Friday, June 27, 2014

Elmer Truesdale Merrill's Essays in Early Christian History on-line

The following public domain book is now available on-line in PDF:

Elmer Truesdale Merrill [1860-1936], Essays in Early Christian History. London: MacMillan & Co., Ltd., 1924. Hbk. pp.334.

Click <<HERE>> for the download link.

Monday, May 05, 2014

New Resources Page on Origen's Hexapla

Origen of Alexandria [c.185 - c.254]
Tyndale House has kindly supplied me with scans of the Origenis Hexaplorum [Oxford, 1875] in 2 volumes. This is still listed in reference works as the most complete collection of fragments of the Origen's Hexapla every printed. To make the most of this important resource I have created a new page on the Hexapla so that those interested can find it easily.

Another important work on this subject is H.B. Swete's Introduction to the Old Testament in Greek [1900]. The copies of this available in PDF of archive.org were disappointing, so I have scanned my copy to PDF and added it to the collection. You can now access all these works here. Note that Origenis Hexaplorum is a substantial download of over 60MB, though I have shrunk it down as much as possible.

Tuesday, March 18, 2014

Edward J Young's Ph.D. Thesis - Biblical Criticism to the end of the Second Century - Now on-line

I read recently on one of Ben Witherington's post on Facebook that Gordon Fee's 1966 Ph.D. Thesis on the Bodmer Papyri was now available on-line (here). This reminded me that some years ago I received permission to place Edward J. Young's Ph.D. Thesis online.

Edward J. Young, "Biblical Criticism in the Second Century" (Ph.D. diss., The Dropsie College for Hebrew and Cognate Learning, 1943).

The original proved difficult to copy and the photocopy I was sent was consequently of poor quality, so I initially tried to scan and re-type it but was defeated by the hand-written Greek and Hebrew text in the document. So, rather than let this work disappear into obscurity I've decided to clean up the copies as much as possible and converted them to OCRed pdfs. I think the text is clear enough to be readable, but is not up to the standard of the other material I host.

You can now download the thesis here.

Tuesday, January 21, 2014

Public Domain Articles from the Journal of Theological Studies (1899-1909)

The following Public Domain articles from the Journal of Theological Studies relating to early church history are now available on-line in PDF:

William Sanday [1843–1920], "Recent Research on the Origin of the Creed." Journal of Theological Studies 1 No 1 (Oct. 1899): 3-22.

William Sanday [1843–1920], "Further Research on the History of the Creed," Journal of Theological Studies 3 No 9 (Oct. 1901): 1-21.

Henry Barclay Swete [1835-1917], "Eucharistic Belief in the Second and Third Centuries," Journal of Theological Studies 3 No 10 (Oct. 1901): 161-177.

Andrew Ewbank Burn [1864-1927], "The Textus Receptus of the Apostle's Creed," Journal of Theological Studies 3 No 12 (July 1902): 481-500.

John Chapman [1885-1934], "The Order of the Treatises and Letters in the MSS of St. Cyprian," Journal of Theological Studies 4 No 13 (Oct. 1902): 103-123.

Edward William Watson [1859-1936], "Cyprianica," Journal of Theological Studies 4 No 13 (Oct. 1902): 131.

Edward William Watson [1859-1936], "The Interpolations in St. Cyprian's De Unitate Ecclesiae," Journal of Theological Studies 5 No 19 (April 1904): 432-436.

John Chapman [1885-1934], "The Interpolations in St. Cyprian's De Unitate Ecclesiae," Journal of Theological Studies 5 No 20 (July 1904): 634-636.

Arthur James Mason [1851-1928], "Note on the Text of the Hymns of Hilary," Journal of Theological Studies 5 No 20 (July 1904): 636.

Andrew Ewbank Burn [1864-1927], "The Textus Receptus of the Apostle's Creed," Journal of Theological Studies 3 No 12 (July 1902): 481-500.

John Chapman [1885-1934], "St Irenaeus on the Dates of the Gospels," Journal of Theological Studies 6 No 24 (July 1905): 563-599.

Joseph Bickersteth Mayor [1828-1911], "The Epistle of St Jude and the Marcosian Heresy," Journal of Theological Studies 6 No 24 (July 1905): 569-577.

