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About the Author

Scholar, educator, churchman, and distinguished American Presbyterian systematic theologian of the nineteenth century, Charles Hodge was born in Philadelphia in 1797. Following his father s untimely death a few years after he was born, Charles and his brother were raised by their godly widowed mother. In 1812 Hodge s mother moved the family to Princeton in hope of matriculating her sons at Princeton College.

Charles Hodge graduated from Princeton College in 1815. During the 1814-15 school year a revival broke out on the college campus: Charles was one of a number of students converted during this time of spiritual refreshing. At the encouragement of Archibald Alexander, he enrolled at Princeton Theological Seminary, graduating with the class of 1819.

Ordained in 1821, his scholarly gifts led to an appointment by his denomination in 1822 to serve as the seminary s third faculty member. As Professor of Oriental and Biblical Literature, Hodge s primary responsibility was instruction in biblical languages, hermeneutics, biblical criticism, and study of Old Testament texts. During 1826-28, he travelled to Europe to study with the leading European biblical and theological scholars. Hodge focused his studies on theology and biblical interpretation, with additional concentration in Semitic and cognate languages. His studies in Europe made him one of the leading Hebraists teaching in an American theological institution in the early nineteenth century. In the coming decade, Hodge would be assisted by the linguistic talent and philological expertise of Joseph Addison Alexander.

With Addison s arrival, Hodge concentrated his labours on New Testament texts and studies, serving as Professor of Exegetical and Didactic Theology from 1840 to 1854. From 1854 until his death in 1878, he served as Professor of Exegetical, Didactic, and Polemic Theology.

During his half-century tenure at Princeton, Charles Hodge held several chairs, but is probably best remembered for the reputation he established as Professor of Systematic Theology. A stout Calvinist with a deep love for the Reformed confessions, his literary labours often involved a polemical thrust, as he sought to defend and expound the Reformed theology of the Protestant Reformation, and the teachings of the Westminster Confession and the Larger and Shorter Catechisms, as received and adopted by the Presbyterian Church in the United States of America.

A prolific author, Hodge served for many years as editor of the seminary journal, Biblical Repertory and Princeton Review. Under his editorship, it became the leading theological journal of the nineteenth century: Hodge s personal contributions included articles on biblical studies, spirituality, church history and historical theology, ecclesiological issues, philosophy, politics, slavery, abolition and the Civil War. An active churchman, he was at the forefront of ecclesiastical debates and discussion. In addition to articles and essays, Hodge published commentaries on Romans, 1 and 2 Corinthians, and Ephesians. A major historical work in defence of old-school Presbyterian doctrine and practice, The Constitutional History of the Presbyterian Church in the United States of America, appeared in 1840. His popular work on piety, The Way of Life, was published in 1841. His three-volume magnum opus, Systematic Theology, was published in 1872-73, and confirmed him as the outstanding Calvinistic systematic theologian of the nineteenth century. Additional publications on the relationship between Christianity and science, and a collection of essays delivered at the Sabbath Afternoon Conferences (published by the Trust as Princeton Sermons), served to further confirm the breadth of his academic competency and the depth of his Christian piety.

[James M. Garretson in Princeton and the Work of the Christian Ministry, Volume 2]

Product Details

  • Series: Geneva Series of Commentaries
  • Hardcover: 716 pages
  • Publisher: Banner of Truth (October 1, 1974)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0851511856
  • ISBN-13: 978-0851511856
  • Product Dimensions: 7.7 x 5.1 x 1.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.6 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
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Charles Hodge, one of the Old Princetonians and staunch Calvinists of the 19th century, delivers an exegesis of 1 & 2 Corinthians that is far from dry-as-dust commentary but is instead a lively study, easily accessible to the lay reader as well as the seminarian. Looking up 1 Corinthians 10:4, for example, I found his discourse on the "spiritual Rock" included common interpretations of this metaphor as well as his own close reading, all presented with brevity of word and depth of insight. His style of theological discourse continues to surpass many that are more contemporary.
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Several different publishers have reprinted the classic commentary by Charles Hodge on 1 and 2 Corinthians. The Geneva Series has the advantage of presenting both works under one cover. Originally published in 1857 and 1859, Hodge's remains one of the best around. While each verse of both of Paul's letters is addressed in detail, the writing is typically lively and interesting and certainly never dry. There is enough meat in Hodge's comments on the text that the serious scholar can benefit. At the same time, the commentary is accessible to the layperson. When Hodge quotes from the Greek text he provides a translation, so, a working knowledge of Greek, while useful, is not presupposed. The commentary runs to nearly 700 pages in this edition, only a small amount of which is introduction.

Although Hodge was a Calvinist and accordingly interprets Scripture from a Reformed position, he is fair in his assessment of other interpretations of the text, and students of all theological persuasions can benefit from his insights. I own several commentaries on the Corinthian epistles. I consider Hodge's the best.
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