Classic Commentaries and Studies on the Epistles of John Upgrade (9 vols.)

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, 1719–2015


Classic Commentaries and Studies on the Epistles of John offers even more of the most significant classical studies and scholarship on the epistles of John from the seventeenth, eighteenth, nineteenth, and twentieth centuries. With notable authors such as the Puritan minister of the Massachusetts Bay Colony John Cotton, the Scottish theologian Hugh Binning, and the Canadian founder of the Christian and Missionary Alliance Albert Benjamin Simpson, Classic Commentaries and Studies on the Epistles of John contains over 2,700 pages of interpretation, observations, translations, contextual history, and practical application. The nine volumes contained in the Classic Commentaries and Studies on the Epistles of John have had an enduring impact on New Testament exegesis, and this exceptional collection provides easy access to this wealth of significant scholarship.

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Key Features

  • Nine classic volumes of commentary on the epistles of John
  • Selections from respected authors of diverse backgrounds
  • Various texts ranging from accessible application to nuanced scholarship

Product Details

  • Title: Classic Commentaries and Studies on the Epistles of John Upgrade
  • Volumes: 9
  • Pages: 2,797
  • Resource Type: Commentaries
  • Topic: Johannine Studies

Individual Titles

Apostolic Instruction Exemplified in the First Epistle General of St. John

  • Author: Anonymous
  • Publisher: R.B. Seeley and W. Burnside
  • Publication Date: 1840
  • Pages: 457

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Featuring 29 lectures on John’s first general letter, this volume aimed at pastors contains enduring wisdom drawn from John’s letter for working in ministry. The author applies the wisdom found in these “general” letters, emphasizing the authority and usefulness of Scripture for the church universal across all time and space.

Fellowship with God: Sermons on the First Epistle of John

  • Author: Hugh Binning
  • Publisher: R. Fleming and Company
  • Publication Date: 1735
  • Pages: 81

Scottish minister Hugh Binning lived a short, but impactful life during the English Civil War. His preaching was filled with “originality without any affectation, a rich imagination, without anything fanciful . . . the utmost simplicity, without anything mean or trifling.” The fiery Scot’s Fellowship with God consists of 28 of his sermons on the first epistle of John.

Hugh Binning (1627–1653) was a Scottish philosopher and evangelical Reformed theologian. He entered the University of Glasgow at 13 and was professor of philosophy there at age 18. He was a follower of James Dalrymple, John Knox, and a member of the Covenanters movement. He died of consumption at age 26.

A Practical Commentary: An Exposition with Observations, Reasons, and Uses upon the First Epistle General of John

  • Author: John Cotton
  • Publication Date: 1656
  • Pages: 643

This volume contains an extensive commentary on the first epistle of John from the Puritan minister John Cotton. His expository commentary reflects Cotton’s Puritan theology and in addition to its thorough exegesis, it provides a window into the heated controversies within the Anglican church and the burgeoning movements in the seventeenth-century American church.

John Cotton (1585–1652) was an English and American clergyman, and was the preeminent minister and theologian of the Massachusetts Bay Colony. He studied at Trinity and Emmanuel colleges, Cambridge. Despite his Puritan leanings, during the strife in the English Church in the seventeenth century he cultivated a conciliatory attitude, working to reform the Church from within. Eventually he fled to New England. He was involved in the Massachusetts Antinomian Controversy.

A Critical Dissertation upon the Seventh Verse of the Fifth Chapter of St. John’s First Epistle

  • Author: David Martin
  • Publisher: William and John Innys
  • Publication Date: 1719
  • Pages: 109

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In this volume, French Protestant David Martin defends the canonicity of 1 John 5:7. Martin specifically addresses the critique of the French Catholic priest Richard Simon, whom he accuses of Arianism. He addresses many common objections to its inclusion and the passages questionable manuscript history.

David Martin (1639–1721) was a French Protestant theologian. He served as a pastor in the diocese of Castres until the edict of Nantes was revoked, driving French Protestants from the country. He then served as a minister in the Dutch city of Utrecht.

Family Expositions: On the Epistles of St. John, and St. Jude

  • Author: Edward Bickersteth
  • Publisher: Seeley, Burnside, and Seeley
  • Publication Date: 1846
  • Pages: 259

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In this volume, Anglican evangelical Edward Bickersteth collects the reflections of his children on 1, 2, and 3 John, and Jude. These family devotionals remark practically on Scripture, and often reflect on the content of Bickersteth’s sermons. Bickersteth’s son would go on to become the bishop of Exeter and a missionary to India and Japan.

Edward Bickersteth (1786–1850) was an English evangelical clergyman. He also travelled as a missionary to Africa with the Church Missionary Society.

The Epistles of St. John: Twenty-One Discourses

  • Author: William Alexander
  • Publisher: A.C. Armstrong and Son
  • Publication Date: 1901
  • Pages: 317

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This critical exegetical commentary on the epistles of John contains four discourses on the epistles, analyzing their historical context, their place in the Johannine literature, the epistles polemical elements, and John’s spirituality. Author William Alexander then divides the epistles into small portions with commentary, comparing the Greek alongside Latin and English translations.

William Alexander (1824–1911) was archbishop of Armagh and primate of all Ireland. He attended Tonbridge School and Brasenose College, Oxford. He was the last bishop of Ireland in the House of Lords before the Church of Ireland was disestablished. A gifted speaker and writer, he delivered the Bampton Lectures in 1876, and is best known for his poetry.

First Epistle General of St. John: Notes of Lectures to Serve as a Popular Commentary

  • Author: Charles Henry Watson
  • Publisher: James Maclehose and Sons
  • Publication Date: 1891
  • Pages: 539

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In this accessibly commentary, Charles Henry Watson attempts to “catch the true sense of the terms used by St. John,” delivering the plain meaning of the epistles to their audience: the church universal. Watson highlights John’s vibrant spiritual themes and their implications for everyday life.

The First Epistle General of St. John: A Devotional Commentary

  • Author: G.S. Barrett
  • Editor: A.R. Buckland
  • Publisher: Religious Tract Society
  • Publication Date: 1910
  • Pages: 232

This accessible commentary, though written for devotional use, is grounded in solid scholarship. G.S. Barrett provides an introduction to John’s first epistle and a contextual background.

G.S. Barrett was a twentieth-century English minister and the author of Musings for Quiet Hours.

Messages of Love: Christ in the Epistles of John

  • Author: Albert Benjamin Simpson
  • Publisher: Christian Alliance Publishing Co.
  • Publication Date: 1900
  • Pages: 160

This brief volume from the founder of the Christian and Missionary Alliance fleshes out how hope and life in Christ runs through the center of John’s epistles. Albert Benjamin Simpson, who constantly sought to preach the gospel to the poor and outcast, speaks with a warm, pastoral voice, and his commentary is an encouragement to claim life in Christ. Eight chapters expound the pastoral messages of 1 John, with the ninth chapter expositing the ministry of letter writing through 2 John and 3 John.

Albert Benjamin Simpson (1843–1919) was a Canadian preacher, theologian, author, and the founder of the Christian and Missionary Alliance.


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