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Friday, December 2, 2016

Nicholas Bownde (d. 1613)

Nicholas Bownde, Bownd or Bound (died 1613) was an English clergyman, known for his Christian Sabbatarian writings.,_Nicholas_(DNB00)
Dictionary of National Biography, Volume 6, page 74 (at Internet Archive)

List of his works:
  1. 'Three godly and fruitfull Sermons, declaring how we may be saved in the day of Judgement. … Preached and written by M. John More, late Preacher in the Citie of Norwitch. And now first published by M. Nicholas Bound, whereto he hath adjoined of his owne, A Sermon of Comfort for the Afflicted; and a short treatise of a contented mind,' Cambridge, 1594, 4to.
  2. 'The Doctrine of the Sabbath, plainely layde forth, and soundly proued by testimonies both of holy Scripture, and also of olde and new ecclesiastical writers. … Together with the sundry abuses of our time in both these kindes, and how they ought to bee reformed,' London, 1595, 4to. Dedicated to Robert Devereux, earl of Essex. Reprinted, with additions, under the title of 'Sabbathvm veteris et novi Testamenti: or the true doctrine of the Sabbath …,' London, 1606, 4to.
  3. 'Medicines for the Plagve: that is, Godly and fruitfull Sermons vpon part of the twentieth Psalme … more particularly applied to this late visitation of the Plague,' London, 1604, 4to.
  4. 'The Holy Exercise of Fasting. Described largely and plainly out of the word of God. … In certaine Homilies or Sermons …,' Cambridge, 1604, 4to. Dedicated to Dr. Jegon, bishop of Norwich.
  5. 'The Vnbeliefe of St. Thomas the Apostle, laid open for the comfort of all that desire to beleeue …,' London, 1608, 8vo; reprinted, London, 1817, 12mo.
  6. 'A Treatise ful of Consolation for all that are afflicted in minde or bodie or otherwise …,' Cambridge, 1608, 8vo; reprinted, London, 1817, 12mo. The reprints of this and the preceding work were edited by G. W. Marriot. Bownde has a Latin ode before Peter Baro's 'Prælectiones in Ionam,' 1579; and he edited the Rev. Henry More's 'Table from the Beginning of the World to this Day. Wherein is declared in what yeere of the World everything was done,' Cambridge, 1593.
The Unbelief of Thomas the Apostle, laid open for the comfort of all that desire to believe; which armeth us against despair in the hour of death. - 1817 (1608) - Nicholas Bownde

SABBATHVM VETERIS ET NOVI TESTAMENTI: Or, The true doctrine of the Sabbath, held and practiced of the Church of God, both before, and under the Law; and in the time of the Gospell: plainly laid fourth and soundly prooued by testimonies both of holie Scripture, and also of old and new ecclesiasticall Writers: Fathers and Councels, and laws of all sorts, both Civill, Canon, and Commn.  Declaring first from what things God would have us straitly to rest upon the Lords day: and then by what meanes we ought publikcly and priuately to sanctifie the same.  Together with the sundrie abuses of men in both these kindes: and how they ought to be reformed.  Diuided into tow Bookes by NICOLAS BOVVND Doctor of Diuinitie:, etc. - 1606 - Nicolas Bovvnd

Saturday, October 22, 2016

James Kerr 1847-1905

Biographical Sketch and Works

Mr. Kerr was a minister in the Reformed Presbyterian Church of Ireland.

The Covenants and the Covenanters; Covenants, Sermons, and Documents of the Covenanted Reformation, with illustrations.  Introduction on the National Covenants by Rev. James Kerr, D.D., Glasgow - 1895

Works at
A Third Reformation Necessary (Sermon from 1880)

Church and State: Three Lectures - 1893

The Scriptural Doctrines Violated by Ritualism - 1894

The Attainments of the Church of the Second Reformation - 1896

The Church Crisis in Scotland: Ecclesiastical, Theological, Parliamentary. A Lecture. - 1905
Andrew Gray 1805-1861
Andrew Gray was a Scottish Presbyterian divine, late minister of the West Church of Perth. Gray was a very energetic leader in the controversies which resulted in the disruption of 1843 and the foundation of the Free Church.  He seceded from the Church of Scotland in the disruption of 1843.,_Andrew_(1805-1861)_(DNB00)

Memoir at Macphail's Edinburgh Ecclesiastial Journal, No. CXCIII, February 1862 - page 244 ff.