Arthur Sumner Walpole [1850/51-1920], "Hymns Attributed to Hilary of Poitiers," Journal of Theological Studies 6 No 24 (July 1905): 599-603.

William Emery Barnes [1859-1939] "The ‘Nicene’ Creed In The Syriac Psalter," Journal of Theological Studies 7 No 27 (April 1906): 441-449.

John Chapman [1885-1934], "Papias on the Age of our Lord," Journal of Theological Studies 9 No 33 (Oct. 1907): 42-61.

Cuthbert H. Turner [1860–1930], "Prolegomena To The Testimonia Of St Cyprian. II," Journal of Theological Studies 9 No 33 (Oct. 1907): 62-87.

Hugh Jackson Lawlor [1860-1938], "The Heresy of the Phrygians," Journal of Theological Studies 9 No 36 July 1908): 481-499.

Frederick Cornwallis Conybeare [1856-1924], "An Old Armenian Version of Josephus," Journal of Theological Studies 9 No 36 July 1908): 577-583.

Henry Hoyle Howorth [1842-1923], "The Influence of St Jerome on the Canon of the Western Church. I," Journal of Theological Studies 10 No 40 (July 1909): 481.


Monday, September 02, 2013

September Update: Forthcoming Material and Latest Developments

I have updated my brochure introducing Theology on the Web to reflect the latest developments. You can download a copy here. Please pass on a copy to anyone whom you think would be interested in supporting this ministry. The priorities for the rest of the year are:
  • Continuing to focus on uploading high quality theological journals and articles. Although I will be adding a few digitised books, other people are filling this need via archive.org. Unless important titles are blocked, damaged or incomplete then it does not seem a good use of my time to duplicate them.
  • Adding more journal titles to the list I am already working on.
  • To seek paid advertising from Bible Colleges and Seminaries that would guarantee basic site running costs. The websites had over 145,000 visitors in April who are obviously interested in theology, so the sites would seem to lend themselves to this use.
  • To build up a base support of those who are willing to contribute towards the ongoing development of the sites. There are a number of ways to support the sites other than financially, click here to find out how.

Thursday, August 29, 2013

J.J. Blunt On The Right Use of the Fathers now online

The following Public Domain book is now available for download as a PDF:

J.J. Blunt, On The Right Use of the Fathers, 3rd Edition. London: John Murray, 1869. Hbk. pp.542.

Click here to download the book.

Monday, August 12, 2013

Early Church History Book Bargains

On the Theology on the Web hub site I list a number of painless ways to support the development of these websites. One of the easiest is to use the affiliate product links on the sites when you are buying books. With that in mind I wanted to bring to your attention a number of closeouts on the Christian Book Distributor's website that would be relevant to those interested in Early Church History.

562507: Dictionary of the Christian Church, Third Edition Dictionary of the Christian Church, Third Edition
By Edited by F.L. Cross & E.A. Livingstone / Hendrickson Publishers

Looking for accurate information on the Bible? Religious orders? Theologians? Archaeology? You'll find it in Cross and Livingstone's accessible dictionary! Priced right for home and church libraries, this comprehensive A-to-Z resource provides hundreds of authoritative cross-referenced entries by respected scholars and experts. Previously published as The Oxford Dictionary of the Christian Church, Third Edition. 1568 pages, softcover from Hendrickson.
823565: Augustine and His World Augustine and His World
By Andrew Knowles & Pachomios Penkett / Inter-varsity Press

Firmly situating the Bishop of Hippo within his 4th-century North African context, Knowles and Penkett trace major themes in the life of this fascinating patristic theologian. Accessible text, beautiful full-color illustrations, and relevant sidebar quotations explore Augustine's youth, his dramatic conversion, his ordination, the major controversies he confronted, and his enduring legacy. 191 pages, softcover from InterVarsity.
6010379: Christian History: The Entire Collection of Christian History & Biography Magazine on CDROM (PDF text only) Christian History: The Entire Collection of Christian History & Biography Magazine on CDROM (PDF text only)
By Christianity Today

