“My desire,” says F. W. Farrar in the preface, is “to point out the general form, the peculiar characteristics, the special message of the Sacred Books one by one, because I had found by experience, both as a teacher and as a clergyman, that this method of studying each part of Scripture as a complete whole was mch less common than could be desired.” In The Messages of the Books, Farrar sets out to apply this book-by-book method to the New Testament. He looks at the 27 books of the New Testament one by one, giving preference to the overall structure and message of each book and to any critical issues that bear on the book as a whole. The book also includes a chapter that looks at the nature of the Gospels, a chapter that looks at the nature of the epistle as it is used in the New Testament, and a chapter that looks at specifically at St. Paul’s epistles as a group.
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- A full chapter devoted to each book in the New Testament
- Historical background for each book
- Investigation into possible audiences
- Examination of the epistle as a literary form
- Analysis of key themes and ideas
- Title: The Messages of the Books
- Author: Frederic William Farrar
- Publisher: Macmillan and Co.
- Publication Date: 1884
- Pages: 532
About F. W. Farrar
Frederic William Farrar (1831–1903) was born in Bombay, India. He attended King William’s College, King’s College, London, and Trinity College, Cambridge. Farrar was canon of Westminster and later rector of St. Margaret’s, Westminster. Later he became the archdeacon of Westminster Abbey and Dean of Canterbury. Known for his preaching, Farrar was also a prolific author. He wrote works on Scripture and theology along with novels and children’s books.