- The Biblical Encyclopedia Britannica
- Developed over 30 years
Without question The Biblical Illustrator comprises the greatest amount of biblical exposition ever assembled. It contains sermons, outlines, quotations, anecdotes, similes, emblems, and illustrations. Originally published in 1887, The Biblical Illustrator is one of the most robust commentaries ever published, covering every chapter and verse of the Word of God by some of the best preachers and teachers of the 19th century.
These contributors include Charles Spurgeon, D. L. Moody, Alexander MacLaren, Matthew Henry, Adam Clark, John Wesley, Joseph Parker, J.C. Ryle, and hundreds of others.
The editor, Joseph S. Exell, is one of the most highly regarded biblical editors of the past 200 years. He intended for this work to be used everyday by preachers and teachers.
Beyond just analyzing and advising on biblical text, The Biblical Illustrator provides a wealth of illustrations, outlines, poems, anecdotes, sermons, doctrine, similes, expositions, Bible backgrounds, and practical applications that can be shared with anyone. The content is expository, scientific, geographical, historical, and gathered from the entire range of literature dealing with every verse, passage, and text in the Old and New Testaments.
In printed form, this set totals 34,752 pages of content. In WORDsearch, you can choose or search any Bible verse of topic and you’ll have one expert after another weigh in with the kind of wisdom that comes from deep-thinking minds.
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About the Editor
Rev. Joseph S. Exell, M.A. served as the editor of Clerical World, The Homiletical Quarterly and the Monthly Interpreter. Exell was also the editor for several large commentary sets, including The Men of the Bible, The Pulpit Commentary, Preacher's Complete Homiletical Commentary, and The Biblical Illustrator.
This set cannot be regarded as a commentary, for it does not profess to take account of the results of the critical investigation of the Bible. It may perhaps be described as a 'Preacher's Commonplace Book' and it is likely to be extremely useful for purely homiletic purposes.
The design of the work is to furnish reliable and valuable data in a way of facts, anecdotes, statistics, books, etc., to aid ministers in the preparation of sermons, lectures, addresses, etc. A very wide field has been gone over, and great care and caution observed in the selection of material for pulpit illustration, which is alphabetically arranged so as to be readily found.