Now you can take the complete set of Christian History & Biography magazine everywhere you go. Covering subjects ranging from Martin Luther to Dietrich Bonhoeffer, from the Crusades to modern Christian-Muslim relations, Christian History & Biography is dedicated to the events and personalities that have laid the foundations of modern Christianity.
22735X: A Brief Guide to Philo A Brief Guide to Philo
By Kenneth Schenck / Westminster John Knox Press

This is a compact introduction to the work of Philo (c. 20 B.C.-50 A.D.), the important Jewish thinker and scriptural interpreter. Schenck provides a guide for understanding Philo's complex works, a roadmap for topics and contents of Philo's writings, and a description of contemporary research so students can easily find their ways into Philo study.
20812DA: Christianity Through the Centuries, Expanded Third Edition - Slightly Imperfect Christianity Through the Centuries, Expanded Third Edition - Slightly Imperfect
By Zondervan

This third edition of Christianity Through The Centuries brings the reader up-to-date by discussing events and developments in the church into the 1990's. This edition has been redesigned with new typography and greatly improved graphics to increase clarity, accessibility, and usefulness. New chapters examine recent trends and developments (expanding the last section from 2 chapters to 5). New photos. Over 100 photos in all-more than twice the number in the previous edition. Single-column format for greater readability and a contemporary look. Improved maps (21) and charts (39). From a conservative viewpoint for the student/advanced lay person. Contains an index, end notes, and suggestions for further reading. Earle E. Cairns, professor emeritus of Wheaton College, is a graduate of Presbyterian Theological Seminary at Omaha (Th.B.) and the University of Nebraska (Ph.D.). He is a member of the American Society of Church History, the American Historical Association, and the Conference on Faith and History. He taught at Wheaton for thirty-five years and was department chairman for much of that time. He was consulting editor for the New International Dictionary of the Christian Church.
226180: The Richness of Augustine: His Contextual & Pastoral Theology The Richness of Augustine: His Contextual & Pastoral Theology
By Mark Ellingsen / Westminster John Knox Press

A fresh introduction to Augustine's contributions to ecumenical and pastoral theology. Focusing on the significance of Augustine's African cultural and ethnic roots, Ellingsen reveals the diversity and conceptual richness of the saint's thought; and demonstrates that the Augustinian traditions claimed by the Catholic, Presbyterian, and other Protestant denominations are valid. 216 pages, softcover from Westminster John Knox.
046322: House Church and Mission: The Importance of Household Structures in Early Christianity House Church and Mission: The Importance of Household Structures in Early Christianity
By Roger W. Gehring / Baker Academic

For nearly three hundred years, early Christians met almost exclusively in private homes initially built only for domestic use. In this study, Roger Gehring investigates the missional significance of house churches from the time of Jesus through Paul in light of both theological and sociohistorical considerations.
All church structures take shape in the tension between preestablished theological requirements and the concrete social situation. Even in the New Testament, the emergence of separate house churches involved the potential danger of splintering the Christian movement. Nevertheless their essential family-based foundation has proven to be the life-generating cell and fundamental core of the missional church.
The development of early Christian ethics, the emergence of leadership structures, and the growth of ecclesiological concepts were all noticeably influenced by the households in which believers lived and gathered. In the last twenty-five years the house church phenomenon has generated a great deal of interest among New Testament scholars and church practitioners. Research has focused primarily on the architecture of these homes and on its corresponding social and theological implications.
House Church and Mission offers scholars the first comprehensive summary of evidence concerning home churches in the New Testament and supplies pastors and lay leaders with a well-crafted discussion of the nature of "church" that explores the practical implications of house churches on outreach.

Tuesday, January 22, 2013

H.N. Bate's History of the Church to AD 325 now available on-line

The following public domain book is now available on-line in PDF:

H.N. Bate, History Of The Church to A.D. 325, 2nd edn. London: Rivingtons, 1924. Hbk. pp.140.

I remember finding this book extremely helpful when I was studying church history and so was pleased to find that the copyright has expired. It can now be downloaded from here.

Thursday, November 29, 2012

Gerald Bray on the Doctrine of the Trinity in Augustine's De Civitate Dei

The following article is now available on-line in PDF

Gerald Bray, "The Doctrine of the Trinity in Augustine's De Civitate Dei," European Journal of Theology 1.2 (1992): 141-150. Click here to read.

