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John Charles Ryle

1816-1900

Expository Thoughts on the Gospels

Dean of Salisbury; First Bishop of Liverpool

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J. C. Ryle (1816-1900) was the first Anglican bishop of Liverpool. Thoroughly evangelical in his doctrine and uncompromising in his principles, Ryle was a prolific writer, vigorous preacher, and faithful pastor. Charles Spurgeon considered him "the best man in the Church of England." Ryle was educated at Eton and Oxford and considered entering Parliament but upon his conversion in 1837 decided to go into the ministry instead. He was ordained a minister in the Church of England that same year and became a bishop in 1880.

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Ryle's four volume set, Expository Thoughts on the Gospels (1856) is one of the finest works on Matthew, Mark, Luke and John and should be part of every Christian's library. It is scholarly, extremely well-written, and very helpful. In its preparation, Ryle consulted no fewer than seventy other commentaries available at that time.

The volume on Matthew and Mark contains Ryle's expository comments designed to aid the preacher in organizing sermons. The volume on Luke and the two volumes on John likewise contain his expository comments but also include an extensive set of technical notes, which seem to get more and more detailed as he works his way through Luke and John.

Other Web sites have reproduced Ryle's expository comments on the Gospels, but none that we have found so far have posted his extensive notes on Luke and John.

Technical Notes on John Chapter 1

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Technical Notes on John Chapter 2

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Technical Notes on John Chapter 3

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Technical Notes on John Chapter 4

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Technical Notes on John Chapter 5

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Technical Notes on John Chapter 6

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Technical Notes on John Chapter 7

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Technical Notes on John Chapter 8

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Technical Notes on John Chapter 9

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Technical Notes on John Chapter 10

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Technical Notes on John Chapter 11

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Technical Notes on John Chapter 12

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Technical Notes on John Chapter 13

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Technical Notes on John Chapter 14

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Technical Notes on John Chapter 15

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Technical Notes on John Chapter 16

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Technical Notes on John Chapter 17

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Technical Notes on John Chapter 18

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Technical Notes on John Chapter 19

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Technical Notes on John Chapter 20

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Technical Notes on John Chapter 21

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Expository Comments on John 18:36

"Let us never be ashamed to maintain that no Government can expect to prosper which refuses to recognise religion, which deals with its subjects as if they had no souls, and cares not whether they serve God, or Baal, or no God at all."

In our day when the courts of the United States have imposed a historically erroneous intepretation of the First Admendment, nothing could be more relevant than Ryle's comments on John 18:36, written over a century ago on the verse, "My kingdom is not of this world."

Expository Comments and Technical Notes on John 19:17-27

John 19:17-27 recounts Jesus carrying his cross to Calvary, the sign Pilate affixed to the cross, the division of Jesus' clothes among the Roman soldiers, and his commending the care of his mother Mary to the Apostle John. Eleven verses. Ryle gives us 21 pages of technical notes on them!

We offer here both his exposition of Jesus' crucifixion and his technical notes, hoping it will persuade you to acquire and study this great work.

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