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Overview

This collection on the Pastoral and General Epistles is filled with highly applicable teaching, insightful interpretation, background information, and innumerable connections to daily life. It contains a repository of wisdom regarding New Testament texts, and modern teachers and scholars will do well to consult these volumes as an integral part of their sermon preparation. Uncover historical approaches to the Scriptures written by intellectuals who spent decades honing their understanding of these Epistles.

Gain a focused approach to letters with Pauline authorship, such as The Captivity and Pastoral Epistles by James Strachan. Read a brief commentary on one of the Pastoral epistles in An Exposition of the First Epistle to Timothy by William Kelly. Learn from the familiar style of Eugene Stock in his 50 Plain Talks on the Pastoral Epistles. These key commentaries and topically based studies offer unique approaches to interpreting the texts. Logos users will benefit from this multi-faceted study of the New Testament epistles.

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Key Features

  • Contains commentaries and unique English translations of New Testament epistles
  • Includes historically significant authors such as William G. Moorehead and Paton J. Gloag
  • Provides applicable teaching that effortlessly translates to ministry, small groups, and personal devotions

Product Details

Individual Titles

Introduction to the Catholic Epistles

  • Author: Paton J. Gloag
  • Publisher: T & T Clark
  • Publication Date: 1887
  • Pages: 408

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Written as a companion volume to Paton J. Gloag’s earlier Introduction to the Pauline Epistles, this insightful work could be considered an introduction to this particular portion of the New Testament rather than a commentary. The author delves into topics such as the authenticity of the letters, their intent, their intended audience, the time period in which they were written, and distinguishing characteristics. The author writes in light of theological setting in which he lived, referencing the earlier Tübingen school, specifically F.C. Baur.

Gloag provides insight into James, 1 & 2 Peter, 1–3 John, and Jude. Read his account of these letters and the literary setting in which they were written. Better understand the origin and authorship of these New Testament epistles with this carefully researched and respected scholarship.

Dr. Gloag writes with great clearness and takes the utmost pains to be just to those whose opinion he rejects. He may be said, indeed, to be as cautious and unbiased as it is possible for a writer to be.

The Scottish Review

Paton J. Gloag (1823–1906) was a theological author who lived and wrote in Scotland. Educated at the University of Edinburgh and St. Andrews, he was a pastor in Blantyre, Lanarkshire and familiarized himself with German biblical scholarship of the time. Gloag was an analytical thinker who was influenced by the liberal orthodox school and gave no credence to higher criticism.

Practical Exposition of the General Epistles of James, Peter, John, and Jude in the Form of Lectures

  • Author: John B. Sumner
  • Publisher: J. Hatchard and Son
  • Publication Date: 1840
  • Pages: 501

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Presented in the form of a series of lectures, Practical Exposition of the General Epistles gives readers a topical treatment, practically expounding on verses in the order they are found in the text. These lectures are an incredible help to modern exegetical teachers and preachers. Benefit from passionately presented application points and explanations of passages like James’ instruction on “the spiritual benefits of trial,” “the necessity of holiness to secure salvation” in 2 Peter, and “love towards God being shown by love towards man” in 1 John. Gain deeper understanding for current ministry from Sumner’s highly readable treatments of these inspired texts.

He is gifted with a mind of singular acuteness; but the world has seen him lay aside discussions where he appeared to have the felicity of discerning that truth which common philosophers overlooked, and apply all the energies of his mind to the simple explanation of the scripture.

The Christian Remembrancer: A Quarterly Review

Outline Studies in the New Testament: Catholic Epistles

  • Author: William G. Moorehead
  • Publisher: Fleming H. Revell Company
  • Publication Date: 1910
  • Pages: 153

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Moorehead treats each of seven New Testament epistles with similar approach, focusing on their authorship and background issues before presenting a technical treatment of their content. For James, he explains the position of James on temptations, prayer and healing, the tongue, and finally barren orthodoxy. This format is mirrored for the remaining six epistles. Special attention is given to the quotations from 2 Peter in the book of Jude, and the author focuses on pertinent details that provide a clearer perspective on the text.

These books are all thoroughly evangelical in tone and preserve the results of his long and diligent study of the Scriptures. As plain, practical and scholarly expositions of the Bible, they are highly and deservedly prized by all acquainted with them.

Testimonial and Memorial to William Gallogly Moorehead

William G. Moorehead (1836–1914) was New Testament exegesis professor in the Xenia Theological Seminary for over forty years. Before this, he was a missionary in northern and central Italy. His teaching and written ministry were lengthy and centered on explaining the Scriptures.

