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A Scriptural Exposition of the Baptist Catechism
Introduction by Dr. James Renihan and Biographical Sketch by Dr. Michael Haykin
The recent reprint of The Baptist Catechism has given families and study classes a helpful tool for memorising the great doctrines of the Christian faith. Now, a hidden jewel, Benjamin Beddome’s ‘A Scriptural Exposition of the Baptist Catechism,’ takes its place alongside the Catechism to give much needed assistance to the same families and classes. Beddome shows how the doctrines contained in the Catechism are founded upon Scripture, and explains them for all to understand. This is indeed a wonderful instrument to make skilled craftsmen from apprentices.
“Though not great in size, Beddome’s Exposition of the Baptist Catechism could be rightly called his magnum opus. The Baptist Catechism of the late seventeenth century had done much to shape the theology of the Baptists holding to the Second London Confession. Beddome was concerned however in his day that the churches of the land had reached a “melancholy state” where catechising had been “thrown aside.” It was his hope to revitalise interest in catechising and stir the “zeal” of the churches within his reach. Among the evangelically minded Particular Baptist of his day his work was no small success, judged by them an “excellent little body of divinity.” Beddome dedicated this rich work to his church, stating that it was offered hoping that they would “accept it as a small acknowledgment of their many favours, and a token of the sincerest gratitude and affection” for them. My the Lord bless our brothers labours, and may it find fresh use in our churches today.”
“During the early years of his ministry Benjamin Beddome (1717-1795) used Benjamin Keach’s ‘The Baptist Catechism’ extensively, but clearly felt that the questions and answers of this catechism needed to be supplemented by further material. So he composed what was printed in 1752 as ‘A Scriptural Exposition of the Baptist Catechism by Way of Question and Answer,’ which basically reproduced the wording and substance of the catechism drawn up by Keach, but added various sub-questions and answers to each of the main questions. The Scriptural Exposition proved to be quite popular. There were two editions during Beddome’s lifetime, the second of which was widely used at the Bristol Baptist Academy, which was the sole British Baptist seminary for much of the eighteenth century. In the nineteenth century it was reprinted once in the British Isles and twice in the United States, the last printing being in 1849.”
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