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- Author: A. E. KNOCH
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Concordant Commentary of the NT
A. E. KNOCH
9.x - 10.x
© CONCORDANT PUBLISHING CONCERN 1968
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Knoch joined the group, the "Plymouth Brethren", apart of the Brethren Movement. Because of his interest in languages, in 1900 at the Los Angeles Bible Institute, he studied "Ancient Greek, the NT in the proto-reading". In 1901 Knoch compared his translation output with the new American Standard Revised Version; he was disappointed.
During this time he began developing a form of his concordant method of Bible translation. Knoch's work on the Concordant Bible translation led to the development of his theological beliefs. He came to the conclusion that some doctrines, which his church had required him to believe, resulted conspicuously from inaccurate or incorrect translations of the Bible, and Knoch discarded them.
Though in a revised forom, but still in principle, he retained the strong dispensationalism of the Brethren Movement (developed by Darby), and the two different gospels for the Jews and the Nations. The views of Ethelbert William Bullinger may also have influenced him. Knoch was put off by the doctrine of the Trinity, saying that its sense of Divinity of Jesus Christ as being equal with God the Father is not biblical.
This COMMENTARY ON THE NEW TESTAMENT was first published more than forty years ago. It was a part of the “Complete Edition,” which has been out of print for some time. Hence this reprint of A. E. Knoch's “Notes” reflects his doctrinal views at the time of their first publication.
What A.E.K. had to say on commentaries in general, should always be kept in mind, for it applies to his own “Notes” on the New Testament as well:
"The writer of these notes cannot help uttering a heartfelt prayer that they will never be taken for more than what they are intended to be—suggestive thoughts which lead to and not from the Sacred Text. He would rather they would vanish than that they should stand between anyone and the living oracles. May we never be tainted with the spirit of the ancient Rabbis who did not scruple to place their words above the Sacred Scrolls. In the Talmud we read: 'The words of the scribes are more noble than the words of the law; for the words of the law are both hard and easy [to understand], but the words of the scribes are all easy.' Another traditional saying was, 'He who deals with Scripture does a thing indifferent; he who reads the Mishna has a reward; but he who devotes himself to the Gemara is most meritorious of all.'
In the same way the commentaries and confessions and creeds of Christendom have a stronger hold on the hearts of many of His saints than the inspired Scriptures. May He grant that many will return to the fountain undefiled!"