Steve Weaver over at Credo Magazine has written a brief but helpful introduction to great Baptist theologian John Gill. This introduction is part of series at Credo Mag called “10 Baptists Everyone Should Know.”
I have benefited greatly from Gill’s Exposition of the Bible as it reflects not only a reformed Baptist position but also an historic Baptist perspective.
When John Gill (1697-1771) died he was widely recognized as the greatest Baptist theologian of the eighteenth century. While pastoring the same congregation for nearly fifty-two years, Gill more than earned the nickname, “Dr. Voluminous,” by publishing more than ten thousand pages during his lifetime! Gill holds the distinction of being the first Baptist to write a systematic theology, as well as being the first Baptist to write a verse-by-verse commentary on the entire Bible. No wonder that Augustus Toplady predicted shortly after Gill’s death that: “While true religion and sound learning have a single friend remaining in the British Empire, the works and name of GILL will be precious and revered.”
You can read the entire article here.