Best Exposition of the WCF?

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  1. Rutherglen1794

    Rutherglen1794 Puritan Board Sophomore

    Is there a consensus best exposition of the WCF?
     
  2. Reformed Covenanter

    Reformed Covenanter Puritan Board Doctor

    David Dickson followed by Robert Shaw.
     
  3. Reformed Covenanter

    Reformed Covenanter Puritan Board Doctor

    @NaphtaliPress might know the answer to this question, but I seem to recall Andrew Myers referring to a commentary on the WCF that predated David Dickson's work. Assuming that it exists, does anyone know the author and title of this work?
     
  4. NaphtaliPress

    NaphtaliPress Administrator Staff Member

    John Wallis had a commentary on the shorter catechism in 1648. I don't recall any comment on the confession predating Dickson.
     
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  5. Reformed Covenanter

    Reformed Covenanter Puritan Board Doctor

    I will do a search on Andrew's blog and see if anything comes up on the subject.
     
  6. Reformed Covenanter

    Reformed Covenanter Puritan Board Doctor

    Apparently, George Hutcheson began writing one, but it has not survived. Andrew also claims that someone called William Parker wrote a negative commentary in 1651. Dickson's lectures were delivered in Latin during the 1650s and were later translated into English as Truth's Victory over Error.
     
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  9. Reformed Covenanter

    Reformed Covenanter Puritan Board Doctor

    I wrote a brief review of Chad Van Dixhoorn's book on Goodreads.
     
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  10. Romans922

    Romans922 Puritan Board Professor

    These were my thoughts of Van Dixhoorn's work as well. Even if you don't agree with the original confession, your first paragraph of the review personally I believe everyone should agree with. I was hoping for groundbreaking things, but was sorely disappointed.
     
  11. Stephen L Smith

    Stephen L Smith Moderator

    How does Chad Van Dixhoorn's book on the WCF compare to that by GI Williamson?
     
  12. Rutherglen1794

    Rutherglen1794 Puritan Board Sophomore

    Thank you. And thank you Monergism for free eBooks.
     
  13. Reformed Bookworm

    Reformed Bookworm Puritan Board Sophomore

    These two.
     
  14. Charles Johnson

    Charles Johnson Puritan Board Freshman

  15. bookslover

    bookslover Puritan Board Professor

    Robert Shaw's work is excellent. I believe it has been recently re-printed.
     
  16. Rutherglen1794

    Rutherglen1794 Puritan Board Sophomore

    For the older writers, did they see something missing in previous works, or did they feel a need to make an exposition/commentary of the WCF for their own times?
     
  17. Rutherglen1794

    Rutherglen1794 Puritan Board Sophomore

    Bump
     
  18. greenbaggins

    greenbaggins Administrator Staff Member

    I don't know that there is a consensus best commentary. Each of those mentioned above have something to contribute. Of the ones I have used, Dickson, Hodge, Shaw, and Williamson have been the most helpful. Sproul's 3 volume commentary is also quite good, but idiosyncratic in places (especially on the 2nd and 4th commandments). However, it is still trademark Sproul and well worth owning. If you had the five here mentioned, you would have the best of the best. However, I understand that Van Dixhorn is writing a much more thorough multi-volume commentary that will incorporate the insights of his unparalleled research into the Assembly. Once that comes out, it will probably be the best of the lot.
     
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  19. Reformed Covenanter

    Reformed Covenanter Puritan Board Doctor

    That news is most welcome.
     
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