Book Recommendations: Ursinus
R. Scott Clark
Commentary on the Heidelberg Catechism by Zacharias Ursinus
There are many commentaries on the Heidelberg Catechism, but this one was written by the man responsible for writing most of the catechism. Ursinus was appointed to defend the catechism, which he did through these and other lectures. In addition to this, there are some related resources. One can get the following essay, with Joel Beeke, "Ursinus, Oxford and the Westminster Divines," in The Westminster Confession Into the 21st Century: Essays in Remembrance of the 35-th Anniversary of the Publication of the Westminster Confession of Faith, vol. 3, ed. Ligon Duncan (Ross-Shire, Scotland, 2003): 2.1-32. Beyond this, there are some other excellent resources to help the interested reader learn more about the Heidelberg Catechism, including Lyle Bierma's Introduction to the Heidelberg Catechism, Robert Godfrey's Reformation Sketches where he gives a popular-level historical sketch of the Catechism, William Ames' A Sketch of the Christian's Catechism, Caspar Olevianus', one of the authors of the catechism, An Exposition of the Apostles' Creed, and Richard Muller's Christ and the Decree, which provides an in-depth look at certain aspects of the theology of the period when the catechism was written.