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Dan Francis | Forum Activity | Posted: Thu, Nov 12 2015 8:28 PM

I respectful would like you to consider placing the following into the next family of Anglican Products:

The Speaker's Commentary (13 vols.)

A New Commentary on Holy Scripture Including the Apocrypha

You have done something similar before when releasing the works of Gill in the Reformation package, even though it had not made its through the CP system. These works seem important enough to possible do something similar.

And the one volume one would be great for all the Anglican packages.


PS: Just a suggestion but i think it could be a good one.

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Dan Francis | Forum Activity | Replied: Tue, Mar 1 2016 11:42 PM

My hard copy of A New Commentary on Holy Scripture Including the Apocrypha has just arrived and I was delighted with it and I thought I would share what was on Mark 6:1-13.. please not I have added in modern notation.

VI. i. Our Lord leaves the shore of the lake to teach among the villages, and first in His own home Nazareth (Mark 1:9), in the hill country some twenty-five miles distant from Capernaum. Only here and in Mark 2:15 are the disciples said to be ' following ' our Lord, and we ought probably to take the word quite literally: later on the Twelve form one company with our Lord, but here a larger number, perhaps a much larger number, is straggling after Him at intervals.

 2. As at Capernaum (Mark 1.22), in the Decapolis (Mark 7.37), and at Jerusalem (Mark 11.18), the result of Jesus' teaching and miracles was a general feeling of  ‘amazement’ ( ‘astonished ' of AV and RV is not in our modern use of it a strong enough word): everywhere else than at Nazareth this amazement implied at least respect, if not more, but on the stage of His own earlier life it only issued in disparaging comments on His upbringing and His surroundings. He had lived as an artisan by manual labour: His brothers could be counted by name, and doubtless still made their livelihood in the same or a similar way. The words of wisdom, he deeds of power, with which common report credited Him, seemed impressive enough: but instead of feeling any pride that a fellow-townsman had made so great a mark in the larger centres of population round them, they felt that 'they knew too much about His origins to regard Him as anything more than "what they had known Him all along to be.

 3. the carpenter : so the pagan philosopher  Celsus   in   the   2nd   century

mocked at Jesus as a carpenter, and the pagan orator Libanius in the 4th asked ‘What is the carpenter's son doing just now ?' But God ' chose the weak things et the world.'    It is  true that manual labour was not regarded among the Jews a  thing derogatory in itself  (cf.  St. Pau's  case,   Acts 18:3);   but  a  teacher  of religion should ' have little business, and be busied  in the Law,'  and  Jesus  had worked regularly at His trade. 

the son of Mary: obviously Joseph was dead.

 brother of James and Joses and Judas and Simon. ' Brother ' in what sense ? (1)In the same sense that He was ' son of Mary,' i.e. that James and the rest were sons of Joseph and Mary, and younger brothers of our Lord ? (2) In the same sense that He is called son of Joseph in Matthew and Luke, i.e. that they were sons of Joseph and a former wife, and elder ' putative ' brothers of our Lord ? (3) In the sense that brother is loosely used for cousin, i.e. that they were really blood-relations of our Lord, being sons of another Mary, sister to the Blessed Virgin and wife of Alphseus (identified with Clopas), and therefore His first cousins ? This third view was an invention of St. Jerome's, and a very ingenious one: but it was never heard of before him. (4) In the sense that the ' brethren ' were putative cousins of our Lord on Joseph's side, being sons of 'Man,- the mother of James and Joses' (Mark 15.40), and her husband Clopas (John 19.25) ? The 2nd-century writer Hegesippus (as cited by Eus., Hist. Eccl., iii, 11; 32, §§ 3, 4) tells us that Clopas was brother of Joseph and that the Symeon who was chosen as a relation of our Lord's to be bishop of Jerusalem after the death of James was his son. This theory, propounded by Dom John Chapman, is even more ingenious than St. Jerome's, for it combines in a very simple way a good many historical data. But neither the James and Joses of Mark 15.40, nor Symeon the bishop, are called ' brothers ' of the Lord, nor are we any nearer to a sufficient ground for cousins being known as brothers. On the whole problem see the note appended to the commentary on the Epistle of James. The two first views can both claim support in early tradition, but neither of them in tradition so early as to be decisive on that ground alone. This passage in St. Mark contributes nothing either way, save the impression suggested by 4: see note there.

 James is ' brother of the Lord' in Gal 1.19: Judas is 'brother of James' in Jude 1; compare the story of his grandsons being brought before Domitian as members of the royal house of David, which Eusebius (H.E., iii, 20) derived from Hegesippus―even Domitian could not regard the horny-handed countrymen haled before him as potential rivals. Of Joses (Joseph) and Simon we know nothing.

