Torrey, R.A. – Treasury of Scripture Knowledge

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No serious Bible student should ever be without a thorough, well-chosen set of cross references. As R. A. Torrey states in his introduction to The Treasury of Scripture Knowledge, or TSK: “There is no other commentary on the Bible so helpful as the Bible itself.” Using cross references allows the Bible to speak for itself, to be its own interpreter. This is the surest and most accurate method of Bible study. Torrey’s statement echoes the apostle Peter, who said, “No prophecy of Scripture is of any private interpretation, for prophecy never came from the will of man, but holy men of God spoke as they were moved by the Holy Spirit” (2 Peter 1:20). To have a rich, detailed, and perceptively compiled set of cross references is to have a treasure indeed, for it makes the revelation contained in the Bible come alive.

The Treasury of Scripture Knowledge is the best known and most widely used collection of Bible cross-references. Compiled by several authors, the work includes 500,000 Scripture references and parallel passages. It has been incorporated with most electronic Bible collections as a highly useful means of Bible interpretation -excerpt from



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Kretzmann, P – The Popular Commentary (4 Volumes)

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The Popular Commentary (4 Volumes)

by Paul Kretzmann


By Paul Kretzmann, M.A., Ph.D, D.D., is a commentary made for the people.  The point of this commentary is to show that the Bible can be understood.  There are no long dissertations on Greek words or manuscript differences.  This commentary is based on the King James Version, and was never copyrighted (and even if it had been, the copyright would have been expired by now).  It was originally released in four volumes (two NT followed by two OT) between 1921 and 1924.  In all, there is over 3,000 pages of notes in this commentary set.

Taken from, from Bradley Cobb.


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Kretzmann is a Lutheran.

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Clarke, A. – Clarke Commentary

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Adam Clarke (1762-1832)

A good commentary by a Methodist minister.

Adam Clarke was the most famous commentator the Methodist Church ever produced. As a child he was judged to be rather dull; however, from about eight onward he began to excel in learning. Though his father was of the Church of England, and his mother a Presbyterian, he became a Methodist when he was about sixteen. As his studies progressed he became a master of both Hebrew and Greek, as well as several other languages. He was proficient in the Greek classics, patristic literature, and various disciplines of history and science.

Clarke labored for forty years to bring to completion his erudite eight-volume work (now available in three volumes), <strong>A Commentary on the Bible.</strong> His studies were so rigorous that he eventually wore himself out in these pursuits. Though his commentaries are not held in high regard today by modern “stuffy” scholars, and while they are obsolete in certain areas, nonetheless, they still contain a wealth of information and should be in every preacher’s library.

In spite of his vast knowledge, Clarke held some very “quirky” ideas. For example, he wrote: “There is scarcely any doubt now remaining in the philosophical world that the moon is a habitable globe.” He described this “lesser light” as a place of mountains, valleys, rivers, lakes and seas, and he believed that the moon is inhabited by intelligent beings.

Additionally, Clarke speculated that the “serpent,” used by Satan as an instrument by which to approach Eve (Gen. 3), was a creature of the “ape” family. The New Testament, of course, indicates that the “serpent” was a snake (<em>ophis</em>), a limbless reptile (cf. Mk. 16:18; cf. 2 Cor. 11:3; Rev. 12:9; 20:2).

Clarke also entertained the bizarre notion that Judas Iscariot did not commit suicide, as our common translations indicate in Matthew 27:5. Rather, the learned gentleman ventured the opinion that Judas was stricken with remorse over having betrayed the Lord. His mental anguish became so acute that he was seized with “violent dysentery.” He got choked, fell off of a seat upon which he was sitting, and his bowels gushed out.

Clarke further attempted to argue that Judas sincerely repented of his betrayal of Christ, and that the Bible student may entertain every hope that the traitor will enjoy eternity in heaven. Of course the evidence is clear that Judas hanged himself. The verb<em>apagcho,</em> in the middle voice, means precisely that, “to hang oneself.” The same term is used to describe the death of Ahithophel in the Greek version of the Old Testament (2 Sam. 17:23). Moreover, Judas was described by Christ as the “son of perdition” (i.e., worthy of perdition; cf. 2 Thes. 2:3) who “perished” (Jn. 17:12). And Peter noted that the wayward apostle “fell away” and went to his “own place” (Acts 1:25), i.e., the place of which he was deserving.

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Darby, J.N. – New Testament Commentary

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Darby – New Testament Commentary
By John Nelson Darby

Description: This module is a compilation of all New Testament writings of J. N. Darby. The aim of this module is to publish the writings of John Nelson Darby on the books of the New Testament in a structured way so that everyone can easily see what he wrote on a given passage of the New Testament. His topical writings are not included in this module. After the death of John Nelson Darby, his friend William Kelly edited 34 volumes, called The Collected Writings of John Nelson Darby. These books were structured in different categories (e.g. Expository, Practical, Ecclesiastical, etc.). Additionally, there are seven volumes called Notes and Comments and three volumes of Miscellaneous Writings.

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