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Classic Commentaries and Studies on the Gospels and Acts (24 vols.)
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This collection offers enduring classics on the Gospels and Acts including multivolume commentaries, helpful overviews, focused monographs, and rich daily expositions. These volumes delve into the interpretation of these foundational Scriptures and address some of the most pressing and perennial challenges that face exegetes and theologians. Renowned scholars, such as Brooke Foss Westcott, Constantine von Tischendorf, A. B. Bruce, and others, bring their monumental insights to the four Gospels and the book of Acts, allowing readers to stand on the shoulders of these theological and exegetical giants and reach new heights of understanding this fundamental section of the New Testament. In addition to in-depth commentaries, this collection also includes works that examine and defend the historical character of the Gospels, focus on the sayings of Jesus, and offer chronologies of the Gospel events. This collection is a veritable one-stop-shop for classic treatments of all the major aspects and issues surrounding the Gospels and Acts.

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Key Features

  • Classic commentaries covering the Gospels and Acts
  • Notable studies addressing key issues in the origin and historicity of the New Testament
  • Extensive daily expositions for personal reflection on the Gospels and Acts

Individual Titles

Introduction to the Study of the Gospels with Historical and Explanatory Notes

  • Author: Brooke Foss Westcott
  • Edition: American
  • Publisher: The Macmillan Company
  • Publication Date: 1902
  • Pages: 476

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Brooke Foss Westcott, one of the most influential biblical scholars of the past two centuries, presents in this volume a comprehensive introduction to the study of the Gospels. Westcott begins with an extensive introduction covering such foundational issues as the inspiration, completeness, and proper interpretation of the Gospels. He then inductively presents their Old Testament foundations and Jewish and Greco-Roman socio-cultural milieu for a proper understanding of their historical situation. This leads to a discussion of the Gospels’ origins and characteristics. Westcott then treats the Synoptics, the Gospel of John, and their relationship to one another. Extensive appendixes are also included on important themes such the parables, apocryphal traditions, and miracles.

Brooke Foss Westcott (1825–1901) was a biblical scholar, theologian, and regius professor of divinity of Trinity College, Cambridge. He also served as bishop of Durham from 1890 until his death. Westcott studied at Trinity College in Cambridge where he graduated in 1848. In 1849, he obtained a fellowship at Trinity and was ordained deacon and priest. He received honorary degrees from Oxford in 1881 and Edinburgh 1883. In 1890, he became the bishop of Durham. He has authored several works, including Introduction to the New Testament in the Original Greek, A General View of the History of the English Bible, the Westcott-Hort Greek New Testament, and Saint Paul’s Epistle to the Ephesians.

A Commentary on the Holy Gospels, vol. 1

  • Author: John Maldonatus
  • Translator: George J. Davie
  • Series: Catholic Standard Library
  • Edition: 2nd
  • Publisher: John Hodges
  • Publication Date: 1888
  • Pages: 482

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This massive commentary on the Gospel of Matthew is the product of one of the most celebrated Jesuit scholars in Rome, John Maldonatus. In this extensive work, Maldonatus judiciously utilizes his mastery of ancient languages and patristic interpretation in his probing insights on and exegesis of Matthew.

Volume 1 contains a brief overview of Maldonatus’ life and his commentary through Matthew 14:36.

John Maldonatus (Juan Malonado) (1534–1584) was a Catholic biblical scholar and theologian from Spain. He studied at the University of Salamanca under notable scholars, such as Francis of Toledo, and quickly demonstrated his brilliant mind. He was one of the most learned members of the Society of Jesus in Rome and a master of Greek, Hebrew, Syriac, and other Eastern languages. He is best known for his Commentary on the Holy Gospels. He died shortly after being appointed by Pope Gregory XIII to superintend an edition of the Septuagint.

