One of the most influential and widely-cited conservative scholars from nineteenth-century Europe, Frédéric Louis Godet contributed enormously to New Testament scholarship and the debate over biblical inspiration. As the author of more than a dozen New Testament commentaries and an expert on the life of Paul and the Pauline epistles, Godet is rightfully remembered as one of the most influential conservative voices in European biblical scholarship.
The Frédéric Louis Godet Commentary Collection contains Godet’s two-volume commentary on Romans, three-volume commentary on the Gospel of John, and numerous other commentaries on the gospels and Pauline epistles. This collection also contains a collection of essays on the doctrine of the atonement, as well as a volume of key apologetic lectures delivered by Godet in his hometown of Neuchâtel in modern-day Switzerland.
Godet, in all his commentaries, shows a scholarly breadth of familiarity with the commentators who preceded him. Many of their interpretations are stated and refuted in order to present that which the author feels is the correct interpretation of the passage. One can in reading this work avail himself of a clear summary of the views of many various writers. The author was respected as a theologian, hence his work has depth, and was revered as a Greek scholar and exegete, and thus his work has accuracy.
[Frédéric Louis Godet] has many qualifications for his work. One of the most needful exists in an eminent degree—a hearty sympathy with the book he is expounding. He does not approach it from the outside, but the inside, having a heartfelt experience of the power of the blessedness of its truths.
Frédéric Louis Godet (1812—1900) was a Swiss Protestant theologian and New Testament scholar.
Born at Neuchatel in 1812, and educated there and at Bonn and Berlin, Godet served from 1838 to 1844 as tutor to Crown Prince (later King) Frederick Wilhelm III of Prussia. He served as supply preacher in the Val-de-Ruy from 1844 to 1851, and as pastor at Neuchatel from 1851 to 1866. Between 1851 and 1873 he was also professor of exegetical and critical theology in Neuchatel. From 1873 to 1887 he was professor of New Testament exegesis at the newly established Free Evangelical Faculty, which he helped to found.
Godet did much to interpret German theological thought to French-speaking Protestants, and the English translations of his works made him influential in international New Testament scholarship.
Frédéric Louis Godet died in 1900.