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A COMMENTARY ON REVELATION: VOLUME ONE - Chapters 1-3 and VOLUME TWO - Chapters 4 - 11
James Durham, edited by Chris Coldwell

BRAND NEW PRINTING OF REVELATION 1 - 11 AS THE FIRST TWO VOLUMES IN A THREE-VOLUME SET ON DURHAM ON REVELATION.

English Puritanism and Scottish Presbyterianism in the seventeenth century had many bright and shining lights. Of these, James Durham (1622–1658), ranks alongside the greatest of his generation, for his theological depth, faithful preaching, and particularly for his moderate spirit at a time when such was in scarce supply. While he could have been a professor of theology in any university, Durham instead spent a brief ten year ministry preaching and lecturing for the most part in the Inner-Kirk of Glasgow Cathedral. It was thought that he poured so much of himself into his studies for sermons and lectures that it brought about his early death at the age of thirty-six. His works were often reprinted and left an impression that lasted for centuries. Recently, all of his sermons in two volumes and his lectures on the Book of Job and on the Ten Commandments have been published in new critical editions. Continuing with his lectures, the publishers are pleased to offer now a new critical edition of James Durham’s largest book, which, while it is his more theologically intense work, retains the same practical Uses and Applications of his sermons and other lectures.

VOLUME ONE. Lectures on Chapters 1–3. This first of three projected volumes comprises a third of the lectures and fully half of the theological essays. The text covers chapter one in nine lectures (the most on any chapter) and the letters to the seven churches in Asia. The theological lectures contained cover such subjects as the doctrine of the Trinity, a call to the ministry and qualifications for the ministry, church government and church discipline, repentance, the difference in common and saving grace, and preaching and application in preaching. The text has been collated with a 1653 manuscript and an appendix contains texts and full lectures that are significantly different than the published edition of 1658. A new biography will appear in volume two. Volume three will contain a bibliographical essay covering Durham’s works and recent manuscript discoveries, as well as the indices, including an index of errata of prior editions.

This first of three projected volumes comprises a third of the lectures and fully half of the theological essays. The text covers chapter one in nine lectures (the most on any chapter) and the letters to the seven churches in Asia. The theological lectures contained cover such subjects as the doctrine of the Trinity, a call to the ministry and qualifications for the ministry, church government and church discipline, repentance, the difference in common and saving grace, and preaching and application in preaching. The text has been collated with a 1653 manuscript and an appendix contains texts and full lectures that are significantly different than the published edition of 1658.

TABLE OF CONTENTS

To the Judicious & Christian Reader by John Carstairs

To the Reader by Robert Baillie

A Brief View of the Series of the Whole Book of the Revelation



CHAPTER ONE

Lecture 1: Revelation 1:1–4

Excursus 1: Concerning the Holy Trinity and Object of Worship

Lecture 2: Revelation 1:4–6

Lecture 3: Revelation 1:7–9

Lecture 4: Revelation 1:10

Lecture 5: Revelation 1:10–11

Lecture 6: Revelation 1:12–15

Lecture 7: Revelation 1:15–16

Lecture 8: Revelation 1:17–18

Lecture 9: Revelation 1:19–20

Excursus 2: Concerning a Calling to the Ministry, and clearness therein

Excursus 3: Concerning Writing

Excursus 4: Of Reading, and Hearing



CHAPTER TWO

Lecture 1: Revelation 2:1–3

Lecture 2: Revelation 2:4–5

Lecture 3: Revelation 2:6–7

Excursus 5: Concerning Church-government and Discipline, in General

Excursus 6: Concerning a Minister’s Relation to a Particular Congregation

Excursus 7: Concerning the Nature and Difference of Saving and Common Grace

Lecture 4: Revelation 2:8–11

Excursus 8: Concerning the Influence that the Devil has on Some Wicked Men’s Actions, and How He Carries on the Same

Lecture 5: Revelation 2:12–17

Lecture 6: Revelation 2:18–29



CHAPTER THREE

Lecture 1: Revelation 3:1–6

Lecture 2: Revelation 3:7–13

Excursus 9: Concerning Ministerial Qualifications

Lecture 3: Revelation 3:14–22

Excursus 10: Concerning the Identity of Angel, Bishop, and Presbyter

Excursus 11: Concerning the Way of Covenanting with God, and of a Sinner’s Obtaining Justification before Him

Excursus 12: Concerning Repentance

Excursus 13: Some General Observations Concerning Preaching, and Especially Application



Endorsements:

“This commentary on Revelation provides what was, as Principal John MacLeod said, ‘in past days, the accepted Protestant view of that book.’ While James Durham’s historicist reading of Revelation is no longer the standard view, that should not deter readers, for, as Spurgeon said, ‘it would not be easy to find a more sensible and instructive work than this old-fashioned exposition. We cannot accept its interpretations of the mysteries, but the mystery of the gospel fills it with sweet savour.’ The finest treasure in this commentary is not, however, Durham’s exegetical work (helpful though this is!). Contained in his commentary are independent treatises which are the purest of theological gold. These extended essays present Reformed thought at its best. As Richard A. Muller has said, this work “offers significant access to seventeenth-century Reformed and Presbyterian thought ... Durham’s work illustrates the relationship of Scripture with doctrine and piety and dogmatics.” —Donald John MacLean, author of James Durham (1622–1658): And the Gospel Offer in its Seventeenth-Century Context.

