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Matthew Henry: His Life And Influence (Harman)

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Matthew Henry (1662-1714) is highly-valued by contemporary preachers and Bible users. Here we get a closer look at the life of Matthew Henry by an author who has had a life-long interest in Matthew Henry and his writings. Matthew Henry was the son of a Puritan pastor who had been silenced by the government of the time. Nevertheless Philip Henry, a godly man reared his family on Christian principles and Matthew followed the Lord from an early age. Although it was difficult to find suitable ministerial training, Matthew Henry eventually studied for the ministry. With government opposition relaxing, he became a Presbyterian pastor in Chester in 1687 and later in London from 1712. It is astonishing to note the amount of preaching and writing that he accomplished despite suffering from ill-health and knowing intense sorrow in his family life.

Table of Contents:

  1. The Puritan Environment
  2. The Family Background
  3. The Henry Family at Broad Oak
  4. Early Education and Religious Experiences
  5. His Studies in London
  6. Ministerial Calling and Settlement at Chester
  7. Early Ministry in Chester
  8. Later Ministry at Chester (to 1710)
  9. Final Ministry at Chester (1710-1712)
  10. Move to Hackney and Death
  11. Mathew Henry the Preacher
  12. Matthew Henry the Commentator
  13. Other Writings
  14. The Impact of Matthew Henry 



Allan Harman has had a life-time interest in exposition of the biblical text, and also in the history of interpretation. He is Research Professor of Old Testament at the Presbyterian Theological College in Melbourne, Australia. He has lectured and preached in many countries, and continues to serve as the senior editor of the Reformed Theological Review, Australia's oldest theological journal.



"Allan Harman's biography puts in our hands a wealth of information about Matthew Henry. Here we discover his godly father, Philip Henry, his upbringing during times of persecution, and his faithful pastoral ministry in Chester, England. This book will be of great interest to historians, students of the Puritans, pastors, and thousands of others who continue to benefit from Henry's Commentary." - Joel R Beeke ~ President and Professor of Systematic Theology and Homiletics, Puritan Reformed Theological Seminary, Grand Rapids, Michigan

"To anyone who can read this brilliant biography without being humbled, challenged, inspired and motivated to 'press on toward the goal', I have only one thing to say - read it again. I am struggling to think of any biography that has spoken so clearly to me and it would be impossible for me to commend it too highly." - John Blanchard ~ Internationally known Christian preacher, teacher, apologist and author