John R. de Witt and Jus Divinum: The Westminster Assembly & the Divine Right of Church Government

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  1. NaphtaliPress

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    I didn't post anything last year here but a memory on Facebook reminded me. Dr. de Witt, the author of Jus Divinum: The Westminster Assembly & the Divine Right of Church Government (1969), still a significant and valued contribution to the study of the assembly, passed away last year. I approached him I think about a reprint since originals were going for quite a bit of money. He agreed but insisted in preserving the original setting rather than reset it. So I did a careful high rez scan and paste up for a print on demand edition using a copy he sent me to destroy for this purpose. Below are links to the reprint which is available as print on demand, and the obituary. Quite a few years ago when we only had a hand full of issues of The Confessional Presbyterian journal out, he sent this very kind assessment: “The three issues of The Confessional Presbyterian which you kindly sent me have riveted my attention. How is it that I have come so late to a discovery of the remarkable work you have been doing these last several years? I have read many journals in the course of my increasingly long life, but none comes close to the quality and depth of yours. It is truly extraordinary. Clearly, you have persuaded gifted people to be your helpers, and they have served you–and the wider Reformed world–very well indeed. Moreover, the appearance, the artistic quality, of The Confessional Presbyterian is first rate…. I have an idea that, in the years to come, serious scholars will refer to the writing you and others have done.” John R. de Witt.

    John R. de Witt

    Jus Divinum: The Westminster Assembly & the Divine Right of Church Government (1969; repr. 2011). http://www.lulu.com/shop/j-r-de-wit...ch-government/hardcover/product-11260215.html
     
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  2. PuritanCovenanter

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  3. NaphtaliPress

    NaphtaliPress Administrator Staff Member

    I forgot to put the link to the book. I'll add it.
     
  4. PuritanCovenanter

    PuritanCovenanter Moderator Staff Member

    I am still trying to figure this picture thing out Chris. Sorry. I read the one you published probably a decade ago. I purchased the other one but haven't read it yet.



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  5. NaphtaliPress

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    As I said on FB, I'm determined to publish a complete redo of the one on the right, JDRE, to restore about 30% of omitted text and other improvements, in the NPSE series I'm proposing. See the Kickstarter ending Oct 9. If it fails I have a hard plan B but it sure would be nice if the fund drive succeeds. https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/naphtalipress/james-durham-a-commentary-on-revelation-13-504pp?
     
  6. PuritanCovenanter

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    I love Durham. I believe he hasn't been read enough. I gave my Old Paths copy away years ago. I love him when it he discusses Covenant Theology. I have quoted him in a few blogs. I hope you are able to get it underway.
     
  7. DTK

    DTK Puritan Board Junior

    Chris, I was blessed to have Dr deWitt as my professor for all of my systematic theology courses at Reformed Seminary in Jackson. He didn't teach systematic theology, he preached systematic theology, and he was, to be sure, one of my favorite professors. He was a very gifted preacher.
     
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