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THOMAS , DAVID ( 1813 - 1894 ; DWB , 942).

Second par., read chairman (not ‘ president ’).

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THOMAS , DAVID ( 1813 - 1894 ), Congregational minister and Biblical commentator ;

b. near Tenby, Pembs. , the son of William Thomas , Congregational minister . After leaving school he served for a time in a shop and as a school teacher ; he also preached in local churches at the week-ends. He had a brilliant career at Newport Pagnell college . He was ordained as minister of the Congregational church , Chesham , in 1841 , moved to Stockwell , London , in 1844 , and remained there until 1877 , when he retired. His ministry at Stockwell was exceedingly successful; his sermons of Biblical exposition attracted large congregations; he also became the most popular Biblical commentator of his age. His main works are: A Biblical Liturgy , 1856 ; Augustine Hymnbook , 1866 , containing some hymns of his own composition; the Crisis of Being , 1849 ; Homiletic Commentary on St. Mathew , 1864 ; Homiletic Commentary on the Acts , 1870 (2nd ed. 1889 ); Problemati Mundi , 1878 . His complete works were published in nine volumes, 1882-9 . His chief contribution to Biblical literature was the editing of The Homilist , fifty volumes. He d. 30 Dec. 1894 at Ramsgate .

His son, REES THOMAS ( 1839 - 1901 ) was president of the Congregational Union in 1895 ( Congl. Year Book , 1902 ).

Sources:

  • The Congregational Year Book , 1896 ;
  • Oxford Dictionary of National Biography ;
  • The Times , 1 Jan. 1895 ;
  • NLW MS 9274.

Author:

Rev. John Dyfnallt Owen, M.A., (1873-1956), Aberystwyth

Published date: 2001