The Pastoral Epistles of Paul and I and II Peter, Jude, and I, II and II John

  • Author: B.H. Carroll
  • Editor: J.B. Cranfill
  • Publisher: Fleming H. Revell Company
  • Publication Date: 1915
  • Pages: 376

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Paul’s pastoral epistles and several of the general epistles are the topic of this character-driven explanation of the New Testament texts. B.H. Carroll’s writing consists (in each case) of foundational introductions followed by helpful and detailed expositions. His focus on the relationship of John 3:5 to the Epistles of John draws parallels and connections between them. His approach unifies the Scriptures and clarifies their meaning. The author also focuses on the audience of 3 John, attempting to settle the debate present at the time of writing on whether it was addressed to a church or to the woman, Cyria.

Benajah H. Carroll (1843–1914) Was a Baptist teacher and author whose ministry was in line with both the Baptist General Convention of Texas but also the Southern Baptist Convention. His theology retained a Calvinistic and post-millenial character. He founded Southwestern Seminary in 1908 and remained its president till his death.

The Epistles to the Hebrews, Colossians, Ephesians, and Philemon; The Pastoral Epistles, the Epistles of James, Peter, and Jude; together with a Sketch of the History of the Canon of the New Testament

  • Author: Orello Cone
  • Series: International Handbooks to the New Testament
  • Publisher: G.P. Putnam’s Sons
  • Publication Date: 1901
  • Pages: 436

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This collection of commentaries on Hebrews, Colossians, Ephesians, Philemon, the Pastoral Epistles, James, Peter, and Jude is written with introductions and textual explanation without usual constraints on size or content. The author serves as general editor for the series overall: International Handbooks to the New Testament. Orello Cone combines the then most current research and a focus on accessibility for general readers to make this book a pleasant and enlightening read for students of the Bible.

Cone breaks down each book of the Bible by focusing on an introduction in which the general character and unique features of the book are presented. Next, an exposition of the text clarifies specific minutia present within it. Finally, doctrine from the texts is highlighted and laid out for the reader. Especially for the student of Greek, the discussion found in this book will answer common questions and create new avenues for study and interpretation.

Orello Cone (1835–1905) was an American New Testament scholar, a leader of the Unitarian Church, and a professor at the Theological School of St. Lawrence University. His works include Gospel-Criticism and Historical Christianity, The Gospel and its Earliest Interpretations, and Paul: The Man, The Missionary, and the Teacher.

The General Epistles: Studies in the Letters of James, Peter, John and Jude

  • Author: Samuel M. Glasgow
  • Publisher: Fleming H. Revell Company
  • Publication Date: 1928
  • Pages: 169

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Samuel Glasgow writes with a stated purpose to be clear, practical, and memorable. The highly pastoral tone throughout his book points to scriptural authority and the call to obedience set upon the Christian. In his foreword, he lays out the necessity of the Holy Spirit for understanding and applying the texts that were written by men filled with the Holy Spirit. He then lays out his “Analytical Book Method” for the reader, then begins instructing on each of the Epistles: James, 1 Peter, 2 Peter, 1 John, 2 John, 3 John, and Jude. The bold writing style is a welcome challenge to faithful believers looking for clear teaching and an emphasis on practicality.

Samuel M. Glasgow (1883–1963) was pastor of First Presbyterian Church, Knoxville, Tennessee and author of Border Trails and The Frontier.

The Epistles of St. James, St. Peter, St. John, & St. Jude Explained

  • Author: Gracilla Boddington
  • Publisher: James Nisbet and Company
  • Publication Date: 1852
  • Pages: 283

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Gracilla Boddington was a British female commentator who wrote extensively, completing a commentary on each of the New Testament books. This volume, The Epistles of St. James, St. Peter, St. John, & St. Jude Explained, includes a paraphrase of the biblical text, explains the moral significance, and outlines ethical implications of each passage. Her literary success at a time when many studies of this sort were completed only by men is evidence of the excellence with which she wrote. This devotional treatment is a timeless addition to users’ commentary collections. Follow along with her clear and passionate explanation. Read application-rich teaching from a respected female Bible commentator.

Gracilla Boddington (1801–1887) deeply sought her readers’ becoming more devoted to Christ as a devotional commentary writer. Writing when there were not many professional female biblical commentators, Boddington contributes to her readers’ knowledge of the Scriptures with a depth of understanding not easily matched.

