Community Pricing suggestion: Commentary by John Trapp

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Philip G Layton | Forum Activity | Posted: Mon, Oct 1 2012 10:23 PM

I noticed Robert Hawker's commentary in Puritan tradition is in community pricing. Next to Matthew Henry and Poole, many regard John Trapp's commentary as one of the best of the Puritans, and some would rank higher than the others. Logos, please consider John Trapp's commentary. His large five-volume commentary is still read today and is known for its pithy statements and quotable prose. His volumes are quoted frequently by other religious writers, including Charles Spurgeon, who says of his works:

"Would it be possible to eulogize too much the incomparably sententious and suggestive folios of John Trapp? Trapp will be most valuable to men of discernment, to thoughtful men, to men who only want a start in a line of thought, and are then able to run alone.

Trapp excels in witty stories on the one hand, and learned allusions on the other. You will not thoroughly enjoy him unless you can turn to the original, and yet a mere dunce at classics will prize him. His writings remind me of himself: he was a pastor, hence his holy practical remarks; he was the head of a public school, and everywhere we see his profound scholarship; he was for some time amid the guns and drums of a parliamentary garrison, and he gossips and tells queer anecdotes like a man used to a soldier's life; yet withal, he comments as if he had been nothing else but a commentator all his days. Trapp is my especial companion and treasure; I can read him when I am too weary for anything else.

Trapp is salt, pepper, mustard, vinegar, and all the other condiments. Put him on the table when you study, and when you have your dish ready, use him by way of spicing the whole thing. Yes, gentlemen, read Trapp certainly, and if you catch the infection of his consecrated humor, so much the better for your hearers."

Ruth Graham, the daughter of Ruth Bell Graham, said that John Trapp, along with C.S. Lewis and George MacDonald, was one of her mother's three favorite sources for quotations.

PDFs available at http://www.digitalpuritan.net/johntrapp.html

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Ted Hans | Forum Activity | Replied: Mon, Oct 1 2012 10:50 PM

Yes Add my vote.

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