Friday, January 18, 2013

Book Review: The Glory of Christ

Title:  The Glory of Christ

Author:  John Owen

First Copyright:  1965

Type of Book:  Hardback

General Subject Matter:  Christology

Special Features:  None

Price:  $28.00

ISBN:  978-0-85151-123-8

The purpose of the author in writing this book was to demonstrate the grace of God made know in the person of Jesus Christ. Owen desired to illustrate the relation of Jesus Christ and Christian duty and experience.

The theme of The Glory of Christ is Jesus Christ the second person of the Godhead. The thesis of this book is that seeing the in depth and intimate character and nature of Jesus Christ is one of the greatest privileges that a Christian can experience.

Owen uses argumentation to develop his thesis. Owen uses the techniques of persuasion to establish his development of the detailed description of the person of Christ. The author desires to convince his readers of the beautiful, glorious, and splendor of the character of Christ.

This volume is an extremely accurate and documented picture of Christ. One needs to keep in mind that Owen is very tedious and dry. Owen has the tendency to be very verbose as he develops his theme. Owen is very objective in his writing. He is extremely thorough and goes into extreme detail to make his points. When slowly read and properly meditating on the material the reader will be extremely blessed.

Owen was educated at Queen's College in Oxford. He studied theology and was the ordained. His first church was at Fordham in Essex. From 1649-1651 he was the chaplain to Oliver Cromwell. Owen was appointed the dean of Christ Church in Oxford and then in 1652 became the vice-chancellor. Owen was a prolific writer having written numerous books.

This book contains no index or bibliography. There are no end notes. There are no footnotes. However this book is replete with scripture.

To summarize The Glory of Christ, would take more than any review could afford. One must read this book. It takes a great committment to stick with reading the book. However, as one reads, one will gain an indescribable insight and appreciation into the person of Jesus Christ. Owen skillfully takes the reader deep inside the person and work of Christ. This book is an extremely important work on the doctrine and person of Christ.


Persis said...

I still need to read the Puritan Paperback version of this. Owen is not the easiest person to read. :)

Anonymous said...

Interesting as always Gregg, Great to see familiar names in your post.


Josh said...

Owen is certainly worth the effort. He was, as it were, my reading companion in Thailand when we were getting our daughter - a great blessing at the time!