In the Bible Biography Series (27 vols.), John G. Butler brings various Bible characters to life while providing verse-by-verse expository studies of the Scripture. They are extensively organized and outlined in alliterated form, filled with Gospel lessons and practical applications of Scripture to everyday life, and written in easy to understand laymen's language. Unswayed by current trends and ideas in modern exegesis, Butler approaches his material with a steadfast and traditional perspective.
These books are very helpful to preachers in providing material for sermons and lessons plans. They also provide valuable instruction for the individual in his or her Bible study. Because of the organized structure of the Bible Biography Series (27 vols.), they are very adaptable to Sunday school classes and Bible study groups.
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John Butler has produced a powerful and practical series on the lives of biblical characters. These expository books are thoroughly organized and outlined, and will help preachers and Bible teachers in preparing sermons or lessons. You will be blessed by the author's alliterative style, which stamps every message with a subtle, poetic flair.
—Dr. Stephen F. Olford, The Stephen Olford Center for Biblical Preaching, Memphis, TN
John G. Butler, longtime pastor and Bible commentator, is to be commended for his affirmation, alliteration, and application of the biblical text. He provides a treasure chest of biblical truth for the teacher and preacher of the Word of God. I gladly recommend his writings.
—Dr. Franklin L. Kirksey, Pastor, Teacher, Mentor, Writer, Author of Sound Biblical Preaching: Giving the Bible a Voice
I know of no finer collection of resources than Butler. No library is complete without these uncompromising gems of wisdom. After reading the Bible text itself, my next step is always to consult Butler. They are absolutely essential to my Bible study.
Joseph had such a varied life, yet in every situation he shows us how to live uprightly and faithfully for God. This great patriarch of character stands nearly alone in Scripture in his excellent conduct, for few men in the Scripture give such a great example of godly living as Joseph does. Butler examines Joseph's life and character in the following chapters:
Unlike most prophetic books in the Bible, Jonah is mostly narrative. It does not contain lengthy prophetic messages, but rather it is a record of events—dramatic, action-packed events. The lessons it teaches can effect one for eternity! Butler examines Jonah in the following chapters:
In the preface to Elijah: The Prophet of Confrontation, Butler writes "Though 'a man subject to like passions as we are' (James 5:17), Elijah excelled in dedication far beyond all of us; and his whirlwind trip to glory was a fitting crown for a life wholly given to serving God. You cannot read Elijah honestly and come away without being inspired to new heights of holy living and service." Butler examines Elijah in the following chapters:
Miracles were a hallmark of Elisha's ministry. People from all strata of society benefited from his ministry, which was done in times of great apostasy. As Butler writes: "So it is possible to live faithfully for God and do great things for God even when times are bad—Elisha's life proves that fact well." Butler examines Elisha in the following chapters:
"Gideon's great and inspiring work of delivering Israel from the Midianites was like a meteor racing across the sky—brilliant and spectacular indeed—but lasting only a few moments." Butler examines the inspirational story of Gideon and his out-numbered army in the following chapters:
"We need more than ever the warning lessons from the life of this strong but weak judge of Israel," writes Butler in the Preface to Samson: The Weak Strong Man. Butler examines the life of Samson in the following chapters:
The outstanding salient features of John the Baptist which this book focuses upon include such things as his miracle birth, his disciplined and self-denial living, his challenging preaching to the multitudes, his practice of baptism from which he got his name, and his great delight in and devotion to Jesus Christ. Butler examines the life of John the Baptist in the following chapters:
Changed from a sinner to a saint and from a fisherman to an apostle, an outspoken leader of the twelve disciples, and a mighty man of God who so ably led the church in its crucial early days, Peter makes for a most instructive, inspiring, and interesting study. Butler examines Peter in the following chapters:
The study of Abraham's life will not only be an instructive and rewarding experience in seeing many Gospel truths, but it will also be a very helpful experience in learning how to walk the life of faith in God's Word; for the Gospel not only involves the saving of the soul, but it also involves a new walk of faith," writes Butler in the Preface to Abraham: The Father of the Jews. Butler examines Abraham's extraordinary life in the following chapters:
While writing the book on Abraham for the Bible Biography Series, Butler realized the material found in Genesis 19, and the story of Lot, deserved their own book-length treatment. Butler examines Lot in the following chapters:
"When it was time, in the gracious plan of God, to proclaim the Gospel throughout the world," writes Butler, "Paul was the special instrument chosen by God to lead the way in world missions." Butler examines one of the most important figures in the Bible, Paul, in the following chapters:
Moses, the great emancipator of Israel, is one of the most prominent characters in the Old Testament. And although, like Elijah, he "was a man subject to like passions as we are" (James 5:17), his story encourages us that we, too, can by faith accomplish great things for God. Butler examines Moses in the following chapters:
"He [Joshua] was one of the greatest leaders Israel ever had and led them both as a military leader and as a statesman," Butler writes in the Preface of Joshua: The Conqueror of Canaan "In both positions, he excelled as few men before or after him." Butler examines Joshua in the following chapters:
Butler's study of Samuel shows a man who was "a tower of spiritual strength, steadfast in his loyalty to God, and a great example and encouragement for all the saints of God." Butler examines Samuel in the following chapters:
Butler examines the life of David in the following chapters:
"Nehemiah will always be associated with the rebuilding of the walls of Jerusalem," writes Butler in the Preface of his biography on Nehemiah. Butler also examines Nehemiah's piousness, his battle against sin within Judah, his great leadership skills, and more in the following chapters:
"If one is going to understand the history of the nation of Israel correctly and adequately, he must study Jacob's life..." writes Butler in the Preface to Jacob: The Sower and Reaper. Butler examines the inspirational life of Jacob in the following chapters:
"The books of II Kings, II Chronicles, and Isaiah all give a record of Hezekiah's time as king over Judah... and despite his prominence in Scripture and the many great lessons his life gives, he is not given much attention by the Church." Butler's biography examines the life of Hezekiah in the following chapters:
Why is the title of this book Mordecai and not Esther? Butler answers this question and delves into the life of Mordecai in the following chapters:
Butler's examines the life of Ruth as a life story, a love story, a historical story, and most importantly, a religious story, in the following chapters:
Focusing on the "practical" and not the "prophetic" holy life of Daniel, Butler examines Daniel in the following chapters:
Solomon was blessed with wisdom and wealth, and the building of the great Temple exemplified a man of great faith. But how could a man be led astray that had so much in his favor? Butler examines the rise and fall of Solomon in the following chapters:
"Noah's life is a great inspiration for all of God's people," Butler writes in the preface to Noah: The Ark Builder. "He lived a holy life in spite of the fact that almost everyone around him was living an unholy life." Butler examines the life of Noah in the following chapters:
To help understand the character of Job, Butler breaks the book of Job into five parts: the character of God, the cause of suffering, the cousel of Job's friends, the criticism of God, and the confessions of Job. He then examines the life of Job in the following chapters:
Son of Abraham and father to Jacob, Isaac is one of the three great patriarchs of the Jewish nation. Butler explores Genesis 26 and the life of Isaac in the following chapters:
Butler examines Saul's life as the first King of Israel, and the tragic consequences that befall him as a result of rejecting God, in the following chapters:
Butler explores Hebrews 11, "Faith's Hall of Fame," a chapter written to encourage us "that no matter who you are or what your situation is, you can and should live by faith." Butler examines these heroes of the faith in the following chapters:
John G. Butler, originally from Iowa, has been a Baptist minister for over fifty years and a pastor for over thirty-five years with pastorates in Clinton, Iowa; Williamsburg, Ohio; Detroit, Michigan; and Chicago, Illinois. Having attended Tennessee Temple University and graduated from Cedarville University, he also authored the 27-volume Bible Biography Series, a 10-volume Study of the Savior series about Jesus Christ, and the 4-volume Butler's Daily Bible Reading set, a unique daily devotional focusing on expository Bible study. He is also a veteran of the United States Navy.