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Wordsworth’s Old Testament Commentary (12 vols.)
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Wordsworth’s Old Testament Commentary (12 vols.)

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Overview

Deepen your Old Testament study with insights from one of the nineteenth-century’s most significant single-author commentaries.

Benefit from 2,500 pages of exposition designed for the “hallowing of [readers’] affections” and the “elevating [of] their imaginations.” Wordsworth seeks to help the faithful “see and recognize with joy that Holy Scripture best interprets itself and supplies the best discipline for the mind,” satisfying “all the aspirations of the soul.” Christopher Wordsworth, a nineteenth-century Anglican divine, labored for years to produce a commentary on the entire Bible. This collection compiles his volumes on the Old Testament, published in intervals between 1864 and 1872. Wordsworth was especially passionate about the Old Testament, as biographers Elizabeth Wordsworth and John Overton noted. He wrote about it with “the fervor of a poet and the devout intuition of a saint,” believing “the Old Testament [would] be the battlefield of Christianity.”

The Logos editions of Wordsworth’s commentary are enhanced by amazing functionality and features. Citations link directly to English translations and original-language texts, and important terms link to dictionaries, encyclopedias, and a wealth of other resources in your digital library. The Topic Guide lets you perform powerful searches to instantly gather relevant biblical texts and resources. Tablet and mobile apps let you take the discussion with you. With Logos Bible Software, the most efficient and comprehensive research tools are in one place, so you get the most out of your study.

Check out more of Christopher Wordsworth’s work with Wordsworth’s Church History.

Key Features

  • Provides Wordsworth’s commentary on each book of the Old Testament
  • Offers Old Testament commentary from an Anglican perspective
  • Includes over 2,500 pages of exposition

Praise for the Print Edition

‘Astonishing,’ I call it; for although others besides [Wordsworth] have in past years achieved a commentary on the whole Bible, no other Anglican divine has executed his task with nearly the same learning, grasp of the subject, [and] profound theological instinct.

John William Burgon, dean of Chichester

Individual Titles

The Holy Bible in the Authorized Version, with Notes and Introductions, vol. 1: The Five Books of Moses

  • Author: Christopher Wordsworth
  • Publisher: Rivingtons
  • Publication Date: 1875
  • Pages: 684

Sample Pages: 1 | 2 | 3 | 4 | 5 | 6 | 7

Explore Wordsworth’s careful commentary on the books of Genesis, Exodus, Leviticus, Numbers, and Deuteronomy. Wordsworth points readers towards deeper devotion and understanding in his exposition of each of these books. He begins with informative introductions for each book, and then provides the biblical text alongside expository notes.

The Holy Bible in the Authorized Version, with Notes and Introductions, vol. 2: Joshua, Judges, Ruth

  • Author: Christopher Wordsworth
  • Publisher: Rivingtons
  • Publication Date: 1876
  • Pages: 170

Sample Pages: 1 | 2 | 3 | 4 | 5 | 6 | 7

Anglican divine Christopher Wordsworth brings his wealth of insight to bear on the books of Joshua, Judges, and Ruth. He prepares readers to study each biblical book with a helpful introduction, and then proceeds with exposition of the book through notes alongside the biblical text.

The Holy Bible in the Authorized Version, with Notes and Introductions, vol. 3: The Books of Samuel

  • Author: Christopher Wordsworth
  • Publisher: Rivingtons
  • Publication Date: 1878
  • Pages: 134

Sample Pages: 1 | 2 | 3 | 4 | 5 | 6 | 7

Deepen your understanding of 1 & 2 Samuel with Christopher Wordsworth’s commentary in this volume. Wordsworth helps unearth the significance of the early tussles of the Hebrew monarchy and the beginning of the Davidic dynasty. He first establishes context for reading the books of Samuel with an introductory section, and then provides his expository notes alongside the text of the biblical books.

The Holy Bible in the Authorized Version, with Notes and Introductions, vol. 4: Kings, Chronicles, Ezra, Nehemiah, and Esther

  • Author: Christopher Wordsworth
  • Publisher: Rivingtons
  • Publication Date: 1873
  • Pages: 416

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Be equipped to study the books of Kings, Chronicles, Ezra, Nehemiah, and Esther with nineteenth-century Anglican bishop, Christopher Wordsworth. Writing with scholarly insight and poetical fervor, Wordsworth introduces each book with an expository section, and then offers his commentary alongside the biblical texts.

The Holy Bible in the Authorized Version, with Notes and Introductions, vol. 5: The Book of Job

  • Author: Christopher Wordsworth
  • Publisher: Rivingtons
  • Publication Date: 1873
  • Pages: 105

Sample Pages: 1 | 2 | 3 | 4 | 5 | 6 | 7

The beautiful, sorrowful poetry of Job is illuminated with Christopher Wordsworth’s side-by-side commentary. Pushing the reader towards greater understanding, Wordsworth provides helpful exposition of the text after he introduces the character and book of Job.