A Commentary on the Holy Gospels, vol. 2

  • Author: John Maldonatus
  • Translator: George J. Davie
  • Series: Catholic Standard Library
  • Edition: 2nd
  • Publisher: John Hodges
  • Publication Date: 1888
  • Pages: 648

This massive commentary on the Gospel of Matthew is the product of one of the most celebrated Jesuit scholars in Rome, John Maldonatus. In this extensive work, Maldonatus judiciously utilizes his mastery of ancient languages and patristic interpretation in his probing insights on and exegesis of Matthew.

Volume 2 contains Maldonatus’ commentary on Matthew 15–28.

John Maldonatus (Juan Malonado) (1534–1584) was a Catholic biblical scholar and theologian from Spain. He studied at the University of Salamanca under notable scholars, such as Francis of Toledo, and quickly demonstrated his brilliant mind. He was one of the most learned members of the Society of Jesus in Rome and a master of Greek, Hebrew, Syriac, and other Eastern languages. He is best known for his Commentary on the Holy Gospels. He died shortly after being appointed by Pope Gregory XIII to superintend an edition of the Septuagint.

Manna in the House: Daily Expositions of the Gospels, vol. 1: Matthew

  • Author: Barton Bouchier
  • Publisher: John Farquhar Shaw
  • Publication Date: 1852
  • Pages: 320

In this series of devotional expositions on the Gospels and Acts, Barton Bouchier offers his eminently pastoral and practical guidance for daily reflection. These volumes delineate the Gospels and Acts into easily manageable portions and provide two pages of comments on each section for regular meditation. Written in easy-to-read prose, these volumes offer classic devotional material on these foundational scriptural texts.

Volume 1 contains daily expositions on the Gospel of Matthew.

Barton Bouchier (1794–1864) was the curate of Cheam in Surrey. He studied at Ballion College, Oxford. Bouchier was very involved in the care of souls in his parish and wrote many volumes for family and private devotion.

Manna in the House: Daily Expositions of the Gospels, vol. 2: Mark

  • Author: Barton Bouchier
  • Publisher: John Farquhar Shaw
  • Publication Date: 1852
  • Pages: 197

In this series of devotional expositions on the Gospels and Acts, Barton Bouchier offers his eminently pastoral and practical guidance for daily reflection. These volumes delineate the Gospels and Acts into easily manageable portions and provide two pages of comments on each section for regular meditation. Written in easy-to-read prose, these volumes offer classic devotional material on these foundational scriptural texts.

Volume 2 contains daily expositions on the Gospel of Mark.

Barton Bouchier (1794–1864) was the curate of Cheam in Surrey. He studied at Ballion College, Oxford. Bouchier was very involved in the care of souls in his parish and wrote many volumes for family and private devotion.

Manna in the House: Daily Expositions of the Gospels, vol. 3: Luke

  • Author: Barton Bouchier
  • Publisher: John Farquhar Shaw
  • Publication Date: 1853
  • Pages: 497

In this series of devotional expositions on the Gospels and Acts, Barton Bouchier offers his eminently pastoral and practical guidance for daily reflection. These volumes delineate the Gospels and Acts into easily manageable portions and provide two pages of comments on each section for regular meditation. Written in easy-to-read prose, these volumes offer classic devotional material on these foundational scriptural texts.

Volume 3 contains daily expositions on the Gospel of Luke.

Barton Bouchier (1794–1864) was the curate of Cheam in Surrey. He studied at Ballion College, Oxford. Bouchier was very involved in the care of souls in his parish and wrote many volumes for family and private devotion.

Manna in the House: Daily Expositions of the Gospels, vol. 4: John

  • Author: Barton Bouchier
  • Publisher: John Farquhar Shaw
  • Publication Date: 1854
  • Pages: 496

In this series of devotional expositions on the Gospels and Acts, Barton Bouchier offers his eminently pastoral and practical guidance for daily reflection. These volumes delineate the Gospels and Acts into easily manageable portions and provide two pages of comments on each section for regular meditation. Written in easy-to-read prose, these volumes offer classic devotional material on these foundational scriptural texts.

