The People's Bible
Discourses Upon Holy Scripture
Author: Joseph Parker
Publisher: Wordsearch
Category: Commentaries

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  • Originally published in 25 volumes
  • Targeted as a pastoral-focused, book-by-book guide to the Bible
  • Over 10,000 pages in all

Product Details

Joseph Parker was a very well-known preacher and gifted orator in his day. Because of requests for help from other pastors, Parker began a series of Thursday "noon meetings" to train and equip pastors. In 1884, Parker announced his desire to preach through the Bible, and to record it with a stenographer as part of the Thursday noon meetings which then lasted for the next ten years. Parker's purpose in creating The People's Bible was simply pastoral. This twenty-five volume commentary continues his legacy today, as Parker breaks down the Bible into preachable sections, and offers his wisdom, wit and insight throughout.

Volumes in this set:

  • Volume 1 — The Book Of Genesis
  • Volume 2 — The Book Of Exodus
  • Volume 3 — Leviticus - Numbers 26.
  • Volume 4 — Numbers 27 - Deuteronomy
  • Volume 5 — Joshua - Judges 5
  • Volume 6 — Judges 6 - Samuel 18
  • Volume 7 — 1 Samuel 18 - 1 Kings 14
  • Volume 8 — Kings 15 - 1 Chronicles 9
  • Volume 9 — 1 Chronicles 10 - 2 Chronicles 20
  • Volume 10 — 2 Chronicles 21 - Esther
  • Volume 11 — The Book of Job
  • Volume 12 — The Psalter
  • Volume 13 — The Proverbs
  • Volume 15 — Ecclesiastes - Isaiah 26
  • Volume 15 — Isaiah 27 - Jeremiah 19
  • Volume 16 — Jeremiah 20 - Daniel
  • Volume 17 — Hosea - Malachi
  • Volume 18 — Matthew 1 - 7
  • Volume 19 — Matthew 7 - 16
  • Volume 20 — Mark - Luke
  • Volume 21 — The Gospel of John
  • Volume 22 — Acts 1 - 16
  • Volume 23 — Acts 16 - 23
  • Volume 24 — Romans - Galatians
  • Volume 25 — Ephesians - Revelation

About the Author
Joseph Parker, D.D., was born in Hexham, Northumberland in 1803. Parker was the son of Teasdale Parker, a stone mason, and Elizabeth, née Dodd. He managed to pick up a fair education in his youth and he was constantly supplementing it in his adult life. In the revolutionary years from 1845 to 1850 young Parker, as a local preacher and temperance orator, gained a reputation for his vigorous utterance.

In the spring of 1852 he wrote to Dr. John Campbell, minister of Whitefield Tabernacle, Moorfields, London, for advice as to entering the Congregational ministry, and after a short probation he became Campbell's assistant. He also attended lectures in logic and philosophy at University College London. From 1853 to 1858 he was pastor at Banbury. His next charge was at Cavendish Street, Manchester, where he rapidly made himself felt as a power in English Nonconformity. While there he published a volume of lectures entitled Church Questions. The University of Chicago conferred on him the degree of D.D.

In 1869 he returned to London as minister of the Poultry church, founded by Thomas Goodwin. Almost at once he began the scheme which resulted in the erection of the great City Temple in Holborn Viaduct. It cost £70,000, and was opened on 19 May 1874. From this center his influence spread far and wide. His stimulating and original sermons made him one of the best known personalities of his time. He served as pastor of City Temple for thirty three years. Dr. Parker was twice chairman of the London Congregational Board and twice of the Congregational Union of England and Wales. The death of his second wife, Emma, née Common, in 1899, was a blow from which he never fully recovered and he passed away in the winter of 1902.

Parker was pre-eminently a preacher, and his published works are chiefly sermons and expositions, chief among them being City Temple Sermons (1869-1870) and The People's Bible, in 25 vols. (1885-1895). Other volumes include the autobiographical Springdale Abbey (1869), The Inner Life of Christ (1881), Apostolic Life (1884), Tyne Chylde: My Life and Teaching (1883; new ed., 1889), and A Preacher's Life (1899).


The expository studies by the renowned pastor of the City Temple, London, sparkle with brilliance, revealing Parker's rare insight into the meaning of the text and the needs of the human heart. The prayers accompanying each meditation center in the passage to be expounded and are at once suggestive and helpful.
Cyril J Barber, author, The Minister's Library
Dr. Parker has begun a stupendous work in this People's Bible; but its accomplishment lies within the possibilities of his fertile mind, should life and health be spared. He condenses wonderfully, and throws a splendor of diction over all that he pours forth. His track is his own, and the jewels which he lets fall in his progress are from his own caskets; this will give a permanent value to his works, when the productions of copyists will be forgotten.
Charles Haddon Spurgeon (1834-1892), Pastor
A lasting contribution
John MacArthur, Author, Pastor, Founder Grace to You Ministries
The People’s Bible is the magnum opus of Dr. Joseph Parker! In fact, this prolific British writer is the author of at least 60 books. Dr. Parker was a peerless beloved orator and a premier biblical expositor. This acclaimed work will prove to be a valuable addition to your library. I highly recommend it!
Dr. Franklin L. Kirksey, pastor of First Baptist Church of Spanish Fort, Alabama