The Revolution Settlement, Considered in Reference to the Independence and Present Position of the Church of Scotland - 1841

Substance of a Speech of the Rev. Mr. Gray at the Close of the Debate Upon Patronage, in the Presbytery of Perth, on Wednesday the 24th February 1841 - 1841

A Letter to the Inhabitants of Aberdeenshire, and the Neighbouring counties, in answer to the address of the Rev. A. James Paull and the Rev. W. R. Pirie, to the People of Scotland, on the subject of The Intrusion of Ministers, and the Present Position of the church of Scotland. - 1840

The Present Conflict between the Civil and Ecclesiastical Courts Examined, with Historical and Statutory Evidence for the Jurisdiction of the Church of Scotland - 1839

A Catechism of the Principles of the Free Church (1845 and 1848)
Catechism on the Principles and Constitution of the Free Church of Scotland - 1853
A New Edition, Much Enlarged

Gospel Contrasts and Parallels - Edinburgh - 1862 by Robert Smith Candlish.
A collection on nineteen of Gray's sermons with memoir and portrait.
Part 1 at
Part 2 at

Sunday, October 9, 2016

Robert Johnstone (??-??)
Professor in the United Presbyterian College of Edinburgh

Lectures, Exegetical and Practical, on the Epistle of James: with a New Translation of the epistle and Notes on the Greek Text - 1871 (at google books)

Lectures Exegetical and Practical on the Epistle of Paul to the Philippians, with a Revised Translation of the Epistle and Notes on the Greek Text - 1875

The First Epistle of Peter: Revised Text, with Introduction and Commentary - 1888
Discoursing on the intended audience, composition, literary qualities, and semantics of the text, Robert Johnstone systematically examines the First Epistle of Peter. Johnstone moves chapter-by-chapter through the original Greek—with regard for varying translation and interpretation (the author compares the Westcott-Hort Greek New Testament, the Latin Vulgate, the MSS, and the Peshitta). Including extensive critical notes and annotation, Johnstone expounds key principles and dogma found in the text.
The commentary itself exhibits everywhere adequate learning and linguistic care and a clear and correct exegetical skill. The quality of an expositor of 1 Peter is put to its severest test . . . and his treatment must impress every reader with its fairness, balance, and solidarity.
The Presbyterian Review
Robert Johnstone was Professor of New Testament Literature and Exegesis in the United Presbyterian College, Edinburgh. Johnstone later became Chair of New Testament at the University of Aberdeen.
Dr. Robert Johnstone, Professor of New Testament Literature
in the United Presbyterian College, Edinburgh, has issued two
books during the past half year. One of these is published by

Messrs. Clark, and is on The First Epistle of Peter. It is intended
to aid students of the Greek text, and is perhaps even too full in
its grammatical and textual explanations. This however is a vice
that leans to virtue's side; and no one will question the conscientious
and painstaking diligence with which Dr. Johnstone
has applied himself to the accurate ascertainment of the author's
meaning. Turning to one of the crucial passages of the epistle,
we find that Dr. Johnstone understands that Christ's preaching to
the spirits in prison was accomplished during the lifetime and
through the agency of Noah. This interpretation is scarcely compatible
with the clause, (Greek clause) and although Dr. Johnstone
endeavours to show that (Greek work) is admissible

on his interpretation, we find in the numerous pages
devoted to the passage no explanation of the phrase, "the spirits
in prison," although it may be gathered from what is said that
the imprisonment referred to is their condition after death. Dr.
Johnstone's explanation of the references which the apostles made
to the expected coming of Christ is not satisfactory. " Whether
the apostles themselves, pondering the data which God had made
known to them, thought it likely that 'the end of all things'
would come during their own generation, is a question to which
we are not in a position to give an answer." This assertion seems
at all events a little out of place in a commentary on the words,
"the end of all things is at hand." In the main however
Dr. Johnstone's determination of the meaning of his author can
be accepted, and as a whole the commentary is full of the fruits

sound and exact scholarship, and of serious thought. It is the best

available aid to the study of the epistle with which it deals.
The other volume, issued for Dr. Johnstone by Messrs. Oliphant,
Anderson & ]'errier, is a second edition of his Lectures on the

Epistle of James. These are popular, and are yet based on a

careful examination of the text. They were delivered from the
pulpit to an ordinary congregation, and are admirably adapted for
preaching purposes. They give a lucid explanation of every verse,
and carry out its meaning into suitable applications to life and

character. Preachers will derive valuable assistance from the


Wednesday, October 5, 2016

Arthur Jackson 1593?-1666
Arthur Jackson (1593?-1666) was an English clergyman of strong Presbyterian and royalist views. He was imprisoned in 1651 for suspected complicity in the ‘presbyterian plot’ of Christopher Love, and ejected after the Act of Uniformity 1662.  He was minister of St. Faiths, London.