Volume 4 contains daily expositions on the Gospel of John.

Barton Bouchier (1794–1864) was the curate of Cheam in Surrey. He studied at Ballion College, Oxford. Bouchier was very involved in the care of souls in his parish and wrote many volumes for family and private devotion.

Manna in the House: Daily Expositions of the Gospels, vol. 5: Acts

  • Author: Barton Bouchier
  • Publisher: John Farquhar Shaw
  • Publication Date: 1858
  • Pages: 615

In this series of devotional expositions on the Gospels and Acts, Barton Bouchier offers his eminently pastoral and practical guidance for daily reflection. These volumes delineate the Gospels and Acts into easily manageable portions and provide two pages of comments on each section for regular meditation. Written in easy-to-read prose, these volumes offer classic devotional material on these foundational scriptural texts.

Volume 5 contains daily expositions on the book of Acts.

Barton Bouchier (1794–1864) was the curate of Cheam in Surrey. He studied at Ballion College, Oxford. Bouchier was very involved in the care of souls in his parish and wrote many volumes for family and private devotion.

The Gospel Narrative

  • Author: John Forster
  • Edition: 2nd
  • Publisher: John W. Parker
  • Publication Date: 1845
  • Pages: 403

This volume provides a valuable compilation of the best commentary and critical scholarship of the day distilled into one volume. John Forster offers a harmonized presentation of the Gospels in chronological order with extensive notes and commentary.

John Forster was Her Majesty’s Chaplain of the Savoy.

An Exposition of the Four Gospels, vol. 1

  • Author: Thomas Adam
  • Editor: Amos Westoby
  • Publisher: J. Hatchard and Son
  • Publication Date: 1837
  • Pages: 420

These classic texts offer focused, verse-by-verse commentary and exposition of the Gospels by Thomas Adam, a celebrated scholar in eighteenth-century England. Editor Amos Westoby enhanced these commentaries by including the whole text of the Gospels and arranged the commentary into manageable portions for family reading while maintaining the quality and depth of Adam’s exposition.

Volume 1 includes a memoir of the author by Westoby—a volume in itself—and Adam’s exposition of Matthew.

Thomas Adam (1701–1784) was educated at Cambridge and Oxford and ministered as rector of Winteringham. A friend of John Wesley, Adam had a great reputation as a scholar and was a prolific author.

Amos Westoby (1786–1873) was curate of Stagsden, Beds, and chaplain to the Right Honorable the Earl of Glasgow.

An Exposition of the Four Gospels, vol. 2

  • Author: Thomas Adam
  • Editor: Amos Westoby
  • Publisher: J. Hatchard and Son
  • Publication Date: 1837
  • Pages: 547

These classic texts offer focused, verse-by-verse commentary and exposition of the Gospels by Thomas Adam, a celebrated scholar in eighteenth-century England. Editor Amos Westoby enhanced these commentaries by including the whole text of the Gospels and arranged the commentary into manageable portions for family reading while maintaining the quality and depth of Adam’s exposition.

Volume 2 contains Adam’s exposition of Mark, Luke, and John.

Thomas Adam (1701–1784) was educated at Cambridge and Oxford and ministered as rector of Winteringham. A friend of John Wesley, Adam had a great reputation as a scholar and was a prolific author.

Amos Westoby (1786–1873) was curate of Stagsden, Beds, and chaplain to the Right Honorable the Earl of Glasgow.

Annotations on the Four Gospels and the Acts of the Apostles, vol. 1

  • Author: Heneage Elsley
  • Edition: 5th
  • Publisher: C. and J. Rivington
  • Publication Date: 1824
  • Pages: 463

These scholarly volumes offer a wealth of information on the background and text of the Gospels and Acts. Heneage Elsley presents copious commentary on all the major aspects of study in the Gospels and Acts with frequent citation of the original languages and ancient primary and secondary texts.

