Puritan Commentaries/Expositions on Leviticus

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  1. calvinich

    calvinich Puritan Board Freshman

    What would be some of the best or most popular Puritan commentaries/expositions on Leviticus?
  2. arapahoepark

    arapahoepark Puritan Board Graduate

  3. calvinich

    calvinich Puritan Board Freshman

    I say "or most popular" because I am less concerned with "usefulness" in understanding or exegesis as much as I am getting a good cross-section view of prevailing Puritan interpretations.
  4. Wayne

    Wayne Tempus faciendi, Domine.

  5. Wayne

    Wayne Tempus faciendi, Domine.

  6. Stephen L Smith

    Stephen L Smith Moderator Staff Member

    One of the commentaries Spurgeon recommended is printed by Banner of Truth Leviticus - Banner of Truth
  7. gkterry

    gkterry Puritan Board Freshman

    I don't know that I have seen a Puritan commentary on the whole of Leviticus. Bonar's is very good but he would not be classed as a Puritan. Calvin might be the closest, although he isn't Puritan either and his Leviticus commentary is part of the Harmony of the Four Last Books of Moses. You will likely have to be satisfied with bits and pieces. I have put all four(!) of the listings from Ralph Martin's, A Guide to the Puritans below:

    Gospel Worship by Jeremiah Burroughs deals with Lev 10:3
    untitled sacramental sermon by John Owen deals with 16:21, Vol 9:597-599
    Two Sermons upon Leviticus by Thomas Manton deals with 19:17, Vol 19:107-124
    Festival Kept to the Lord by Edward Payson (not really Puritan) deal with 23:39, Vol 2:275-292

    If you can get a hold of Joseph Caryl's, Practical Observations on Job set there are over 30 references to Leviticus in the index but they would likely all be very brief; perhaps just a mention in a sentence.

    Wayne has a good resource above and I would recommend taking advantage of it. Even though, strictly speaking, Spurgeon is not classed as a Puritan either he would be quite helpful and "Puritan-like". The only Puritan resources I have seen are Manton, Owen & Burroughs with Burroughs being the largest albeit on a limited section of Leviticus.

    Another good resource would be the Jamison, Fausset & Brown commentary. Although, again not Puritan, it will be helpful. The best, In my humble opinion, modern Leviticus commentary is the one by Gordon Wenham in the NICOT series. He does an excellent job of connecting Leviticus with the New Testament.

    If anyone has any other Puritan suggestions on Leviticus, I am all ears and would like to hear suggestions myself.
  8. gkterry

    gkterry Puritan Board Freshman

    Just found Henry Law, Christ is all: The Gospel in the Pentateuch, mentioned by Dr. Beeke on his list of recommended commentaries. Henry Law is later than the Puritans but check it out at:


    Or at the index which shows the other books:

    Grace Gems!
  9. Abeard

    Abeard Puritan Board Freshman

    I've enjoyed William Hendrikson on Leviticus.
  10. Pilgrim72

    Pilgrim72 Puritan Board Junior

    How about Matthew Henry?
  11. gkterry

    gkterry Puritan Board Freshman

    So obvious I had not thought of it.

    Also, Matthew Poole is very good and if you can find an electronic copy, Trapps commentary would be good.

    I believe it is available for the free The Word Bible program, too.
  12. reaganmarsh

    reaganmarsh Puritan Board Senior

    These are also free for eSword Bible software...
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