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The Puritan Hope: Revival and the Interpretation of Prophecy (Murray)

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Today the Church’s hope in respect to her mission of discipling all nations is in eclipse. The world gives Christianity no future and evangelicals themselves doubt whether the cause of Christ can ever attain to a greater triumph before his Second Advent. Must the prospects for succeeding generations be darker than those of today? Can we even expect any period of history to intervene before the Advent of Christ? How can readiness for Christ’s coming be consistent with the belief that revivals are yet to be given to the Church? Such questions are brought to the fore in this book and the author, employing both exposition of Scripture and much historical and biographical material, sets out the case for believing that it is not ‘orthodox’ to indulge in gloom over the prospect for Christianity in the world.

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Table of Contents:

  1. Revival Christianity: England
  2. Revival Christianity: Scotland
  3. Unfulfilled Prophecy: The Development of the Hope
  4. Apostolic Testimony: The Basis of the Hope
  5. The Hope and Puritan Piety
  6. The Eighteenth-Century Awakening: The Hope Revived
  7. World Missions: The Hope Spreading
  8. The Hope and Scotland’s Missionaries
  9. The Eclipse of the Hope
  10. Christ’s Second Coming: The Best Hope
  11. The Prospect in History: Christ our Hope


“The author reaches new heights, presenting a winsome portrait of the Puritan divines, focusing upon their extraordinary vitality and the understanding of history which undergirded it.” — James M. Boice

“I think it is a fine piece of work and the chapter dealing with the imminence of the advent (N.T. sense of imminence) in relation to other data of an exegetical and historical nature is masterful.” — John Murray


Iain Hamish Murray, born in Lancashire, England, in 1931, was educated at Wallasey Grammar School and King William’s College in the Isle of Man (1945-49). From 1956 he was for three years assistant to Dr Lloyd-Jones at Westminster Chapel and there, with the late Jack Cullum, founded the Banner of Truth Trust in 1957. He left Westminster in 1961 for a nine-year pastorate at Grove Chapel, Camberwell. With the world-wide expansion of the Trust, Iain Murray became engaged full-time in its ministry from 1969 until 1981 when he responded to a call from St Giles Presbyterian Church, Sydney, Australia. Now based again in the UK, he and Jean live in Edinburgh.