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John Knox


Evangelical Press 2011

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As well as modeling the Church in Scotland, John Knox laid the foundation of an extraordinary forward-looking new state—way ahead of the time in such matters as education, social welfare, and democracy. The Reformation had its effect in all spheres of national life. Knox roused the common man to a sense of his true dignity. He said, “Before God all men are equal. In matters of religion God requires no less of the subject, be he ever so poor, than of the prince and the rich man.”

Educationally, the Reformation gave a great impetus to literacy as the common people learned to read the Bible for themselves. Knox brought forward the first comprehensive scheme of national education, where every parish would have a schoolmaster and every notable town a college, and where the children of the poor would have their education free. The importance of education became a basic characteristic of the Scots both at home and abroad.

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Key Features

  • Provides an enlightening look at the life of John Knox
  • Includes a timeline that provides a succinct overview
  • Illustrates how God used John Knox to further his kingdom


  • The Background: ‘Wherefore Was Master Patrick Burned?’
  • The Early Years: ‘One Is Sufficient for a Sacrifice’
  • St. Andrews: ‘Where God Opened My Mouth to His Glory’
  • In England: ‘That Great Rest’
  • At Geneva: ‘The Most Perfect School of Christ’
  • Back to Scotland: ‘John Knox Is Come’
  • Contending: ‘I See the Battle Shall Be Great’
  • Civil War: ‘Blowing the Master’s Trumpet’
  • The New Beginning: ‘The Face of Christ’s Kirk’
  • Summoned by Mary: ‘Madam, in God’s Presence I speak’
  • The Last Call: ‘Now It Is Come’
  • The Knox Legacy

Praise for the Print Edition

This short biography is the ‘essential’ John Knox with all his passion, power, and devotion to Christ. It is Knox at his pithy best without the frills and distractions. We are all indebted to John J. Murray for distilling the Scots Reformer into an intoxicating elixir. This appetizer that will no doubt tantalize readers to further feast on the whole of the life and works of John Knox.

Dale Walden Johnson, professor of church history, Erskine Theological Seminary

Product Details

  • Title: John Knox
  • Author: John J. Murray
  • Publisher: Evangelical Press
  • Publication Date: 2011
  • Pages: 112

About John J. Murray

John J. Murray served as a pastor at Oban Free Church (1978–1989) and Edinburgh Free Church (1989–2002). He was also assistant editor of Banner of Truth Magazine.

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