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  • Paperback: 241 pages
  • Publisher: P & R Publishing (November 1, 1993)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0875525512
  • ISBN-13: 978-0875525518
  • Product Dimensions: 8.9 x 6 x 0.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 14.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #642,904 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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30 of 32 people found the following review helpful By Blake on November 1, 2001
Format: Paperback
I am just about finished with Williamson's study guide to the Heidelberg Catechism and it seems I've learned more from that one book, than the volumes of reformed theology I have sitting on my shelf. Williamson makes it clear, that Christianity is an old old story, and so many times we are looking for the new 'mantra' or 'chant' to break us through to the blessed life. When we realize who we are in Christ, and take advantage of what Christ has given us (the church, the sacraments, prayer, the word, etc) we see that we can live the Christian life without want or worry every 5 minutes.
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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Glenn Palmer on December 10, 2007
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G. I. WIlliamson writes in a clear manner with a series of questions at the end of each Lord's Day to spur discussion. His writing is easily understood, 3-4 pages per Lord's Day. While Ursinus is the author of the Catechism, his commentary sometimes lack the applicability that Williamson brings. I am using this book to teach my adult Sunday School class.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Clint Walker VINE VOICE on January 22, 2013
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Before I ever discovered the Heidelberg Catechism, I memorized and studied the Westminster Catechism. I wish I could say that I had nobler motives, but the truth was that if I had memorized the catechism and wrote an essay on it assigned by the Presbyterian Church USA, I had a good chance of getting a stipend from the denomination given to students who attended PC(USA) colleges. So, I, along with 2 or 3 of my college peers began to work hard to memorize the text, and we succeeded both in memorizing the document and in receiving the $1000 dollars promised for doing so. Somehow, in the process, I was given a study guide of the catechism by someone. The study guide was from G.I. Williamson.

Now that I am getting deeper in my study of the Heidelberg Catechism, I have also picked up a study guide on Heidelberg by Williamson entitled (surprise) The Heidelberg Catechism: A Study Guide. Many times, as I read what he says, I hear a person with questions that come from a more conservative hermaneutical perspective than I, and from a different generation than I. Nevertheless, I find his discussion on each week of questions and answers helpful because he helps me see things from my church people's perspective (who are also from a more mature generation), and it helps me read the text with fresh eyes. There are times when I disagree with Williamson, but I appreciate his willingness to stay rooted in his Orthodox Presbyterian tradition.

Each chapter has commentary on the questions and answers to be studied on each week. They also questions on the lesson, and questions for further study on the biblical and theological issues that the week's questions bring up. Williamson is thorough!

No matter what perspective you come from, I think if you want to study the Heidelberg Catechism, you need to The Heidelberg Catechism: A Study Guide by Williamson on your desk. It is the standard in the English language on studying the document.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Doug Erlandson TOP 500 REVIEWER on May 7, 2014
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Having learned the Heidelberg Catechism by heart more than three decades ago and still cherishing its words, I was a little bit skeptical when I first came across Williamson's study guide to the Catechism. Williamson is best known for his guide to the Westminster Confession of Faith, a doctrinally-sound confession, but one that does not exactly exude the warmth and the pastoral spirit we find in the Catechism. I was pleasantly surprised to find that Williamson clearly appreciates the Catechism, and his own pastoral spirit comes through in his explanations of the 129 articles of the Catechism. Moreover, his guide is complete without being longwinded. (Those who want a more detailed explication of the Catechism should consult Zacharias Ursinus's Commentary on the Heidelberg Catechism. Ursinus, of course, was one of the authors of the Catechism itself.)

In addition to his explication of the text, Williamson provides a set of study questions at the end of each of the 52 "Lord's Days." These questions are ideal for individual or small-group study. I would highly recommend this book as a resource for anyone wishing for a better understanding of this Catechism that was written 451 years ago and is still widely used today.
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