John Colquhoun's sources for "A Treatise of the Covenant of Grace"

Discussion in 'Covenant Theology' started by Reformed Covenanter, Feb 1, 2020.

  1. Reformed Covenanter

    Reformed Covenanter Puritanboard Commissioner

    In the dedication to his book on the covenant of grace, John Colquhoun acknowledged his indebtedness to the following sources:

    It is, however, proper to acknowledge that the Authors, to whom much of the doctrinal part of this Treatise, is indebted for its materials, are, Cloppenburg, Witsius, Turretine, Moor, Erskine, Brown, Hervey, Gib, Muirhead, Gill, and Boston. As to the last judicious Writer, I freely acknowledge, that, so far as he has proceeded, I have followed him so closely, as often to adopt, for the most part his method, and even his illustrations and proofs. Indeed, the substance of the greater part of his Book on the Covenant of Grace, is extracted, and will be found in the following pages; though the sentiments are expressed in a different manner.

    John Colquhoun, A Treatise of the Covenant of Grace (Edinburgh: Ogle, Allardice and Thomson, 1818), v.

    Who are Cloppenburg, Hervey, and Muirhead? It strikes me as interesting that he admits to relying on the Particular Baptist theologian, John Gill, which perhaps indicates that there is more continuity between the Reformed and Particular Baptists on the covenant of grace than is sometimes thought. Given Colquhoun's reliance on Thomas Boston, it is probable that he held the view that only the elect are, properly speaking, in the covenant.

    N.B. Moor is probably a reference to Bernardinus de Moor.
     
  2. Stephen L Smith

    Stephen L Smith Moderator Staff Member

    Here is a discussion on John Gill's Covenant Theology from a 1689 Federalist perspective
     
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  3. py3ak

    py3ak They're stalling and plotting against me Staff Member

    James Hervey from the Evangelical Awakening is perhaps best known for Theron and Aspasio.

    Johannes Cloppenburg gets cited in the literature from time to time, e.g., by Richard Muller. I would guess that Colquhoun might have especially in mind his Exercitationes super locos communes theologicos, but I am not sure where he deals specifically with covenant theology.
    https://books.google.com/books?id=F...YQ6AEwCHoECAgQAg#v=onepage&q=muirhead&f=false

    John Muirhead wrote "Dissertations on the Foederal Transactions Between God and His Church"
    https://books.google.com/books?id=F...YQ6AEwCHoECAgQAg#v=onepage&q=muirhead&f=false
     
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  4. Reformed Covenanter

    Reformed Covenanter Puritanboard Commissioner

    Thanks, Ruben. I had heard of James Hervey now that you mention him, and James Muirhead also rings a bell.
     
  5. CathH

    CathH Puritan Board Freshman

    Reuben beat me to it! I was fairly sure of James Hervey, but I'd have had to google the others.

    I only read Adam Gib's Sacred Contemplations in the last couple of years.

    Brown would presumably be John Brown of Haddington?
     
  6. Reformed Covenanter

    Reformed Covenanter Puritanboard Commissioner

    Yes, I think so.
     
  7. Don Kistler

    Don Kistler Puritan Board Sophomore

    Here is my slightly edited version of Colquhoun's quote:

    It is, however, proper to acknowledge that the authors to whom much of the doctrinal part of this treatise is indebted for its materials are: [Johannes] Cloppenburg, [Herman] Witsius, [Francis] Turretin, [John] Moor, [Ralph] Erskine, [John] Brown, [James] Hervey, [Adam] Gib, Muirhead, [John] Gill, and [Thomas] Boston. As to the last judicious writer, I freely acknowledge that, so far as he has proceeded, I have followed him so closely as often to adopt for the most part his method, and even his illustrations and proofs. Indeed, the substance of the greater part of his book on the Covenant of Grace is extracted, and will be found in the following pages, though the sentiments are expressed in a different manner.
     

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