Bullinger lived at the time when some who claimed to be Christians were criticising the Bible as the Word of God. Both Bullinger and Sir Robert Anderson were great defenders of the authority of the Bible and Bullinger frequently pointed out to the critics that what they claimed the Bible said was not what is actually said. He wrote two great treatises dealing with this. One is produced in this booklet, and the other, a more detailed one, is freely available on the Open BIble Trust website. Just visit the Open Bible Trust website and click on free downloads . --Search magazine
About the Author
Ethelbert W. Bullinger D.D. (1837-1913) was a direct descendent of Heinrich Bullinger, the Swiss reformer who carried on Zwingli s work after the latter had been killed in war. E. W. Bullinger was brought up a Methodist but sang in the choir of Canterbury Cathedral in Kent. He trained for and became an Anglican (Episcopalian) minister before becoming Secretary of the Trinitarian Bible Society. He was a man of intense spirituality and made a number of outstanding contributions to biblical scholarship and broad-based evangelical Christianity. Bullinger wrote two detailed studies on The importance of accuracy. The one which is published here was entitled The importance of accuracy in the study of Scripture. It first appeared in 1915 as a pamphlet and was advertised in Things to Come (Volume XXI, October 1915). It was later published by the Lamp Press as a chapter in Selected Writings. That edition took many of the footnotes into the body of the text. Bullinger continued to write on this subject and the following year, 1916, published a more detailed work entitled The importance of accuracy in the study of the words of Scripture. This appeared as a chapter in How to Enjoy the Bible. This later and larger work is freely available on the website of the Open Bible Trust. Please go to the Open Bible Trust website and click on free downloads and then on The importance of accuracy in the study of the words of Scripture. I am indebted to Geoff Wright for compiling both of these documents. Together they contain all Bullinger had to say on this subject. I am also grateful for his editorial suggestions. For readability we have changed the Roman numerals, used for the Bible references in Bullinger s day, to the usual Arabic numerals, and have transliterated the Greek. We have also added subheadings and, in square brackets or foot-notes, editorial comments to clarify various points. This publication may not be an easy read for some but we hope the reader will study this book and appreciate why Bullinger s scholarship and attention to detail is still valued by many today.