John Everard – one of the major translators of the seventeenth century and a sponge for all sorts of influences. Or was he a bit of a sham, relying on the work of others too much…?
The image itself is purported to be by Thomas Cross – better known for writing his theological treatises.
All this suggests that the influence of Everard was wide-ranging and profound. The British Museum has an isolated frontispiece with the same image. I have informed them of its identical nature to the British Library text.
—This is also to be observed. When mention is made of the ‘Old’ and the ‘New’ Man, the matter is to be understood in the manner following. The Old Man is Adam: disobedience, selfness, egotism and the like. But the New Man is Christ and obedience. When we speak of dying, perishing and such things, you must understand this: it is necessary that the Old Man be brought to nothing. And when and where this comes to pass in the divine light, there the New Man is born again. And when it is said that Man must ‘die in himself’ it is as much as saying it is necessary that his self or his egotism should die. Saint Paul says, ‘Put off the Old Man with his works and put on the New Man who is made and formed according to God!’