Commentaries on Titus

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Order of Contents  18+

The Best Commentaries  4
Commentaries  11
Early Church  3
Medieval Church  1
Authenticity  1

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The Best Commentaries on Titus

Reformer

Calvin, John – Sermons on the Epistles of St. Paul to Timothy and Titus  Buy

***  “Quite a different work from Calvin’s Commentaries.” – Spurgeon

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1600’s

Dickson, David – An Expositon of all St. Paul’s Epistles together with an explanation of those other epistles of the apostles St. James, Peter, John & Jude, wherein the sense of every chapter and verse is analytically unfolded and the text enlightened  (Romans-Jude)  Buy  1659  

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.’

Note that the Banner of Truth reprint contains Dickson’s commentary on less books than the original.

Taylor, Thomas – A Commentary upon the Epistle of St. Paul written to Titus. Preached in Cambridge  1612

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.”

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Intermediate

1800’s

Fairbairn, Patrick – The Pastoral Epistles  1874

***  “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

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Commentaries on Titus

Reformer

Luther, Martin – Works, vol. 29: Lectures on Titus, Philemon, and Hebrews  Buy

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Intermediate

1800’s

Graham, William – A Practical and 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 and Titus  1848

**  “Notes of discourses with much in them.  Hints may be gleaned here in abundance by students who open their eyes.” – Spurgeon

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1900’s

Lilley, J.P. – The Pastoral Epistles, a New Translation, with Introduction, Commentary, and Appendix  1901  in Handbooks for Bible Classes, ed. Dods & Whyte

Kelly, J.N.D. – A Commentary on the Pastoral Epistles  Buy  Reprinted by Baker in the Thornapple Commentary series

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

Hendricksen, William – The Pastoral Epistles  Buy

“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, Homer – The Pastoral Epistles  Buy

“A work of quality and reliability.  Admirably bridges the gap between a laborious, technical treatment and a superficial, popular one.” – Cyril J. Barber

Guthrie, Donald – The Pastoral Epistles in the Mind of Paul  Buy  1955  a Tyndale New Testament Lecture

Clark, Gordon – The Pastoral Epistles  Buy

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Advanced

Bernard, John Henry – The Pastoral Epistles  in The Cambridge Greek New Testament, with Introduction and Notes  1922

“Provides helpful exegetical studies on all three epistles.  Thorough.” – Cyril J. Barber

Simpson, Edmund K. – The Pastoral Epistles, the Greek Text with Introduction and Commentary  Buy  1954  Tyndale Press

“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

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The Early Church on Titus

Compilation

ed. Gorday, Peter – Ancient Christian Commentary: Colossians, Thessalonians, Timothy, Titus, Philemon  Buy

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Individual Fathers

Ambrosiaster – Commentaries on Galatians-Philemon  Buy

Chrysostom – Homilies on 1 & 2 Timothy, Titus, Philemon

**  ‘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

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The Medieval Church on Titus

Aquinas, Thomas – Commentary on Titus

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The Authenticity of Titus

Lilley, J.P. – ‘The Theory of Composite Authorship’  1901  5 pp. in the Appendix to The Pastoral Epistles, a New Translation, with Introduction, Commentary and Appendix  

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