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Robert Jamieson

(1802-1880), Scottish divine

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Jamieson was the son of a baker in Edinburgh, born there on Jan 3, 1802. He was educated at the high school and matriculated at Edinburgh University with the intention of of studying for the medical profession.

Before he had completed his course, however, he decided to devote himself to the ministry. For that purpose he entered the Divinity Hall and was licensed as a preacher in 1827. Two years later he was presented by George IV to the parish of Weststruther, in the presbytery of Lander. There he remained until 1837, when he was transferred to the church of Currie, in the presbytery of Edinburgh. In 1830 Jamieson married his cousin, Eliza Jamieson, and had three sons and three daughters.

At the time of the disruption of 1843 he made strenuous efforts to prevent a schism, on the ground that the reforms demanded might be accomplished without endangering the existence of the established church. When Dr. Forbes, minister of St. Paul's, Glasgow, who was one of the disruption leaders, resigned his charge, Jamieson was appointed his successor by the magistrates of Glasgow and was admitted as minister in 1844. The University of Glasgow conferred the degree of Doctor of Divinity upon him in 1848.

For many years Jamieson took a prominent part in ecclesiastical business and in 1872 he was unanimously chosen moderator of the General Assembly. He continued to occupy his place as minister of St. Paul's until his death on October 26, 1880. Jamieson specially charged himself with the oversight of young men studying for the ministry, and his students' class exercised an important influence throughout the church.

The principal works of Jamieson were: Eastern Manners Illustrative of the Old and New Testaments (3 vols, 1836-8); Manners and Trials of the Primitive Christians (1839 ); Commentary on the Bible (1861-5) in conjunction with Edward Henry Bickersteth; Commentary Critical and Explanatory on the Whole Bible (1871), with A. R. Fausset and David Brown.


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At a time when the theological winds seem to change direction on a daily basis, the Commentary Critical and Explanatory on the Whole Bible is a welcome breath of fresh air from conservative and orthodox teachers of the Christian faith. This commentary has been a bestseller since its original publication in 1871 due to its scholarly rigor and devotional value. Jamieson, Fausset, and Brown have crafted a detailed, yet not overly technical, commentary of the Bible that holds to the historic teachings of orthodox Christianity. Commentary Critical and Explanatory on the Whole Bible is based on a detailed exegesis of the scriptures in the original languages and is a “must have” for those who are interested in a deeper appreciation of the Biblical text.

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