Volume 1 contains a substantial introduction with discussions of the geography of biblical lands, the historical background of the Gospels and Acts, and text-critical issues, such as textual transmission and ancient versions. This volume also contains Elsley’s extensive commentary on the Gospel of Matthew.

Heneage Elsley was vicar of Burneston.

Annotations on the Four Gospels and the Acts of the Apostles, vol. 2

  • Author: Heneage Elsley
  • Edition: 5th
  • Publisher: C. and J. Rivington
  • Publication Date: 1824
  • Pages: 370

These scholarly volumes offer a wealth of information on the background and text of the Gospels and Acts. Heneage Elsley presents copious commentary on all the major aspects of study in the Gospels and Acts with frequent citation of the original languages and ancient primary and secondary texts.

Volume 2 contains Elsley’s extensive commentary on the Gospels of Mark and Luke.

Heneage Elsley was vicar of Burneston.

Annotations on the Four Gospels and the Acts of the Apostles, vol. 3

  • Author: Heneage Elsley
  • Edition: 5th
  • Publisher: C. and J. Rivington
  • Publication Date: 1824
  • Pages: 373

These scholarly volumes offer a wealth of information on the background and text of the Gospels and Acts. Heneage Elsley presents copious commentary on all the major aspects of study in the Gospels and Acts with frequent citation of the original languages and ancient primary and secondary texts.

Volume 3 contains Elsley’s extensive commentary on the Gospel of John and the Book of Acts.

Heneage Elsley was vicar of Burneston.

The Miraculous Element in the Gospels

  • Author: Alexander Balmain Bruce
  • Edition: 4th
  • Publisher: Hodder and Stoughton
  • Publication Date: 1899
  • Pages: 391

This classic text by prolific scholar A. B. Bruce offers a fully developed theology of miracles. Bruce presents deep reflection and erudite scholarship on the philosophical nature of miracles and the way miracles fit into various worldviews. He then examines the record of miracles in the Gospels and argues that miracles are fundamental to, not merely corroborative of, revelation. Bruce concludes with a discussion of what would be left of Christianity without miracles.

Alexander Balmain Bruce (1831–1899), DD, was professor of apologetics and New Testament exegesis in Free Church College, Glasgow. He is the author of several other works, including The Epistle to the Hebrews: The First Apology for Christianity, A Parabolic Teaching of Christ: A Systematic and Critical Study of the Parables of Our Lord, The Training of the Twelve, and The Humiliation of Christ.

The Characteristic Differences of the Gospels: Considered as Revealing Various Relations of the Lord Jesus Christ

  • Author: Andrew Jukes
  • Edition: 6th
  • Publisher: J. Nisbet & Co.
  • Publication Date: 1878
  • Pages: 167

In this book, the influential English theologian Andrew Jukes presents his classic study of the Gospels. With clarity and concision, Jukes provides an accessible overview of the four Gospels as four witnesses to Christ, which offer their unique contributions while working together to form a unified testimony.

Andrew Jukes (1815–1901) was an English theologian educated at Trinity College, Cambridge. Jukes was a curate in the Anglican Church at St. John’s Church in Hull. However, he later became a Baptist and joined the Plymouth Brethren before starting an independent church in Hull. Jukes was a prolific author of many works, such as The Mystery of the Kingdom: Traced Through the Four Books of Kings, The Law of the Offerings in Leviticus 1–7, and Types of Genesis.

A Chronological Synopsis of the Four Gospels

  • Author: Karl Wieseler
  • Translator: Edmund Venables
  • Edition: 2nd, Revised and Corrected
  • Publisher: George Bell and Sons
  • Publication Date: 1877
  • Pages: 470

This volume is one of the most significant studies on the arrangement and harmonization of the four Gospels. Wieseler’s study was so influential that it formed the basis for Tischendorf’s Synopis Evangelica and Bishop Charles John Ellicott’s Historical Lectures on the Life of Our Lord. Beginning with the birth of Christ, Wieseler reconstructs the events of the Gospels in chronological order with incredible attention to detail and judicious use of original languages and ancient sources.