My thanks to Professor Bray for his kind permission.

Monday, September 24, 2012

The Future of "Theology on the Web"

Over the last six months I have been planning how best to take forward the work of Theology on the Web in providing freely available theological material on the Web. To this end I have produced a vision document that I would like to share with those who have benefited from the sites. You can download a copy here. Please pass it on to people and organisations whom you think it might interest.

Thursday, November 03, 2011

Issa. A. Saliba on the Bishop of Antioch and the Heretics

With thanks to Revd. Saliba for his kind permission the following article is now available on-line in PDF:

Issa. A. Saliba, "The Bishop of Antioch and the Heretics," The Evangelical Quarterly 54.2 (Apr.-June 1982): 65-76.

Click here for the link.

Wednesday, November 02, 2011

William Varner on Jewish-Christian dialogues in the third to sixth centuries

Thanks to Dr Varner's kind permission the following article is now available on-line in PDF:

William Varner, "In the wake of Trypho: Jewish-Christian dialogues in the third to sixth centuries," The Evangelical Quarterly 80.3 (July 2008): 219-236.

Click here to read.

Wednesday, October 26, 2011

Craig M. Watts on the Humanity of Jesus in Justin Martyr’s Soteriology

With thanks to Dr Watts for his kind permission the following article is now on-line in PDF:

Craig M. Watts, "The Humanity of Jesus in Justin Martyr’s Soteriology," The Evangelical Quarterly 56.1 (Jan.-Mar. 1984): 21-34.

Click here to read the article.

Monday, October 24, 2011

David F. Wright on Christian Faith in the Greek World: Justin Martyr's Testimony

The following article is now available on line here in PDF format.

David F. Wright, "Christian Faith in the Greek World: Justin Martyr's Testimony," The Evangelical Quarterly 54.2 (Apr.-June 1982): 77-87.


Monday, September 19, 2011

David E. Aune on Early Christian Biblical Interpretation

The following article is available on-line in PDF. Click here for the link.

David E. Aune, "Early Christian Biblical Interpretation," The Evangelical Quarterly 41.2 (April-May 1969): 89-96.

My thanks to Professor Aune for his kind permission.

Saturday, July 23, 2011

The Early Church's Interpretation of Genesis 1-11

Here is a sample chapter from Coming to Grips with Genesis: Biblical Authority and the Age of the Earth.that covers the early church's interpretation of Genesis 1-11, a subject that I have spent some time researching in the past. Well worth a read.

Monday, April 11, 2011

New Book on the Didache

Thomas O'Loughlin, Professor of Historical Theology at the University of Nottingham has asked me to mention his new book on the Didache:

Thomas O'Loughlin, The Didache: A Window on the Earliest Christians. London: SPCK, 2010. Pbk. ISBN-13: 978-0281059539. pp.256.

Professor O'Loughlin attached a voucher for SPCK online that would give a 20% discount, but Amazon.co.uk offer a 30% discount.

Here is an introductory video which gives you a taste of the book's content and argument:

Monday, December 20, 2010

T.V. Philip on the Authority of Scripture in the Patristic Period

The following article is now available on-line in PDF.

T.V. Philip, "Authority of Scripture in the Patristic Period," Indian Journal of Theology 23.1-2 (Jan.-June 1974): 1-8. Click here to read.

Wednesday, December 15, 2010

Marvyn H. Harper on the Study of Church History

The following article is now on-line in PDF:

Marvyn H. Harper, "The Study of Church History," Indian Journal of Theology 6.2 (April-June 1957): 39-52. Click here to read.

Monday, December 13, 2010

David F. Hudson on the Attitude of the Apologists to Non-Christian Religions

The following articles is now available in PDF:

Donald F. Hudson, "The Attitude of the Apologists to Non-Christian Religions," Indian Journal of Theology 6.1 (Jan.-Mar. 1957): 15-18. Click here to read.

Sunday, December 12, 2010

V.C. Samuel on Some Facts About the Alexandrine Christology

The following article is now available in PDF:

V.C. Samuel. "Some Facts About the Alexandrine Christology," Indian Journal of Theology 11.4 (Oct.-Dec. 1962): 136-142. Click here to read.

