COMMENTARY ON HEBREWS, Exegetical and Expository, by William Gouge; Kregel Publications, 1980; 1148 pp., $24.95.(Reviewed by Prof. H. Hanko)
From the rather lengthy biographical sketch at the beginning of this volume we learn that William Gouge lived from 1575 to 1653, was a graduate from King’s College, Cambridge, served for 45 years as minister of Blackfriars, London, was made a member of the Westminster Assembly of Divines by an act of Parliament, and was noted and respected for his exceptional godliness and piety.
This is a massive work. It not only numbers well over one thousand pages, but the book measures about 10″ x 8″, has two columns on every page, and is printed in small type. It is, therefore, an exhaustive treatment of the epistle to the Hebrews. It is written in the Puritan style with the exposition of each chapter divided into sections, with many careful analyses of words and thoughts, with objections and questions raised periodically and answered at length, with lists of important doctrines taught in a given passage, and with much personal application to the life of the child of God.
I have found the commentary to be excellent throughout. For the size and importance of the book, the pride is by no means excessive. Although there is a bit of Latin and Greek (as well as Hebrew) in the text, there is not an overabundance of these foreign words, and the commentary can very well be used by anyone who is interested in an extensive treatment of Hebrews. I highly recommend it to our ministers and students. It will not only be of considerable help in understanding what is, at best, a difficult book, but it will give a great deal of insight into Puritan thinking and theology.
The book is a part of Kregel Limited Edition Library.