The three works in this volume are from the last year of Bunyan's life and were written as a result of King James's "Declaration of Indulgence" (1687). They are variations on the metaphorical sermon treatise with greater emphasis on the individual Christian and more analysis of personal spiritual life. The text enables readers to relate these works to Bunyan's use of allegories, emblems and parables in his earlier works. "Solomon's Temple" has been interpreted by many writers, but Bunyan provides a clear and readable commentary and reveals deviations from the the traditional typological interpretations of other writers. "The House of the Forest of Lebanon" shows an extended use of allegory which is refined in "The Water of Life". In this work, the writer manages to put aside the dark and despairing side of his faith and gives the impression that the crossing of the "water of life" should be approached with joy and anticipation.
'lucidly introduced and pertinently annotated edition'
N.H. Keeble, University of Stirling, Notes and Queries, March 1991
'Many of the introductions to the volumes of The Miscellaneous Works draw out the parallels between the major writings and the various religious tracts. The Bunyan of The Miscellaneous Works is very much a preacher and theologian. As a result of such work on Bunyan's sectarian milieu, Bunyan's relation to his context is coming into ever sharper focus. These beautifully bound and meticulously edited volumes are positive encouragements to
the reader. It would be difficult to overpraise them.'
Religious Studies Review, Volume 19, Number 1/January 1993
Introduction: typology of the 17th century; allegory, spiritualizing and "Solomon's Temple" spiritualized; historical allegory and "The House of the Forest of Lebanon"; text, emblems and "The Water of Life".