These are two of the lectures given by Spurgeon to students at the Pastors' College of the Metropolitan Tabernacle, published in three volumes as Lectures to My Students . The Pastors' College was founded in 1856 for the education of preachers and ministers, a pioneering effort – many Bible Colleges would follow in England and America. The third volume, published in 1890, Commenting and Commentaries , consisted of these two lectures along with a catalogue of Commentaries (with his recommendations). Spurgeon had little classical education or theological training, but a lifetime of ministry and Bible study provided him with much insight. He remained a staunch Calvinist and was conservative when it came to Biblical Criticism – he resisted the so-called "higher criticism" which was gaining acceptance in the 19th century, and opposed any teaching or theory which he felt devalued biblical orthodoxy.