Who Was John Owen? His Life and Legacy

John Owen (1616–August 24, 1683) was one of the world’s greatest Reformed theologians. Through August 27, you can use coupon code JOHNOWEN2013 to get $130 off his collected works.

John Owen Quote

(From 300 Quotations for Preachers.)

“I thank God for John Owen’s unwavering passion for communion with God. We are debtors to his mighty pen and to the passion for God’s glory . . . that drove it.” —John Piper

To have known the pastoral ministry of John Owen . . . (albeit in written form) has been a rich privilege; to have known Owen’s God an even greater one.” —Sinclair Ferguson

Originally a Presbyterian, Owen, influenced by the works of John Cotton, came to believe in a more Congregational form of church government. He served as dean of Christ Church in Oxford from 1651 to 1660, when the monarchy was reestablished and he was ejected.

For the remaining 23 years of Owen’s life, he led within the Protestant nonconformity, focusing on preaching and writing. He witnessed some remarkable historical events, among them political unrest, the Great Plague, and the Great Fire of London.

John Owen’s works

The Works of John Owen

Owen’s best-known work is his commentary on Hebrews, An Exposition of the Epistle to the Hebrews. His last work, The Glory of Christ, was published after his passing in 1684. The Works of John Owen includes all seven volumes of An Exposition of the Epistle to the Hebrews, The Glory of Christ, and 16 more volumes. His writings and teachings spoke to his time’s struggles, and they continue to inspire.

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  1. Thx. for this post. I remember reading some of Owen’s work when I was in college. It was pretty eye-opening. Prolific man for his time!