John Owen (1616-83) is the most important English puritan theologian. With his eighty published works of poetry, political intervention, biblical commentary, and theology extending to almost 8 million words in English and Latin, he might also be one of the most voluminous authors of the seventeenth century.
We’re currently in a golden age of John Owen studies, with recent volumes by Tim Cooper, John Tweeddale, Martyn Cowan, and Ryan McGraw being published by Ashgate, T&T Clark, Routledge and Palgrave Macmillan. I‘ve written a 170,000-word biographical study, John Owen and English Puritanism: Experiences of defeat (New York: Oxford University Press, 2016), but John Owen: An introduction (Crossway, 2020), a 40,000-word primer, should be a more accessible entry point into his life and thought.
I’m working at the moment on two other Owen projects:
The T&T Clark companion to John Owen, a projected 240,000-word readers’ companion that I am co-editing with John Tweeddale (London: T&T Clark, under contract, 2021), will pull together work by many of those who have made the most significant contribution to Owen studies in recent years.
John Owen’s social network: Friends, rivals, and the literary culture of nonconformity, which is to appear in the series, Routledge Studies in Early Modern Authorship (London: Routledge, contracted for 2024), looks at the significance of his complex relationships with writers including John Milton, Richard Baxter, Lucy Hutchinson, Andrew Marvell and John Bunyan. A first fruits of this project will appear as “Lucy Hutchinson’s theological writings,” Review of English Studies (forthcoming).
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