Monday, October 25, 2010

D.M. Davey on Justin Martyr and the Fourth Gospel

The following article is now available in PDF:

D.M. Davey, "Justin Martyr and the Fourth Gospel," Scripture 17 No. 40 (Oct. 1965) 117-122. Click here to read the article.

Wednesday, June 23, 2010

James Purves on the Spirit and the Imago Dei: Reviewing the Anthropology of Irenaeus of Lyons

The following article is now available on-line in PDF:

James M.G. Purves, "The Spirit and the Imago Dei: Reviewing the Anthropology of Irenaeus of Lyons," The Evangelical Quarterly 68.2 (Apr.-June 1996): 99-120.

If you find this article helful, please leave a comment. Not only is this an encouragement it will also help others to find the entry in the search engines.

Monday, October 19, 2009

Colin J, Hemer on the The Manchester Rotas / Sator Square

The following article is now online in PDF:

Colin J. Hemer, "The Manchester Rotas / Sator Square," Faith and Thought 105.1&2 (1978): 36-40.

My thanks to the Trustees of Tyndale House for their kind permission to reproduce this article.

Wednesday, October 07, 2009

Thursday, September 10, 2009

September Website News

With new academic year due to begin in the next few weeks I thought it would be good to update my visitors on recent and forthcoming developments across the “Theology on the Web” websites.

File Formats for Articles

Over the last few months I’ve been experimenting with different formats for the articles I upload. Since I began in 2001 I’ve scanned, OCR’d and then proof-read all the articles that I’ve placed online. This produces very clear text and very small file sizes, but it does have the disadvantage of being very time consuming as well as introducing typos.

The situation is at present that I have a full-time job in a Christian charity, a wife and three little boys, so website work must be confined to my lunch hour or late evenings. Although I received over a million visitors each year only 4 of these support the work regularly on a monthly basis. The two advertisers who paid for space on the websites have decided not to renew this year. All this means is that while I still hope to do this work full-time on the sites at some point there is no prospect of this in the near future on the basis of current funding levels. If you would like to support the development of the sites I suggest a number of ways of doing so here.

This has led me to change the format of the articles I upload to scanned PDF’s with OCR’d text. These retain the original layout, can be searched, cut and pasted and appear in search engines. They can be produced very quickly (I could scan and place online an entire book in a few hours) but the file size is around 15-20 times larger a word-processed version. A few people have complained about this change, but I would rather have the material available now rather in several years time (if ever) even if the format does not please everyone.

New (old!) Journals Online

I have recently completed the entire 11 volumes of the Bulletin of the Evangelical Theological Society and will be integrating the articles into my site in the next few weeks. Vox Evangelica (which I began working on in 2006) should be complete by the end of next week. I have recently completed a table of contents for the Theological Students Fellowship (TSF) Bulletin (UK) and a number of these articles are now online. Anvil journal recently allowed me to publish around 27 of its articles and these are appearing as permissions from the authors are received. I am now working on a table of contents for Themelios (1962-1974) when it was published by IFES. I hope to be able to place many of these articles online as well in due course in partnership with Tyndale House and the Gospel Coalition.

Missiology Website

Due to my present workload the launch of this site has been put back until sometime next year.

That’s all for now. Remember to subscribe to the site feeds to received the latest news. Thanks for visiting!

Friday, August 14, 2009

The Very Rev Professor Geoffrey W. Bromiley (1915-2009)

I was saddened to hear today of the death of Geoffrey Bromiley on 7th August. Amongst his numerous works he will probably be best remembered for his translations of significant German language works, such as Kittel's Theological Dictionary of the New Testament and Karl Barth's Church Dogmatics. He also edited the revised International Standard Bible Encyclopedia. Among the 10 books he himself wrote I have particularly valued his Historical Theology: An Introduction.

I wrote to Professor Bromiley a couple of years ago and obtained his permission to place online all his articles from Evangelical Quarterly which should start to appear on my websites in the next few months.

You can find a bibliography of some of his works here. Fuller Theological Seminary has an obitiary here, T & T Clark (who published many of his books) here. Ben Myers has a blog entry here, as does Michael L. Westmoreland-White here and David Guretzki here,

Tuesday, July 28, 2009