Jamieson, Fausset, and Brown were three dedicated and knowledgeable gents who wrote an exhaustive commentary on the entire bible, back in the days when writing actually meant WRITING with a pen, going through stacks and stack of your own notes, thumbing through printed bibles to locate obscure verses, and researching prior commentaries and writings – all often in dim lighting.
Their efforts required more than some taps on a keyboard. My hat is off to them.
I read them frequently. I learn a lot from them.
I definitely do not agree with some of their leanings as they apply to predestination and free will choice, election etc. At the same time, for the most part I believe these guys are right on. I have been mightily blessed by their diligence and academic drive, and godliness. I thought I’d share one glorious thought with you – but first, Wikipedia tells us this about them:
David Brown (Aberdeen August 17, 1803- Aberdeen, July 3, 1897) was a Free Church of Scotland minister at St. James, Glasgow, and professor of theology at Free Church College of the University of Aberdeen. He was co-author of the Jamieson-Fausset-Brown Commentary (1871) with Robert Jamieson, St. Paul’s, Glasgow and the Rev. A. R. Fausset, St. Cuthbert’s, York, England. He was a director of the National Bible Society of Scotland, and the Evangelical Alliance, and the Alliance of the Reformed Churches.
More can be read here:
Recently I came upon this edifying insight that one of them (they apparently divvied up the bible for commentary workload) wrote re Gen 1:24 – “Let Us make God in Our Image”. I was scouring around to the original text re the pluralization of US and OUR. Instead, they wrote this:
And in what did this image of God consist? Not in the erect form or features of man, not in his intellect, for the devil and his angels are, in this respect, far superior; not in his immortality, for he has not, like God, a past as well as a future eternity of being; but in the moral dispositions of his soul, commonly called original righteousness (Ec 7:29). As the new creation is only a restoration of this image, the history of the one throws light on the other; and we are informed that it is renewed after the image of God in knowledge, righteousness, and true holiness (Col 3:10; Eph 4:24).
For your convenience, the cited reference verses are:
29 Truly, this only I have found:
That God made man upright,
But they have sought out many schemes.
(Ecclesiastes 7:29 NKJVS)
10 and have put on the new man who is renewed in knowledge according to the image of Him who created him
(Colossians 3:9-10 NKJVS)
24 and that you put on the new man which was created according to God, in true righteousness and holiness.
(Ephesians 4:24 NKJVS)
Isn’t that great stuff?
The new creation is a restoration of the image of righteousness in man.
Through Christ we are brought back to God’s definition of the original normal.
It’s sin that makes people weird.