 4. among his own kin. According to John 7.3-5 ‘neither did his brethren believe on him,' though James at least was a believer at the time of the Resurrection (1Cor 15.7), and apparently the others also (Act 1.14). If our Lord was younger than His brothers (see on 3), we can more easily understand their early attitude (cf.   1Sa 16. 6-12, 17.28).

5. he could do there no mighty work AV and RV rightly. When Mark relates the inability of the disciples to cast out the dumb spirit (Mark 9.39), he uses a different and stronger word, rightly rendered ' were not able ' in RV. Here the word is the ordinary Greek for ' to be able,' which in Mark has got weakened down to an auxiliary like our ' can ' and ' could.' It was not a physical inability to work cures, but a moral inability to cure without faith on the part of the recipient. So 9 39 ' could easily speak ill of me.'


5. laid his hands :   cf.  Mark 5.23, 7.32 where our Lord is begged to ' lay his hand ' or ' hands ' for healing on Jairus's daughter and on the man who was deaf and dumb. It was the regular outward sign of benediction in the Old Testament, and the regular outward sign of every sacramental rite in the early Church (see Gore, Church and Ministry, note G, edition of 1919, 341 ff.), of course with the accompaniment of prayer.

6b-13. he went round about the villages teaching: alone for the last time in Galilee, for the Twelve are now sent in pairs to begin the work for which He had appointed them (Mark 3.14, 15). They had been with Him, they return to Him (Mark 6.30), and they were, it seems, continuously with Him from Matk 8.1 onwards to the close of the Ministry: but here He sends them out ' on their own,' so to say, to develop the work of His mission to their Galilaean fellow-countrymen, and to gain an experience which would be a training for wider journeys in the future.

8, 9. They were to take poverty as their bride in as literal a sense as that in which St. Francis, after the example of the Master, sent out the first Franciscans as missionaries: without food or receptacle for food, without even copper coins for money, without more than one chiton (contrast the use of the plural in the case of Caiaphas; see note on Mark 14.63), with nothing but wooden sandals for foot-gear ― Roman readers would easily have understood sandalia as excluding boots or shoes―and carrying nothing but a walking-stick.

10. house, and 11 place. Mark's report of our Lord's charge to the Twelve is strictly germane to the mission to the villages   of   Galilee.     Both   the   other Synoptists give a more general scope to their report, and introduce ' cities.'

10. unto them : that is, ' against them,' as in Mark 13.9: see on Mark 1.44.

12. repent: as our Lord had preached repentance (Mark 1.15).

13. anointed with oil: the only place in the Gospels (save in Luke's parable of the Good Samaritan, Luke 10.34) where the use of oil for the sick is mentioned, but compare, of course, James 5.14, 15, which gives doubtless a close parallel to the method of the Twelve in their acts of healing.

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Lynden Williams | Forum Activity | Replied: Wed, Mar 2 2016 5:20 AM

Seems interesting Dan. If enough people up their bid to 12.00 it may have a chance of going over the top.

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Dan Francis | Forum Activity | Replied: Wed, Mar 2 2016 10:00 AM

Would be real nice but not going to hold my breath.... People often don't value older works, even though this went through many prints over 60 years and was lauded by people like C. S. Lewis who I dare say the majority of Christians respect. Why somethings go over the top and others languish I really do not know. I would think anyone who loves study of the Bible would jump at this one being relatively knew and containing the apocrypha.


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Dan Francis | Forum Activity | Replied: Wed, Mar 2 2016 12:43 PM

Now I will share the most uninspired front cover (albeit informative)... Mine is the 1962 printing, not sure if earlier editions ever had a nicer cover but I guess it is functional.


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Dan Francis | Forum Activity | Replied: Sun, Mar 20 2016 11:56 AM


This bump is brought by the encouraging closing of Sacred Books of the East. They have an esoteric value for us. These items are some serious meat and potatoes for us to dig into. It still boggles my mind that the one volume didn't race over the line with the endorsement by C. S. Lewis and it;s affordability. I still maintain any volume that managed to stay in print for over 50 years. Has proved itself worthy of finding a place in your Faithlife Library. As For Speaker's it sound exposition of the entire Bible including apocrypha so should be a no brainer for anyone hoping to have a little more light shinning on the Apocryphal Books. I have read for example that speaker's commentary on Judith is pretty highly rated. 


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Rayner | Forum Activity | Replied: Fri, Apr 15 2016 6:38 AM

Thanks for pointing this out.  I've increased my bid.

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