1 & 2 Corinthians (Geneva Series Of Commentaries)
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The Geneva Series of Commentaries takes the best of the reformed scholars and reprints their work in this set. Charles Hodge, among other reformed scholars such as Calvin and Bridges, are represented in this series. This work on the two epistles to the Corinthians is by Hodge and begins with a short introduction on the epistle, events in Corinth and the importance of this letter. The commentary which follows draws out the important theological meaning expressed in Paul's letter.
Hodge's work on 1 and 2 Corinthians forms one of the most significant parts of the plan for a series of 'popular commentaries' on the New Testament which he projected with J.A.Alexander in the 1850s. When the early death of Alexander prevented the completeion of the series, the individual volumes were quickly prized in their own right and went through many editions on both sides of the Atlantic. The qualities which have given Hodge's commentaries such a wide and enduring market are readily to be seen. In the first place they are singularly clear. The technicalities of critical opinion, which soon cause a volume to become dated, are not to be found in his pages. His aim was to produce commentaries which learned and unlearned alike could consult with profit. Believing that he was dealing with the words of the Holy Spirit he endeavoured to set out both what those words contain and the effects which their truth should have upon the conscience and life.
Charles Hodge (1797-1878) was one of nineteenth-century America's leading theologians, owing in part to a lengthy teaching career, voluminous writings, and a faculty post as principal at one of the nation's most influential schools, Princeton Theological Seminary between 1851 and 1878. The views that Hodge developed, refined, and propagated helped shape many of the central traditions of twentieth- and twenty-first-century American evangelicalism. Hodge helped establish a profound reliance on the Bible among evangelicals, and he became one of the nation's most vocal proponents of biblical inerrancy.