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Hear my prayer, O Lord, and give ear to my cry; Do not be silent at my tears; For I am a stranger with You, A sojourner like all my fathers (Psa 39:12, NASB).
John Fox Foxe on The Baptist, author of Foxe's Book of Martyrs
JOHN FOXE (1516-1587)
John Foxe, best known for "Foxe's Book of Martyrs," originally named "Actes & Monuments," was born in England in 1516. Earning his Bachelor's Degree in 1537 and his Master's in 1543, he began teaching at Oxford College as a "lecturer of logic." Pressured into resigning after only two years because of his evangelical beliefs, he found work as a tutor, and wrote many books and plays. Foxe stayed in London until 1554, then left when Queen "Bloody" Mary came to the throne. Becoming a "Marian Exile," as those who fled Queen Mary's purges of Protestants were known, had a telling effect on Foxe. After traveling across Europe, he returned to England in 1559 (Queen Mary died in 1558) and began working on a book called "Actes and Monuments," which later became known as Foxe's Book of Martyrs. Originally the book was much larger than what can now be found, as it has been abridged, added to, and otherwise altered since its original printing. Despite this and criticism about Foxe's data collection methods, the book is still a great resource for studying the reformation and why it occurred.
Foxe's Book of Martyrs
Matthew Henry on The Baptist, author of Matthew Henry's Complete Commentary on the Whole Bible
MATTHEW HENRY (1662-1714)
The Reverend Matthew Henry was the son of Philip Henry, also a clergyman, who was removed from the Church due to the 1662 Act of Uniformity, which reuqired by law the use of some rites and ceremonies in church services, just before matthew was born. Matthew went to college to study law, but gave up his legal studies for theology, and in 1687 became minister of a Presbyterian congregation in Chester, England, where he stayed until 1712, then retired and died in 1714. Henry's exploration of the Old and New Testaments (1708-1710) is a commentary that is both practical and devotional, taht covers the entire Old Testament, and Gospels and Acts of the New Testament. After his death the commentary was finished and edited by a number of ministers, including G. Burder and John Hughes. One of the best works of its type, other writings by Henry include Life of Mr. Philip Henry, The Communicant's Companion, Directions for Daily Communion with God, A Method for Prayer, A Scriptual Catechism, and others.
Matthew Henry's Complete Commentary on the Whole Bible
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Jamieson, Fausset, and Brown Commentary Critical and Explanatory on the Whole Bible
Robert Jamieson, A.R. Fausset, and David Brown served as Pastors in England, and were familiar with the wants and needs of the common believer. Their ministerial experience and extensive scholarly knowledge of the Bible were combined to make an easy-to-understand yet spiritually challenging book entitled "Jamieson, Fausset, & Brown's Commentary Critical and Explanatory on the Whole Bible." This work was published in 1871, and was praised by the likes of Charles Spurgeon and other theologians.
Jamieson, Fausset, & Brown Commentary Critical and Explanatory on the Whole Bible
Flavius Josephus on The Baptist, author of Antiquities of the Jews, Joesphus against Apion, Discourse to the Greeks concerning Hades, and War of the Jews.
FLAVIUS JOSEPHUS (ca 37 A.D. - ca 100 A.D.)
Josephus was a Jewish first century historian who recorded the destruction of Jerusalem in 70 A.D. His writings are important in that they give insight into the lives of the first-century Jewish culture. He fought against the Romans in the Jewish rebellion of 66-73 as a commander, but when Roman forces invaded Galilee in July of 67, he surrendered and gave information to the Romans about the revolt. He also helped as a negotiator for the Romans in the seige of Jerusalem in 70 A.D. In 71 A.D. he traveled to Rome with Titus, the future emperor of the Roman Empire, and there wrote all of his known works. He life was an interesting contradiction, in that he worked with the Romans after his capture, and was called a traitor by some for it, yet also acted as an apologist for the Jewish people to the Roman world, and always considered himself a loyal Jew. He presented the Jewish people as civilized, devout, and philosophical in his writings. These writings are the best source for the history of the first Jewish-Roman War, and gives vital insight into the Dead Sea Scrolls and Jewish life as it was in the first century.
Antiquities of the Jews
Josephus Against Apion
Discourse to the Greeks Concerning Hades
War of the Jews
Martin Luther on The Baptist, author of many works including his 95 These to the Pope, Concerning Christian Liberty, and his Large and Small Catechisms
MARTIN LUTHER (1483-1546)
When Martin Luther nailed his Ninety-Five Theses to the door of the Wittenberg Church, a spark was ignited that began the Reformation. The document listed papal abuses and condemned the sale of indulgences by church officials. Luther himself saw the Reformation as much more important than a revolt against the abuses of Catholic Church officials. He believed it was a fight for the gospel. Luther stated that he would have happily yielded every point of their dispute to the Pope, if the Pope would just affirm the gospel. Luther believed the heart of the gospel was justification by faith; that is that Christ's own righteousness is given to those who believe, and on that basis alone they are accepted by God. While it wasn't the first translation of the Bible into a language other than Latin, Luther's translation of the Bible into German did have the greatest impact up to that time.
95 Theses
Concerning Christian Liberty
Small Catechism of Martin Luther
Large Catechism of Martin Luther
Philip Schaff on The Baptist, author of many works including the History of the Christian Church
PHILIP SCHAFF (1819-1893)
Philip Schaff was born in Switzerland, and educated in Germany, and was a renowned theologian and historian of Christianity. After completing his education Philip moved to the United States and took a position as Professor of Church History and Biblical Literature in the German Reformed Theological Seminary of Mercersburg, Pennsylvania, then the only seminary of that denomination in the United States. When the seminary closed during the American Civil War, he moved to New York City to become Secretary of the Sabbath Committee, then a professor at the Union Theological Seminary until his death in 1893. He was a prolific writer, penning biographies, catechisms, hymnals for children, lectures, essays, and more, but the "History of the Christian Church" was his greatest achievement.
History of the Christian Church
Charles Spurgeon on The Baptist, author of many works, including The Treasury of David, All of Grace, and sermons on the Proverbs
Charles Haddon Spurgeon (1834-1892)
Charles Haddon Spurgeon was England's best-known and most popular preacher for the last half of the nineteenth century. Saved in a Primitive Methodist Church in 1850 at the age of 16 that he turned into because of a snow storm, by age 18 he was Pastor of a small Baptist Church in Cambridgeshire, England. And just two years later in 1854, only four years after his conversion, he was called to Pastor the New Park Street Chapel in London. The congregation grew quickly and moved twice, and in the Surrey Music Hall he would often preach to congregations of over 10,000, this in the days before microphones. Spurgeon was a Baptist with a Calvinist view of the Gospel, and was highly regarded among Presbyterians also. He differed with them on the subject of infant baptism however, and when he preached against infant baptism in 1862, many turned against him. In addition to his church he had two major projects: The Pastor's College in London (renamed Spurgeon's College in 1923), and the Stockwell Orphanage which opened in 1867 and was closed after being bombed in World War II. Spurgeon's weekly sermons were printed and circulated, and many still exist. Below are a few of these, as well as the "Treasury of David" series about the Psalms. This was a work of love on his part that has been widely read ever since.

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Church Leader Biographies & Historical Document Downloads

All of Grace
Ministers Sailing Under False Colors
Sermons on Proverbs
The Inquisition
The Treasury of David
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