Tuesday, September 14, 2010

Endorsements by John Owen

Like J.I. Packer in our day, a book endorsement from John Owen was much sought-after in the 17th century. The list of works he endorsed in writing is a pleasure to read as it includes some of the best literature of his day, or any day.

Peter Toon, ed., The Correspondence of John Owen (1616-1683), Appendix II: Books which contains 'Prefaces', 'Epistles to the Reader' or 'Commendations' by Dr John Owen, pp. 178-179:

1. Henry Whitfield, Strengthe out of Weakness (1652)
2. Thomas Taylor, A Collection of the Works of T. Taylor (1653)
3. William Twisse, The Riches of God's Love (1653)
4. William Eyre, Vindiciae Justificationis Gratuitae (1654)
5. George Kendall, Sancti Sanctiti (1656)
6. Lewis Du Moulin, Paraenesis ad Aedificatores imperii in imperio (1656)
7. Philolaeclerus (pseud.), The Private Christian's Non Ultra (1656)
8. ____, Banners of Grace and Love (1657)
9. John Cotton, A Defence of Mr. John Cotton (1658)
10. William Guild, The Throne of David (1659)
11. Patrick Gillespie (?), Ark of the Testament Opened (1661)
12. James Durham, Clavis Cantici (1669)
13. Theophilus Gale, The True Idea of Jansenisme (1669)
14. Henry Lukin, An Introduction to the Holy Scripture (1669)
15. Mrs. Alleine, The Life and Death of...Joseph Alleine (1672)
16. Jean Daille, Sermons on the Epistle...to the Colossians (1672)
17. Joseph Caryl, The Nature and Principles of Love (1673)
18. ____, Scottish Metrical Version of Psalms (1673)
19. Edward Polhill, The Divine Will Considered in the eternal decrees (1673)
20. Vavasor Powell, A New and Useful Concordance (1673)
21. Thomas Gouge, The Surest and Safest Way of Thriving (1674)
22. Henry Scudder, The Christian's Daily Walk (1674)
23. Samuel Petto, The Difference between the Old and New Covenant (1674)
24. James Durham, The Law Unsealed (1676)
25. Patrick Gillespie, The Ark of the Covenant Opened (1677)
26. Samuel Corbyn, An Awakening Call (in later editions entitled The Necessity, Seriousness and Sweetnesss of Practical Religion (1677) (2nd ed)
27. Elisha Coles, A Practical Discourse of Gods Sovereignty (1678)
28. Stephen Lobb, The Glory of Free Grace (1680)
29. Bartholomew Ashwood, The Best Treasure (1681)
30. Samuel Clark, The Holy Bible with Annotations (1690)

Note: John Owen also was the first signer of 'An Epistle to the Reader' of Thomas Vincent's The Shorter Catechism Explained from Scripture (1674). And, helping to write The Savoy Declaration, "[h]e was probably the primary author of its lengthy preface" (Joel R. Beeke and Randall J. Pederson, Meet the Puritans, p. 459).


  1. Owen also made a famous statement regarding Bunyan's Pilgrim's Progress, didn't he? Or maybe it was just about Bunyan himself? Don't remember.

  2. I am aware of Owen's famous statement about Bunyan: "May it please your Majesty, if I could possess the tinker's abilities to grip men's hearts, I would gladly give in exchange all my learning." But I am not aware of anything in particular that Owen said or wrote about The Pilgrim's Progress. Blessings!