Originally written in 1701, this classic work has seen several reprinted versions in the nineteenth century and beyond. In this volume, Benjamin Keach introduces each parable as a sermon, with lessons that help the reader find application. Keach’s thorough familiarity with Scripture shines in every page of this study as he compares epistle messages and Old Testament commands with the lessons of each parable, providing the reader wide and deep access to scriptural study surrounding the parables.
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This work has always enjoyed popularity among those who love the racy quaint style of divines of the old school. As may be expected there are multitudes of fancied allusions, and not always a regard to any fixed principles of interpretations; yet the volume, in every page, contains matter which cannot be read without improvement. As an illustration of the wit of the author, he says, in the parable of the rich husbandman, ‘the poor man’s belly in the rich man’s barn.’
—The Journal of Sacred Literature and Biblical Record, vol. 4
A book peculiarly and happily calculated under the Divine Blessing to enlighten the mind, establish the judgment, and comfort the heart.
—Samuel Medley, founder of University College, London
The author, a self-taught Baptist of strong Calvinistic opinions, lived towards the end of the seventeenth century, and had several sturdy encounters with the Baxters, Owens, and other learned Nonconformists of his day, who were not willing to receive his theological dogmas for truth and were equally indisposed to admit his knowledge of divinity.
—The Literary Churchman: A Critical Record of Religious Publications
Benjamin Keach (1640–1704) was an early Baptist (sometimes called Particular Baptist or Baptist Puritan) and a preacher at Horslydown church in London. He was best known for writing The Baptist Catechism (also called Keach’s Catechism, although the work is so old his authorship is debated) and A Key to Open Scripture Metaphors (also called Tropologia), as well as a hymnbook that provoked debate among early Baptists. His church was the first among the Baptists to sing hymns, as opposed to psalms and paraphrases.