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Adam Clarke

Adam Clarke (1762 - 1832)

Read freely text sermons and articles by the speaker Adam Clarke in text and pdf format. Was a British Methodist theologian and Biblical scholar. He is chiefly remembered for writing a commentary on the Bible which took him 40 years to complete and which was a primary Methodist theological resource for two centuries. Contained in 6 volumes, consisting of nearly 1,000 pages each, it was considered the most comprehensive commentary on the Bible ever prepared by one man.

As a theologian, Clarke reinforced the teachings of Methodist founder John Wesley. He taught that the Bible provides a complete interpretation of God's nature and will. He considered Scripture itself a miracle of God's grace that "takes away the veil of darkness and ignorance." With such an understanding, Clarke was first and foremost a Biblical theologian, often uneasy with purely systematic approaches to theology.

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Adam Clarke Commentary Zechariah 13
      Introduction After the humiliation and conversion of the Jews, foretold in the preceding chapter, they are here promised the full pardon of their sins, and a deliverance from idolatry and false prophets, Zechariah 13:1-6. Prophecy concerning the death of ... read more

Adam Clarke Commentary Zechariah 14
      Introduction The commencement of this chapter relates to the destruction of Jerusalem by the Romans, and to the calamities consequent on that event. From this great Jewish tragedy the prophet immediately passes to the utter extermination of the enemies o ... read more

Adam Clarke Commentary Zechariah 2
      Introduction The vision with which this chapter opens, portended great increase and prosperity to Jerusalem. Accordingly Josephus tells us, (Wars 5:4: 2), that “the city, overflowing with inhabitants, extended beyond its walls,” as predicted in the f ... read more

Adam Clarke Commentary Zechariah 3
      Introduction While the Jews were rebuilding their temple, their adversaries endeavored to stop the work, Ezra 5. This vision is therefore calculated to give them the strongest encouragement that God, after plucking them as brands out of the fire (or capt ... read more

Adam Clarke Commentary Zechariah 4
      Introduction The prophet, overpowered by his last vision, is roused by the angel to behold another, Zechariah 4:1; intended also to assure the Jews of the success of Joshua and Zerubbabel in building the temple, and surmounting every obstacle in the way; ... read more

Adam Clarke Commentary Zechariah 5
      Introduction The vision of the large flying roll, with the angel‘s explanation, Zechariah 5:1-4. The vision of the ephah, and of the woman sitting on it, with the signification, Zechariah 5:5-11. Verse 1 Behold a flying roll - This was twenty cubit ... read more

Adam Clarke Commentary Zechariah 6
      Introduction The vision of the four chariots drawn by several sorts of horses, Zechariah 6:1-8. The other vision in thus chapter may refer in its primary sense to the establishment of the civil and religious polity of the Jews under Joshua and Zerubbabel ... read more

Adam Clarke Commentary Zechariah 7
      Introduction Some Jews being sent from those who remained at Babylon to inquire of the priests and prophets at Jerusalem whether they were still bound to observe those fasts which had been appointed on occasion of the destruction of Jerusalem, and kept d ... read more

Adam Clarke Commentary Zechariah 8
      Introduction In thus chapter God promises the continuance of his favor to those who are returned from the captivity; so that upon the removal of his judgments, the fasts they had observed during the captivity may now be converted to so many occasions of ... read more

Adam Clarke Commentary Zechariah 9
      Introduction Syria, Phoenicia, and Palestine, were conquered by Nebuchadnezzar, and afterwards by Alexander. Some apply the beginning of this chapter (Zechariah 9:1-7) to the one event, and some to the other. The close of the seventh verse relates to the ... read more

Adam Clarke Commentary Zechariah overview
      Introduction to the Book of the Prophet Zechariah Zechariah, the eleventh of the twelve minor prophets, was son of Berechiah, and grandson of Iddo. He returned from Babylon with Zerubbabel: and began to prophesy in the second year of the reign of Dariu ... read more

Adam Clarke Commentary Zephaniah 1
      Introduction This chapter begins with denouncing God‘s judgments against Judah and Jerusalem, Zephaniah 1:1-3. Idolaters, and sinners of several other denominations, are then particularly threatened; and their approaching visitation enlarged on, by the ... read more

Adam Clarke Commentary Zephaniah 2
      Introduction The prophet, having declared the judgments which were ready to fall on his people, earnestly exhorts them to repentance, that these judgments may be averted, Zephaniah 2:1-3. He then foretells the fate of other neighboring and hostile nation ... read more

Adam Clarke Commentary Zephaniah 3
      Introduction The prophet reproves Jerusalem, and all her guides and rulers, for their obstinate perseverance in impiety, notwithstanding all the warnings and corrections which they had received from God, Zephaniah 3:1-7. They are encouraged, however, aft ... read more

Entire Sanctification
      ADAM CLARKE: HOLINESS SAINT AND SCHOLAR The name of Adam Clarke is synonymous with biblical scholarship and rightly so. His Commentary and Critical Notes on the entire Bible was completed in 1826 and it represented more than 30 years of intense ... read more

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