Mark 1:13 Commentary - Whedon's Commentary on the Old and New Testaments
13. Forty days tempted This by no means affirms that the temptation lasted during the whole forty days, any more than the ministry of angels mentioned in the last clause. Satan… wild beasts… the angels Three very different sorts of company. Diabolical and brutal natures were present to witness or subdue the divine; but, on the other hand the divine and angelic combined with the human were too mighty for them.
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Whedon's Commentary on the Old and New Testaments
Daniel D. Whedon (1808-1885) was a prominent university professor, theologian, and author. He served as Professor of Ancient Languages at Wesleyan University in Connecticut; as Professor of Rhetoric at the University of Michigan; and as editor of the Methodist Quarterly Review from 1856 to1884. He authored numerous books including Commentary on the New Testament (New York: Carlton & Porter, 1860); Commentary on the Old Testament (New York: Nelson & Phillips, 1873); What is Arminianism? (Toronto: W. Briggs, 1879); and Essays, Reviews, and Discourses (New York: Phillips & Hunt, 1887).