Arabic-language Bible Commentaries by Temple Gairdner

A colleague of mine has recently unearthed some PDF’s of these early (1920’s) biblical commentaries written by CMS missionary and scholar W. H. Temple Gairdner of Cairo. These books are not translations, but were written in Arabic for local Christians. Having been published in the 1920’s in Egypt I understand that the books are now in the public domain.

View them on Scribd:

Temple Gairdner commentary on Galatians (in Arabic) or HERE.

Temple Gairdner commentary on Hebrews (in Arabic) or HERE.

Temple Gairdner commenary on Philippians (in Arabic) or HERE.


Author: duanemiller

I was born in Montana and grew up in Colorado and Puebla (in Mexico). I completed a BA in philosophy at the University of Texas at San Antonio (UTSA) and then an MA in theology at St Mary's University (also in San Antonio). Later life took me to Jordan where my wife and I studied Arabic, to Israel where I helped found a seminary, and to Scotland for doctoral work, among other places. I'm highly interested in the interactions of Islam, Christianity and secularism in modern contexts. My main areas of research for my PhD in divinity were religious conversion from Islam to Christianity, contextual theology, and the shari'a's treatment of apostates. I've also published research on global Anglicanism and the history of Anglican mission in the Ottoman Empire. I've had the pleasure of teaching in many places over the years: from Costa Rica to Turkey, and Kenya to Tunisia. Presently, I live in San Antonio where I am lecturer and researcher in Muslim-Christian relations at The Christian Institute of Islamic Studies (, and sometime adjunct professor of theology at St Mary's University. Visit my blog ( or page for more information or to have me speak at your church, university or seminary.

5 thoughts on “Arabic-language Bible Commentaries by Temple Gairdner”

  1. This looks very interesting. Is there an good side in Arabic where free Biblical material is available? I think it is very much needed. And these commentaries could be posted there too.

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