The Preacher's Complete Homiletic
ON THE FIRST AND SECOND BOOKS OF THE
By the REV. GEORGE BARLOW
Author of the Commentaries on the Psalms (121-130), Lamentations, Ezekiel, Galatians, Ephesians, Philippians, Colossians, Thessalonians, Timothy, Titus, and Philemon
FUNK & WAGNALLS COMPANY
LONDON AND TORONTO
ON THE BOOKS OF THE BIBLE
WITH CRITICAL AND EXPLANATORY NOTES, INDEXES, ETC., BY VARIOUS AUTHORS
No pains have been spared to make this volume a thoroughly usable and suggestive Homiletic Commentary on the two Books of Kings. Every available work bearing on the subject has been consulted and made to contribute its choicest passages, either in exposition or illustration. What every explorer in this field must have discovered before, the homiletical material on the Books of Kings is exceedingly scanty, and there are many paths the writer has been compelled to traverse alone, and for the first time, so far as any known literary record bears evidence. The remark of the Rev. C. H. Spurgeon, in his valuable little work on Commenting and Commentaries, has been often painfully realized: "We have next to nothing on the Books of Kings."
The student will readily detect the plan on which the work has been carried out. Each chapter is prefaced by "Critical and Explanatory Notes," which elucidate any word or sentence in the original text thought to be of use and value to the exegete. These "Notes" are from the practised pen of the Rev. W. H. Jellie, the author of the scholarly and elaborate Commentary on JEREMIAH in this series. The paragraph on which the main homily is constructed consists of as many verses as contain a complete subject. For the "Germ Notes," this paragraph is again minutely scrutinized, and every verse, or part of a verse, that suggests matter for homiletic treatment, is utilized, together with any outline, or pithy and illustrative comment, from other sources.
The practical aim has been to bring together, within the smallest compass, as much homiletical material on the subject of the paragraph as will be suggestive to the thoughtful sermonizer in working out his own original composition.
Of the seven hundred and forty-three outlines, brief or more extended, contained in this Commentary, one hundred and eighty-seven are from the pens of other writers. In every case where the author's name is not appended, the outline is original.
Among the principal works consulted in the progress of this Commentary are:—Lange's Commentary on the Books of Kings (written by Dr. E. Harwood and W. G. Sumner, B.A.); Keil's Commentary on Kings; Whedon's Commentary (by Milton S. Terry, A.M.); Dr. R. Jamieson's Critical and Experimental Commentary; The Speaker's Commentary; Trapp's Commentary; Pool's Annotations; Dr. Kitto's "Daily Bible Illustrations"; Maurice's "Prophets and Kings"; Bishop Halt's "Contemplations"; Stanley's "Jewish Church"; and Geikie's "Hours with the Bible."
In the prosecution of this work, the constant effort has been to seize and develop the moral teaching interwoven with the details of the history, to show how the fluctuations of national prosperity and disaster were conditioned on the fidelity or treachery of God's covenant people, and to apply the lessons derived from the Divine treatment of the Israelites to the national life of to-day. Thus viewed, the history becomes not a mere desiccant record of facts, but pulses with life and meaning.
FIRST BOOK OF KINGS
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Exell, Joseph S. "Commentary on 1 Kings". Preacher's Complete Homiletical Commentary. https://www.studylight.org/
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