Essential New Resource

I have seldom been as excited about upcoming resources as much as I am excited about this one. The access to SO much more Reformation commentary than we have had before will be a tremendous asset to understanding the history of exegesis. I would highly recommend you purchase every one of these volumes, the first one of which is now out.


  1. Cris Dickason said,

    October 31, 2011 at 12:26 pm

    This will provide some valuable insights into historic Reformation exegesis, but will you actually use it in sermon preparation?

    Since it is essentially a chain of quotes proceeding verse-by-verse through a given book of Scripture, how is it best employed? I always found the “digest of reformed thought (comment?)” books by Wilson (Banner of Truth) to be frustrating because they take no account of structure or literary/rhetorical features of the epistles.

    Since I now you aren’t saying or implying this is the only resource to make use of, I’m wondering how you see these volumes being used?

    trying to jump-start a new conversation.

  2. October 31, 2011 at 1:30 pm

    I found the Early Church Fathers version of this series to be completely useless in Sermon prep and sold my copies. A decent portion of the quotations in the ECF version were unorthodox and some were even outright heretical.

  3. Cris Dickason said,

    October 31, 2011 at 3:52 pm

    Benjamin: Not surprised by your observation. Not that I want to be bashing the ECF, but it’s quite amazing how far we (the orthodox, catholic church) got given some of their understandings. When they gathered in oecumenical council they sure got things right (Nicea, Chalcedon, etc.).

  4. greenbaggins said,

    November 2, 2011 at 8:45 am

    Cris, I have no idea how useful these volumes will be. I’m just looking forward to having some of these resources, long unavailable (because written in Latin) being available now. To have some of the incredibly erudite and sophisticated exegesis of the scholastic era available to us will be a tremendous boon. I would not be surprised if these catena are better than the Wilson volumes. Banner of Truth has a penchant for printing great spiritual thoughts, not necessarily great exegesis, with some exceptions (such as publishing the Hodge commentaries).

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