His Life and Influence
Matthew Henry (1662–1714) continues to be highly-valued by contemporary preachers and Bible users around the world. However most will be unaware of who the man was and how he lived, so here Allan Harman, a respected theologian offers us a fascinating insight into the life of Matthew Henry from his life-long interest in the man and his writings.
Matthew Henry’s father, Philip Henry was a Puritan pastor who had been silenced by the government of the day. Nevertheless he reared his family on Christian principles and Matthew followed the Lord from an early age. Later government opposition was beginning to relax and Matthew became a Presbyterian pastor in Chester in 1687 and then in London from 1712. It is particularly astonishing to note the amount of preaching and writing that he accomplished despite suffering from ill-health and knowing intense sorrow in his family life.
- The Puritan Environment
- Family Background
- The Henry Family at Broad Oak
- Early Education and Religious Experiences
- His Studies in London
- Ministerial Calling and Settlement at Chester
- Early Ministry in Chester
- Later Ministry in Chester
- Final Ministry at Chester
- Move to Hackney and Death
- Matthew Henry the Preacher
- Matthew Henry the Commentator
- Other Writings
- The Impact of Matthew Henry
“It is exactly 350 years since Matthew Henry was born. My edition of his world-famous Commentary on the whole Bible extends to six large volumes and was published 175 years ago. I have prized and read and quoted it for almost 60 years, but I knew little or nothing about Matthew Henry’s life. Allan Harman has put the whole Christian world in his debt by researching and writing this excellent and fascinating biography of a man outstanding in scholarship, preaching, prayerfulness, godliness and faithful pastoring of the same church for twenty years. Here we learn of his home and of the great privilege of being a son of his pastor, mentor and model, Philip Henry (‘He brought up his children in the fear of God, and with much tenderness’, Matthew tells us).
His life had many trials and sorrows personally, and he lived through a most difficult period of church history (his birth coincided with the year of the Great Ejection). But his was a life of extraordinary fruitfulness. I found the story enthralling and deeply encouraging, and I earnestly hope that the book will have the widest readership. I for one am heartily grateful to Allan Harman and Christian Focus for it.”
— Eric Alexander, Conference speaker and formerly minister St George’s Tron, Glasgow for 20 years
“This is a fascinating and well researched biography of one of the great fathers of expository preaching. It will refresh the spirit of all who read it.”
— John Benton, Managing Editor, Evangelicals Now
“To anyone who can read this brilliant biography without being humbled, challenged, inspired and motivated to ‘press on toward the goal’, I have only one thing to say – read it again. I am struggling to think of any biography that has spoken so clearly to me and it would be impossible for me to commend it too highly.”
— John Blanchard, Internationally known Christian preacher, teacher, apologist and author
About the Author
Allan Harman has had a life-time interest in exposition of the biblical text. He is Research Professor at the Presbyterian Theological College in Melbourne, Australia. He has lectured and preached in many countries and served as the senior editor of the Reformed Theological Review, Australia’s oldest theological journal until he retired at the end of 2013.