They have been reprinted at least 47 times. He was an undergraduate of Christ's College Cambridge graduating with a B. For some time was pastor of a small congregation of English merchants and refugees at Arnheim.
Thomas Goodwin (Rollesby Norfolk 5 October 1600 - 23 February 1680) known as 'the Elder' was an English Puritan theologian and preacher and an important leader of religious Independents. Christopher Hill places Goodwin in the ‘main stream of Puritan thought’. He served as chaplain to Oliver Cromwell and was imposed by Parliament as President of Magdalen College Oxford in 1650.