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James (Geneva Series of Commentaries) Hardcover – April 1, 1962

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Born in Somerset in 1620 from a long line of ministers, Thomas Manton entered the University of Oxford as early as 1635. Such was his progress that he was ordained by Bishop Hall at the age of nineteen.

His first charge was in Stoke Newington, Middlesex, where he remained for seven years. Testimony to his remarkable gifts is found in the pages of his Practical Exposition of James which is based on his weekday lectures there.

Called to succeed Obadiah Sedgwick in the better-known pulpit of Covent Garden in London, his ministry came to be widely appreciated. He served as a chaplain to the Lord Protector, Oliver Cromwell, and also as one of the 'Triers responsible for the supervision of the Christian ministry. Yet Manton was firmly opposed to the execution of Charles I, causing considerable offence by preaching before Parliament from Deuteronomy 33:4-5.

Moses commanded us a law, even the inheritance of the congregation of Jacob. And he was king in Jeshurun, when the heads of the people and the tribes of Israel were gathered together.
Later he was instrumental in the restoration of Charles II and became a Royal Chaplain. But when offered the Deanery of Rochester he chose rather to suffer with his Puritan brethren in the Great Ejection of 1662.

Preaching thereafter in his own home he was imprisoned for his ministry. Such was Manton's character, however, that when the custodian-in-charge was absent he was given the keys to the gaol.

Manton died in 1677, after a lifetime of rich and practical biblical ministry. The Trust publishes three volumes of his Works, and his expositions of James, Jude, Psalm 119, and Hebrews 11 (By Faith).
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Product Details

  • Series: Geneva Series of Commentaries
  • Hardcover: 481 pages
  • Publisher: Banner of Truth (April 1, 1962)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0851510744
  • ISBN-13: 978-0851510743
  • Product Dimensions: 8.9 x 5.7 x 1.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.6 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (19 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #228,382 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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I have read several Crossway Classic Commentaries and found each of them to be very useful. The latest one covers the book of James and is written by Thomas Manton. Like others in this series, it is a classic. Personally, I have found James to be one of the most practical, yet difficult books in the New Testament to follow. James includes a litany of pragmatic guidance to Christians, some which almost seem to contradict key Protestant theological concepts - such as salvation by grace, alone. Martin Luther and several others have struggled to determine where the practical advise that James includes should be placed in relationship to other key Christian doctrines.

Given the fact that James contains only five chapters, this commentary is actually pretty long (over 350 pages). But, it is well worth the read since Thomas Manton explains in great detail his understanding of each chapter and verse. I learned a lot from this commentary and feel that I have a much better feel for the book of James. Although this commentary was written hundreds of years ago, the content is still very relevant. Modern believers, like myself, need to know what James means when he writes about controlling our tongue (words), and putting our faith into action.

If you are a Christian who would like to gain a much deeper grasp of the book of James, and the wisdom contained within it, then I highly recommend this commentary.
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I had great hopes for this study since it had such good endorsements. I was hoping to use this for a group Bible study - but as I've gone through the study itself, I've had a variety of concerns and will not use it. The concerns are as follows:

1) Some questions often are leading or have the answer included in the question. e.g., p. 28, "If James is speaking to "beloved brothers" beginning in 1:19, and if doing is not what makes a person a Christian, what then is it that makes a person a Christian? (Hint: look back at 1:18).

2) and at the same time, some questions are very expansive -- too much so. e.g.,p. 31, "Find one or two OT passages that teach these same things [true & practical religion] and then look through James and find where he addresses each of these ideas again".

Questions in the #1 category make me think this book is for those who are not well versed in the Bible - but if that is the case, I don't think spoon-feeding will help them know how to read the Bible for themselves. But at the same time, there are questions that would be very involved -- like in #2 -- draw on your OT knowledge and then see how it fits into the entire book of James.

This could be a good resource for someone writing their own study and it does contain good material. But I would not use it in a group study.
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Our bible study group (32) went through this study in preparation for an in-depth study of Dallas Willard's book "The Divine Conspiracy". It worked perfectly. We all discovered holes in our biblical understanding as a result.
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I was really looking forward to this study, but found the question/answer sections to be quite canned and overly directive. My ideal study guide is one that allows for the reader to truly dig deep into the Scriptures and have space for spiritual and personal reflection. This study guide, on the other hand, directed readers toward one particular answer and limited the ability for contemplation. The author and editors would do well in further study guides to allow for more open-ended questions that allow for contemplation without seeking canned answers.
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The study for James is well thought out and broken down. You get a 10 or so verse study each section.Very good for a facilitator running a bible study.Very good incite to the mind of Jesus's brother James.Study is more geared for medium level believers I think so fits most people who love our savior. Much more to James then I ever knew. I'm totally enjoying every good moment in this study.
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Ok - so I'm a nut about the Puritans. Manton's commentary give some insights I had never read or considered. Helps on read James as a "letter" and not just a "book." Well worth having in your library!!
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This is a great study of James. Our women's bible study has been doing it this spring, and we're encouraged and challenged. Great discussion, especially if you do the extra questions in the margins. We really enjoy all the NavPress studies in this Lifechange series.
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I am not commenting on the teaching in this book. I am commenting about the Kindle edition of this book, especially while reading together in a group where the others are reading from the paper version.

1) This is a fill-in the blank lines study aid. There is no good way to type your responses on the lines in your individual study time, which means your study is poor, and you can't participate in the discussion well, because you can't retain your responses.

2) When your group leader says "turn in your book to page 63, the Kindle edition doesn't reflect real page numbers, either in the index or in the print, so you are clueless of how to get in sync with the group or to stay in sync with the group.

The Kindle version of this book is simply not oriented toward the type of study the book was actually intended for.
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