Bible Commentaries

John Brown's Commentary on Selected Book of the Bible

   

Old Testament

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John Brown
John Brown

John Brown of Haddington (1722 - June 19, 1787), was a Scottish divine and author. His works include "The Self-Interpreting Bible", "The Dictionary of the Bible", and "A General History of the Christian Church".

The Self Interpreting Bible was Brown's most significant work, and it remained in print (edited by others), until well into the twentieth century. The objective of providing a commentary for ordinary people was very successful. The idea that the Bible was "self-interpreting" involved copious marginal references, especially comparing one scriptural statement with another. Brown also provided a substantial introduction to the Bible, and added an explication and "reflections" for each chapter.

Brown died at his home in Haddington on 19 June 1787, after months of stomach problems.