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Devotional, Biographical, and Popular Works by B.F. Westcott (9 vols.)
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Devotional, Biographical, and Popular Works by B.F. Westcott (9 vols.)


4 publishers 1873–1903

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This collection of works from Bishop of Durham, Cambridge professor, and distinguished biblical scholar B.F. Westcott showcases practical counsel for daily Christian living, family prayer, meditations upon ordination of new ministers, examination of the religious office of the universities, discussion of the role of the Christian poet, short studies of the Apostles’ Creed, and much more. Westcott’s accessible writings provide insight and inspiration on a range of subjects of interest to the nineteenth-century scholar and to modern Christians and pastors.

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Looking for more by B.F. Westcott? Check out his biblical studies, collected sermons and letters, and studies on Christianity and the Western World.

Key Features

  • Insights for daily study and family prayer
  • Discussions of practical Christian life and growth
  • Tributes to Joseph Lightfoot and Christina Rossetti

Product Details

Individual Titles

The Gospel of Life: Thoughts Introductory to the Study of Christian Doctrine

  • Author: B.F. Westcott
  • Publisher: Macmillan
  • Publication Date: 1892
  • Pages: 358

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This volume distills lectures given by B.F. Westcott to students at Cambridge on Christian doctrine. He notes that “the thoughts which they contain have been constantly tested in private discussion, and I have found them guidance and support in looking at the spectacle of the world—of man and of nature—full as it is of sufferings and sorrows and failures.” This volume explains how “Christianity offers in a real human life the thoughts by which other religions live. Nature herself does not give an answer to the riddles which she proposes; but the whole life of men points to the answer which Christianity has given. . . . Christianity is in life and through life. It is not an abstract system but a vital power, active through an organized body.”


  • The Problems of Life
  • The Duty and Necessity of Dealing with the Problems of Life
  • The Conditions under Which a Solution of the Problems of Life Must Be Sought
  • The Work of the Pre-Christian Nations towards the Solution of the Problems of Life
  • Pre-Christian Solutions of the Problems of Being
  • Presuppositions of the Christian Solution
  • Signs as a Vehicle of Revelation
  • Characteristics of the Christian Solution: Christianity Absolute
  • Characteristics of Christianity: Christianity Historical
  • The Verification of the Christian Solution of the Problems of Life

The Historic Faith

  • Author: B.F. Westcott
  • Publisher: Macmillan
  • Publication Date: 1885
  • Pages: 340

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The Historic Faith gathers short lectures given by B.F. Westcott on the Apostles’ Creed, which examine “the force of the main articles of the Apostles’ Creed, the Creed of our Baptism, the one Confession of Faith which has been the immemorial bond of Western Christendom.” Westcott designs the text for those without technical knowledge, giving it a convenient outline for study as well as the benefit of helpful notes. Westcott provides an accessible introduction to the Apostles’ Creed, exploring “the relations of the different sections of the Creed to one another and the significance of the separate clauses.”


  • Faith
  • Creeds
  • The Idea of Religion
  • The Idea of Faith
  • The Creeds
  • The Divine Fatherhood
  • All-Sovereign and Almighty
  • The Christology of the New Testament
  • The Universality of the Character of the Lord
  • The Blood of Christ
  • The Communion of Saints

Steps in the Christian Life

  • Author: B.F. Westcott
  • Publisher: SPCK
  • Publication Date: 1880
  • Pages: 92

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This volume compiles several brief addresses, originally given by B.F. Westcott to the Cambridge University Church society in 1875, “designed to suggest subjects for meditation.” Thoughtful and practically-focused, this text draws from 2 Peter 1:4–8, giving pastoral and applicable wisdom for everyday Christian growth.

Common Prayers for Family Use

  • Author: B.F. Westcott
  • Publisher: Macmillan
  • Publication Date: 1903
  • Pages: 37

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B.F. Westcott provides a prayer book designed for daily use by a family or group throughout a week, with prayers for each day, and some additional prayers. Drawing from his own family’s devotional life, he notes that these prayers “were in continuous use at the household family prayer.”

Words of Faith and Hope

  • Author: B.F. Westcott
  • Publisher: Macmillan
  • Publication Date: 1902
  • Pages: 256

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Biblical scholar, professor, and bishop B.F. Westcott gave many and varied addresses throughout his long career. This volume gathers a sampling of such addresses, delivered between 1868 and 1901, that display the many facets of his work and ministry.


  • Disciplined Life
  • Crises in the History of the Church
  • The Symbol of Our Inheritance
  • Christian Growth
  • Voices of the Living Spirit
  • Labour Co-operation
  • The Crowning Promise
  • The Congregation
  • Common Prayer
  • The Church
  • The Sovereign Motive

On Some Points in the Religious Office of the Universities

  • Author: B.F. Westcott
  • Publisher: Macmillan
  • Publication Date: 1873
  • Pages: 221

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This volume collects short meditations from B.F. Westcott on the relationship between the university and religious life in missions, clergy training, and related areas, and the real state of affairs at Cambridge. Written upon his return to teaching at their after an absence of nearly 20 years, B.F. Westcott has a unique perspective from which to “estimate the real character of the changes which have taken place during that eventful period.”


  • The Universities in Relation to Religious Life at Home
  • The Universities in Relation to Missionary Work
  • The Universities as a Spiritual Power
  • The Universities and the Intellectual Training of the Clergy
  • The Actual State of Things at Cambridge

Some Thoughts from the Ordinal

  • Author: B.F. Westcott
  • Publisher: Macmillan
  • Publication Date: 1884
  • Pages: 77

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B.F. Westcott compiles the substance of several addresses given to candidates for ordination. He meditates on different parts of the Ordinal, noting that it is his “wish to offer in these short addresses some suggestions for the guidance of our thoughts on the subject which fills our minds now, the confessions and exhortations and promises of the Ordination Service, our promises and the promises of God, which it includes.”


  • Outline
  • The Call
  • The Rule
  • The Work
  • The Witness
  • The Spirit
  • The End
  • The Strength
  • Growth

Bishop Lightfoot

  • Author: B.F. Westcott
  • Publisher: Macmillan
  • Publication Date: 1894
  • Pages: 162

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This sketch of Bishop Lightfoot was originally published in the Quarterly Review in January 1893. Joseph Lightfoot was a theologian, biblical scholar, and friend of B.F. Westcott, who preceded him in the office of Bishop of Durham. Westcott writes a prefatory note to this remembrance of Lightfoot’s life and work that sheds light on both their relationship and Lightfoot’s legacy.

An Appreciation of the Late Christina Georgina Rossetti

  • Author: B.F. Westcott
  • Publisher: SPCK
  • Publication Date: 1899
  • Pages: 192

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B.F. Westcott, besides being a learned biblical scholar, was also a wide reader and lover of literature, music, and art. This volume reprints the tribute given by Westcott then Bishop of Durham to the great British poet, Christina Rossetti. Speaking at the dedication of a memorial to her at Christ Church in Woburn Square, where Rossetti was a devoted member for nearly 20 years, Westcott discusses the important role of poets in translating for readers the supernatural beauty of ordinary things.

He notes how the true poet is “in fact a seer and not a maker: not one who creates, but one who beholds that which is, and declares what he has seen to souls struggling towards the light.” In Rossetti, he notes, “we recognize the completest consecration of woman’s gifts of poetry to the highest uses.”

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. In 1870, he became the Regius Professor of Divinity at Cambridge, and received honorary degrees from Oxford in 1881 and Edinburgh 1883. In 1890, he became the bishop of Durham.

Westcott authored numerous 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.