James Denney, Marcus Dods, and James Moffatt question the practice of the Bible’s teaching in contemporary churches and the relevance of its commandments in contemporary society. Would Jesus and Paul have spoken different words if they were instructing contemporary churches on issues such as women’s roles, swearing oaths, and even proper church attire? These authors explore a literal interpretation and application of the Sermon on the Mount for the benefit of modern church society, demonstrating that Christian moral conduct is timeless and that Jesus’ teachings are never out of date.
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James Denney (1856–1917) was a Scottish theologian and preacher in the Free Church of Scotland. In 1897, he was appointed professor of systematic theology at Free Church College in Glasgow, and in 1915, he was appointed principal of the college. Among his publications and works are 2 Corinthians and 1 & 2 Thessalonians in the Expositor’s Bible, as well as the Expositor’s Greek Testament commentary on Romans.
Marcus Dods (1834–1909) was born in Belford, Northumberland. Dods went on to study divinity and theology at Edinburgh Academy and Edinburgh University, where he graduated in 1854. He is a highly respected scholar who published over a dozen books of theology, which are recognized for their expansive critical research.
James J. Moffatt (1870–1944) was a graduate of Glasgow University. He first ministered before becoming professor of Greek and New Testament exegesis at Mansfield College, Oxford in 1911. He returned to Glasgow in 1915 as professor of church history at the United Free Church College. From 1927 to 1939 he was Washburn Professor of Church History at the Union Theological Seminary, New York. He authored many books, especially commentaries.