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Biblical Studies of B.F. Westcott (10 vols.)

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Best-known as one half of Westcott-Hort, the team that produced the acclaimed Westcott-Hort Greek New Testament, Brooke Foss Westcott was also a minister and prolific writer, as well as an eminent biblical scholar. This collection fleshes out that scholarship with pastoral, as well as academic, works on studying and interpreting Scripture. From sermons and studies of the miracles and titles of Jesus used in the Gospels, to a defense of the Resurrection, to a survey of the New Testament canon on historical grounds, to a psalter arranged for public worship, this collection is rich with insights into understanding and applying the Bible to every situation and aspect of life.

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  • Gathers a variety of biblical studies by Brooke Foss Westcott
  • Studies the miracles, Resurrection, and various titles of Jesus in the Gospels
  • Provides Westcott’s historical survey of the New Testament canon, along with the condensed popular version
  • Includes Westcott’s psalter arranged for the use of choirs in public worship

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Characteristics of the Gospel Miracles

  • Author: Brooke Foss Westcott
  • Publisher: Macmillan and Co.
  • Publication Date: 1859
  • Pages: 122

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This volume presents sermons preached by B.F. Westcott at the University of Cambridge. He notes, “the subject which I have approached in these sermons was directly suggested by the services of the three Sundays after Epiphany on which they were preached; and the festival of the conversion of St. Paul, which fell within the same period, seemed to furnish in some sense a practical illustration of the lessons which it conveys.” Westcott focuses on the miracles of the Gospels, examining them across the whole as one epiphany of Christ, and relating them to the broader narrative of the Gospels and of Scripture. The sermons reprinted here also include notes.


  • The Miracles on Nature
  • The Miracles on Man
  • Miracles on the Spirit-World
  • The Conversion of St. Paul

The Gospel of the Resurrection: Thoughts on Its Relation to Reason and History

  • Author: Brooke Foss Westcott
  • Edition: 4th
  • Publisher: Macmillan and Co.
  • Publication Date: 1891
  • Pages: 307

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Responding to criticism of the historicity of the Resurrection and the claim that believing in Christ’s triumph over death is incompatible with reason, B.F. Westcott considers the Resurrection and elementary Christian truths “as miraculous revelation from the side of history and reason.” His essay examines the historical reality and importance of the Resurrection, noting that “it is not too much to assert that the fact of the Resurrection (as the typical miracle of the Gospel) becomes more natural as we take a more comprehensive view of history, and more harmonious with reason as we interrogate our instincts more closely.”


  • Statement of the Question
  • Introduction: Ideas of God, Nature, Miracles
  • The Resurrection and History
  • The Resurrection and Man
  • The Resurrection and the Church

The Revelation of the Risen Lord

  • Author: Brooke Foss Westcott
  • Publisher: Macmillan and Co.
  • Publication Date: 1881
  • Pages: 264

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This volume collects short studies designed as an introduction and supplement to The Gospel of the Resurrection. Brooke Foss Westcott notes, “It has been my aim in writing them to realize as distinctly as I could the characteristic teaching of each manifestation of the Risen Christ both in relation to the first disciples and in relation to ourselves.” The studies examine each manifestation to shed light on the circumstances under which the fact of the Resurrection was made known, and the Resurrection itself, along with the Christian Church that was founded upon belief in the Ascended Lord.


  • Introductory: The General Character of the Revelation and of the Record
  • The Revelation through Love
  • The Revelation through Though
  • The Conviction of Faith
  • The Great Commission
  • Spiritual Sight
  • The Revelation in the Work of Light
  • The Revelation through Active Work
  • The Revelation through Patient Waiting
  • The Revelation of the Kingdom
  • Departure in Blessing
  • The Revelation from Heaven and on Earth

Christus Consummator: Some Aspects of the Work and Person of Christ in Relation to Modern Thought

  • Author: Brooke Foss Westcott
  • Edition: 3rd
  • Publisher: Macmillan and Co.
  • Publication Date: 1890
  • Pages: 202

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This volume collects sermons preached in Westminster Abbey during Brooke Foss Westcott’s residence in August 1885 and January 1886. Westcott endeavors to guide readers to the sure hope through trials that comes through “patience and through comfort of the Scriptures.” Drawing from the book of Hebrews, he presents some lessons which “show how much seems to be loss in regard to our religious circumstances proves to be gain by turning our minds from things temporal and provisional to Christ Himself.” The appendix contains a sermon preached at Cambridge, designed to give practical application of the teaching.


  • Lessons from an Epoch of Change
    • The Trials of a New Age
    • The Destiny of Man Fulfilled by Christ through Suffering
    • The King Priest
    • The Universal Society
    • The New Covenant
  • Aspects of the Incarnation
    • The Incarnation of a Subject for Devout Study
    • The Incarnation and the Creation
    • The Incarnation and the Fall
    • The Incarnation and Nature
    • The Incarnation and Life
  • Appendix: The Vision of God the Call of the Prophet

Thoughts on Revelation & Life: Being Selections from the Writings of Brooke Foss Westcott

  • Author: Brooke Foss Westcott
  • Editor: Stephen Phillips
  • Publisher: Macmillan and Co.
  • Publication Date: 1891
  • Pages: 430

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This volume compiles characteristic selections from the writings of B.F. Westcott—including passages from sermons, essays, and addresses—on a variety of topics in individual Christian life and society—representing how, as Westcott wrote, “Christianity takes account of the whole nature of man, consecrating to its service the natural exercise of every power and the fulfilment of every situation in which he is placed.”

