, this commentary appeals to the aesthetic mind as much as to the academic. Discover the timeless, interdenominational teachings of this popular, hard-to-find English commentary.

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  • Teachings from leading American and English professors of divinity
  • Hundreds of useful illustrations, photos, and maps
  • Commentary on the entire New Testament
Howson has been eminently fitted for this work by his labors in connection with Conybeare on the Life of St. Paul. Dr. Schaff merits high praise for his enterprise in superintending the present series of biblical expositions, as well as in conducting numerous other works. We have been much pleased with [the first] two volumes of this series. Both are well adapted to the wants of working pastors and educated laymen. They exhibit the results of much learning, but do not obtrude the processes of it.

Bibliotheca Sacra, vol. 38

The English reader, who is not acquainted with the Greek language, will find the results of recent scholarship brought before him in large measure and in a brief and concise form of statement. The numerous pictorial illustrations and the maps will add to the value of the book to many who make use of it. Sabbath school teachers and others who desire to read the New Testament intelligently, as well as ministers, for whom all the best helps to the understanding of the sacred writings are of such popular service, will find much in the present volume to repay them for examining it.

New Englander and Yale Review, vol. 40

Although not strictly critical . . . still all the illumination necessary is thrown upon the text, and, in most cases when authorities disagree, the different views are given with great fairness. . . . Practical suggestions which are fair, judicious, and justified by the text, are added. Altogether, for the purpose for which it is designed, we know no commentary equally good, safe, and satisfactory, the suggestions and information in the Introduction being especially interesting and valuable.

The Century Magazine

  • Title: A Popular Commentary on the New Testament
  • Editor: Philip Schaff
  • Publisher: T&T Clark, Charles Scribner’s Sons
  • Volumes: 4
  • Pages: 2,270
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Philip Schaff was born on January 1, 1819 in Chur, Switzerland. He was educated in Germany at Tübingen, Halle, and Berlin, where he studied under August Neander. In 1843, moved to America and became professor of church history and biblical literature at the German Reformed Theological Seminary in Mercersburg, Pennsylvania.

During this time, he edited a hymnal, worked on the liturgy in the German Reformed Church, and edited a translation of the Heidelberg Catechism. The English translation of his History of the Apostolic Church appeared in 1853. Schaff remained at Mercersburg until 1863, when the Civil War forced the seminary to close.

In 1870, Schaff became a professor at Union Theological Seminary. During his tenure there, he held the chair of theological encyclopedia and Christian symbolism, the chair of Hebrew and cognate languages, the chair of sacred literature, and the chair of church history. He also served on the committee that translated the American Standard Version.

In addition to the four volumes in this collection, throughout his lifetime Schaff also authored or edited the History of the Christian Church, Early Church Fathers, and the New Schaff-Herzog Encyclopedia of Religious Knowledge. He is remembered as one of America’s foremost church historians of the nineteenth century.

Schaff died October 20, 1893.


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  1. Randy



    I downloaded a completely free version of this commentary from another Bible program, so I could make an informed review. There are a couple measures I use to evaluate commentaries. One, is whether they promote the true gospel of justification through faith in Christ alone (Galatians). The other is whether they fear God more than men when dividing His word, especially as it pertains to issues of political correctness and cultural trends that seek to remove distinctions between the roles of men and women. This commentary promotes the true gospel of justification through faith in Christ alone. This is evident in their treatment of 1 Peter 3:21, where they correctly note that it is the resurrection of Jesus Christ that saves us, and that water baptism is an outward confession of our faith in Christ's atonement. While some commentaries today seem to have more fear of being deemed politically incorrect, than they do of rightly dividing God's word, this commentary remains true to the Scriptures. This is clear from how they interpret 1 Timothy 2:11-15, and 1 Peter 3:1-7, where they note not only the distinct role God has designed for men and women, but that this distinction is anchored in God's design at creation and woman's role in the fall, not simply some culture of Paul's day. They also maintain a correct understanding of Galatians 3:28, which is that spiritual equality does not remove the distinct roles of men and women that God designed for life on earth. A couple other favorable notes for this commentary, is that it is both readable and scholarly. Although it was written in the 1800s, the language is not so archaic as to be difficult to understand. I was also pleased with how scholarly this was. The writers clearly speak from a deep grasp of the original languages, and they document a well-studied research into how other scholars they consulted dealt with the text. I feel confident that the writers were not simply theorizing, speculating, or offering a superficial interpretation, but that they had carefully weighed the meaning of the Bible text. Disclaimer: I did not consult Revelation, or the apocryphal books of this set, because 1800s theology seldom has a firm grasp on eschatology, and I don't believe the apocryphal books are part of inspired Scripture.
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