Hardcover, 504 pages

Page Size: 7.5 x 10.5 inches

Retail Price: $50.00

ISBN 978-1-60178-796-5

VOLUME TWO. Lectures on Chapters 4 - 11

Volume 2, Lectures on Chapters 4–11 is the second of three projected volumes. The theological digressions interspersed throughout cover such subjects as the nature and extent of the merit of Christ’s death, Mede’s Synchronisms, Christ’s Intercession, the idolatry of the Church of Rome, Prophesying, the Waldenses, and the founding of true churches by reformation out of corrupt churches. The text has been collated with a 1653 manuscript which in places is significantly different from the published edition of 1658. A new biography will appear in volume 3. Volume 3 will also contain a bibliographical essay covering Durham’s works and manuscripts, as well as the indices, including an index of errata of prior editions.

TABLE OF CONTENTS

Editor's Preface



CHAPTER FOUR

Lecture 1: Revelation 4:1–3

Lecture 2: Revelation 4:4–8

Lecture 3: Revelation 4:8-11



CHAPTER FIVE

Lecture 1: Revelation 5:1-7

Lecture 2: Revelation 5:8-14

Excursus 14: Concerning the Nature of Christ's Death or if it be Properly a Satisfaction

Excursus 15: Concerning the Extent of the Merit of Christ's Death, or if it may be Accounted a Satisfaction for All Men



CHAPTER SIX

Lecture 1: Revelation 6:1

Excursus 16: Concerning Learned Mede's Synchronism, or a particular consideration of the same

Lecture 2: Revelation 6:1-2

Lecture 3: Revelation 6:3-4

Lecture 4: Revelation 6:5-6

Lecture 5: Revelation 6:7-8

Lecture 6: Revelation 6:9

Lecture 7: Revelation 6:10-11

Lecture 8: Revelation 6:12-17



CHAPTER SEVEN

Lecture 1: Revelation 7:1

Lecture 2: Revelation 7:2-3

Lecture 3: Revelation 7:4-8

Lecture 4: Revelation 7:9-10

Lecture 5: Revelation 7:11-14

Lecture 6: Revelation 7:14-17



CHAPTER EIGHT

Lecture 1: Revelation 8:1–4

Excursus 17 Concerning Christ's Intercession or a particular consideration of the same

Lecture 2: Revelation 8:5-7

Lecture 3: Revelation 8:8-9

Lecture 4: Revelation 8:10–11

Lecture 5: Revelation 8:12–13



CHAPTER NINE

Lecture 1: Revelation 9:1–11

Excursus 18: Concerning the Comfortless Grounds that Popery Lays Down for Comforting Poor Afflicted Consciences

Lecture 2: Revelation 9:12-21

Excursus 19: Concerning the Idolatry of the Church of Rome



CHAPTER TEN

Lecture on Revelation 10:1-22

Excursus 20: Concerning Prophesying

Excursus 21: Concerning a Minister's Particular Message to a Particular Auditory, and if it may be again and again insisted on and repeated



CHAPTER 11

Lecture 1: Revelation 11:1-2

Lecture 2: Revelation 11:3-6

Lecture 3: Revelation 11:7-10

Lecture 4: Revelation 11:11-14

Excursus 22: Concerning the Waldenses

Lecture 5: Revelation 11:15-19

Excursus 23: Concerning the Constituting of True Churches by Reformation out of such as have been corrupt



APPENDIX: Manuscript Texts

VOLUME ONE: Corrigenda



John Owen called James Durham, "one of good learning, sound judgement, and every way 'a workman that needeth not to be ashamed.'" To read Durham on Revelation is to find proof of this. His commentary provides what was, as Principal John MacLeod said, "in past days, the accepted Protestant view of that book". While Durham's historicist reading of Revelation is no longer the standard view, that should not deter readers, for, as Spurgeon said, “it would not be easy to find a more sensible and instructive work than this old-fashioned exposition. We cannot accept its interpretations of the mysteries, but the mystery of the gospel fills it with sweet savour.” The finest treasure in this commentary is not, however, Durham's exegetical work (helpful though this is!). Contained in his commentary are independent treatises which are the purest of theological gold. Make what you will of Durham's interpretation of Revelation, but extended essays on the Trinity, the call to the ministry, the nature of justification, and so on present Reformed thought at its best. As Richard A. Muller has said, this work “offers significant access to seventeenth-century Reformed and Presbyterian thought ... Durham’s work illustrates the relationship of Scripture with doctrine and piety and dogmatics.” Taken all in all, readers of this work will surely ultimately agree with Durham's contemporary Robert Blair, who said of this work, "Many Writers have done worthily, but thou excellest them all.”



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