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I am happy to announce that Robert Rollock's commentary on Ephesians is now in print! Theodore Beza once praised this commentary by saying the following, “I pray you, taken it to be spoken without flattery or partiality, that I never read or met with anything in this kind of interpretation more pithily, more elegantly, and so judiciously written: so as I could not contain myself, but must needs give thanks, as I ought, unto God, for this so necessary and so profitable a work.”
In this commentary, Rollock is focused, pithy, and erudite. He wastes no words. It is the fifth volume in our Classics of Reformed Theology series.
For those that may not be well acquainted with Rollock, here is a short bio:
Robert Rollock (1555–1599) was the first principal of the University of Edinburgh. He was appointed on several occasions to committees of presbytery and assembly on pressing ecclesiastical business. He was elected moderator of the General Assembly held at Dundee in May 1597. In 1598 he was translated to the parish church of the Upper Tolbooth, Edinburgh, and immediately thereafter to that of the Grey Friars (then known as the Magdalen Church). He died in Edinburgh on the 8th of February 1599.
Rollock is credited with bringing the Lectio Continua style of preaching to Scotland. Andrew Woolsey wrote:
"Rollock exercised a remarkable ministry, not only through his college work, but in the pulpit. A whole generation of notable Scottish divines was trained by him, including Charles Ferme, John Welch, John Row, David Calderwood, and Robert Boyd."1"Each Saturday afternoon, Rollock was in the habit of reading aloud Beza’s Quaestiones et Responsiones and explaining it to his students. He even considered it worthwhile preparing and publishing a short analysis of this work, Prolegomena in primum librum Quaestiones Theodori Bezae, in order to facilitate the memories of the students."2
"Although in his time Rollock was best known as a preacher and biblical commentator, today he is renowned as the first Scottish covenant theologian."3
You can learn more at:
1 Andrew A. Woolsey. Unity and Continuity in Covenantal Thought. Reformation Heritage Books.
3 Robert Rollock. Commentary on Ephesians (Kindle Locations 80-82). Reformation Heritage Books. Kindle Edition.