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Classic Commentaries on the Greek New Testament (14 vols.)
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Overview

Some time ago a Logos employee discovered an old volume in a used bookshop, and, finding it useful, brought it to work to share with others. Following the trail of titles mentioned in the back of that first volume, we’ve put together a fantastic collection featuring eight authors, 14 volumes, and nearly 5,000 pages.

Common to most of the volumes is a running set of notes, sometimes keyed to the verse but more often to a Greek word or phrase. (The print editions also include the whole Greek text of the NT book being commented on; the electronic editions will not, since it’s easier to open a parallel window with the whole Greek NT.)

The “Text and Notes” section is typically bracketed by introductory articles, essays, and dissertations. This introductory material is quite voluminous. The page count (in roman numerals) is roughly equal to the page count of the actual commentary, rising over 250 pages in some volumes (Swete and Lightfoot, particularly).

The last three volumes (Matthew, Luke, and Acts) are intended for the “average school-boy,” meaning they are less comprehensive and more concise. Valuable notes on the Greek text are provided, while introductory and background matter is omitted.

Key Features

  • Numerous articles, essays and dissertations by Lightfoot, Westcott and other scholars
  • Contains J. B. Lightfoot's classic, St. Paul's Epistle to the Galatians
  • 3 Concise volumes for readers new to Greek
  • Nearly 5,000 pages of material

Praise for the Print Edition

The Macmillan commentaries on the Greek NT were among the first acquisitions as I was building my reference library in the 1970s. I still value this series, especially the volumes by Westcott and Lightfoot. I recommend this series...

—John R. Kohlenberger III

Individual Titles

St. Paul's Epistle to the Galatians

  • Author: J. B. Lightfoot
  • Publisher: MacMillan
  • Publication Date: 1865
  • Pages: 384

Sample Page: 1

J.B. Lightfoot's classic commentary on the Greek version of Galatians. Contains extensive verse-by-verse exegetical commentary, as well as dissertations on the people and churches of Galatia, the date and genuineness of the epistle, the ethnicity of the Galatians, “The Brethren of the Lord,” and St Paul and James, Peter, & John.

Dr. Joseph Barber Lightfoot was educated at Cambridge and Oxford, became the Lord Bishop of Durham in the church of England, served as a minister in St. Paul's Cathedral in London, and was Professor of Divinity at Cambridge University. He was also one of the original members of the New Testament Company of Bible Revisers. His other commentaries include volumes on Galatians and Philippians.

St. Paul's Epistle to the Philippians

  • Author: J. B. Lightfoot
  • Edition: 12th
  • Publisher: MacMillan
  • Publication Date: 1913
  • Pages: 350

Sample Page: 1

J.B. Lightfoot's classic commentary on the Greek versions of letters of Colossians and Philemon. Contains extensive verse-by-verse exegetical commentary, as well as dissertations on the history and setting of the epistle, the nature of Christian ministry (including the offices of bishop/presbyter and deacon), and speculations concerning St. Paul and the Roman philosopher Seneca.

Deservedly regarded as a standard work. The more instructed student will appreciate it.

Charles Haddon Spurgeon, in Commenting & Commentaries

St. Paul's Epistles to the Colossians and to Philemon

  • Author: J. B. Lightfoot
  • Publisher: MacMillan
  • Publication Date: 1879
  • Pages: 428

Sample Page: 1

J.B. Lightfoot's classic commentary on the Greek versions of letters of Colossians and Philemon. Contains extensive verse-by-verse exegetical commentary, as well as dissertations on the history and setting of the epistles, the Colossian Heresy, various versions and major variant readings, the Epistle from Laodicea, and several articles on the Essenes.

Saint Paul's Epistle to the Ephesians

  • Author: B. F. Westcott
  • Publisher: MacMillan
  • Publication Date: 1906
  • Pages: 212

Sample Page: 1

B. F. Westcott's classic commentary on the Greek version of St. Paul's letter to the Ephesians. Contains extensive verse-by-verse exegetical commentary, as well as an Appendix with 24 articles, covering popular topics like Heads of Doctrine.

Brooke Foss Westcott was Regius Professor of Divinity at Cambridge University, Bishop of Durham, and co-editor of the Westcott-Hort critical edition of the Greek New Testament.

The Gospel According to St. John

  • Author: B. F. Westcott
  • Publisher: MacMillan
  • Publication Date: 1881
  • Pages: 307

Sample Page: 1

This commentary was printed with the English text and most of the notes are keyed to English words, often with the Greek. It covers topics such as The Authorship, Composition, Characteristics, and History of the Gospel and how it relates to other Apostolic writings.

The Epistles of St. John

  • Author: B. F. Westcott
  • Edition: 3rd
  • Publisher: MacMillan
  • Publication Date: 1892
  • Pages: 380

Sample Page: 1

B. F. Westcott's classic commentary on the Greek version of The Epistles of St John. Contains extensive verse-by-verse exegetical commentary, as well as multiple dissertations on various subjects including The Gospel of Creation and The Relation of Christianity to Art.

