Commentaries recommended by Spurgeon

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Mark Barnes | Forum Activity | Posted: Mon, Jun 17 2013 3:23 PM

I thought it would be interesting to see how many of the whole Bible commentaries recommended by Spurgeon are available in Logos. The answer is 'surprisingly few'. Here's a list of all those commentaries, with the ones already available or on CP struck out. It would be good to get as many of these as possible, particularly the ones that Spurgeon liked. They should all be eligible for Community Pricing, of course.

The details (and Spurgeon's comments) are in a spreadsheet: http://sdrv.ms/16LGlJR

Excellent Commentaries

Calvin, John, Commentaries. 45 vols, Various,
Gray, James Comper, Biblical Museum. 13 vols, London, 1871-1881
Hall, Joseph, Contemplations. vols, Various, 1612-1626
Henry, Matthew, Exposition 3 or 9 vols, Various, 1708-1710
Kitto, John, Daily Bible Illustrations: being Original Readings for a Year, on subjects relating to Sacred History, Biography, Geography, Antiquities, and Theology. 8 vols, Edinburgh, 1850-1851
Lange, J. P., Translations of the Commentaries of Dr. Lange, and his Collaborateurs. 25 vols, Edinburgh: T &T Clark, 1868-1880
Poole, Matthew, Annotations upon the Holy Bible. 2 vols, London: Thomas Parkhurst, 1700
Trapp, John, Annotations upon the Old and New Testament. 5 vols, London, 1654-1662
Annotated Paragraph Bible, The. 1 or 3 vols, London : Religious Tract Society, 1894

Good Commentaries

Barth, C. G., The Bible Manual. 1 vols, London : J. Nisbet & Co, 1865
Benson, Joseph, Notes, Critical, Explanatory, and Practical. 6 vols, Wesleyan Conference Office, 1825
Burder, Samuel, The Scripture Expositor; a New Commentary, Critical and Practical. 4 vols, London : James Cundee, 1809
Chalmers, Thomas, Posthumous Works (vols 1-5). 5 vols, Edinburgh : Sutherland & Knox, 1847-1849
Clarke, Adam, Commentary. 6 vols, London : T. Tegg & Son, 1836
Cobbin, Ingram, Evangelical Synopsis. The Holy Bible, with Notes Explanatory and Practical, selected from the writings of the most esteemed divines and Biblical critics. 3 vols, London : George Berger, 1833-1846
Diodati, John, Pious annotations, upon the Holy Bible expounding the difficult places thereof learnedly, and plainly: vvith other things of great importance. 1 vols, London: Nicholas Fussell, 1643
Fraser, Donald, Synoptical Lectures on the Books of Holy Scripture. 2 vols, London: J. Nisbet & Co, 1871-1876
Gill, John, An Exposition of the Old and New Testament. 9 vols, London: G. Keith, 1763
Hawker, Robert, The Poor Man’s Commentary. 3 or 9 vols, London, 1822-1826
Henry and Scott, A commentary upon the Holy Bible, from Henry and Scott. 6 vols, London : Religious Tract Society, 1835
Jamieson, Faussett and Brown, The Library Commentary, Critical, Experimental, and Practical. 6 vols, Glasgow : W. Collins, Sons & Co., 1864-1870
Kitto, John, The Pictorial Bible. 4 vols, London : C. Knight & Co., 1836-1838
Leigh, Edward, Annotations upon all the Old/New Testament. Philological and Theological. 2 vols, London, 1650-1657
Leigh, Edward, Critica Sacra. 2 vols, London, 1641-1642
Millington, Thomas, The Testimony of the Heathen to the Truths of Holy Writ. 1 vols, London, 1863
Ness, Christopher, History and Mystery of the Old and New Testament. 4 vols, London, 1690-1696
Simeon, Charles, Horæ Homileticæ. 21 vols, London: H. G. Bohn, 1845
Sutcliffe, Joseph, A Commentary on the Old and New Testament. 2 vols, London, 1834-1835
Wordsworth, Christopher, The Holy Bible; with Notes and Introductions. 8 vols, London: Rivingtons, 1872
The Commentary Wholly Biblical. 3 vols, London : S. Bagster & Sons, 1856-1859
The Fourfold Union Commentary. 2 vols, London : William Wesley, 1872

OK Commentaries

Bonar, Horatius, Light and Truth; or, Bible Thoughts and Themes. 5 vols, London: J. Nisbet & Co, 1868-1872
Clarke, Samuel, The Old and New Testament, with Annotations and Parallel Scriptures. 1 vols, ,
Cobbin, Ingram, A condensed Commentary on the Bible. 1 vols, London : T. Ward & Co., 1839
Cook, F. C., The New Bible Commentary. 6 vols, London : Longmans & Co., 1871-1874
D'Oyly, George, The Holy Bible ... with notes ... taken principally from the most eminent writers of the United Church of England and Ireland. 3 vols, Oxford : Clarendon Press, 1817-1818
Gray, James Comper, The Class and the Desk. 4 vols, Sangster, 1867
Greenfield, W., The Comprehensive Bible. 1 vols, London: Samuel Bagster, 1827
Haak, Theodore, The Dutch Annotations upon the whole Bible. 1 vols, London : H. Hills, 1657
Hall, Joseph, A plain and familiar Explication, by way of Paraphrase, of all the Hard Texts of the whole Divine Scriptures. 2 vols, London: Nathan Butler, 1633
Haweis, Thomas, The Evangelical Expositor. 2 vols, London : E. & C. Dilly, 1765-1766
Patrick and Lowth, A Critical Commentary and Paraphrase on the Old and New Testament, and the Apocrypha. 4 vols, London : W. Tegg & Co., 1853
Scott, Thomas, The Holy Bible : containing the Old and New Testaments according to the authorised version / with explanatory notes, practical observations and copious marginal references. 6 vols, London : Wertheim and Macintosh, 1852
Wall, William, Critical Notes on the Old and New Testament. 3 vols, London, 1734
Wells, Edward, Help for the more easy and clear understanding of the Holy Scriptures. 6 vols, Oxford: James Knapton, 1724
Wesley, John, Notes on Old and New Testament. 4 vols, London: Wesleyan Conference Office, 1764
The Westminster Annotations and Commentary on the Whole Bible. 6 vols, London : Evan Tyler, 1657

