Edinburgh: T. & T. Clark, 1860. Fourth edition, revised. Hardcover. Octavo (8 1/2 x 5 1/2"). xii, 577, pp (Vol. 1); , 782pp (Vol. 2); , 437, pp (Vol. 3); , 502pp (Vol. 4); xxxii, 458pp (Vol. 5). Original 3/4 calf over marbled paper covered boards, with gold lettering and tooling to spines. Marbled endpapers and paper edges.
"The 'Gnomon of the New Testament' was written in 1742 by Johann Albrecht Bengel and is the result of twenty years’ labor. Bengel’s 'Gnomon' awakened a fresh interest in the study of the New Testament. The 'Gnomon of the New Testament' is still one of the books most valued by expositors of the New Testament.
He includes the principles of interpretation from Scripture to draw out of it everything that it contains, in conformity with grammatico-historical rules and without being hampered by dogmatical considerations. This 5-volume set contains Bengel’s commentary on each of the books in the New Testament.
While Gnomon may not be a very well-known word, its meaning helps us understand why Bengel titled his work 'Gnomon of the New Testament.' One of the definitions of Gnomon is "the raised part of the sundial that casts the shadow." While the basic function of a sundial is simple, its function serves the greater purpose of telling time and guiding our day. In the same way the sundial serves a purpose in our lives, knowing the New Testament (as well as the entire Bible) is imperative for every Christian. (For more information, see: A. Hauck, Schaff-Herzog Encyclopedia of Religious Knowledge).
Moderate and sporadic rubbing along edges of bindings, with minor abrasion to leather. Front free endpapers in Vols. 1 & 2 detached but present. Front free endpaper in vol. 4 partly detached. Ex-library copy, with bookplate on inside of each front cover, and pocket on inside of each back cover. Stamp at verso of each front free endpaper, and at top and bottom paper edges. Bindings in overall good to good+, interior in good+ to very good condition. g to vg. Item #46328
About the author: Johann Albrecht Bengel (1687-1752), German Lutheran theologian and biblical scholar, began his studies at Tubingen. He was appointed professor in charge of a theological training school at Denkendorf in 1713 and remained there for 28 years. During this time he produced his most important works - a Greek text of the New Testament with an 'Apparatus criticus' (1734) and his 'Gnomon Novi Testamenti' (1742). Other works by Bengel include 'Erkrte Offenbarung Johannis' (1740; Eng. transl. by John Robertson, London, 1757), 'Ordo temporum' (1741), and 'Cyclus sive de anno magno consideratio' (1745).