The Holy Bible in the Authorized Version, with Notes and Introductions, vol. 6: The Book of Psalms

  • Author: Christopher Wordsworth
  • Publisher: Rivingtons
  • Publication Date: 1874
  • Pages: 228

Sample Pages: 1 | 2 | 3 | 4 | 5 | 6 | 7

Christopher Wordsworth tackles the soaring depth and breadth of the Psalms in this volume. He writes with palpable gratitude and admiration for these much beloved songs, taking careful steps to help readers better grasp the beauty and theology of these texts. After providing an introduction to the Psalms, Wordsworth offers exposition beside the biblical text.

The Holy Bible in the Authorized Version, with Notes and Introductions, vol. 7: Proverbs, Ecclesiastes, and Song of Solomon

  • Author: Christopher Wordsworth
  • Publisher: Rivingtons
  • Publication Date: 1876
  • Pages: 154

Sample Pages: 1 | 2 | 3 | 4 | 5 | 6 | 7

Dig into the wisdom literature of the Proverbs and Ecclesiastes and find keys to understanding the love poetry of Song of Solomon. In volume 7 of his Old Testament commentary, Christopher Wordsworth provides informative introductions and side-by-side exposition of the biblical texts.

The Holy Bible in the Authorized Version, with Notes and Introductions, vol. 8: The Book of the Prophet Isaiah

  • Author: Christopher Wordsworth
  • Publisher: Rivingtons
  • Publication Date: 1878
  • Pages: 196

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Anglican divine Christopher Wordsworth provides readers with a tool to approach the complicated book of Isaiah. After a thorough introduction, Wordsworth provides exposition alongside the text of this book of prophecy.

The Holy Bible in the Authorized Version, with Notes and Introductions, vol. 9: Jeremiah, Lamentations, and Ezekiel

  • Author: Christopher Wordsworth
  • Publisher: Rivingtons
  • Publication Date: 1875
  • Pages: 289

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Deepen your study of Jeremiah, Lamentations, and Ezekiel with Christopher Wordsworth’s commentary. The nineteenth-century British scholar and minister teaches readers about each book with a helpful introduction, and then offers exposition alongside the text of each book.

The Holy Bible in the Authorized Version, with Notes and Introductions, vol. 10: The Book of Daniel

  • Author: Christopher Wordsworth
  • Publisher: Rivingtons
  • Publication Date: 1873
  • Pages: 62

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Christopher Wordsworth helps readers deepen their study of the Book of Daniel. After a helpful introduction to the book, Wordsworth offers careful commentary alongside the text of Daniel, providing exposition of the vivid imagery and prophecy, which can appear bizarre and daunting.

The Holy Bible in the Authorized Version, with Notes and Introductions, vol. 11: The Minor Prophets

  • Author: Christopher Wordsworth
  • Publisher: Rivingtons
  • Publication Date: 1875
  • Pages: 216

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Bishop of Lincoln Christopher Wordsworth brings his wealth of insight to bear on the Minor Prophets—examining the books of Hosea, Joel, Amos, Obadiah, Jonah, Micah, Nahum, Habakkuk, Zephaniah, Haggai, Zechariah, and Malachi. He prepares readers to study each book with a helpful introduction, and then proceeds with exposition of the book through expository notes alongside the biblical text.

The Holy Bible in the Authorized Version, with Notes and Introductions, vol. 12: Index

  • Author: Frederick Henry Ambrose Scrivener
  • Publisher: Rivingtons
  • Publication Date: 1876
  • Pages: 78

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This volume contains an index to Bishop of Lincoln Christopher Wordsworth’s commentary on the Old Testament, compiled by Frederick Henry Ambrose Scrivener.

Frederick Henry Ambrose Scrivener (1813–1891) was educated at Trinity College, Cambridge; he published a variety of works of New Testament scholarship while working as a clergyman and headmaster. In an age when previously unknown manuscript fragments of New Testament texts were being discovered, his skills as a transcriber and collator of these texts were greatly respected. He is the editor of The New Testament in Greek and The Cambridge Paragraph Bible of the Authorized English Version.

Product Details

  • Title: Wordsworth’s Old Testament Commentary
  • Author: Christopher Wordsworth
  • Publisher: Rivingtons
  • Volumes: 12
  • Pages: 2,732

About Christopher Wordsworth

Christopher Wordsworth (1807–1885) was an English intellectual and bishop of Lincoln. Wordsworth was the nephew of Romantic poet William Wordsworth and the youngest son of Christopher Wordsworth, master of Trinity College. He attended Winchester and Trinity College, Cambridge and became a fellow at Trinity in 1830. In 1836, he became public orator at Cambridge and the headmaster of Harrow School. In 1844, he was made a canon of Westminster, and later was archdeacon of Westminster. In 1869, he was appointed bishop of Lincoln.