• Keith Mathison

John Trapp's Commentaries


While working on a project over the course of the Summer, I stumbled across a work that I wish I had found years ago, namely the biblical commentary of John Trapp (16011669). It is a massive work, and I have only skimmed the surface so far, but that skimming has been a joy. Like Matthew Henry and Charles Spurgeon, Trapp has a way with words. In fact, he was one of Spurgeon's favorite commentators.


Digital Puritan has a page devoted to John Trapp that contains links to pdf scans of the original mid seventeenth-century versions of the commentaries. If you are not used to the old fonts that were used at the time, these can be difficult to read at first. There is also a much more readable mid nineteenth-century edition that is available in digitized form at Archive.org.


Volume 1

Volume 2

Volume 3

Volume 4

Volume 5


To any preachers reading this blog who have never read Trapp, I encourage you to pick any chapter of the Bible, find, and read his comments. I suspect that after doing so, you'll want his commentary by your side as you prepare sermons from this point forward.


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Image of John Trapp by Richard Gaywood © National Portrait Gallery, London

Used with permission line engraving, published 1654 8 in. x 5 3/8 in. (204 mm x 135 mm) paper size Given by the daughter of compiler William Fleming MD, Mary Elizabeth Stopford (née Fleming), 1931 Reference Collection NPG D28834

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