Bible Books

Books and articles by Christian writers

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The purpose of this website is to make available online, at no charge, writings by sound and spiritual Christian authors that otherwise may be difficult to obtain, or only available at high prices. Work started on it in April 2020 during the Covid-19 ‘lockdown’ and it first went ‘live’ to the public in December 2022. It had its most recent update in May 2024 and there are now over 300 titles from over thirty different authors. It will continue to be updated every few months.

We have concentrated mainly on writers from the first half of the twentieth century because these have often proven to be the most difficult to obtain in print, and least likely to be available online. Initially we concentrated on the works of William Hoste and William Edwy Vine, whose outstanding writings are some of the most profitable from that period. We have since added writings by more authors and will continue to do so, D.V.

For the most recent update we have added a good number of short articles that originally appeared in magazines, as this has enabled us to cover a wide range of topics. There are a number of books that are in preparation and we will add them in the future.

Important note: We are grateful for the work of faithful servants of God who have put the results of their studies of the Bible into writing for benefit of the Lord’s people and we have made these writings available in the confident expectation that they will be of great blessing to those who read them. However, we recognize that no human author is perfect, and it is also highly likely that no two of the authors whose work is present on this website will agree with each other on every detail. The only Author Whose writings are perfect is the Holy Spirit of God and we should always check what we read against the inspired Word of God itself. Therefore, when we do read, we should always be like the Bereans in Acts 17.11 who “searched the scriptures” to test the truth of what they learned from others.

The writings on this website were retypeset from original copies as far as possible. We deliberately avoided using modern reprints in case printers’ errors had inadvertently crept in. Optical character recognition was used to read them, but we were very conscious that significant numbers of errors can occur as a result of the OCR process. We therefore employed extensive proofreading and made the decision to place quality above quantity, i.e., we preferred to make available a smaller number of publications, but endeavoured to ensure that they contained as few errors as possible. We have made each book or article available as a HTML webpage for viewing online and also as pdf versions (standard and large type). The pdf versions are mainly intended for downloading, but can also be viewed online. It has always been our intention to make the writings on this website available as e‑books and we have now started adding downloadable EPUB versions of the writings already on the website, it will take some time to add them all.

We noticed that in many of the original printed editions there were some printers’ errors. These were often of scripture references. We therefore endeavoured to check every scripture reference and corrected errors that we found. We are confident that as a result of our checks there are fewer typographical errors in our editions of these writings than in the original printings. However, it is inevitable that not all were spotted and we would be grateful if any readers who spot errors would contact us so that they may be corrected.

As far as was considered reasonably practicable the original typographic styling and layout were retained. However, we decided that some changes were preferable:

  • For the HTML versions (not the pdfs), text in small capitals was almost always replaced either by bold type or with all capitals. This is because online fonts generally fake small capitals and they do not give a good appearance, unlike print fonts. An exception was made for the divine titles LORD and GOD in direct quotations from Old Testament scriptures.
  • Where large numbers of short footnotes were used, such footnotes were sometimes moved to the main body of the text and placed in parentheses. This was mostly done in the HTML versions, but sometimes also in the pdfs.
  • Where there was a cross-reference to a different page, this was reworded in the HTML version since they have no pages, e.g. “See p. 25, ante” becomes “See ante” (with a hyperlink).
  • Where scripture references were in roman numerals they were changed to arabic (e.g. II Tim. iii. 16 becomes 2 Tim. 3.16) as this is easier for the majority of readers.
  • Where there were indexes present in the originals, these were only retained in the pdf versions. To have included them in the HTML versions would have involved a significant amount of work and we judged this to be inappropriate, especially as the HTML versions can be searched using the search facility of any standard browser. (We have provided a page where articles on the website are listed according to their main subject and we are planning to add another page providing links to where specific topics are discussed in articles on the website.)
  • Where long quotations of other writers or scripture passages occur within the main text (i.e. not in indented paragraphs) we have sometimes made them separate indented paragraphs for the sake of clarity.

We have replaced a few archaic spellings with modern ones: e.g. ‘shew’ is replaced by ‘show’; ‘to‑day’ and ‘to day’ by ‘today’; ‘to‑morrow’ and ‘to morrow’ by ‘tomorrow’.

Words sometimes change their meaning or usage over time. Because the word ‘intercourse’ has a much narrower usage in modern English than it had in the past, we have replaced it by different words such as ‘communication’, ‘communion’, ‘dialogue’, ‘interaction’, etc., depending on the context.

The pdf files that are available on this website are designed to print on both A4 and US Letter size paper (they are the width of A4 and the height of Letter). When printing make sure that your printer is set to print at 100% (i.e. do not allow resizing), you might also need to disable any option to choose the paper size based on the pdf size. The large type pdfs use a 17.5 point base font size, they are designed so that they can be enlarged, e.g. set to print at 114% to get 20 point. Hyperlinks within the pdfs are coloured blue.