Karl Wieseler was professor of theology at the University of Göttingen.

Edmund Venables (1819–1895) was canon resident and precentor of Lincoln and chaplain to the Bishop of London. He was also a prolific biographer. In addition to his Life of John Bunyan, he also authored well over 100 biographical and other entries to the Dictionary of National Biography and the Encyclopedia Britannica.

Lessons on the Life of our Lord: For the Use of Sunday School Teachers and other Religious Instructors

  • Author: Eugene Stock
  • Publisher: Church of England Sunday School Institute
  • Publication Date: 1900
  • Pages: 284

Originally printed in the Church Sunday School Magazine, these valuable and extremely thorough Lord’s Day lessons were compiled into one volume and reprinted to reach a wider audience with helpful guides for studying the life of Christ. With 104 lessons, helpful notes, and maps of Israel to supplement study, this work offers enduring insights for today’s Bible students.

Eugene Stock (1836–1928) was secretary of the Church Missionary Society and editor of its publications. He also served as the editor of the Church of England Sunday School Institute.

The Gospel History: A Compendium of Critical Investigations in Support of the Historical Character of the Four Gospels

  • Author: John Heinrich August Ebrard
  • Editor: Alexander Balmain Bruce
  • Translator: James Martin
  • Publisher: T&T Clark
  • Publication Date: 1869
  • Pages: 601

This impressive volume by noted theologian J. H. A. Ebrard defends the historical reliability of the four Gospels as factual narrative accounts against those who argue that it is myth, such as Strauss, Baur, and others belonging to their school. According to Ebrard, the purpose of the work is “to put into the hands of students and ministers a book in which they can find information respecting the present position and the history of the Criticism of the Gospels, and from which they can supply themselves with the necessary weapons of against the attacks upon the Holy Scriptures which are becoming more and more noised abroad.”

John Heinrich August Ebrard (1818–1888) was born at Erlangen and studied at Erlangen and Berlin Universities. He was chair of theology at Zurich, and then became counselor of the Consistory of Spiers. He also served as the editor of the Journal of the Reformed Church and authored Biblical Commentary on the Epistles of St. John, in Continuation of the Work of Olshausen.

Alexander Balmain Bruce (1831–1899), DD, was professor of apologetics and New Testament exegesis in Free Church College, Glasgow. He is the author of several other works, including The Epistle to the Hebrews: The First Apology for Christianity, A Parabolic Teaching of Christ: A Systematic and Critical Study of the Parables of Our Lord, The Training of the Twelve, and The Humiliation of Christ.

A Key to the Narrative of the Four Gospels

  • Author: John Pilkington Norris
  • Publisher: Rivingtons
  • Publication Date: 1869
  • Pages: 143

At the height of historical critical study of Scripture in the nineteenth century, John Pilkington Norris wrote this timely work to address this influential movement which continues to significantly impact biblical studies today.

As Norris writes in the preface, “Everything purporting to be a fact in the world’s history is being thus tested . . . The Gospel narratives cannot escape this kind of criticism. The purpose of the following pages is to help our younger students to realize to themselves the narrative of these four Gospels: to show that they are not contradictory but supplemental to each other. It may not be possible to weave into one consistent chronicle all their anecdotes of our blessed Lord’s ministry. But it may be possible so far to succeed in reconstructing the original order of events, as to satisfy any candid mind that their discrepancies are only such as might naturally be expected in four independent portraitures; and to quicken the reader’s consciousness of the reality of the divine original. This last is the all-important thing.”

John Pilkington Norris (1823–1891) was educated at Trinity College in Cambridge where he earned a BA, an MA, a BD, and a DD. He was ordained as a deacon and then priest by the Bishop of Ely in 1849. He also served as Her Majesty’s Inspectors of Schools and Canon of Bristol before being appointed archdeacon of Bristol in 1881. He also authored A Key to the Narrative of the Acts of the Apostles.

