Alexander Whyte’s Bible Characters (6 Vols.) are exciting evocations of both prominent and little-known personalities in the Old and New Testaments. Whyte, a minister in the Free Church of Scotland in the late nineteenth century, dedicated the majority of his literary career studying various figures contained in the Bible, and these six volumes are the fruit of his hard labor. Drawing directly from the Bible, but also referencing the work of other notable scholars, Whyte’s skillful rendering of these men and women is informative and illuminating.
A useful resource containing the biographies of over 200 biblical characters, Whyte’s collection is entertaining and spiritually uplifting. Whyte is able to bring these characters alive on the page, illustrating the important roles that even the “minor” characters play in the Bible. Whyte also provides fresh insight into the characters contained in the parables of Jesus, and uniquely explores the angels of the epistles from the book of Revelation. Written in striking, poetic language, Alexander Whyte’s Bible Characters enhances the Bible reading experience, supplying the reader with in-depth and fascinating interpretations of the Scripture’s inhabitants. With Logos Bible Software, this volume is easily searchable, Scripture passages appear on mouse-over, and all cross-references are linked to the other resources in your digital library.
No one takes a stronger grip on us—mind and very soul—in his expounding of Bible characters than Dr. Whyte.
—The Presbyterian Review
We know of no writer who can make more real the personalities of these Bible characters, or can bring home more vividly or helpfully the lessons of their words and deeds.
Each subject is handled with originality, freshness, skill, and sanctified scholarship.
Terse, strong, epigrammatic in his style, he penetrates to the core of character, and expounds it, and all the lessons it teaches, in fine English.
—The N.Y. Observer
Alexander Whyte (1836–1921) was educated at the University of Aberdeen and at New College, Edinburgh. Stemming from a life of poverty, Whyte was self educated before a sympathetic minister taught him Latin and Greek so he could attend college. Vowing to never forget the poor, Whyte went on to become a popular preacher and prolific writer. On his coffin were inscribed David's words, “I shall be satisfied when I awake with thy likeness" (Psalm 17:15).