The Second Epistle of Peter, the Epistles of John and Judas, and the Revelation

  • Authors: John Lillie and the American Bible Union
  • Publisher: Trübner and Company
  • Publication Date: 1854
  • Pages: 253

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Translated from the Textus Receptus, the included translation resembles the Authorized English Version with few exceptions. This faithful commentary is careful to match translation and tenses, making the English very faithful to the original Greek. The American Bible Union’s publication makes the complicated processes of translation accessible to a wide range of readers. This commentary will shed light on the true meaning of the scriptures and will assist in teaching the texts of 2 Peter through Revelation to a modern congregation. The book contains a helpful and detailed commentary followed by a unique translation.

. . . the version is certainly careful, and executed on principles that appear calculated to win for it a tolerably wide approbation.

The Westminster Review

John Lillie (1812–1867) was educated at the University of Edinburgh before immigrating to the United States. Lillie went on to finish his theological studies in New-Brunswick, while going on to pastor the First Presbyterian Church in Kingston, N.Y.

The Epistle to the Hebrews, the Epistles to James, Peter, John, and Jude, and the Revelation with commentary and essays

  • Author: Abiel A. Livermore
  • Publisher: Lockwood, Brooks and Company
  • Publication Date: 1881
  • Pages: 281

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Livermore writes as a presuppositionalist, taking for granted the truthfulness of the Bible and commenting on its usefulness. His high Christology presents Jesus as transcendent Lord. His doctrine of man is filled with hopeful statements as to the potential for Christ to transform. His commentary begins with a lengthy study on the character of Christ that is extremely well written and filled with assertions to the faithfulness of the biblical witness. He then delves into the background and textual elements, providing the reader with an immensely valuable study that promotes both faith and worship.

Abiel Abbot Livermore was a graduate of Harvard University. In addition to pastoring churches in New Hampshire, Ohio, and New York, he was the editor of the Christian Inquirer, and author of The Acts of the Apostles with a Commentary and The Epistle of Paul to the Romans with a Commentary.

An Outline of the Epistle of James

  • Author: C.A. Coates
  • Pages: 40

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This careful theological approach to the book of James makes the plain instruction of this Epistle even more applicable. Specific instruction on the setting and thematic elements found within allow a reader to better understand the intent of the author and the implications for daily life. This outline will allow a reader to better communicate the contents of this inspired text to others. Understand the overall theme of James and read classic scholarship that has clarified and promoted faithful obedience for generations.

Charles A. Coates (1862–1945) was a prominent English Bible commentator and preacher.

The Captivity and the Pastoral Epistles

  • Author: James Strachan
  • Editor: Alfred E. Garvie
  • Series: The Westminster New Testament
  • Publisher: Fleming H. Revell Company
  • Publication Date: 1883
  • Pages: 278

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Beginning with an introduction that explains the setting in which Paul wrote, the author clarifies common misunderstandings and gives a satisfying interpretation of the text for his readers. Strachan breaks with traditional beliefs about the sequence and occasion for these epistles: Colossians, Philemon, Ephesians, Philippians, 1 Timothy, 2 Timothy, and Titus, doing so based upon inter-textual evidence. Interestingly, Strachan wrestles with Pauline authorship of the Pastoral Epistles, reasoning comparatively between language found in these letters and others written by Paul. His thought process laid out for the reader is a helpful demonstration of his method. See new aspects of familiar New Testament epistles based upon this classic scholarship. Grow in understanding with this novel approach to the text.

. . . “rays of light” come not less from Mr. Strachan’s own spiritual insight than from his wide reading and thoroughly competent scholarship.

Record of Christian Work

James Strachan (1863-1926) was an author known for being well read and a careful exegete. He also wrote “Hebrew Ideals” and a celebrated commentary on the book of Genesis.

Hebrews and the General Epistles

  • Author: Alexander F. Mitchell
  • Publisher: Andrew Melrose
  • Publication Date: 1911
  • Pages: 330

This commentary on Hebrews and the general epistles is a work of expert scholarship that transcends the era in which it was written to be as practical and illuminating in the present as it was in the past. The author explains how the theme of Jesus’ pre-eminence in all things is developed throughout the book of Hebrews. Many Old Testament examples are included, such as the prophets, the sprinkling of blood, angels, Moses, and Melchizedek. Mitchell provides clear explanations of this doctrine and its implications for modern day Christians, and he examines the thematic and rhetorical elements used to instruct readers in the general epistles.

