Exposition of Romans, Robert Haldane, hard cover

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''It is with particular pleasure that I recommend this commentary on the Epistle to the Romans. First and foremost is the fact that I have derived much profit and pleasure from it myself . . . . While Hodge excels in accurate scholarship, there is greater warmth and practical application in Haldane. In any case, both stand supreme as commentaries on this mighty epistle.

However, that which gives an unusual and particularly endearing value to this commentary is the history that lies behind it. In 1816 Robert Haldane, being about fifty years of age, went to Switzerland and to Geneva. There, to all outward appearances as if by accident, he came into contact with a number of students who were studying for the ministry. They were all blind to spiritual truth, but felt much attracted to Haldane, and to what he said. He arranged, therefore, that they should come regularly twice a week to the rooms where he was staying, and there he took them through and expounded to them Paul’s Epistle to the Romans.

One by one they became converted, and their conversion led to a true Revival of religion, not only in Switzerland, but also in France. They included such men as Merle D’Aubigne, the writer of the classic ''History of the Reformation; Frederic Monod who became the founder of the Free Churches in France; Bonifas, who became a theologian of great ability; Louis Gaussen the author of ''Theopneustia,'' a book on the inspiration of the Scriptures; and, Cesar Malan. There were also others greatly used of God in the revival. It was at the request of such men that Robert Haldane decided to put into print what he had been telling them. Hence this volume. And one cannot read it without being conscious of the preacher as well as the expositor.

What . . . Dr. Reuben Sailens says of what has become known as ''Haldane’s Revival'' can be applied with equal truth to this commentary: ''The three main characteristics of Haldane’s Revival, as it has sometimes been called, were these: (1) It gave a prominent emphasis to the necessity of a personal knowledge and experience of grace; (2) It maintained the absolute authority and Divine inspiration of the Bible; (3) It was a return to Calvinistic doctrine against Pelagianism and Arminianism. Haldane was an orthodox of the first water, but his orthodoxy was blended with love and life.''

May God grant that it may produce that same love and life in all who read it.''
D. MARTYN LLOYD-JONES

Robert Haldane (1764-1842)
Born 28th February 1764 in Queen Anne Street, Cavendish Square, London, he was the eldest brother of James Alexander Haldane.
Leaving the Church of Scotland in January 1799, and joining his brother in organizing a congregational church in Edinburgh, he set about establishing tabernacles in the large centers of population, after the plan of Whitefield, he himself supplying the necessary funds. To provide pastors he founded seminaries for the training of students, whom he maintained at his own expense. It is said that in the twelve years 1798-1810 he had expended over £70,000 on his schemes for the advancement of religion in Scotland.

In the end of 1824 he became involved in a controversy, which raged for twelve years, regarding the circulation by the British and Foreign Bible Society of the Apocrypha along with the Bible. His first 'Review of the Conduct of the British and Foreign Bible Society relative to the Apocrypha and to their administration on the Continent, with an Answer to the Rev. Charles Simeon, and Observations on the Cambridge Remarks,' appeared in 1824. A second 'Review' followed the first. The course of this controversy led him to issue one of his best known works, 'The Authenticity and Inspiration of the Scriptures,' which at once reached a large circulation, and has passed through many editions. In 1835 appeared the first volume of another work, which was also destined to attain great popularity, an 'Exposition of the Epistle to the Romans,' the beginnings of which had already appeared in French. The second volume was published in 1837, and the third in 1839. In addition to the works mentioned he was the author of many tracts and other fugitive publications.

He died in Edinburgh on 12th December 1842, and was buried in Glasgow Cathedral. He married in April 1786 Katherine Cochrane, daughter of George Oswald of Scotstown.

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