Of interest to pastors and divinity students as well as laypeople, this compendium of selections focuses on various aspects of Christian life, and role of the Christian and of the church in the world. Particularly interesting are Westcott’s writings on the relationship of Christianity to art and literature, as editor Stephen Phillips notes, with “their unique teaching on the mission of poet and painter ‘to present the truth of things under the aspect of beauty.’”


  • Part I: The Records of Revelation
  • Part II: The Christian Society: Its Office and Growth
  • Part III: Aspects of Life
  • Part IV: Lessons of Literature and Art

Stephen Phillips was a reader and chaplain of Gray’s Inn.

The Paragraph Psalter: Arranged for the Use of Choirs

  • Author: Brooke Foss Westcott
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press
  • Publication Date: 1895
  • Pages: 262

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In the Paragraph Psalter, Brooke Foss Westcott arranges the Psalms for public worship, compiling this Psalter in order that the “chanting of the Psalms may contribute in the highest degree to the edifying of the choir and of the congregation.” The arrangement found in this volume was made and tested during Westcott’s time serving at Peterborough, and is designed to “exhibit the general structure of the Psalms in such a manner as to suggest the variety of musical treatment which is required in different Psalms and in different parts of the Psalms for their true interpretation.”

A General Survey of the History of the Canon of the New Testament

  • Author: Brooke Foss Westcott
  • Edition: 7th
  • Publisher: Macmillan and Co.
  • Publication Date: 1896
  • Pages: 680

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In A General Survey of the History of the Canon of the New Testament, Brooke Foss Westcott gives an overview of the New Testament on purely historical grounds, not considering the separate books individually, but “as claiming to be parts of the apostolic heritage of Christians.” Westcott connects “the history of the New Testament canon with the growth and consolidation of the Catholic Church,” highlighting “the relation existing between the amount of evidence for the authenticity of its component parts and the whole mass of Christian literature.”


  • Introduction
  • The Age of the Apostolic Fathers
  • The Age of the Greek Apologists
  • The Early Versions of the New Testament
  • The Early Heretics
  • The Canon of the Acknowledged Books
  • The Testimony of the Churches to the Disputed Books
  • The Testimony of Heretical and Apocryphal Writings
  • The Age of Diocletian
  • The Age of Councils
  • The Sixteenth Century
  • Appendices

The Bible in the Church: A Popular Account of the Collection and Reception of the Holy Scriptures in the Christian Churches

  • Author: Brooke Foss Westcott
  • Publisher: Macmillan and Co.
  • Publication Date: 1864
  • Pages: 352

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Brooke Foss Westcott’s The Bible in the Church offers a “popular account of the collection and reception of the Holy Scriptures in the Christian Churches.” Written as “attempt to answer a request which has been made to [Westcott] from time to time, to place in a simple form the substance of History of the Canon of the New Testament,” this volume is expanded to include the whole Bible, producing a concise and readable historical introduction to the Bible’s history from the Apostolic Age through the sixteenth century.

The Revelation of the Father: Short Lectures on the Titles of the Lord in the Gospel of St. John

  • Author: Brooke Foss Westcott
  • Publisher: Macmillan and Co.
  • Publication Date: 1884
  • Pages: 216

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This volume compiles 10 brief lectures by Brooke Foss Westcott examining the different titles used to refer to Jesus in John’s Gospel, such as “the Christ,” “the bread of life,” and “the light of the world.” Westcott studies these titles as a series of self-revelations of Jesus, exploring how they illustrate the inspiration of the Bible, as well as the divinity of Jesus. The text also includes three appendixes with three additional sermons preached at Cambridge that explore some of the main conclusions in a different form and more detail.


  • The Coming in the Father’s Name
  • The Christ
  • The Bread of Life
  • The Light of the World
  • The Door of the Sheep
  • The Good Shepherd
  • The Resurrection and the Life
  • The Way, the Truth, and the Life
  • The True Vine
  • The Vision of Christ, the Vision of the Father
  • Appendixes

Some Lessons of the Revised Version of the New Testament

  • Author: Brooke Foss Westcott
  • Publisher: Hodder and Stoughton
  • Publication Date: 1897
  • Pages: 239

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Revised and supplemented from content originally published in the Expositor in 1887, this text was designed help readers better understand the aim and character of the Revised Version of the New Testament. B.F. Westcott—one of the best-known contributors to the translation—guides readers in their systematic study, offering hints and helps to those who desire to study the Revised Version translation.

About B.F. Westcott

Brooke Foss Westcott (1825–1901) was a British bishop, biblical scholar, and theologian serving as bishop of Durham from 1890 until his death. Westcott studied at Trinity College in Cambridge where he graduated in 1848. He stayed at Trinity, where in 1849 he obtained his fellowship and was ordained deacon and priest. He received honorary degrees from Oxford in 1881 and Edinburgh 1883. In 1890, he became the bishop of Durham.

Westcott authored several works, including Introduction to the New Testament in the Original Greek, A General View of the History of the English Bible, Westcott-Hort Greek New Testament, and Saint Paul’s Epistle to the Ephesians.


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  1. Stephen E Moser
    I was reading a footnote by Westcott in Carson's Commentary on the Gospel of John, when I spied this. Glad I did!
  2. Gregory Pickett
    These are Great Reference Works. You need to get busy at Logos and Put these out for Sale. Thank You


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