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Thursday, May 30th, 2024
the Week of Proper 3 / Ordinary 8
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Bible Commentaries

Godet's Commentary on Selected BooksGodet on Selected Books


New Testament

Frédéric Louis Godet
Frédéric Louis Godet

Fr�d�ric Louis Godet (1812-1900) was a distinguished Swiss Protestant theologian and biblical scholar, renowned for his in-depth commentaries on the New Testament. Born on October 25, 1812, in Neuch�tel, Switzerland, Godet's intellectual journey was deeply rooted in a rich theological heritage. He pursued his theological studies with great fervor at the University of Berlin and the University of Bonn, where he was profoundly influenced by the German theological tradition, particularly the works of Neander and Tholuck.

After completing his studies, Godet served as a pastor in the Swiss Reformed Church, where he became known for his eloquent preaching and his deep pastoral care. His commitment to the church and its teachings was evident in his work, which always sought to bridge the gap between scholarly biblical research and practical Christian faith.

In 1850, Godet took on a pivotal role as a professor of theology at the Academy of Neuch�tel, where he dedicated the majority of his career to teaching and writing. His scholarly work focused on New Testament exegesis, and he became particularly well-regarded for his comprehensive commentaries on the Gospel of John, the Epistles of St. Paul, and the Gospel of Luke. These works were celebrated for their insightful analysis, rigorous scholarship, and the clarity with which they presented complex theological concepts.

Godet's approach to biblical interpretation was characterized by a meticulous examination of historical context, linguistic detail, and theological significance. He was a staunch defender of the historical veracity of the New Testament, arguing against the skepticism of his time with scholarly rigor and a deep faith in the divine inspiration of the scriptures.

Throughout his career, Godet's contributions to biblical scholarship and the Reformed Church were immense. He was a prolific writer, leaving behind a legacy of works that continue to influence theological studies. His commitment to integrating academic scholarship with Christian faith made him a pivotal figure in the development of modern biblical hermeneutics. Fr�d�ric Louis Godet passed away on October 29, 1900, leaving a lasting impact on the field of theology and the study of the Bible.

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