Creating a firestorm of controversy in 1862 with its publication, John William Colenso’s The Pentateuch and the Book of Joshua Critically Examined sparked the revival of scholarly study into the first five books of the Bible. A South African missionary appointed as Bishop to Natal, Colenso began questioning the historicity of the Pentateuch while performing his missionary duties with the Zulu natives. Feeling it was his duty to God and to the Church to seek the “ultimate truth,” Colenso not only challenged the historical accuracy of the Pentateuch, he also challenged its Mosaic authorship. One of the first respected theologians to pursue this line of inquiry, his published work fomented a flurry of historically significant scholarship in response to his assertions that helped solidify a classical understanding of the Pentateuch.
This seventeen-volume collection contains Colenso’s contentious books, and twelve critical responses from distinguished theological writers stirred to counter his radical claims. These distinctive critiques of Colenso’s work form a comprehensive study of the Pentateuch and a striking defense of their Mosaic authorship.
An invaluable addition to your Logos library, the John William Colenso Pentateuch Collection (17 vols.) is packed with resourceful and erudite exegesis easily searchable using Logos Bible Software: scripture passages appear on mouse-over and you can double-click any word—in any language—and your preferred lexicons open to the exact entry you are looking for.
Abraham Benisch (1811–1878) published several works on Hebrew literature and was the editor of the Jewish Chronicle for twenty years.
John George Marshall (1786–1880) was a writer, lawyer, and judge from Nova Scotia who wrote extensively on legal, political, religious, and social topics.
Jacob L. Stone was the author of several prominent books, including Collection of Thoughts, or Key to Scripture and Slavery and the Bible.
W. J. Spry is a noted theologian and the author of Modern Skepticism Exposed: Two Orations, a book originating from his lectures delivered at Temperance Hall, Davenport.
Peter Davidson graduated from the University of St. Andrews in 1861 and was a minister in the United Presbyterian Church of Edinburgh.
Alexander McCaul, a prodigious and noted scholar of Hebrew, was professor of Hebrew and Old Testament Exegesis at King’s College in London.
John Cumming (1807–1881) was minister of the Scottish National Church at Crown Court, Covent Garden and the author of numerous books and papers on Christianity.
Robert Moon was a Fellow of Queens’ College at Cambridge.
Micaiah Hill and his wife founded the London Missionary Society outpost in Berhampur, India. He died in 1849.
James R. Page was a prolific writer and editor, publishing dozens of books and pamphlets on Christianity while serving as a professor and lecturer at Cambridge University.
Jacob M. Hirschfelder (1819–1902) was a professor of Hebrew and German, and was appointed as a lecturer in Oriental Languages at King’s College.
Joseph B. McCaul was an assistant to the Library of the British Museum, and appointed as Censor and Divinity Lecturer at King’s College in London.
John William Colenso, born in 1814, was a noted theologian, scholar, and social activist. After becoming the first Bishop of Natal in South Africa, Colenso translated the first Zulu Grammar and English/Zulu dictionary. While performing his missionary work in Natal, Colenso began to publish his controversial work known for its non-orthodox underpinnings. He died in 1883.