Friday, February 28, 2014

Edward Henry Bickersteth's Book In Defense of the Trinity

originally posted 9/12/14

The following are links to two books by Bickersteth in defense of the doctrine of the Trinity. From what I can tell they are the same book under two different titles or two different books that are very similar. I'll also include links to other works that Bickersteth recommended and from which he acknowledges he gleaned from.

I read Bickersteth's book on the Trinity 20 years ago and looking back it is not without some problems. It commits some of the mistakes I mention HERE.

Nevertheless, Bickersteth's book is still a very good introduction in defense of the Trinity based primarily on Scripture rather than theology or history or even philosophy (which themselves have a place in the discussion).

See also my main Resources in Defense of Trinitarianism

The Trinity by Edward Henry Bickersteth

The Rock of Ages; or, Scripture Testimony to the One Eternal Godhead or The Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost by Edward Henry Bickersteth
(↑ ↑ ↑ ↑ ↑ digital version that's able to be copy and pasted ↑ ↑ ↑ ↑ ↑) 

Unfortunately, this digital version alters the text so that where the original had "Jehovah" it has "Lord." Thus removing instances when Bickersteth specifically intends refer to the tetragrammaton. At the very least they should have replaced it with "LORD" (all caps) or "YHWH" or "Yahweh." Though I personally prefer, but don't insist on, "Jehovah."

Recommended books by Bickersteth:

Supreme Godhead of Christ by William R. Gordon

The Catholic Doctrine of A Trinity

Horae Solitariae; Or, Essays Upon Some Remarkable Names and Titles of Jesus Christ and the Holy Spirit Occurring in the Old and New Testaments, And Declarative of Their Essential Divinity and Gracious Offices in the Redemption and Salvation of Men

[the above link contains both volumes in one book]
Only Volume 2 on the Holy Spirit

The Scripture Testimony to the Messiah by John Pye Smith

Vital Christianity by Alexander Vinet

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