Excerpted from an upcoming translation of Johannes Hornbeek’s “Institutes of Theology Harmonized from the Best Authors” (pp. 57-59) by Charles Johnson of Reformed Theology Delatinized. Franciscus Gomarus (1563–1641) on the Pronunciation of the Divine Name (YHWH) For, although God, on account of the infinite eminence of his nature, and the limited acumen of created intellect,… Read More Five Reasons “Jehovah” is Correct | Franciscus Gomarus
The Books of the Old and New Testaments Canonical and Inspired;With Remarks on the Apocryphaby Robert Haldane (1764–1842) In course of time, and in the progress of that corruption in the churches which soon began to work, the sacred canon was defiled by the addition and even intermixture of other books, which, through the unfaithfulness… Read More Why the Apocrypha is not Canonical Scripture
Why did the New Testament writers quote from the Septuagint (LXX)? Did they favor the Septuagint over the original Hebrew text of the Old Testament?… Read More Did the Apostles Favor the Septuagint?
Johnann Gerhard Theological Commonplaces: On the Nature of Theology and Scripture § 73. The canonical books of the Old Testament have the testimony of the Israelite church. Those controversial books [i.e. the Apocrypha] lack the testimony of the Israelite church. Therefore [the Apocrypha is not canonical]. Proof of the Major Premise. We prove the major… Read More The Oracles of God Committed unto the Jews
Johann Gerhard Theological Commonplaces: On the Nature of Theology and Scripture Chapter XIV: On The Integrity of the Hebrew Text in the Old Testament The Hebrew text is not corrupt. § 318. Among the arguments with which the Papists labor to carry their point that the Hebrew text of the Old Testament is not the… Read More The Purity of the Masoretic Text
“Jesus said unto him, Again it is written, Thou shalt not tempt the Lord thy God” (Mat. 4:7) William Perkins The Combat Between Christ and the Devil Displayed Point 3 of the Second Temptation Works, vol. 1, pp. 133-138. “Jesus said unto him, Again it is written, Thou shalt not tempt the Lord thy God”… Read More What Does It Mean To “Tempt” God?
Thomas Cartwright Confutation of the Rhemists’ Interpretation of 2 Thessalonians 2:15 pp. 530-534. Therefore, brethren, stand fast, and hold the traditions which ye have been taught, whether by word, or our epistle. (2 Thessalonians 2:15) Upon this, that the Apostle affirmeth that he gave the Thessalonians some things by word, and some things by epistle to… Read More Apostolic Tradition: Oral or Written? An Examination of 2 Thessalonians 2:15
Thomas Boston Works, vol. 1, ch. 3.3. The Scriptures the Book of the Lord, and the Diligent Study and Search Thereof Recommended and Urged Isaiah 34:16—”Seek ye out of the book of the Lord, and read: no one of these shall fail, none shall want her mate: for my mouth it hath commanded, and his… Read More The Importance of Studying Scripture
Thomas Boston Works, vol. 1, ch. 3.2. 1 Timothy 1:13—”Hold fast the form of sound words—in faith and love.“ In these words there is, (1) The character of scripture-doctrine; it is sound words; sound and pure in itself, and sound in its effects, being of a soul-healing virtue, Ezekiel 47:9. (2) The sum of it,… Read More The Scope of the Scriptures
Thomas Boston Works, vol. 1, ch. 3.1. Doctrine II. “The scriptures are the rule to direct us how we may glorify and enjoy God.“ Here I shall only give the properties of this rule. 1. Scripture is Clear. 1. It is a perspicuous or clear rule. For though all things in scripture are not alike… Read More Scripture: The Only Rule of Faith and Life