CP: The Works of John Brown

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William Gabriel | Forum Activity | Posted: Wed, Apr 23 2014 8:47 AM

I see encouragements to bid on particular CP items all the time, so I wanted to highlight his one:

The Works of John Brown of Haddington

As far as I know, John Brown wrote the first reformed Study Bible at a time where it was barely technologically feasible as an encouragement to people that they can personally read the Bible and understand it. If you look for one of these published Bibles, they're very cool, and very expensive.

To get the Self-Interpreting Bible into Logos would be great on its own and worth the $30 the CP is projecting. To get the other works would be a great bonus.

We've got to get it done before Brown's [possible] Millenium date of 2016! Big Smile Time may be running out! (Though perhaps computers get to be in John Brown's Millenium--he didn't say.)

From page 20 of his dictionary, near the end of the "AGE" entry, "The duration of the New Testament period may be divided into, (1.) The age of the seals, ending at the opening of the seventh, A.D. 323. (2.) The age of the preparations for Antichrist, under the four trumpets, Rev. viii. [Rev 8] and ending about A.D. 606. (3.) The age of Antichrist, containing 1260 years, besides 75 years of extirpation. Rev. xi. 2. [Rev 11:2] Dan. xii. 11,12 [Dan 12:11-12]. (4.) The millennium, or thousand years, reign of the saints. If we date the rise of Antichrist from the Pope's assuming an universal dominion over the church, we hope the millenium will begin about A.D. 1940, or sooner: But if we date the rise of Antichrist from the Pope's commencing a civil lord, about A.D. 756, we cannot hope for the beginning of the millennium, till after A.D. 2016.

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George Somsel | Forum Activity | Replied: Wed, Apr 23 2014 8:59 AM



יְמֵי־שְׁנוֹתֵינוּ בָהֶם שִׁבְעִים שָׁנָה וְאִם בִּגְבוּרֹת שְׁמוֹנִים שָׁנָה וְרָהְבָּם עָמָל וָאָוֶן

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Paul-C | Forum Activity | Replied: Wed, Apr 23 2014 9:31 AM

Thanks for the heads up - I'm in.

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William Gabriel | Forum Activity | Replied: Wed, Apr 23 2014 9:37 AM

George Somsel:

That was amusing. I'm sure you know the difference, but everyone reading this may not. There were several John Browns (Johns Brown?): http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/John_Brown

The YouTube video was for: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/John_Brown_(abolitionist)

The theologian is: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/John_Brown_(theologian)

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Stephen Steele | Forum Activity | Replied: Thu, Apr 24 2014 7:38 AM

This was one of the first CPs I bid on. Surprised it didn't jump a bit following the recent glowing recommendation by Jeremy Walker on Reformation 21:

"His self-interpreting Bible would be worth this alone, but add in his material on the Shorter Catechism, his work on the Psalms, and other gems, and you're on to a real winner."

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Liam | Forum Activity | Replied: Sun, Jun 8 2014 8:29 AM

Just upped my bid!

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Stephen Steele | Forum Activity | Replied: Thu, Mar 26 2015 8:12 AM

Note that this also contains the biography of Brown by Robert Mackenzie. Dale Ralph Davis quotes a number of great anecdotes from it in his commentary on 1 Kings, and also references it in The Word became Fresh.

Would be great to see a bit of progress on this!

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Stephen Steele | Forum Activity | Replied: Fri, May 8 2015 7:16 AM

Some good quotes from John Brown via Tony Reinke here. Of Brown's advice to students of theology, Reinke says: 'I would encourage pastors to print this out and return to it frequently'.

Joel Beeke and Randall Pederson have written a 22-page intro to the Christian Focus reprint of his Systematic Theology. They begin: "Eighteenth-century Scotland produced many noted ministers, scholars and educators, but none greater, or so greatly loved, in his own day or afterwards, as John Brown of Haddington..."

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William Gabriel | Forum Activity | Replied: Fri, May 8 2015 12:32 PM

Yes, we need to get this stuff into production. Same with James Durham.

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Vincent Chia | Forum Activity | Replied: Thu, Aug 10 2017 3:52 AM

Have you placed your bid??


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