Peake's commentary on the Bible

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Peake's Commentary on the Bible is a one-volume commentary on the Bible that gives special attention to biblical archaeology and the then-recent discoveries of biblical manuscripts.


First edition

Peake's commentary was first published in 1919 as A Commentary on the Bible, edited by Arthur Samuel Peake (1865–1929) with the assistance of A. J. Grieve for the New Testament. There were 61 contributors, writing 96 articles. Its length was 1014 pages + 8 maps. Biblical quotation in this edition was from the Revised Version of the Bible.

  • first edition: T.C. and E.C. Jack, London, 1919
    • Publication passed to Nelson by 1920
  • reprinted with a 40-page supplement edited by A. J. Grieve (after Peake's death) in 1937

Revised edition

The revised 1962 edition was edited by Matthew Black (1908–1994), the General and New Testament Editor and Harold Henry Rowley (1890–1969), the Old Testament editor. This edition was completely rewritten but on the same plan as its predecessor, including 103 articles. Black's Preface pays tribute to the original; "About one thing there was no question: there could be no departure from the Peake tradition of accurate and reliable popular scholarship." Its length was 1126 pages + 16 maps. The new edition is based on the Revised Standard Version. The 62 contributors are from all[citation needed] branches of Protestantism in Europe and America. Its aim is to present to the layperson the "generally accepted results of Biblical Criticism, Interpretation, History and Theology".

  • completely revised edition, ed. M. Black, H. H. Rowley, Nelson (1962),
    • Republished by Routledge, ISBN 0-415-05147-9
  • paperback edition (2001), Routledge, ISBN 0-415-26355-7