Benjamin Beddome (1717-1795) is a largely forgotten 18th Century English Baptist preacher, remembered today only as a minor hymnwriter. For over half a century he served as pastor of the Baptist church meeting at Bourton-on-the-Water, Gloucestershire. He is worth more than a passing glance.
Beddome's Scriptural Exposition of the Baptist Catechism has recently been reprinted. It is available here.
Dr. James M. Renihan has said
The recent reprint of The Baptist Catechism has given families and study classes a helpful tool for memorizing the great doctrines of the Christian faith. Now, a hidden jewel, Benjamin Beddome's 'A Scriptural Exposition of the Baptist Catechism,' takes its place alongside the Catechism to give much needed assistance to the same families and classes. Beddome shows how the doctrines contained in the Catechism are founded upon Scripture, and explains them for all to understand. This is indeed a wonderful instrument to make skilled craftsmen from apprentices!
And Dr Tom Nettles
Beddome's exposition is particularlly helpful for doctrine classes in churches and can give substantial help to any leader that would want to convene such a study.
Dr Michael Haykin gives the background
During his early years at Bourton Beddome used Benjamin Keach's Baptist Catechism extensively, but felt the questions and answers needed to be supplemented so composed what was printed in 1752 as 'A Scriptural Exposition of the Baptist Catechism by Way of Question and Answer,' which basically reproduced the wording and substance of the catechism drawn up by Keach, but added various sub-questions and answers to each of the main questions.
It proved quite popular. There were two editions during Beddome's lifetime, the second of which was widely used at the Bristol Baptist Academy, the sole British Baptist seminary for much of the 18th Century. In the 19th Century it was reprinted once in the British Isles and twice in the United States, the last printing being in 1849.
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Some useful dates
1650s Formed: '50 Welsh Assoc '52 Abingdon or Berkshire Assoc '53 Western Assoc '55 Midlands Assoc
1677 London Confession
1689 Glorious revolution. Rev & repub: London Confession 1690 Formed: Northern Assoc Re-formed: Midland Assoc 1690s '90-'93 National assemblies '90 Pub: "Keach" Catechism; '91 Spiritual Melody, Keach; '96 Spiritual Songs, Keach '97 First hymns, Stennett 1714 Coronation George I '17 Birth: BB; Founded: Particular Baptist Fund
'19 Formed: Yorks & Lancs Assoc '24 Founded: Baptist Board '27 Moravian revival, Herrnhut '33/34 Re-formed: Western Assoc '35 Wesleys converted '36 Pub: Narrative surprising conversions, Edwards, following revival; Gospel Worthy, Fuller '38 Whitefield, Wesley begin open air preaching '40 Great Awakening, America; Pub: Short account Whitefield '41 Whitefield, Wesley split '47 Pub: Humble Attempt, Edwards '48 Pub: Life Brainerd, Edwards
'52 Franklin develops lightning rod 1750s '50 Pub: Evangelical Hymns Wallin; '51 Selection Rippon; '52 Catechism BB
'56 Seven years war begins 1760s '60 Pub: Poems, A Steele; '68 Reign of Grace, Booth; '69 1st Baptist Hymn Book Collection, Ash/Evans; Body of Divinity, Gill '64 Formed: Northampton Assoc
'69 Formed: Norfolk & Suffolk Assoc '70 Strong Arminian Calvinist controversy among Methodists; Formed: New Connexion & Bristol Education Soc
'71 Cook sails to Pacific
'73 Boston Tea Party '76 Declaration of Independence; Sutcliff meets Fuller; Catechism BB (2nd ed) '78 Wesley's Arminian Magazine begun '79 Formed: Kent & Sussex Assoc 1780s '81 Pub: Help for Zion's Travellers, Hall; '84 Humble Attempt English ed (Sutcliff)
'83 Treaty of Paris (Britain accepts American independence) '84 Northampton Assoc prayer for revival '86 Others take up idea; Pub: Gospel worthy, Fuller (w '81) '89 Bastille stormed, French Revolution '90 Rippon's Baptist Register begun '92 Formed: "BMS" (Thomas Paine Rights of man) '93 Carey sails for India (Execution Louis XVI) '95 Death: BB