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#1 Josh Bond

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Posted 25 May 2012 - 06:42 PM

File Name: Lange, John Peter - Commentary on the Holy Scriptures: Critical, Doctrinal, and Homiletical (25 volumes)

File Submitter: Josh Bond

File Submitted: 30 Jan 2013

File Category: Commentaries

Author: John Peter Lange
e-Sword Version: Requires 10.1+

1/30/2013 - Version 4: Hundreds and hundreds of changes. Too many to list individually

The most common issue was blank passages (no commentary) and misplaced passages (commentary appearing in the wrong verse). Overlapping comments were also creating problems in various books and they have been greatly reduced. A large number of miscellaneous errors were also fixed, based on your feedback. Context: My original source documents are broken into nearly 1,100 files. About 500+ of those files were changed with this revision.

Valued for generations and consulted by Bible scholars everywhere, John Peter Lange's Commentary on the Holy Scripture has withstood the test of time. Hundreds of times per year, even today, Lange is quoted and cited in dissertations and books. Lange’s is one of the finest academic commentary sets that has ever been produced..

John MacArthur lists Langes as a must-have in its 850 Books for Biblical Expositors.

Cyril Barber (in The Minister’s Library Vol 1) has this set marked with an “*”, meaning it is one of the best. He writes “One of the best multivolume commentaries available...."

Even Charles Spurgeon, who disagreed with portions of Lange's theology, wrote:

With this volume the English issue of Lange’s great Commentary is completed, and all ministers and students are deeply indebted to Dr. Schaff and the Messrs. Homiletically, these commentaries are of high value. Often by a single sentence they will start the mind and give it a push along a line of thought, and this is the chief thing that most of us need.

About Lange
Johann Peter Lange (1802-1884) was a professor in Zürich, professor of evangelical theology in the University of Bonn, and a prolific author. Lange began this commentary series in 1857.

About the Commentary
As the introduction to the American version says: this commentary series "aims to give all that the minister and Biblical student can desire in one work." The claim is not hyperbole. Lange aims high, and the contributors and editors give it their all.

To this end, the design is a wonder. Many wish modern series would emulate it as effectively. Each book has an introduction that is both academically and homiletically (i.e. with an aim to preaching) focused.

While the Old Testament represents 80% of the Bible and the New Testament 20%, Lange devotes about 50% of his commentary to the New Testament!

Structure of the Commentary
The text is a fresh translation, followed by a threefold commentary on each section.

  • The first part is exegetical and critical, containing the exegetical and interpretive analysis of the original text, including textual notes, often studying every word.
  • The Second part is doctrinal and ethical section, focusing on theological and moral truths gleaned from the passage.
  • The third part is the homiletical and practical section communicates suggestions as to how the passage can be preached and applied, drawing suggestions both from German (Luther, Tholuck, etc.) and English-language (Hodge, Henry, Spurgeon, Clarke, Charnock, etc.) sources.
This is absolute genius. Not only does the commentary help in analyzing a passage, but often it assists in formulating a plan to proclaim or teach it.

The contributors include some of the more prominent German and English-language scholars of the day. The English-language contributors comprise an impressive constellation of scholars from around the doctrinal spectrum, including Philip Schaff, Charles A. Briggs, W. G. T. Shedd, Patrick Fairbairn, W. Henry Green, John A. Broadus, James Strong, and C. H. Toy.

e-Sword Edition
One of the largest e-Sword commentaries ever created, Lange's words span over 150 megabytes of text, including some 256,000 scripture references! 71,000+ Greek words rendered! 69,900+ Hebrew words rendered!

The e-Sword edition requires e-Sword 10.1. You will not be able to see all of the commentary text and/or e-Sword may freeze when using earlier versions.

The e-Sword edition includes the commentary module (150 megabytes) and a Supplemental Information Reference Library module (6 megabytes). The latter contains various introductions, Rhythmical versions, and Metrical translations. The portion covering Job has over 900 footnotes!

The footnotes in each passage are blue and hyperlinked to the footnotes at the bottom the screen. You may click a footnote to view its content and you may click the footnote again to return to your point of reference in the text.

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Brent Hildebrand for ToolTip NT, my authoring tool of choice for e-Sword. Let me be clear: This project would not have happened without Brent's fixes, coding, and accommodation of my requests.

"Raymond" is a person on BibleSupport.com who cannot reveal his identity because he lives in a country where Christians are routinely killed. "Raymond" wrote a series of very complicated regular expression search/replacements to make this commentary possible. Without Raymond, the footnotes would have been a mess!

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#2 APsit190


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Posted 25 May 2012 - 06:57 PM

Hi Josh,
I'm the first to comment. YAY!!!

Just had to say that.

Thank you for your hard and dedicated work in getting this project competed and out. In more ways than one, you truly did a fantastic job, and no doubt everyone who wants this module will be appreciative of what you have done and accomplished.

I don't know what you have up your sleeve for the next project, but whatever it is, personally I think you need to take yourself a well earned break, and have a few days off. Take a rest, take your wife out to dinner (not McDonald's either or KFC LOL), and have a great time out and enjoy.

After Downloading this module, I'm gonna have a real look at it, and I'll give it a decent review.


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Posted 26 May 2012 - 06:52 AM

Josh, Raymond and Brent,

Thank you. To say more would still be inadequate; To say less would give wing to ingratitude.

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Posted 26 May 2012 - 07:38 AM

Thank you to Josh for his time and effort in putting this together. Thank you also for those who have put together the tools to make these files possible. It is just so amazing to be able to access these resources tpday and at no charge. My wife would also undoubtedly be very happy to learn that I am not having to figure out where to put another set of commentaries in my library but instead have them on the hard disc! Blessing on all of you who are working at making these files.


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Posted 27 May 2012 - 03:09 AM

Josh, Raymond, and Brent thank you sincerely for all of your effort that has made this work possible. I know in my heart that God will use this material for His Glory. I'm thinking right now about pastors, missionaries, and Bible students who will have this outstanding tool to help them with their work. God Bless You.

Philippians 4:6-7 (KJV)
6 Be careful for nothing; but in every thing by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto God. 7 And the peace of God, which passeth all understanding, shall keep your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.


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Posted 10 June 2012 - 09:47 AM

A long time ago, after trying out most of the then available commentaries, Lange's became one of my favorites. I am very glad to now have such easy access to this great bible study resource.

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