The Epistle to the Hebrews

  • Author: B. F. Westcott
  • Edition: 3rd
  • Publisher: MacMillan
  • Publication Date: 1903
  • Pages: 506

Sample Pages: 1 2

B.F. Westcott's classic commentary on the Greek version of Hebrews. Contains extensive verse-by-verse exegetical commentary, as well as multiple dissertations on the use of the O.T. in the Epistle.

The Gospel According to St. Mark

  • Author: H. B. Swete
  • Edition: 3rd, rev. 1913
  • Publisher: MacMillan
  • Publication Date: 1909
  • Pages: 434

Sample Pages: 1 2

H.B. Swete's classic commentary on the Greek version of The Gospel According to St Mark. Contains extensive verse-by-verse exegetical commentary, as well as multiple dissertations on various subjects relating to the Gospel.

Henry Barclay Swete was an Anglican scholar and theological professor. As B. F. Westcott's successor, Swete served in the Regius Professorship of Divinity at Cambridge University for over twenty-five years.

The Apocalypse of St. John

  • Author: H. B. Swete
  • Edition: 3rd
  • Publisher: MacMillan
  • Publication Date: 1909
  • Pages: 558

H.B. Swete's classic commentary on the Greek version of The Apocalypse of St John. Contains extensive verse-by-verse exegetical commentary, as well as multiple dissertations on various subjects relating to the Apocalypse.

The Epistle of St. James

  • Author: Joseph B. Mayor
  • Edition: 2nd
  • Publisher: MacMillan
  • Publication Date: 1897
  • Pages: 516

Sample Page: 1

J.B. Mayor's classic commentary on the Greek version of The Epistle of St. James. Contains commentaries on External Evidence for the Authenticity of the Epistle, The Relation of the Epistle to Earlier Writing and to Other Books in the New Testament, and answers the question, "Did St. James Write in Greek or in Aramaic?"

Regarded as the most important critical commentary on this portion of God's Word.

The Minister's Library

Professor Mayor's volume in every part of it gives proof that no time or labour has been grudged in mastering this mass of literature, and that in appraising it he has exercised the sound judgment of a thoroughly trained scholar and critic... The notes resemble rather those of Lightfoot than those of Ellicott... It is a pleasure to welcome a book which does credit to English learning, and which will take, and keep, a foremost place in Biblical literature.

Bookman, from A Catalogue of Theological Works, published by Macmillan & Co., Ltd 1897

Joseph Bickersteth Mayor was Professor of Classics and of Moral Philosophy at King's College, London.

St. Paul's Epistles to the Thessalonians

  • Author: George Milligan
  • Publisher: MacMillan
  • Publication Date: 1908
  • Pages: 304

Sample Page: 1

George Milligan's classic commentary on the Greek version of St. Paul's Epistle to the Thessalonians. Contains extensive verse-by-verse exegetical commentary, as well as additional notes on various subjects relating to the Epistle.

George Milligan was born in 1860 in Scotland. The son of a Biblical studies professor, Milligan also became a prominent Biblical scholar and professor at Glasgow University. He is well-known for his contributions to Greek New Testament studies.

The Gospel According to St. Matthew

  • Author: Arthur Sloman
  • Edition: 1st
  • Publisher: MacMillan
  • Publication Date: 1890
  • Pages: 153

Sample Page: 1

From the Preface: This edition is an attempt to supply to the average school-boy the necessary help and materials to for reading the Greek text of St Matthew intelligently. Few boys will read long notes. Accordingly brevity has been studied as far as is consistent with clearness. The meaning of parables and discourses has been explained, but ‘sermonizing’ has been as far as possible excluded. It is presumed that the student will have Liddell and Scott’s Lexicon by his side, and reference is frequently made thereto.

Arthur Sloman was a Scholar of Pembroke College, Oxford, Master of the King's Scholars in Westminster School, and Head Master of Birkenhead School in the late-nineteenth century.

The Gospel According to St. Luke

  • Author: Rev. John Bond
  • Publisher: MacMillan
  • Publication Date: 1890
  • Pages: 164

Sample Page: 1

From the Preface: My wish has been, (1) To shirk no difficulty which should reasonably be discussed in a commentary of this kind, still less to substitute a pious reflection for such discussion; (2) To make the notes as short as is consistent with clearness.

Rev. John Bond was a Scholar of St John's College, Oxford, in the late-nineteenth century.

The Acts of the Apostles

  • Author: Thomas Ethelbert Page
  • Publisher: MacMillan
  • Publication Date: 1897
  • Pages: 270

Sample Page: 1

In this volume, Page aimed to provide an explanation of the Greek text free of doctrinal discussions and moral reflections, unlike most existing commentaries which Page found ‘quite unadapted for practical work with boys’. Page endeavoured to make the translation process as straightforward as possible and his extensive commentary offers a clear and simple understanding of the text. His book is still a useful guide for those approaching the Greek text for the first time.

Thomas Ethelbert Page (1850-1936) was a Fellow of St. John's College, Cambridge, and Schoolmaster at Charterhouse for 37 years.

Product Details

  • Title: Classic Commentaries on the Greek New Testament
  • Publisher: MacMillan
  • Volumes: 14
  • Pages: 4,996