Logos Free Book of the Month for August

Logos Bible Software is offering a free book each month in 2012.  For August, you can download B. F. Wescott’s Epistle to the Hebrews.  The book can be read with either Logos Bible Software, Vyrso, or Bilbia.com, either on your desktop computer or using the Logos App for iPad or the Android. Follow the link to download the book and enter the drawing for the 14-volume Classic Commentaries of the New Testament set, including J. B. Lightfoot’s classic, St. Paul’s Epistle to the Galatians and Swete on Mark.

Wescott (1825-1901) is an important NT scholar who is well known for his critical edition of the Greek New Testament (with F. J. A. Hort).  He served as Bishop of Durham (1890-1901), and was one of the Cambridge Apostles.

I included this commentary as part of my Top Five Commentaries on Hebrews, as a “classic.”   This is a classic commentary on Hebrews, available as an e-Book through Google (a 1903 third ed.) recentlyreprinted by Wipf & Stock (the first ed.) Like many older commentaries, this book runs the Greek text across the top of the page, with detailed (and occasionally cryptic) notes in dual columns. There are numerous “additional notes” scattered through the commentary which give additional lexical or theological content. What is it about a one-hundred year old commentary that makes it worth reading? Commentaries of this age are notoriously brief, cutting to the heart of the matter as quickly as possible. Wescott especially has a sense for reading Hebrews in the light of the rest of scripture, which is all the more impressive since he live well before computers made finding potential parallels quite easy.  The most intimidating thing about this commentary is that all parallel texts are given in Greek!

The book is free for Logos / Vyrso users,  download B. F. Wescott’s Epistle to the Hebrews and enter the drawing for the Classic Commentaries.

8 thoughts on “Logos Free Book of the Month for August

  1. Indeed all of us Evangelical Anglicans are standing on the shoulders of both Wescott and Hort! But truly Wescott’s Hebrews is still one of the best, theologically and biblically! The first sentence: “Every student of the Epistle to the Hebrews must feel that it deals in a peculiar degree with the thoughts and trials of our own time”!

    “The letter of Scripture had failed them: the Christ remained outwardly unvindicated from the judgment of high-priests and scribes; and a storm was gathering round the Holy City which to calm eyes boded utter desolation without any prospect of relief . . . The writer of the Epistle enters with the tenderest sympathy into every cause of the grief and dejection which troubled his countrymen, and transfigures each sorrow into an occasion for a larger hope through a new revelation of the glory of Christ. So it will be still, I cannot doubt, in this day of our own visitation if we look, as he directs us, to the Ascended Lord. . . . No work in which I have ever been allowed to spend many years of continuous labour has had for me the same intense human interest as the study of the Epistle to the Hebrews.” (Westminster, August 26, 1889. – B.F.W.

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