I’m pleased to announce a new edition of John Knox’s First Blast of the Trumpet Against the Monstrous Regiment of Women, edited by yours truly. I’m releasing it into the public domain for unrestricted use.
I don’t agree with every application Knox makes nor necessarily with every source he quotes; but I believe that the biblical principle that leadership is male, which Knox hammers home in this work, is true, necessary, and timely; and that the church will be helped by Knox’s work.
I am getting close to finishing a companion audio book; and after that, Lord willing, I will make a response to the writings that got me wanting to study the Blast in the first place.
The book is available online at https://blast.pressbooks.com/, and you will also find links there to PDF, epub, and mobi files for your e-book reader, as well as an audio mp3. (Additional footnotes here.) After you read the main work be sure to take a look at the appendix showing in Knox’s own words how and to what extent he later revised some of his applications when there was a godly queen on the throne of England.
Here is my editor’s preface…
In his First Blast of the Trumpet Against the Monstrous Regiment of Women , John Knox works to establish his thesis that
To promote a woman to bear rule, superiority, dominion or empire above any realm, nation, or city, is repugnant to nature, contumely to God, a thing most contrary to his revealed will and approved ordinance; and finally, it is the subversion of good order, of all equity and justice.
Or, put even more simply, that to have women ruling over men in society is unnatural, unbiblical, and destructive.
Within the past year, Knox’s First Blast has come under attack by Christians from certain quarters, who urge that its thesis must be rejected as false and unbiblical. For the one who wants to study the Blast to evaluate such claims, though, the options I found were:
- a non-modernized edition on Google Books, too obscure for general study and interaction;
- a modernized online PDF claiming full copyright restrictions, presumably for its updates in grammar and spelling; and
- a couple of print edition books
None of these existing options served my goal of making this work available in accessible and unrestricted written and audio formats to facilitate pastors’ and churchmen’s ability to interact with Knox’s work; thus this new edition.
This edition is based on the 1878 edition edited by Edward Arber, and I am releasing it into the public domain. For this edition I have modernized grammar, spelling, and capitalization, and corrected references; I have also updated a few archaic words, especially words that have changed meanings confusingly since the time of Knox’s writing (for instance, I updated facts to deeds ). I have kept several other less common words, such as contumely and delation , when I couldn’t find a more common word that had the same force as Knox’s usage–in our day looking up such words in an online dictionary is the work of a moment for the reader, and I wanted to stay as close to the original as possible. I chose the King James Version (KJV) for all standalone Scripture quotes in the footnotes, due to the public domain status of the KJV in the United States. Emphasis is mine in all footnotes.
Where English translations of Knox’s references are in the public domain I have generally brought liberal amounts of the context of the source surrounding Knox’s quote into the footnote for ease of study; along with links, wherever possible, to the full work the quote comes from. As the careful reader will note, there are several references I have been unable to find. If you find one of the missing references (or any mistakes in my editing), please let me know and I’ll be happy to make the correction.
I pray that my work is useful to Christ’s church.
Soli Deo Gloria!