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This new blog is envisioned to be a forum for discussion and refinement on the study of John Gill.  Jerad File, a Th.M student at Soutwestern Baptist Theological Seminary writing his thesis on Gill, initially started the blog. Allen Mickle, a Ph.D. student at Leiden University, and Jonny White, a Ph.D. student at the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, also writing their dissertations on Gill, have also been partners in this endeavor from the begining. We are in hopes of being joined by others who are also studying Gill. Please feel free to comment or even criticize. We know that Gill is a controversial figure and we welcome the opportunity to be sharpened in our understanding of this great Particular Baptist pastor and scholar.

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  1. Brilliant idea guys!

    My name is Michael Beck. I am the pastor of Gracenet Community Church, Wellington New Zealand (www.gracenet.co.nz). I absolutely love Gill – and am also considering doing my Phd on him.

    The blog is great. I have already found it to be very interesting!

    Keep up the good work.

    Here are 10 great commendations of Gill – which I thought you might like to add to your material (I have found them to be both encouraging and helpful in light of all the controversy that surrounds his theology).

    1. Tony Reinke

    There seems to be a consensus that Gill’s writings are firmly founded upon solid biblical scholarship. He shows a deep level of understanding with Scripture, allowing the bible to interpret itself. His wealth of insight into the Hebrew language, tradition and culture soaks both the Old and New Testaments….Now 240 years later this work stands as an ebenezer of one man’s faithfulness to preach through the entire bible in light of a culture encouraging men and women to judge divine reality through empty philosophical “rationalism.” He was and remains through his works “a star of the first magnitude amidst surrounding darkness” (Spurgeon).
    [Blogger – http://spurgeon.wordpress.com/category/john-gill/%5D

    2. Richard Muller

    [Gill] stands as perhaps the most erudite [or learned] of the eighteenth-century Dissenting theologies in the tradition of the older orthodoxy”
    [Post-Reformation Reformed Dogmatics, 3:150]

    3. Augustus Toplady

    “That his labors were indefatigable, his life exemplary … if any one can be supposed to have trod the whole circle of human learning, it was this great and eminent person. His attainments, both in abstruse and polite literature, were equally extensive and profound, and so far as the distinguishing doctrines of grace are concerned, he never besieged an error which he did not force from its stronghold, nor ever encountered an adversary whom he did not baffle and subdue.”
    [Eulogy delivered upon Gill’s death.]

    4. Charles Spurgeon
    “A man of profound learning and deep piety, he was notable as a divine for the exactness of his systematic theology in which he maintained the doctrines of grace against the innovations of Arminian teachers. His Body of Divinity has long been held in the highest repute. As the fervent exposition of an entire and harmonious creed, it has no rival. His famous treatise entitled The Cause of God And Truth, obtained for him the championship of the Calvinistic School of Divinity.”

    “the world and the church take leave to question his dogmatism, but they both bow before his erudition [learning] … For good, sound, massive, sober sense in commenting, who can excel Gill?”
    [http://www.ccel.org/ccel/spurgeon/sermons05.xlv.html]

    5. Michael Phillips

    There is nothing that you can read outside the Bible that will do you more good than John Gill!
    [Michael Phillips is the pastor of Grace Baptist Church in Fremont, California – audio lecture on John Gill.]

    6.Dr. William Cathcart

    Gill’s ‘Body of Divinity’ is a work without which no theological library is complete. His grand old doctrines of grace, sweep all opposition before them.

    7. Solid Ground Books

    This majestic work was the last great writing of Dr. John Gill. Published in 1769 just two years prior to his death, it is arguably the most complete body of divinity ever written. Packed with biblical wisdom and unpolluted by worldly philosophy, this complete systematic theology represents some of the most vigorous, robust defenses of truth and clear statements of doctrine ever recorded in print.

    8. Douglas W. Phillips

    When I was a young man, my spiritual father, mentor, and pastor gave me a copy of John Gill. He told me it was the most trustworthy and foundational commentary in print. He explained to me that my hero Charles Spurgeon had feasted on John Gill’s writings when he was a young man. Nearly twenty-five years later, I want to once again publicly thank Pastor Robert Gifford for introducing me to the great John Gill who has remained my constant companion in my life. His cogent, orthodox, and careful scholarship has provided me with untold blessings. It does my heart great good to think that Dr. Gill’s incomparable commentaries are once again available for the libraries of Christian families.
    [Doug Phillips is the president of Vision Forum Ministries, the founder of the San Antonio Independent Christian Fillm Festival, and a faculty member of the Christian Filmmakers Academy, dedicated to bringing a presuppositionally biblical approach to film and culture.]

    9. David Benedict

    The Baptist historian David Benedict noted that the Charleston Baptist Association “recommended to the churches and the public to encourage, by subscription, the undertaking . . . to republish Dr. Gill’s Exposition and each church was advised to provide a copy for the use of its minister.”

    10. B. K. Campbell

    To Reformed Baptist families I recommend Gill first and foremost, before Calvin and before Henry. The reason is simple, the commentary is comprehensive virtually covering every verse in the Bible and the Doctrines of Graces are accurately riddled throughout for the benefit of you and your children. If you have been wanting a comprehensive commentary on Scripture, but have been baffled, don’t fully know what is good and what is bad you will not go wrong with Gill. To those who are avid readers and collectors of good books (like myself) if you don’t own Gill or fallaciously consider him to be below your level, a waste of money or surpassed by modern commentaries, how wrong you are. Originally, I made the mistake of taking Gill for granted, but I tell you (a man of many books) there is so much theology in the commentaries of Gill, one would do well to get half of it in a life time- deep theological veins run there. Take another look, consult him on a verse, and tell me you found nothing there. Perhaps my early neglect of Gill was due to the fact that I didn’t really know how to look and that is why I could get nothing or see nothing in Gill, or maybe I didn’t look because I didn’t take Gill serious, but whatever the reason it matters not. So much has changed, now he is one of my favorite commentators and his set my most valued comprehensive set on the Bible. To be without him is to remain ignorant. Recommended chief among commentaries!

  2. To Reformed Baptist families I recommend Gill first and foremost, before Calvin and before Henry. The reason is simple, the commentary is comprehensive virtually covering every verse in the Bible and the Doctrines of Graces are accurately riddled throughout for the benefit of you and your children. If you have been wanting a comprehensive commentary on Scripture, but have been baffled, don’t fully know what is good and what is bad you will not go wrong with Gill. To those who are avid readers and collectors of good books (like myself) if you don’t own Gill or fallaciously consider him to be below your level, a waste of money or surpassed by modern commentaries, how wrong you are. Originally, I made the mistake of taking Gill for granted, but I tell you (a man of many books) there is so much theology in the commentaries of Gill, one would do well to get half of it in a life time- deep theological veins run there. Take another look, consult him on a verse, and tell me you found nothing there. Perhaps my early neglect of Gill was due to the fact that I didn’t really know how to look and that is why I could get nothing or see nothing in Gill, or maybe I didn’t look because I didn’t take Gill serious, but whatever the reason it matters not. So much has changed, now he is one of my favorite commentators and his set my most valued comprehensive set on the Bible. To be without him is to remain ignorant. Recommended chief among commentaries!
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  4. I rank Gill the greatest theologian period.


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