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Adam Clarke
Adam M. Clarke, c. 1830

Adam Clarke was an 18th- and 19th-century Methodist theologian and Biblical scholar known for his comprehensive Bible commentary. Born in Northern Ireland in 1760, Clarke was raised in a Methodist family and was heavily influenced by the teachings of John Wesley. Clarke went on to attend the University of Glasgow, where he studied languages and literature. He later became a Methodist minister and dedicated his life to the study and interpretation of the Bible.

Clarke's most famous work is his Bible commentary, which he began writing in the late 1700s and which was eventually published in six volumes. The commentary was known for its meticulous attention to detail and its emphasis on the historical and cultural context of the Bible. Clarke was fluent in several ancient languages, including Hebrew and Greek, and his commentary reflects his deep knowledge of the original texts.

In addition to his work as a Biblical scholar, Clarke was also a prolific author who wrote on a wide range of topics related to theology and Biblical interpretation. He was deeply committed to social justice and was a vocal opponent of slavery. Clarke's influence on the Methodist Church and on the field of Biblical scholarship was significant, and his commentary remains a respected and widely used resource for scholars and laypeople alike.

Today, Adam Clarke's Bible commentary continues to be studied and appreciated by Christians around the world. His meticulous attention to detail and his deep understanding of the historical and cultural context of the Bible make his commentary a valuable resource for those seeking a deeper understanding of the text. Clarke's commitment to scholarship and social justice continues to inspire Christians today, and his work remains a testament to the transformative power of the Bible.