International Critical Commentary (ICC): All Volumes Online and Free for Download

The copyright has expired for the old ICC commentaries; it has likely not been renewed because new volumes are being written for the series.

What’s the benefit?  You can now browse–even download in pdf format–all the ICC commentary volumes!  I’ve already snagged them all and stored them on my harddrive.  While they may be dated, no one can argue that they are written by some of the big names in the field of biblical studies.

To go to the site, click HERE.

H/T: Rob Kashow

28 thoughts on “International Critical Commentary (ICC): All Volumes Online and Free for Download

  1. Bryan Bibb says:

    Sweet! This just shows why we need a more sane copyright/electronic distribution regime for more recent things. Reference books are oh so much better in searchable format.

  2. Roy "Eli" Garton says:

    Thanks for the link, John! While they are no doubt well beyond their prime, these works still command my respect for many reasons. It never ceases to amaze me what these scholars produced without the aid of computers and software like bibleworks!

  3. John Anderson says:

    Maybe I’m missing something obvious, but why are there two of some of the volumes listed (i.e., two Genesis volumes by Skinner). The files don’t seem too terribly different. Can someone clarify this for me? Thanks.

    • Roy "Eli" Garton says:

      I noticed that too, John. With most of the duplicates, they seem to be later editiions. With Skinner’s Genesis, however, this doesn’t seem to be the case. Although, I did note that file size of one of the Genesis links is considerably larger, so maybe the quality of the scan is better? I don’t know.

    • Roy "Eli" Garton says:

      John, as I continue the process of downloading these files, I’m finding that there are more and more files like Genesis. Still, they’ve all been of varying sizes. Jusy FYI.

      • Roy "Eli" Garton says:

        I’m only taking one copy per year; if there’s two files for the same year, I’m taking the larger size file, assuming the resolution will be better.

  4. Michael M. says:

    the mulitplecopies of Icc exist because of different scans and posts from individauls and libraries. The text files or HTML vary in quality of accuracy. In other words, some have more mispellings than others. The candian libraries (PDF and TEXT) are the best. google’s PDFs are not very good. If you download the text files you will have to compare and conlude that I am correct.

    I am working on Galatians, Greek fonts got messed up somehow finishing the footnotes, hopefully for a module of the free bible softwares out there.

  5. Christina says:

    Words cannot express how thankful I am for your having posting this information. I was just trying to figure out how I could afford to purchase the ICC Commentary Series, along with the Jewish Encyclopedia. The results did not look pretty.

    Thankfully, both sets are available for free at this website. And I actually like the format they use better than other electronic resources you find for free on-line.

    Thanks again and may God richly bless you!

  6. Bill says:

    This was the one commentary used in seminary. Why use a commentary that only quotes our references the best that has been written. This will indeed be a great addition to a study library.

  7. Dewayne Dulaney says:

    Great resource. I didn’t see a listing for the ICC on the Gospel of John, though. Anybody know where I can download it? I will be revising my translation of John this summer and it would be helpful to have. The only print volume I have in the set is Romans by S & H and it is very helpful. BTW, archive.org also has many of the Loeb editions of Greek and Latin authors.

    Dewayne Dulaney

  8. dimbulb says:

    Regarding the multiple listings of individual books on archive.org. One of the reasons for duplicate listings is the fact that different libraries donated the same works for the archive. For example, the Amos and Hosea volume is listed twice; one source being Robarts, the other Emmanuel. One of the Genesis volume was donated by Kelly Library, the other by Robarts.

    Also, the ICC commentary series has had a number of editions. A Genesis Commentary by James Murphy was published in the ICC series in 1873, Skinner’s ICC Commentary on Genesis was published in 1910, both are listed.

  9. Jennifer Morgan says:

    Thanks so much for this! I’m a layperson prepping for a sermon. I don’t have the $1,000+ for the International Critical Commentary, but, as you say, even an out of copyright ICC is better than nothing. I found Gloeb’s analysis of Acts very helpful for next Sunday’s sermon.

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