Commentary on the Pastoral Epistles, Patrick Fairbairn, hard cover

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Fairbairn, (1905-1874) was one of the most productive ministers during his age. He produced books on many subjects, and edited a 6-volume Bible Dictionary.
Spurgeon comments on this as follows: ''What with a good translation, full defense 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 (Commenting and Commentaries, p. 184)
Normally, we do not disagree with Spurgeon’s evaluations. However, there are some flaws that he did not mention. For instance the translation is from Tischendorf’s Greek, rather than from the Received Text. This does not follow the Westcott & Hort Greek, and most often does agree with the Received Text, but some important words are missing due to Tischendorf’s reliance on Codex Aleph (the Sinaitic). Fro instance in 1 Timothy 1:17, ''the only God;'' in 2:7, ''in Christ;'' in 4:10, ''in spirit;'' 5:16, ''man or.'' In 2 Timothy 1:8. '' There are no other serious omissions in 1 Timothy, for Tischendorf has ''God manifest in the flesh.'' However in his comments Fairbairn follows the poor manuscript evidence, and takes the Hort fabrication which deletes God from this verse, and goes on to accept the totally unproven theory that some ancient hymn was taken by the Spirit to be worthy of being included in the Holy Scriptures.
There is absolutely NO evidence for such an insertion so insulting to God the Spirit. All the words of Scripture were formulated in eternity by the Holy Trinity. Holy men of God were chosen to write these exact eternal words while ''being borne along by the Holy Spirit'' (2 Peter 1:21).
In 2 Timothy the only serious omission is: ''Jesus Christ'' is omitted in 4:22. In Titus there are no serious omissions.
Happily, Fairbairn did not borrow any other of Hort’s now wholly discredited textual theories, except occasionally using the corrupt Egyptian manuscripts as evident for a change in the text. He upholds the Received Text, and the KJV, nearly all the time. Therefore, we can agree with Spurgeon’s comments with the exception of the above.
The type size is large and easy to read.
Though there is frequent mention of the Greek, and occasionally of other languages, they do not interfere with the reader’s understanding.

Fairbairn, (1905-1874) was one of the most productive ministers during his age. He produced books on many subjects, and edited a 6-volume Bible Dictionary.  468 pages, blue hard cover


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