I wanted to mention that I came across PDF files, thanks to Google and Internet Archive, of the great evangelical commentaries on the entire Old Testament, by C. F. Keil and F. Delitzsch. These represent the best of evangelical scholarship of the nineteenth century and uphold a high view of Scripture; some of the best Biblical scholars I know use them. If you are seeking good commentaries on these Scriptures, I know of none better. Previously I had found the Pentateuch, but these new additions complete the entire Old Testament. Note, though, that on the latter five PDFs there are several different books on each of them so you may have to scroll down to reach the book you need.
- The Pentateuch, Volume I: Genesis through Exodus 11
- The Pentateuch, Volume II: Exodus 12 through Leviticus
- The Pentateuch, Volume III: Numbers through Deuteronomy
- Joshua, Judges, Ruth, 1 and 2 Samuel, 1 and 2 Kings
- 1 and 2 Chronicles, Ezra, Nehemiah, Job
- Psalms, Proverbs, Song of Solomon, Ecclesiastes
- Isaiah, Jeremiah, Ezekiel
- Daniel and the Twelve Minor Prophets
Here is another reading from the book “Faith and Life: Readings Compiled from Ancient Writers” by William Bright. This is one of his selections for the Third Sunday after Epiphany and is from none other than John Chrysostom!
I. THE LEPER.
“LORD, if Thou wilt, Thou canst make me clean.” Great is the intelligence and faith of the applicant. For he did not break in upon the discourse, nor interrupt the audience, but awaited the fitting time, and approached Jesus when He had come down. And he supplicates Him, not carelessly, but even with great fervour, and kneeling before Him, as another Evangelist says, and with genuine faith and a right opinion about Jesus. For he said not, ” If Thou wilt ask it of God,” or, “If Thou wilt pray,” but, “If Thou wilt.” Nor did he say, ” Lord, cleanse me;” but commits to Him the whole matter, and makes Him the disposer of his cure, and bears witness to the plenitude of His authority. If the opinion of the leper had been erroneous, Jesus ought to have confuted it, and reproved him, and set him right. Did He then do so? Not at all; quite the contrary. He even confirms and ratifies what was said: therefore He said not, ” Be thou cleansed,” but, “I will, be thou cleansed.” Not so the Apostles; when the whole people were amazed, they said, “Why do ye fix your attention on us, as though by our own power or authority we had made him to walk ?” But the Master, although He often spoke, with great modesty, what fell short of His own glory, in order to confirm His dogmas, here, when men were astonished at His authority, says, “I will, be thou cleansed.” Further, He extended His hand and touched him; to indicate, as I think, that He was above the law, and not beneath it, and that, thenceforward, to the pure nothing was impure. For His hand was not made unclean by the leprosy, but the leprous body became pure from the touch of His holy hand.
St. Chrysostom, Hom. xxv. on St. Matthew.
This is an interesting discussion between Paul Nehlen, former candidate for the U.S. House who ran against Paul Ryan, and Stefan Molyneux. Their topic: What does the future hold for the United States of America given the Presidential transition from Barack Obama to Donald Trump?
If you like the song “Speak, O Lord” by Keith and Kristyn Getty, this is a performance by The Durochers that has sort of a bluegrass twang to it – and it sounds pretty good.
This is an interesting interview by Eric Metaxas of author Joel Pollak about his book How Trump Won: The Inside Story of a Revolution. (This article on Breitbart.com covers some of the same information and gives a helpful background.) I certainly agree that it appears the media has learned nothing from its experiences on the 2016 campaign trail, a point made in the article.
The Rev. Dick Lucas is someone of whom I have thought highly for a long time, and it is a treat to hear that he has now made available a new series of talks on the Gospel of Mark. This series covers Mark 1-8 and is titled Mark Revisited: Volume 1. I understand that there is a second volume covering the remaining chapters of Mark that will be made available later this year.
This series, Mark Revisited: Volume 1, is very much worth hearing; if you want to try out one of these messages, here is one on The Unforgiveable Sin, based on Mark 3:7-35, that covers a passage that a lot of us sometimes have questions about.
(Hat tip: Anglican Church League)
This is another reading from the text Faith and Life: Readings Compiled from Ancient Writers by William Bright; it is part of his selection for the Second Sunday after Epiphany and is from Cyril of Jerusalem’s Lecture xvi:
I. THE MANIFOLD GIFTS OF THE SPIRIT.
ONE fountain waters a whole garden, and one and the same rain comes down in every part of the world, and becomes white in the lily, red in the rose, purple in violets and hyacinths, diverse and manifold in all kinds of plants; and so it is of one sort in the palm, of another in the vine, and all in all things; being all the time of one nature, and not diverse from itself. For the rain does not change as it descends, and become first one thing, then another; but applying itself to the condition of that which is to receive it, it becomes to each what is suitable. So also the Holy Spirit, being one, and of one nature, and undivided, distributes grace “to every one severally, as He wills,” and as the dry tree when it partakes of water puts forth shoots, so also the soul that is in sin, being endued by means of repentance with the Holy Spirit, puts forth clusters of righteousness. And while the Spirit is of one nature, yet many are the excellences which by the fiat of God, and in the name of Christ, He works out. For He uses one man’s tongue to utter wisdom, illuminates another’s soul with prophecy, to another gives power to drive away demons, to another gives ability to interpret the Divine Scriptures. One man’s self-control He strengthens, another He teaches how to give alms, another to fast and discipline himself, another to despise the interests of the body; another He prepares for martyrdom; differently in each case, but not diverse from Himself, as it is written, “But the manifestation of the Spirit is given to every man to profit withal.
Here Cyril certainly echoes the Scriptures’ teaching that we are each given our own gifts for the strengthening of the whole Body of Christ.