Free, older ICC commentaries online

October 9, 2008

HT: Charles Savelle on the Bible Exposition blog:

Free Downloads of ICC Commentaries

Charles Halton has provided a helpful link to free downloads of ICC commentaries and other commentaries. These volumes are the older ones that are now out of copyright. Check it out here.

These are available in several formats, but I’d recommend that you download them in pdf. The files are larger, but you will get the best reproduction. Some have both color and B&W versions of the pdf available. There’s no need for the color since all you get is the yellowed pages! That may be a bit easier reading on screen (less glare), but if the files size is substantially larger (it often is), it’s not worth the extra download time unless you’re on a really fast internet connection.

Do NOT select the “Full Text” option! Those are uncorrected OCR scans—and it’s abominable quality—to say nothing of the biblical language fonts!

Most are OT vols., but NT ones I noted include the following. (If you find any other NT vols I missed, let me know; and if someone wants to list all the OT vols in canonical order with urls, post it on your blog and send me a link, or else send it to me and I’ll post it here. Don’t try to post that sort of list in the comments or my spam filters will surely block a post with that many links!)

Not a bad collection for the price! πŸ™‚ Obviously they do not interact with current issues, but they do deal with the text—and that has not changed much in 100 years. We may be more confident in some of our views of the language nowadays (hopefully justified! πŸ™‚ ), but the discussion of the grammar and syntax here is always worth considering.

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Later addition:

Mark Hoffman has now provided a list of the equivalent OT vols on his Biblical Studies and Technological Tools blog. Thanks Mark!

6 responses to Free, older ICC commentaries online

  1. Rod,

    I was surprised to see the volumes on Acts listed. I was always under the impression that Acts was missing from the original ICC series–for some reason it was never done or completed. Looking at the volumes you list by Gloag, they do not appear to be part of the ICC.

    Bill Combs

  2. You may well be right Bill. I haven’t downloaded all these vols and I do note that at the end of the search list the link references there are vols that are not part of the ICC series, so perhaps the 2 Acts vols are also in the list by error. I didn’t check any library catalogs to verify these listings.

    So, even if they aren’t ICC, 2 vols of a critical commentary by Gloag would still be worth what they’re charging! πŸ™‚

  3. Hi, Rod,
    I posted the OT commentaries on my site:
    If you want to copy/paste them into your site, you are welcome to do so.

  4. Mark Hoffman has now provided a list of the equivalent OT vols on his Biblical Studies and Technological Tools blog. Thanks Mark!

    (I’ll add this link to the original post.)

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