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Matthew HenryHis Life and Influence

Matthew Henry

His Life and Influence

Allan Harman
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Matthew Henry (1662–1714) is highly–valued by contemporary preachers and Bible users. Here we get a closer look at the life of Matthew Henry by an author who has had a life–long interest in Matthew Henry and his writings. Matthew Henry was the son of a Puritan pastor who had been silenced by the government of the time. Nevertheless Philip Henry, a godly man reared his family on Christian principles and Matthew followed the Lord from an early age. Although it was difficult to find suitable ministerial training, Matthew Henry eventually studied for the ministry. With government opposition relaxing, he became a Presbyterian pastor in Chester in 1687 and later in London from 1712. It is 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.

Allan Harman

About Allan Harman

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.


  • Author: Allan Harman
  • Release Date: March 2012
  • Pages: 208
  • Format: Large trade paperback
  • Dimensions: 216 x 138
  • ISBN: 9781845507831
  • Imprint: Christian Focus
  • Category: History & Biography > Biography > Biography & Autobiography
  • Series: Biography


"Allan Harman's biography of Matthew Henry recounts the life of this faithful pastor, while also opening a window into the world of the 17th century English Puritans, whose heir Henry was. Henry's life spent in service for God and communion with Him is an example needed in the 21st century church, and gratitude is owed to Allan Harman for introducing this godly man to us."

Diana Lynn Severance, A historian with broad experience teaching in universities and seminaries, Spring, Texas

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
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