Jackson published:
1. ‘Help for the Understanding of the Holy Scripture; or, Annotations on the Historicall part of the Old Testament,’ &c., Cambridge and London, 1643, 4to; 2nd vol., 1646, 4to.
2. ‘Annotations on Job, the Psalms, Proverbs, Ecclesiastes, and Song of Solomon,’ &c., 1658, 4to, 2 vols.
Posthumous was:
3. ‘Annotations upon … Isaiah,’ &c., 1682, 4to (edited by his son).,_Arthur_(1593%3F-1666)_(DNB00)

Annotations upon the Whole Book of Isaiah - 1682
Contains a brief account of the author's life (To the Christian Reader)

Friday, September 30, 2016

The Infallibility of the Church - 1888
George Salmon 1819-1904

Lecture 1 - Introductory: The Controversy with Rome (page 1)
Lecture 2 - The Cardinal Importance of the Question of Infallibility (page 17)
Lecture 3 - The Argument in a Circle (page 46)
Lecture 4 - The Grammar of Assent (page 61)
Lecture 5 - Milner's Axioms, Part 1 (page 78)
Lecture 6 - Milner's Axioms, Part 2 (page 98)
Lecture 7 - The Church's Office of Teaching (page 108)
Lecture 8 - The Church's Sources of Proof (page 124)
Lecture 9 - The Rule of Faith (page 138)
Lecture 10 - Hermeneutical Tradition (page 152)
Lecture 11 - Does the Church of Rome Believe in Her Own Infallibility (page 169)
Lecture 12 - The Hesitations of the Infallible Guide (page 188)
Lecture 13 - Modern Revelations (page 201)
Lecture 14 - The Blunders of the Infallible Guide (page 226)
Lecture 15 - The Gallican Theory of Infallibility (page 257)
Lecture 16 - General Councils, Part 1 (page 274)
Lecture 17 - General Councils, Part 2 (page 296)
Lecture 18 - The Prerogatives of Peter (page 323)
Lecture 19 - Peter's Alleged Roman Episcopate (page 341)
Lecture 20 - The Infancy of Roman Supremacy (page 360)
Lecture 21 - The Progress of Roman Supremacy (page 389)
Lecture 22 - The Infallibility of the Pope (page 419)
Lecture 23 - The Pope's Temporal Power (page 438)
Appendix - Decrees of the Vatican Council (page 471)
Index (page 487)

Thursday, September 29, 2016

The Modern Claims to the Possession of the Extraordinary Gifts of the Spirit, Stated and Examined; and Compared with the Most Remarkable Cases of a Similar Kind that have Occurred in the Christian church: With some General Observations on the Subject.
By William Goode (1801-1868)
Second Edition - 1834 - With Numerous Additions, and An appendix on the Heresy with Which the Claims are Connected.

The Divine Rule of Faith and Practice, or, A Defence of the Catholic Doctrine that Holy Scripture has been since the Times of the Apostles the Sole Divine Rule of Faith and Practice to the Church, against the Dangerous Errors of the Authors of the Tracts for the Times, and the Romanists, as, particularly, that the Rule of Faith is "Made Up of Scripture and Tradition Together;" &c. in which also the Doctrines of the Apostolical Succession, the Eucharistic Sacrifice, &c. are Fully Discussed. 

By William Goode (1801-1868),_William_(1801-1868)_(DNB00)
Dictionary of National Biography, Volume 22 - 1890 (page 120)

First Edition
Volume 1 - 1842 , Another
Volume 2 - 1842
Second Edition:
Volume 1 - 1853 , Another
Volume 2 - 1853 , Another
Volume 3 - 1853 , Another
A Disputation on Holy Scripture, Against the Papists, Especially Bellarmine and Stapleton - 1849 (The Parker Society Edition)
Originally published in 1588
By William Whitaker (1548-1595)

Preface by the Editor (page ix)
Epistle Dedicatory to Lord Burghley (page 3)
Preface to the Controversies (page 14)
Question the First of the First Controversy: Of the number of the Canonical Books of Scripture (page 25)
Question the Second: Of the Authentic Edition and Versions of the Scriptures (page 110)
Question the Third: Of the Authority of Scripture (page 275)
Question the Fourth: Of the Perspicuity of Scripture (page 359)
Question the Fifth: Of the Interpretation of Scripture (page 402)
Question the Sixth: Of the Perfection of Scripture, against Unwritten Traditions (page 496)
To the Reader (page 705)
Index (page 709)

Saturday, September 24, 2016

A Plea for Peace in the Presbyterian Family, on the Subject of Psalmody - 1852
By Rev. J. F. (John Finlay) M'Laren

Review (part 1) of M'Laren on Psalmody1st continuation2nd continuation3rd continuation
From "The Evangelical Repository, Vol. xii," - 1853
     Begins on pages 468-474
     Continued from page 474 on pages 506-513.
     Continued again from page 513 on pages 559-579.
     Continued again from page 579 on pages 633-641
Review (part 2) of M'Laren on Psalmody (Concluded from Vol. xii, page 641).
From "The Evangelical Repository, Vol. xiii," page 15 - 1854