Origin of the Four Gospels

  • Author: Constantine von Tischendorf
  • Translator: William L. Gage
  • Edition: From the 4th German, Revised and Greatly Enlarged
  • Publisher: American Tract Society
  • Publication Date: 1867
  • Pages: 287

This classic text presents the work of the great biblical scholar and textual critic Constantine von Tischendorf on the origin of the Gospels. As he writes in the preface, “ . . . I set my hand to the task of preparing a work which should solve for the satisfaction of cultivated readers, no less than of thorough scholars, the question of the genuineness of our Gospels—a question which stands related in the closest manner to the great topic of the present age, the Life of Jesus . . . ” Tischendorf interacts with the most prominent scholars of the day and brings substantial evidence to bear on the authenticity of the Gospels not only from the manuscript tradition of the New Testament, but also ancient extra-biblical writings.

Constantine von Tischendorf (1815–1874) was professor of theology at the University of Leipzig and one of the greatest textual critics in biblical studies. He deciphered the scriptural text on the palimpsest Codex Ephraemi Rescriptus, originally containing Scripture and then written over with another text. He also rediscovered Codex Sinaiticus. These manuscripts are two of the four most important codexes of the New Testament. He produced a standard critical text of the Greek New Testament, the Novum Testamentum Graece along with the three-volume apparatus, Novum Testamentum Graece: Apparatus Criticus.

Internal Evidences of the Genuineness of the Gospels

  • Author: Andrews Norton
  • Publisher: Little, Brown, and Company
  • Publication Date: 1856
  • Pages: 309

This volume presents Harvard professor Andrews Norton’s defense of the genuineness of the Gospels with a particular focus on Strauss’ influential The Life of Jesus Critically Examined. Norton discusses Strauss’ theory of Christian origins as well as other leading theories of the day and provides an extended treatment of the nature of the Gospels.

Andrews Norton (1786–1853) was educated at Harvard and was appointed Dexter Professor of Sacred Literature. He was instrumental in establishing Unitarianism in New England and opposed conservative Calvinism and Trinitarianism.

Discourses and Sayings of our Lord Jesus Christ, vol. 1

  • Author: John Brown
  • Publisher: Robert Carter & Brothers
  • Publication Date: 1854
  • Pages: 646

These thorough volumes on the sayings of Jesus offer exegesis on the discourses of the Lord presented in the Gospels. Each saying and discourse of the Lord is delineated and thematically arranged and the texts of Jesus’ words are given along with extensive exegetical commentary from the renowned pastor and scholar John Brown.

Volume 1 contains expositions 1–18.

John Brown (1784–1858) was a Scottish minister and theologian in the United Presbyterian Church of Scotland best known for his exegetical method of preaching. He was educated at the University of Glasgow (DD) and served as minster of several congregations in Scotland as well as professor of exegetical theology to the United Presbyterian Church in Edinburgh.

Discourses and Sayings of our Lord Jesus Christ, vol. 2

  • Author: John Brown
  • Publisher: Robert Carter & Brothers
  • Publication Date: 1854
  • Pages: 599

These thorough volumes on the sayings of Jesus offer deep exegesis on the discourses of the Lord presented in the Gospels. Each saying and discourse of the Lord is delineated and thematically arranged and the texts of Jesus’ words are given along with extensive exegetical commentary from the renowned pastor and scholar John Brown.

Volume 2 contains expositions 19–28.

John Brown (1784–1858) was a Scottish minister and theologian in the United Presbyterian Church of Scotland best known for his exegetical method of preaching. He was educated at the University of Glasgow (DD) and served as minster of several congregations in Scotland as well as professor of exegetical theology to the United Presbyterian Church in Edinburgh.

Product Details

  • Title: Classic Commentaries and Studies on the Gospels and Acts
  • Volumes: 24
  • Pages: 10,204