Praised by C.S. Lewis as “Probably the best single book of modern comment on the Bible,” A New Commentary on Holy Scripture Including the Apocrypha focuses on the spiritual understanding and application of the Scriptures. Written by a variety of respected Anglican scholars, and edited by Charles Gore, H.L. Goudge, and Alfred Guillaume, this volume was created in the spirit of progressive criticism and it comes to conclusions that differed widely from the accepted views of the day.
The scholars dedicated to this work believed that the Apocrypha are extremely important as background for understanding the New Testament. Each author’s contributions reflect their unique views, often cross-referenced to one another where considerable differences of opinion arise. The text also includes clarifying footnotes by the editors. While the commentary offers some scientific and archaeological aspects, it’s the depth of its scriptural commentary that makes this a critical resource for any biblical scholar.
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Charles Gore (1853–1932) was born in Wimbledon, London. He attended Balliol College, Oxford, graduating with honors in classics and philosophy. In 1875, he accepted a fellowship at Trinity College, Oxford; he was ordained in the Church of England three years later. In 1883, Gore became the first principal of the newly established Pusey House, a library and study center named for the Anglo-Catholic scholar Edward Pusey. Four years later, in 1887, Gore founded the Community of the Resurrection—a religious society for priests, modeled on monastic society. In 1902, Gore was named the bishop of Worcester, and in 1905, he became bishop of the newly created diocese of Birmingham. He transferred to the diocese of Oxford in 1911, an office he held until he retired in 1919. He began lecturing in theology at King’s College, Oxford, and later became the dean of the faculty of theology at University of London. During this period, he travelled throughout the world preaching and lecturing. In 1930, he went on a preaching tour through India and returned quite ill. He died in 1932.
H. L. Goudge (1866–1939) was principal of Theological College, Salisbury, and then served as regius professor of divinity at Oxford from 1923 until 1938.
Alfred Guillaume (1888–1966) studied theology and oriental languages at Oxford and became professor of Arabic and head of the department of the Near and Middle East in the School of Oriental and African Studies at the University of London. He was also a visiting professor at Princeton University,the American University of Beirut, and the University of Istanbul. His works include The Life of Muhammad and Hebrew and Arabic Lexicography.