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Bible Commentaries

Burkitt's Expository Notes with Practical Observations on the NT


New Testament

William Burkitt
William Burkitt

William Burkitt (25 July 1650 in Hitcham, Suffolk, England - 24 October 1703, Essex) was a biblical expositor and vicar in Dedham, Essex, England.

He studied at Pembroke Hall, Cambridge, earning a B. A. in 1668 and M. A. in 1672. He became a Church of England curate at Milden, Suffolk, about 1672, and vicar of Dedham in 1692. Burkitt was also rector of Milden, near Lavenham, from 1672 to 1703.

Burkitt is known for his Bible commentary, Expository Notes with Practical Observations on the New Testament (Gospels published 1700, Acts to Revelation published 1703). Matthew Henry wrote in the preface to his commentary that it "met with very good acceptance among serious people" and that it would "do great service to the church." In fact, he went on to say that Burkitt's Exposition was the inspiration for his own commentary on the Old Testament, to complement Burkitt's work on the New Testament. Charles Spurgeon regarded Burkitt's commentary as a "goodly volume," and recommended "attentive perusal" of it.