Edited by Rev. John Adams, B.D.


By Rev. Thomas Whitelaw, D.D.

General Preface


The title of the present series is a sufficient indication of its purpose. Few preachers, or congregations, will face the long courses of expository lectures which characterised the preaching of the past, but there is a growing conviction on the part of some that an occasional short course, of six or eight connected studies on one definite theme, is a necessity of their mental and ministerial life. It is at this point the projected series would strike in. It would suggest to those who are mapping out a scheme of work for the future a variety of subjects which might possibly be utilised in this way.

The appeal, however, will not be restricted to ministers or preachers. The various volumes will meet the needs of laymen and Sabbath-school teachers who are interested in a scholarly but also practical exposition of Bible history and doctrine. In the hands of office-bearers and mission-workers the "Short Course Series" may easily become one of the most convenient and valuable of Bible helps.

It need scarcely be added that while an effort has been made to secure, as far as possible, a general uniformity in the scope and character of the series, the final responsibility for the special interpretations and opinions introduced into the separate volumes, rests entirely with the individual contributors.

A detailed list of the authors and their subjects will be found at the close of each volume.


"To what purpose should so many epithets be heaped upon God the Father in this place (Is. ix. 6) when the prophet's design is to adorn Christ with so many remarkable notes that might build up our faith in Him? Wherefore it is not doubtful that He is called the Almighty God (Deus fortis) for the same reason for which a little before He was called Immanuel."


"A FACT SO peculiarly unique as the Incarnation of the Son of God in the person of Jesus of Nazareth might and must very fitly be prepared for, shadowed forth, indicated by preceding, more fleeting and mysterious, phenomena."