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.
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In this volume, Godet brings thoughtful Christian scholarship to bear on the book of Romans. In his Commentary on St. Paul’s Epistle to the Romans, Godet’s exposition is as exegetical as it is theological. He not only critically examines the original text, but also discusses the key doctrines in relation to both the entire book of Romans and the rest of Scripture. He approaches Romans from the perspective of a theologian, and with the eye of a textual critic.
Logos is pleased to offer Frédéric Louis Godet’s classic commentary on the Gospel of Luke. One of the most significant studies of Luke from the nineteenth century, Godet’s commentary is frequently referenced to this day as a reliable source for the study of Luke’s Gospel. It is respected for its exegetical style and ability to address the authenticity and origins of Luke’s Gospel with precision.
Although Godet is best known for his detailed biblical commentaries, he was also a prolific essayist, and reserved his essays for topics on themes which were broader than could be contained in a biblical commentary. This volume contains essays on Song of Solomon, Job, prophets, angels, and other topics. Godet’s essay on the six days of creation provides a unique window into the early church’s initial response and reaction to increasing scientific claims for an old earth.
The first epistle to the Corinthians directly addresses core issues in the church—then and now—and answers crucial questions about its theology. This book’s practicality and theological wisdom, as well as its historical parallels with issues facing the contemporary church make it vital reading for modern Christians.
Volume one of Godet’s commentary on 1 Corinthians includes a lengthy introduction to the epistle as a whole, along with detailed commentary of the first six chapters. Godet devotes particular attention to the historical situation of the church in Corinth, church discipline, impurity, and marriage. Throughout his commentary, Godet—departing from the dominant trend in nineteenth-century biblical criticism—does not sacrifice sound exegesis and interpretation to conform to the standards of historical, textual, and modernist criticism.
This volume continues Godet’s commentary on 1 Corinthians. He devotes significant attention to Paul’s advice to the church in Corinth regarding the role of women in public worship, the celebration of the Lord’s Supper, and spiritual gifts—issues which remain at the center of church controversies 2,000 years later. Godet closes his commentary with a detailed exposition of chapter 15 and the resurrection of the body. This volume also includes chapters on the historicity of 1 Corinthians, the ecclesiastical offices of the church in Corinth, and the criticism of the text.
Studies on the Epistles of St. Paul brings us into close contact with the early churches in their trials and triumphs, and examines the overarching themes which provide interpretive clues for Paul’s writings. Although Godet wrote numerous commentaries on Paul’s epistles, this volume uniquely surveys the circumstances of Paul’s life, his spiritual challenges, and the lasting influence of his theology. This volume also connects Paul’s writings with issues the church faces today, such as the use of spiritual gifts, the conflict between law and grace, varying beliefs about Christ’s second coming, and controversy over women in ministry.
The importance of the study of the Gospel of John and its enormous impact on theology compelled Godet to write this lengthy and detailed commentary. Given its clear distinction from the Synoptic Gospels, John’s Gospel became an easy target for historical criticism and modernist theology—making Godet’s defense of its divine inspiration all the more urgent. His three-volume commentary defends the Gospel of John’s authenticity against skeptics and modernists. Nearly half of volume one contains an introduction to the authorship issue, the history of Johannine authenticity, the dating of composition, and a broad survey of all exegetical, interpretive, and historical material on the Gospel of John. This volume concludes with a detailed exposition of the first chapter of John.
Volume two of Godet’s commentary on John covers the middle part of the Gospel. He provides detailed commentary on Jesus’ first miracle, his travels to Judea, Samaria, and Galilee, as well as the controversies in Jesus’ ministry. This volume concludes with commentary on the First Discourse and the Second Discourse in chapter 10.
Volume three contains commentary on the second half of John’s Gospel, including the raising of Lazarus, the final days of Jesus’ ministry, and the development of the disciples’ faith. He comments at length on the passion narrative, including Jesus’ arrest, trial, and resurrection.
This volume is the first of a two-volume introduction to the entire New Testament. Godet addresses the basic questions on the Pauline epistles, including the patristic testimonies, the inclusion of Pauline epistles in the New Testament canon, along with a brief introduction to each epistle. Godet also devotes an introductory chapter to Paul’s life, as well as a history of 2,000 years of interpretation. This volume is arranged chronologically—not canonically—making it especially useful for historical and contextual study of Paul’s writings.
Volume two of Godet’s Introduction to the New Testament covers the Synoptic Gospels. In this volume, he defends the historicity and authenticity of the Gospels and their writers—a position not widely held at the time of publication—and investigates the canonicity of the Gospels. Each chapter is devoted to one of the Synoptic Gospels, and the volume concludes with chapters on the relationship between the Synoptics and the textual and contextual similarities and differences.
In this collection of essays, Godet aims to understand the New Testament from the perspective of the writers and the original audiences. He addresses the broad themes of the canon—themes too broad to include in his commentaries. This volume contains five lengthy essays on the origin of the four Gospels, the person and work of Jesus Christ, and four principal apostles. Studies on the New Testament concludes with an essay on the Apocalypse.
From a series of articles which appeared in The Christian World during 1899–1900, this volume gives readers a large and comprehensive view of the central doctrine of the Christian faith, and to consider the main lines of argument from each perspective. The Atonement in Modern Religious Thought contains essays from the most influential theologians from the turn of the century—from various countries, churches, and theological perspectives. It is designed for readers to gain mutual understanding on divergent—and occasionally contrary—views of the atonement. In addition to an essay by Godet, this volume also contains contributions from P.T. Forsyth, Lyman Abbott, Adolf Harnack, and R.J. Campbell.
These lectures were first delivered publicly in Neuchâtel, in modern-day Switzerland. In them, Godet addresses the leading secularists of his time, addressing their ideas and rebutting their arguments. The lectures were assembled into this book for wider distribution.
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.