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Horae Homileticae, Volume 1: Genesis to Leviticus

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Charles Simeon eloquently expounds on scripture in the classic Horae Homileticae Collection. In the series' first volume Simeon provides his expert analysis of the Bible's first three books. Charles Simeon focuses on the most important and instructive verses in each chapter of Genesis, Exodus and Leviticus.

These expository outlines (or "skeletons") are not a verse-by-verse explanation of the English Bible. Rather, they are a chapter-by-chapter study with explanations of the most important and instructive verses in each chapter. Simeon's aim with this commentary is "Instruction relative to the Composition of Sermons." To this end, his exposition of the Scriptures is designed to maintain a focus on the more general aspects of a passage over and above possible treatments of particulars. His test for a sermon, as he teaches in Horae Homileticae, is threefold: does it humble the sinner, exalt the Saviour and promote holiness?

Opposing all human systems of divinity, Simeon's commentary is also marked by an avoidance of any possible systemization of God's Word and entanglement with theological controversies. A self-described "moderate Calvinist" or, more plainly, a "Biblical Christian," Simeon believed that the Bible should speak for itself. "Be Bible Christians, not systems Christians" was his maxim; "My endeavor is to bring out of Scripture what is there, and not to thrust in what I think might be there. I have a great jealousy on this head; never to speak more or less than I believe to be the mind of the Spirit in the passage I am expounding." With Horae Homileticae this conviction is soundly applied.

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Top Highlights

“The very name of ‘saints’ and ‘elect’ is as offensive to the world, as that of Isaac was to Ishmael, because it imports a preference in the Father’s estimation of them.” (Page 172)

“Having ascertained this, nothing is to be introduced into any part of the discourse, which does not, in some way or other, reflect light upon the main subject. The next inquiry is, Of what parts does the text consist, or into what parts may it be most easily and naturally resolved?” (Page vi)

“ The true origin of this diversity of languages is revealed to us in the Holy Scriptures” (Page 90)

“That there was a period when no such creature as man existed, even reason itself would teach us; for every effect must proceed from some cause: and therefore the formation of man, however remotely we trace his origin, must, in the first instance, have been the product of some intelligent Being, who was eternally selfexistent.” (Page 1)

“Against Satan he denounced a curse suited to his crime: and at the same time informed him, that, though for the present he had prevailed over the woman, a seed should spring from her who should execute on him the vengeance he deserved, and rescue mankind from the misery he had entailed upon them.” (Page 36)

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[Horae Homileticae] is the best place to go for researching Simeon's theology. You can find his views on almost every key text in the Bible … What Simeon experienced in the word was remarkable. And it is so utterly different from the counsel that we receive today that it is worth looking at …

—John Piper

If Wilberforce is the most famous evangelical layman in the Church of England, then Simeon is the most famous evangelical clergyman.

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[The volumes of Horae Homileticae] have been called 'a valley of dry bones': be a prophet and they will live.

—Charles Spurgeon

Product Details

  • Title: Horae Homileticae, Volume 1: Genesis to Leviticus
  • Author: Charles Simeon
  • Series: Horae Homileticae
  • Publisher: Holdsworth and Ball
  • Publication Date: 1832
  • Pages: 683
Charles Simeon

Charles Simeon (1759–1836) was a leader among evangelical churchmen. He studied at Eton College and King’s College. After becoming a fellow of King’s College, the position of benefice of Holy Trinity Church in Cambridge became vacant and Simeon petitioned for and was appointed to the position.

Simeon was one of the founders of the Church Missionary Society and the London Society for Promoting Christianity Amongst the Jews.

After reading An Essay on the Composition of a Sermon by Jean Claude, Simeon was inspired and began writing his chief work, Horae Homileticae. Simeon also published hundreds of sermons and sermon outlines.

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