Alexander F. Mitchell (1822–1899) was professor emeritus of church history at St. Andrews University. Plagued with health issues, Mitchell often found rest working in the solitude of his small farm. Even on his death bed, he never stopped studying Scripture and sharing his insight with others.

An Exposition of the First Epistle to Timothy

  • Author: William Kelly
  • Publisher: F.E. Race
  • Edition: Second
  • Publication Date: 1913
  • Pages: 137

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This commentary contains a translation of 1 Timothy as close to the original Greek as possible, without concern for phrasing that might have been different from the then extant Authorized Version. Read precise scholarship by William Kelly, a scholar from the Plymouth Brethren tradition, designed to help readers better understand the text as it was written. Find new insight by reading this expertly written commentary that focuses on thematic elements within the text. This author’s stated intent is that his efforts in writing would “magnify the Lord.” In this posthumously published second edition, his work still assists modern day teachers in promoting Christ worship with relevant and useful teaching.

William Kelly (1821–1906) was educated at Trinity College in Dublin. He was highly involved with the Plymouth Brethren, and he served as editor for The Collected Writings of John Nelson Darby. His other works include Lectures on the Book of Daniel, Lectures on the Epistle of Paul the Apostle to the Philippians, and Christ Tempted and Sympathizing.

The Pastoral Epistles of St. Paul: The Greek Text

  • Author: A.E. Hillard
  • Publisher: Rivingtons
  • Publication Date: 1919
  • Pages: 137

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Dr. Hillard wrote this book as a help to candidates studying for ordination into the English Church. This treatment of the Greek text of the Pastoral Epistles also contains a commentary focused on a contemporary application of the text specifically for a pastor or minister. Hillard provides examples of the personal habits and disciplines of a pastor and advice on preaching sermons.

. . . [T]he scholar will find in the volume not only answers to the main questions raised not only by the text of the pastoral epistles, but by their general form and relationships to the other Pauline epistles. . .

The Homiletic Review

A.E. Hillard(1865–1935) was high master of St. Paul’s school in London and examining chaplain to the Lord Bishop of Chichester from 1905 to 1927. He also wrote the noted title: A Continuous Narrative of the Life of Christ in the Words of the Four Gospels

The Pastoral Epistles: 1st and 2nd Timothy, Titus

  • Author: J.P. Greene
  • Series: The Convention Series
  • Publisher: Sunday School Board, Southern Baptist Convention
  • Publication Date: 1915
  • Pages: 171

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The Pastoral Epistles: 1st and 2nd Timothy, Titus is one in a series of Bible commentaries completed by the Southern Baptist Convention in the early twentieth century. With a goal of scriptural faithfulness, this commentary matches the quality and purpose of the rest of its series: to make the Bible clear, faithfully expounding upon the text, providing background comments, discussing authorship, date, audience, and other considerations. When diversity rests among several opinions, the series remains flexible while pointing to the most likely possibility. Steeped in traditional views of the Southern Baptist Convention’s membership, this legacy of scholarship is a testament to the doctrinal positions then present within the ranks of the denomination.

J.P. Greene (1849-1933) was an author who worshipped as part of the Southern Baptist Convention in the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. His works include The Fundamental Values; a Study of Success and Failure and The Ideal Man.

Plain Talks on the Pastoral Epistles

  • Author: Eugene Stock
  • Publisher: Robert Scott
  • Publication Date: 1914
  • Pages: 333

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Plain Talks on the Pastoral Epistles focuses on 1 Timothy, 2 Timothy, and Titus, undertaken to educate laity and to facilitate the understanding of those without a background in biblical Greek. Originally given in the form of fifty “talks” to a popular audience, Stock takes care to transliterate his many references to the original text and to discuss the doctrinal, ecclesiastical, and ethical topics that come from these texts. Jargon is avoided and clarity is his goal. Engage with a celebrated topical treatment of these epistles specially written to build up the Church. In writing this text, Stock took great care to create a novel approach to the pastoral epistles, one that will enlighten anyone, regardless of their spiritual maturity. This unique treatment of the text is written for the widest possible audience and intended to be heard aurally instead of only read.

. . . he writes in a way which makes his book admirably suited as a basis for popular lectures or a Bible class. . .

Review of Theology & Philosophy

Eugene Stock (1836-1928) was a lay leader in the Church Missionary Society till his retirement in 1906. He is the author History of the Church Missionary Society (1899-1916) and Lessons on the Life of Our Lord. He is known for advocating a mode of missions that relied on Western missionaries over and above lay leadership from the targeted people groups.