the Week of Proper 19 / Ordinary 24
Bible Commentaries Zerr's Commentary on Selected Books of the New Testament Zerr's N.T. Commentary
Edward Michael Zerr was born October 15, 1877 in Strassburg, Illinois, but his family soon thereafter moved to Missouri. He was the second of six children born to Lawrence and Mary (Manning) Zerr. Michael's father was reared a Catholic, but after he married Mary Manning, he converted to Protestantism. At the age of seventeen, young Edward was immersed into Christ in Grand River, near Bosworth, Missouri.
In June, 1897 young E. M. Zerr received a letter from A. L. Gepford asking him to go to Green Valley, Illinois, and to preach in his stead. His first sermon was entitled, "My Responsibility as a Preacher of the Gospel, and Your Responsibility as Hearers." In the years between delivery of this first sermon on July 3, 1897, and the delivery of his last sermon on October 25, 1959, Zerr preached about 8,000 sermons, from California to Connecticut, and from Washington to Arizona. It is noteworthy that his last sermon was built around Matt. 13:44, and was entitled "Full Surrender." He preached the gospel for a little over 60 years.
In addition to his oral teaching and preaching, Brother Zerr was a prolific writer. He was a regular contributor to several religious periodicals. Brother Zerr also composed the music and lyrics of several religious songs. Two of these, "The True Riches," and "I Come to Thee," may be found in the widely used song book, Sacred Selections. But the crowning success of his efforts was the writing of his six volume commentary on the whole Bible.