the Week of Proper 21 / Ordinary 26
Bible Commentaries Coke's Commentary on the Holy Bible Coke's Commentary
Thomas Coke (1747-1814) was a prominent English Methodist preacher and missionary, who is best known for his extensive work as a Bible commentator. Born in Brecon, Wales, on September 9, 1747, Coke was educated at Oxford University and ordained as a priest in the Anglican Church in 1772.
In the early years of his ministry, Coke became increasingly dissatisfied with the formalism and lack of spiritual depth in the Anglican Church, and he soon joined the Methodist movement. He became a close associate of John Wesley, the founder of Methodism, and worked tirelessly to spread the gospel message throughout England and Wales.
In addition to his work as a preacher, Coke was also deeply committed to the study of the Bible, and he soon developed a reputation as a skilled biblical scholar and commentator. He produced several commentaries on the Bible, including a four-volume commentary on the Old and New Testaments, which was characterized by its thorough analysis of the text and its emphasis on the practical application of the biblical message.
Coke was also a strong advocate for mission work, and he played a leading role in the establishment of Methodist missions in several parts of the world, including the West Indies and Sierra Leone. He served as the first Bishop of the Methodist Church in the United States and also played a key role in the establishment of the Methodist Church in Canada.
Throughout his life, Coke remained deeply committed to the Methodist movement and the spread of the gospel message. He died on May 3, 1814, while on a missionary journey to the West Indies. His legacy as a preacher, scholar, and missionary continues to be celebrated by Methodists and Christians around the world, and his commentaries on the Bible remain a valuable resource for anyone seeking a deeper understanding of the Scriptures.