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The Great Mystery of the Covenant of Grace (Petto)

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Samuel Petto was among those ministers ejected from their charges with the passing of the Act of Uniformity in 1662. He had ministered in various places as a Congregationalist in East Anglia but in 1674 he began his long ministry in Sudbury, Suffolk.

This, his most important work, on the covenant of grace, has long been out of print, the last edition being in 1820. 

Though he has been little known, the C19th edition was recommended by an impressive list of Scottish minsters and theologians. John Owen in his preface described Samuel Petto as “this worthy author” and commended his work as containing “a sober endeavour for the declaration and true stating of the nature and difference of the two covenants of works and of grace.”

Mark Jones, a doctoral student of the Puritans, has kindly provided a detailed introduction to Petto and his works, setting Petto in the context of his times. This edition has been retypeset with slight revisions to punctuation and spelling but the original sentence structure is retained.