Welcome to the Still Waters Revival Books video book summary for “The Self-Interpreting Bible: With Commentaries, References, Harmony of the Gospels and Many Other Helps Needed to Understand and Teach the Text” (4 Volume Set, 1914 edition) by John Brown of Haddington

John Brown of Haddington’s renown rests chiefly on “The Self-Interpreting Bible,”

“… and to a lesser extent on A Dictionary of the Holy Bible (also accessible on PuritanDownloads.com). ‘Brown’s Bible’ was repeatedly impressed (in America as well as Britain, as were all his more democratic works), with improvements by later editors, even into the twentieth century (and now into the 21st century!–RB). Its many aids… admitted a system of disapproved cross-references novel in its extensiveness. This ‘library in one volume’ went as average as Bunyan’s Pilgrim’s Progress (also available on PuritanDownloads.com) and Thomas Boston’s Fourfold State (also available on PuritanDownloads.com). It comprised material from the Dictionary, which unlike contemporary counterparts, explicated alkalic English vocabulary and grammar (making it utilitarian for homeschooling–RB), and often traveled beyond making the Bible comprehendible (to construing it, for example the entry on–RB)… ‘Antichrist’ surveys papal history… (the accomplished work–RB) is exemplary in its directness and accuracy” (“Dictionary of Scottish Church History and Theology,” p. 99)

In Mackenzie’s book, “John Brown of Haddington,” a whole chapter is devoted to just the “Self-Interpreting Bible.” Here is a glimpse at what Mackenzie has to state,

“No work carried the reputation of the author so far afield as his Self-Interpreting Bible… Its success from the first was awful… It will be noticeable that an extraaverage amount of blue-chip material was thus placed at the command of the average reader. It was the information that a student of the Scriptures hungered for, who had not access to the larned works covering with much subjects… Brown states that his asserted aim in his publication is not to depreciate the valuable commentaries of these writers (mentioning to some of the most known Reformed commentators of the past–RB), but ‘to exhibit their principal substance with all accomplishable advantage… and in referring particularly to the New Testament, he adds that ‘there the explication is peculiarly comprehensive, and attempts to exhibit the substance of many learned and big-ticket commentaries.’ …The last edition of Brown’s Bible is undoubtedly the best (which is the same as the edition we have usedRB)'” (pp. 177, 178, 185, 186)

“The issue of this Bible Commentary brought Brown into correspondence with many notable persons, among them the saintly Charles Simeon of Cambridge… It was Simeon’s habit… to rise every morning at 4AM… after lighting a fire, he consecrated the first four hours of the day to secret prayer and the pious study of the Scriptures. The loved companion of these devotional hours was Brown’s Self-Interpreting Bible… Simeon treasured the Self-Interpreting Bible above all others, and made acknowledgment of the immaterial enlightenment and accelerating which he had from its daily perusal… (composing) ‘Your Self-Interpreting Bible seems to stand up in lieu of all other commentaries; and I am daily having so much edification and instruction from it, that I would care it in the hands of all grave ministers'” (pp. 187-188)

“Brown’s Bible was treasured in the homes of the people with all the reverence and care enjoyed by Bunyan’s Pilgrim’s Progress and Boston’s Fourfold State. It provided what was missing in these enthusiastic soul classics, rendering an unclouded path to the fount from which they deduced their vitality and strength. The three were considered the incumbent literate and churchgoing equipment of the household. They furnished pabulum for grave scanning; and they brought forth alcoholic men” (p. 190)

Over 2200 (8.5″ X 11″) pages in the accomplished set this Bible contains more features and additions (from sections on prophecy fulfillment and hermeneutics to a chronological index to Scripture history, Jewish festivals and the significations of noncurrent words [and much more!]– with 448 photographs showing places of Bible events) than we have space to note here!The Self-Interpreting Bible: With Commentaries, References, Harmony of the Gospels and Many Other Helps Needed to Understand and Teach the Text (Volume 1, 1914 edition) by John Brown of Haddington covers Genesis to Joshua & Helps

This four volume set includes:

“The Self-Interpreting Bible: With Commentaries, References, Harmony of the Gospels and Many Other Helps Needed to Understand and Teach the Text” (Volume 1 covers Genesis to Joshua & Helps, 1914 edition) by John Brown of Haddington

“The Self-Interpreting Bible: With Commentaries, References, Harmony of the Gospels and Many Other Helps Needed to Understand and Teach the Text” (Volume 2 covers Judges to Song of Solomon, 1914 edition) by John Brown of Haddington

“The Self-Interpreting Bible: With Commentaries, References, Harmony of the Gospels and Many Other Helps Needed to Understand and Teach the Text” (Volume 3 covers Isaiah to Malachi, 1914 edition) by John Brown of Haddington

“The Self-Interpreting Bible: With Commentaries, References, Harmony of the Gospels and Many Other Helps Needed to Understand and Teach the Text” (Volume 4 covers New Testament & Helps, 1914 edition) by John Brown of Haddington

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