Wednesday, 24 August 2011

BOOK REVIEW: CONTEMPLATIONS ON THE GOD OF ISRAEL - BY WILLIAM HUNTINGTON

Contemplations on the God of Israel - By William Huntington;

paperback; 183 pages;

Published by Gospel Mission Books.

Lovers of Huntington will warmly welcome this book. Really it is Huntington at his best: he is dealing with the best of subjects and this, not among his controversial writings but in gracious letters to a close friend.

Contemplations on the God of Israel consists of nineteen letters written to Jenkin Jenkins.

Jenkins, who died aged 59 in 1810, was pastor at Jireh Chapel, Lewes, and almost certainly William Huntington’s closest friend. He always referred to him as “the Welsh ambassador.” The two are buried together outside the chapel at Lewes.

The subject of the book is exactly what the title implies – contemplations on each Person in the glorious Trinity. At the end of the final letter William Huntington writes:

“Nor suffer the devil to confound thee by suggesting that you will displease one by addressing the other. Whatever is truly and properly God is the Object of divine worship. And that Jesus Christ, the Son of God, and the Holy Ghost, the Spirit of God, are truly, really and properly God is as clearly revealed in the Scriptures as that the Father is so.

‘The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, the love of God our heavenly Father, and the communion of the Spirit of all grace, be with thee, and with all that love our Lord Jesus Christ in sincerity and truth, both now and for evermore.’”


As the preface states:

“This book is a complete refutation of many modern heresies and an effectual antidote to prevailing conceptions of the divine Being.”


To those unfamiliar with Huntington, this is a good beginning.

This is a replica of the 1940 edition published by C.J. Farncombe and Sons. It is nicely produced, the print is clear, and the price most reasonable.

By B.A. Ramsbottom

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