The Bible is a great portrait gallery. The different books are rooms through which we meander and find hanging on the walls the pictures of men and women of long ago. These old portraits are interesting to us because they are full of life. These men and women have been dead thousands of years, but their deeds are still full of vital teachings for the people who are on earth today. This book seeks to put portraits before its readers in as modern and graphic a manner as is possible in sermon form, while at the same time keeping the divine message meant to rebuke, warn, and inspire. This book is intended as a companion volume to The Great Sinners of the Bible and The Great Saints of the Bible.
About the Author
Louis Albert Banks (1855-1933) was educated at Philomath College, Oregon. He was licensed to preach by the United Brethren Church when he was only sixteen; though, he would later join the Methodist Episcopal Church and serve the denomination as a deacon, elder, and pastor. In 1877, after a year of studying law, Banks was admitted to the bar. In 1890, Banks was given the degree of D.D. by Mt. Union College.
Banks was a fervent temperance advocate; he ran for governor of Massachusetts on the Prohibition Party ticket, served as an evangelist for the American Anti-Saloon League, and was once shot by an angered saloon-keeper. From his experience with the saloon-keeper, Banks wrote The Censor Echoes. Additionally, Banks was very troubled by the labor conditions of those working in sweat-shops and tenement-houses and wrote White Slaves in response. The book received national recognition and ignited a series of congressional investigations. Well-known and respected in his time, Banks preached the word with direct and persuasive language, and his sermons are sure to bless those who read and use them.