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The Best Commentaries on Titus
*** “Quite a different work from Calvin’s Commentaries.” – Spurgeon
Dickson, David – ‘…Titus Analytically Expounded’ in An Exposition of All St. Paul’s Epistles… (London: Eglesfield, 1659), pp. 1021-1248
Dickson was a prominent Scottish covenanter.
*** – ‘Dickson is a writer after our own heart. For preachers he is a great ally. There is nothing brilliant or profound; but everything is clear and well arranged, and the unction runs down like the oil from Aaron’s head. In this volume the observations are brief.’
Taylor, Thomas – A Commentary upon the Epistle of St. Paul written to Titus. Preached in Cambridge (Cambridge: Greene, 1612) 751 pp. ToC Doctrines 1, 2 Questions
Taylor (1576-1632) was a reformed puritan.
*** “The title-page calls Thomas Taylor ‘a famous and most elaborate divine.’ He was a preacher at Paul’s Cross during the reigns of Elizabeth and James I, and a voluminous writer. This Commentary will well repay the reader.”
*** “What with a good translation, full defence of the Apostolic authorship of the Epistles, fruitful comments, and profitable dissertations, this volume is about as complete a guide to the smaller epistles as one could desire.” – Spurgeon
Commentaries on Titus
Graham, William – A Practical & Exegetical Commentary on Titus (1860)
** “Dr. Graham endeavors to make criticism intelligible, and the results of learning really edifying. We have our doubts as to some of his criticisms, and he is quite dogmatic enough, but on the whole good.” – Spurgeon
Patterson, Alexander – Commentary on Timothy & Titus (1848)
** “Notes of discourses with much in them. Hints may be gleaned here in abundance by students who open their eyes.” – Spurgeon
Lilley, J.P. – The Epistle to Titus in The Pastoral Epistles, a New Translation, with Introduction, Commentary & Appendix in Handbooks for Bible Classes, ed. Dods & Whyte (Edinburgh: T&T Clark, 1901), pp. 151-76
Kelly (1909–1997), the noted Early Church historian was an Oxford scholar. He has a few liberal tendencies.
“Able defense of the Pauline authorship. Presents a vivid picture of first-century church life. Thorough.” – Cyril J. Barber
“Firmly establishes the credibility of the Pauline authorship of the epistles, ably refutes the critical theories of men like P.N. Harrison, and provides a satisfying exposition of the text.” – Cyril J. Barber
Kent, Jr., Homer A. – ‘Expository Exegesis & Translation of Titus’ in The Pastoral Epistles: Studies in 1 & 2 Timothy & Titus (Moody, 1982), pp. 207-42
“A work of quality and reliability. Admirably bridges the gap between a laborious, technical treatment and a superficial, popular one.” – Cyril J. Barber
Clark, Gordon – The Pastoral Epistles Buy
“Provides helpful exegetical studies on all three epistles. Thorough.” – Cyril J. Barber
Simpson, Edmund K. – ‘The Epistle to Titus’ in The Pastoral Epistles, the Greek Text with Introduction & Commentary (Eerdmans, 1954), pp. 94-120
“Ably defends the Pauline authorship, carefully examines the external and internal which bears on the authenticity of these letters, draws on an extensive knowledge of classical literature, and expounds the text in a scholarly, satisfying way.” – Cyril J. Barber
The Early Church on Titus
ed. Gorday, Peter – Commentary on Titus in Ancient Christian Commentary: Colossians, 1-2 Thessalonians, 1-2 Timothy, Titus, Philemon (IVP Academic, 2007), pp. 281-308
Ambrosiaster (c. 366-384)
Chrysostom (c. 347 – 407)
** ‘Enough of solid truth and brilliant utterance will be found here to justify this father’s title of ‘Golden Mouth’; but still all is not gold which fell from his lips, and to modern readers Chrysostom is not so instructive as he was to his own age [A.D. 349-407].’ – Spurgeon
Jerome – Commentary on Titus in Commentaries on Galatians, Titus & Philemon trans. Thomas P. Scheck (University of Notre Dame Press, 2010), pp. 277-350
Jerome (c. 342–347 – 420)
Theodore of Mopsuestia – ‘On Titus’ in Theodore of Mopsuestia: The Commentaries on the Minor Epistles of Paul trans. Rowan Greer in Writings from the Greco-Roman World Pre (Atlanta: Society of Biblical Literature, 2010), pp. 739-73
Theodore (c. 350 – 428) was a bishop of Mopsuestia and is also known as Theodore of Antioch, from the place of his birth and presbyterate. He is the best known representative of the middle Antioch School of hermeneutics.
Augustine – sermon 128, on Titus 1:9 in Sermons on Selected Lessons of the New Testament by S. Augustine in A Library of Fathers of the Holy Catholic Church (Oxford: John Henry Parker, 1839), pp. 919-27
Theodoret of Cyrus – Commentary on the Letters of St. Paul, vol. 2: Galatians–Hebrews Ref (Holy Cross Orthodox Press, 2007)
Theodoret (c. 393 – c. 458/466) was an influential theologian of the School of Antioch, biblical commentator and bishop of Cyrus.
The Medieval Church on Titus
Student of Cassiodorus – On Titus at Patristic Bible Commentary
Cassiodorus (c. 485 – c. 585)
Ishodad of Merv – On Titus at Patristic Bible Commentary
Ishodad (fl. 850) was a bishop of Hdatta during the Abbasid Caliphate (near current-day Mosul, Iraq) and prominent theologian of the Church of the East, best known for his commentaries on the Syriac Bible.
Aquinas, Thomas – Commentary on Titus at Aquinas.cc
Aquinas (1225 – 1274)
The Authenticity of Titus
Lilley, J.P. – ‘The Theory of Composite Authorship’ in The Pastoral Epistles, a New Translation, with Introduction, Commentary & Appendix in eds. Marcus Dods & Alexander Whyte, Handbooks for Bible Classes & Private Students (Edinburgh: T&T Clark, 1901), pp. 230-34
Guthrie, Donald – Appendix: ‘An Examination of the Linguistic Argument Against the Authenticity of the Pastorals’ in The Pastoral Epistles: an Introduction & Commentary rev. ed. in The Tyndale New Testament Commentaries (IVP, 1960), pp. 224-40