Peake's Commentary

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This is a bibliography page, concerning a work to which reference is made elsewhere in this guide.

Black, Matthew and Rowley, H.H. (1962) Peake's Commentary on the Bible, London, Nelson (most recently (2008); reprinted many times, from 1971 by Routledge.

(Black edited the articles on the New Testament, and Rowley those on the Old.)

Black, Matthew and Rowley, H.H. (2001) Peake's Commentary on the Bible, paperback edition, London, Routledge

These are the hardback and paperback versions, respectively, of a new work, under the title of the traditional first form:

Peake, A.S. (1919) A Commentary on the Bible, London, T.C. and E.C. Jack

Arthur Samuel Peake (1865-1929) was a leading Methodist minister, who was simultaneously a tutor at Hartley College in Manchester, and Rylands professor of biblical criticism and exegesis at the University of Manchester.

Peake's Commentary was originally published in two volumes. The later version (completely rewritten) is a single volume. Both are collections of articles written by acknowledged experts in their particular fields within Biblical studies; the first included the work only of British scholars; the second is more international, and draws on all Christendom - or at least, the Protestant sector. Peake's Commentary is designed to be a guide to, and an encyclopedic explanation of, the Christian Bible. There are general articles on the geography, archaeology, languages etc of the Middle East, as well as verse-by-verse commentaries on each of the Books of the Bible. It is a good place to seek fairly quick explanations of aspects of the writing that are hard to understand.