E. W. Bullinger

E. W. Bullinger


The background music playing on this page is a hymn called I Am Trusting Thee. The musical score was composed by Bullinger in 1874. Lyrics by Francis Ridley Havergal.

Ethelbert William Bullinger was born on December 15 in Canterbury, England. He was a direct descendent of the great Swiss Reformer Johann Heinrich Bullinger, a covenant theologian, who succeeded Zwingli in Zurich in December of 1531.

Bullinger was educated at King's College, London. He was a recognized scholar in the field of biblical languages. The Archbishop of Canterbury granted him an honorary Doctor of Divinity degree in 1881 in recognition of his biblical scholarship.

Some of his best known works are The Companion Bible, Number in Scripture, Word Studies on the Holy Spirit, The Witness of the Stars, The Book of Job, Figures of Speech Used in the Bible, Great Cloud of Witnesses, The Critical Lexicon and Concordance to the English and Greek New Testaments, How To Enjoy the Bible and Commentary On Revelation. You will find something about most of these works here, with one exception.

Dr. Bullinger believed in and taught the pretribulation, premillennial rapture.  He is also considered an untradispensationalist because he taught that the gospels and Acts were under the dispensation of law, with the church actually beginning at Paul's ministry after Acts 28:28. We at Spera in Deo DO NOT agree with these two particular teachings. Eschatologically speaking, we are of the Historical Premillennial school (Christ returning after the tribulation - no rapture - but before the millennium) and we believe in a covenantal theology rather than a dispensational view. Therefore we cannot recommend Bullinger's Commentary On Revelation. And even though we highly recommend The Companion Bible, we don't necessarily agree with everything found in the appendices in the back - especially suspect is the very last appendix because this also is an ultradispensationalist view of Revelation.

*If all this eschatology talk is confusing to you, or you would like to learn more about the various views on the return of Christ, check out The Meaning of The Millennium: Four Views.

It's rare that one person would agree with every single doctrine that another person believes. None of us are perfect while we are in this world and we all probably have a few false notions in our heads...so read Bullinger and all mens' works using discernment.

Dr. Bullinger died on June 6, 1913, in London, England, leaving behind a wonderful legacy of works to help us in the study of God's Word.

Two of Bullinger's works are already in our permanent collection in our bookstore. To find out more about these books, please take a look by clicking here:

The Companion Bible Number In Scripture

Figures Of Speech Used In The Bible Many portions of the Bible are written in figurative language making some things seem hard to be understood. But God didn't give us His Word to confuse us! He uses figures of speech to paint pictures for us, to emphasize His points, etc. Bullinger is THE authority on the figures of speech used in the Bible and this is the very best work I know of on this subject. If you have ever thought the figurative language in the Bible to be hard to understand, reading this one is like turning on a light in a dark room. Things will clear right up for you!
Turn on the light
Great Cloud Of Witness In Hebrews Eleven The apostle Paul tells us in Hebrews 12:1 that we are surrounded by a great cloud of witnesses. Who are they? Well, they are the great heroes of the faith catalogued in Hebrews chapter eleven. Bullinger bases his look at what kind of faith pleases God on the faith these witnesses displayed.

The Witness Of The Stars ...the heavens declare the glory of God and the firmament showeth His handiwork. Even more than you may know or imagine, in fact. Bullinger contends that God's Word is written in the heavens literally in the constellations. A very interesting read based on Psalm 19, ancient astronomical sources and modern scientific data.

Word Studies On The Holy Spirit This one is pretty self-explanatory. Bullinger takes each of the three hundred and eighty five occurrences of the Greek word pneuma (spirit) in the New Testament and examines it in detail.

Holy Spirit

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