- Series: The Works Of John Owens
- Hardcover: 9285 pages
- Publisher: Banner of Truth (April 1, 1966)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0851513921
- ISBN-13: 978-0851513928
- Product Dimensions: 14.2 x 10 x 13 inches
- Shipping Weight: 29.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 9 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,470,336 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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About the Author
John Owen was born in 1616 in Stadhampton, Oxfordshire and died in Ealing, West London, in 1683. During his sixty-seven years he lived out a life full of spiritual experience, literary accomplishment, and national influence so beyond most of his peers that he continues to merit the accolade of 'the greatest British theologian of all time.'
No outline of Owen's life can give an adequate impression of the stature and importance to which he attained in his own day. He was summoned to preach before Parliament on several occasions, most notably on the day after the execution of Charles I. During the Civil War, Owen's merit was recognized by General Fairfax, then by Cromwell who took him as a Chaplain to Ireland and Scotland. He was adviser to Cromwell, especially though not exclusively on ecclesiastical affairs, but fell from the Protector s favour after opposing the move to make him King. In 1658 he was one of the most influential members of the Savoy Conference of ministers of Independent persuasion. After the Ejection he enjoyed some influence with Charles II who occasionally gave him money to distribute to impoverished ejected ministers. All in all, he was, with Richard Baxter, the most eminent Dissenter of his time.
Despite his other achievements, Owen is best famed for his writings. These cover the range of doctrinal, ecclesiastical and practical subjects. They are characterized by profundity, thoroughness and, consequently, authority. Andrew Thomson said that Owen 'makes you feel when he has reached the end of his subject, that he has also exhausted it.' Although many of his works were called forth by the particular needs of his own day they all have a uniform quality of timelessness.
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I rate it only 4 stars because of the printing. I recently purchased this complete set directly from the publisher (where it is about 50% of the cost here) to fill out the collection of three volumes I already owned. And I am gravely disappointed in the printing quality in some of the volumes. While my old 1967 printing editions have crisp, sharp letters, the newer version is noticeably pixellated, at least in my copies, in volumes 7, 10, 9, 11, and 13. This is most distracting when reading the Greek quotations, but looking closely at the English it is noticeable as well. This make the whole page look slightly out of focus, and for a multiple thousand page book, this leads to considerable eye strain.
In short, though I love the books, I will continue to scour used book stores to find good used copies of the 1967 printing.
Author: John Owen
Publisher: The Banner of Truth Trust
First Copyright: 1965
Type of Book: Hardback
General Subject Matter: Pneumatology
Special Features: None
Pastor and Hymnist John Newton, (Amazing Grace) wrote, "I have just finished his discourse on the Holy Spirit which is an epitome, if not the masterpiece, of his writings."
This book is the first part of John Owen's great writing on the Holy Spirit. According to a sentence contained on the book jacket, Owen was not sure he would be able to publish everything he wanted to publish so he chose to publish his writing in two volumes, (see The Work of the Spirit.)
I highly recommend this book as an authoritative teaching on the Holy Spirit. I make note that this book is difficult to read. It takes the full attention of the reader to follow the brilliant mind of the writer. The finished product is well worth the effort needed.
These two volumes are the most detailed and complete books I have ever read on the Holy Spirit. These books, as well as almost all of Owen's writings were a response to the needs of his own day. John Owen was probably the greatest British theologian of all time.
John Owen was a noted pastor, lectured before English Parliament on a number of occasions, and Chaplain to Ireland and Scotland. He was an adviser to Oliver Cromwell (Lord Protector of England)
The purpose of this book is to provide information to the reader an account is given of the name, nature, personality, operations, the effects, and the work of the Holy Spirit in the Old Testament. Owen also endeavors to answer the opposition of his day toward the person of the Holy Spirit. This book is divided into five (5) main sections.
The first section deals with the name, nature, personality, and mission of the Holy Spirit. Owen also deals extensively with the Socinian heresy. In section two, Owen deals with the operations of the Holy Spirit in the Old Testament. The third section deals with the work of the Holy Spirit in the New Testament. Owen focuses on the work of regeneration in this section. The fourth section Owen deals with the doctrine of sanctification. Owen is concerned with the necessity of holiness and obedience in the fifth section.
The theme or subject of this book as already declared is the second person of the Godhead, the Holy Spirit.
Owen uses exposition to develop his theme and thesis. Owen uses explanation and analysis to develop his topic. His primary purpose is explained the person and doctrine of the Holy Spirit.
As already noted, this book is as interesting as it is difficult to read. Owen exegetes scripture and his theme accurately and objectively. This is an important work on the subject of the Holy Spirit. Owen draws conclusions that are logical and biblical.
There is no bibliography or index in this book. It has limited footnotes, some of which are not helpful to the reader. The book is replete with Scripture in the main body. Explanation of these texts is given in detail.
This book is thorough. The content is well developed and derived straight from Scripture. I think that any believer would benefit from reading this book.