This collection by Ernest Dewitt Burton—professor, theologian, lexicographer, and scholar—brings forth his consequential and influential exegesis of the New Testament in three accessible volumes. The first two volumes of this collection contain Burton’s extensive linguistic research of the New Testament, with detailed and fascinating interpretations of various words and terms used in the New Testament, along with translations from their original Greek, Hebrew, and Latin into English. The third volume of this collection is Burton’s captivating exploration of the origins of the four Gospels.
For almost a century, Burton’s work in New Testament studies, Greek linguistics, Christian history, and source criticism has been lauded for its authority and influence. Head of New Testament Literature and Interpretation at the University of Chicago, Burton’s substantial contribution to Christian thought and biblical exegesis has been astounding.
With Burton’s customary rich prose and expansive research, these books are perceptive and exceptional in their scholarship. Perfect for students, theologians, scholars, and historians, this 3-volume set is integral to early New Testament studies.
This is strong meat, but the honest Bible scholar is apt to be a bit radical, for the Bible, and especially the New Testament, is a radical and revolutionary book.
—The Sewanee Review
Certainly the careful student of the Gospels will find nothing in recent synoptic literature more necessary in making a thoroughly scientific study of the Gospels.
—Bibliotheca Sacra, Vol. 75
Ernest DeWitt Burton (1856–1925) graduated from Denison University in 1876, then from Rochester Theological Seminary in 1882. His studies also carried him to Germany at Leipzig and Berlin. Burton taught at the seminaries in Rochester and Newton before becoming head of the department of New Testament Literature and Interpretation at the University of Chicago—where he was president from 1923–1925.