Poor Commentaries

Allen, John, A Spiritual Exposition of the Old and New Testaments; or, The Christian’s Gospel Treasure. 3 vols, London : J. Johnson & B. Davenport, 1611
Boothroyd, Benjamin, Family Bible. 3 vols, Huddersfield, 1824
Brown, John, Self-Interpreting Bible. 1 vols, Blackie, 1861
Dodd, William, A Commentary on the Books of the Old and New Testament. 3 vols, London : R. Davis, 1770
Holden, George, Christian Expositor. 2 vols, London : C. J. G. & F. Rivington, 1830-1834
Lees, Fred, The Temperance Bible Commentary. 1 vols, London : S.W. Partridge, 1868
Mayer, John, Commentary. 7 vols, London, 1647-1653
Purver, Anthony, A New and Literal Translation of all the Books of the Old and New Testament. 2 vols, London : W. Richardson & W. Johnston, 1764
Wilson, Thomas, The Holy Bible, with Notes and various renderings. 3 vols, Bath : R. Cruttwell, 1785

Very Poor Commentaries

Coke, Thomas, A Commentary on the Old and New Testament. 6 vols, London, 1801-1803
Young, Robert, Commentary on the Bible, as Literally and Idiomatically Translated. 1 vols, London: Fullarton & Co., 1865

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Paul N | Forum Activity | Replied: Mon, Jun 17 2013 3:50 PM

*second*

...and I audited the list; good work! Wink

 

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Gabe Martini (Faithlife) | Forum Activity | Replied: Mon, Jun 17 2013 5:46 PM

Looks good. There's a lot of these we can add to the Community Pricing queue in the near future.

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Lee | Forum Activity | Replied: Mon, Jun 17 2013 6:57 PM

-- Henry, Matthew, Exposition 3 or 9 vols, Various, 1708-1710

I can't seem to find this in the Logos product pages. Anybody got a link?

Edit: Sorry, just read the excel spreadsheet. The Exposition is now Matthew Henry's Commentary on the Bible. Got it already.

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Liam | Forum Activity | Replied: Tue, Jun 18 2013 10:46 AM

These would be awesome to get!!!

After these make it into CP it would be great to put on the checklist his "excellent commentaries" for every book of the Bible!! Maybe even as a set in of itself?!!... or a set for each type of Biblical literature or each Bible book...?

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Ronald Quick | Forum Activity | Replied: Tue, Jun 18 2013 6:55 PM

I love the idea!

I only have one suggestion:

When Logos does add these commentaries that the recommendation by Spurgeon be highlighted in the product description so it is not missed.

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Gabe Martini (Faithlife) | Forum Activity | Replied: Tue, Jun 18 2013 7:08 PM

Ronald Quick:

I love the idea!

I only have one suggestion:

When Logos does add these commentaries that the recommendation by Spurgeon be highlighted in the product description so it is not missed.

Certainly, I agree that's a great idea.

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P A | Forum Activity | Replied: Sat, Jun 13 2015 5:25 AM

Was Spurgeon aware of Barnes notes?

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P A | Forum Activity | Replied: Sat, Jun 13 2015 5:51 AM

Just to clarify Albert Barnes notes,

not Mark Barnes notes

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David P. Moore | Forum Activity | Replied: Mon, Jun 15 2015 8:09 PM

This is an old thread, but here's your answer:

“ALBERT BARNES,” say you, “what do you think of Albert Barnes?” Albert Barnes is a learned and able divine, but his productions are unequal in value, the gospels are of comparatively little worth, but his other comments are extremely useful for Sunday-school teachers and persons with a narrow range of reading, endowed with enough good sense to discriminate between good and evil. If a controversial eye had been turned upon Barnes’s Notes years ago, and his inaccuracies shown up by some unsparing hand, he would never have had the popularity which at one time set rival publishers advertising him in every direction. His Old Testament volumes are to be greatly commended as learned and laborious, and the epistles are useful as a valuable collection of the various opinions of learned men. Placed by the side of the great masters, Barnes is a lesser light, but taking his work for what it is and professes to be, no minister can afford to be without it, and this is no small praise for works which were only intended for Sunday-school teachers.*

C. H. Spurgeon, Lectures to My Students: Commenting and Commentaries; Lectures Addressed to the Students of the Pastors’ College, Metropolitan Tabernacle., vol. 4 (New York: Sheldon & Company, 1876), 30–31.

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Stephen Steele | Forum Activity | Replied: Thu, Nov 7 2019 10:03 AM

Mark - I'm don't think Spurgeon thought of Mayer as 'poor'. He says:

'The six volumes, folio, are a most judicious and able digest of feather commentators, enriched with the author's own notes, forming altogether one of the fullest and best of learned English commentaries; not meant for popular use, but invaluable to the student... I fear he will be forgotten'

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