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Classic Commentaries Online

Saturday, March 13, 2010

One of the great features of the internet is the resources that become available.

I recently came across some sites that includes a number of Classic Commentaries that can be used online. Among the commentaries that are available are such classics as Matthew Henry's Commentary on the Whole Bible (in both Complete and Concise forms), John Gill, Jamieson, Faussett, Brown, John Wesley, John Darby, and the Geneva Study Bible notes. Some of the individual books have additional commentators (such as Lightfoot on Matthew and Charles Spurgeon's classic commentary, The Treasury of David, on the Psalms.)

Now, to be honest, I am the type of person who likes to have my resources on my own computer, rather than out in cyberspace. I know the trend is to keep putting things online and off of your personal computer, however, I am just enough of a curmudgeon to reject that trend. (This is one reason why I may hold on to my Palm Centro well after I qualify for an upgrade. I like my Palm Desktop too much to surrender it to an internet only based system.)

So, because of my desire to have things actually on my computer, I will gladly continue to use PowerBible and E-Sword (until someone gives me a copy of BibleWorks or some similar program), which have many of these same titles. However, having these resources available online is also nice to know. Especially when you are not at your own computer where you have the aformentioned programs installed - or if you are one of these tech gadget guys who have one of the really cool smartphones and want to look up something on one of these passages with your phone.

So, here are some of the sites. (Part of the reason I am making this post is so that I can quicly find these sites myself in the future.)


A listing of some other online commentaries

An additional listing of available commentaries

I know there are a ton more, but this is a good list with which to start.

Just my thoughts,



Jim said...

I noted that you mention BibleWorks on this blog. Would you be interested in reviewing our software on your blog? You would receive a gratis copy to review.

I am eager to use blogger reviews to let others know about BibleWorks, but I have had some blog reviewers who have received our "gratis review copy" and then written only a few paragraphs that is basically a general description of our software (which anyone could understand by visiting our website) and very little on what our software can do (so, what they blogged is not much of a "review").

Since I must be a good steward of our gratis review copies, and to avoid any misunderstanding, I am hoping you would be amenable to the following:

1) Would you provide a more thorough (here I will allow your conscience to guide you) review of BibleWorks and publish it in "sections" by posting several blog entries about it. I ask because most blog entries are short-ish, but there is so much in BibleWorks that various elements of the program could be covered. Each section could be linked so that readers could check out others entries if they are referred to.

2) Would you be willing to link to our website with a small BW8 banner? This would not have to be permanent, but it helps us get some visibility.

If you are willing to work within these parameters, I can send you a gratis review copy. Please let me know if you would like it in DVD or CD format.

Jim Barr
Seminary & Pastor Relations Manager

Frank Sansone said...


That would be awesome! I will contact you via email.