The only biography on the market today of this eminent 17th-century Puritan expositor and theologian, who preached frequently before Parliament and was chaplain to both Oliver Cromwell and Charles II. During his lifetime, he published commentaries on James and Jude. From 1870 to 1875, his entire works were printed in 22 volumes. 210 pages, softcover. P&R.
This book has two aims: to introduce readers to Thomas Manton (162077) and, through this pivotal figure, to shed light on Puritanism, concisely addressing its historical, social, and political contexts in an engaging manner.
Derek Cooper (MA, MDiv, Biblical Seminary; PhD, Lutheran Seminary, Philadelphia) is Assistant Professor of Biblical Studies and Historical Theology, Associate Director of the DMin program, and Director of the LEAD MDiv Program at Biblical Seminary in Hatfield, Pennsylvania. He is the author of several books, including Thomas Manton: A Guided Tour of the Life and Thought of a Puritan Pastor.
Derek Cooper is currently Visiting Professor of Church History and New Testament at Biblical Seminary, Hatfield, PA. He has advanced degrees from Biblical Theological Seminary and Lutheran Seminary, Philadelphia, PA.
"Thomas Manton is perhaps not one of the most famous Puritans; but in his own day he was a significant exegete and churchman. While ours is an increasingly illiterate age, and thus the rolling prose of the Puritans can be most daunting, Derek Cooper has provided us with a fine introduction to Manton's life and times; and this delightful and well-written book will surely be a springboard for any who want to grapple with Manton proper."
"Once a shining star in the Puritan firmament, long-forgotten Thomas Manton fully deserves the renewed appreciation that he receives here."
"Thomas Manton was known as the king of preachers in seventeenth century England. Yet he remains a "secondary" figure behind his contemporaries John Owen, Richard Baxter, and Thomas Goodwin. Derek Cooper has done the church a great service by making Manton's life and work accessible, setting him in his historical context and offering a selection of his vast work. This book will not only give Christians a drive-by tour of Manton, but will get them reading deeply in Manton which will deepen their faith."
"The transplantation of the Protestantism to the British Isles in the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries bore remarkable fruit, not least in Puritanism and its fierce love of Scripture and respect for the Reformation. As portrayed by Derek Cooper, one of the most important yet least remembered figures of English Presbyterianism, Thomas Manton, once again takes his rightful place as a sterling exegete and central figure within the ecclesial and political turmoil of the time. By focusing on Mantons interpretation of James and its careful rebuke of Martin Luthers demotion of the book to an appendix in his New Testament translation, Cooper manages to shed new light on the interpretation of this oft-misunderstood book. Moreover, by reproducing three of Mantons most notable plain sermons on meditation, politics and self denial, the author also rehabilitates Manton the preacher and demonstrates how important he was for the churchly form of Puritanism that he represented. Here we discover a public theologian par excellence, whose deep commitment to church and throne led him to take a stand with and over against both. The scholarly world and todays pastors alike owe a tremendous debt to Dr. Coopers careful rehabilitation of this key figure of seventeenth-century England."
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