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"The earth will be filled with the knowledge of the glory of the LORD, as the waters cover the sea." (Hab 2:14)

I would like to invite you to look around my web-site. I do hope and pray that you will find it a help and an encouragement. The main aim is to provide a helpful resource for people wanting to know more about the Bible and how to understand it better.

The Bible Study Resources are described below. There is a large collection of different articles giving information about the cultural or historical background to the Bible, as well as on more topical subjects. These can be accessed using the menu to the left of the page.

There is more information about my background and academic qualifications on the Teaching Ministry page.

If you have the opportunity to visit the British Museum in London, there are a series of pages which describe the archaeological artefacts which link with the Bible, so you can take yourself for a tour of the museum. Please select the British Museum Guide link.

Recent additions to the site

There is a new page which provides a facility to convert talents and shekels into modern weights and values. There are many places in the Old Testament where weights of gold and silver are given in Talents and Shekels. It can be interesting to calculate what these would be worth in today's prices.

A new section of Early Church History has been added. This contains a growing number of short articles related to the history of the early church up until around the year 500. Some pages give a description the lives and works of the leaders of the church in the post-apostolic period, known as the Early Church Fathers. Others describe some of the most important churches in the early centuries, the different schools of theological thought, and some of the important theological controversies in the early church. Others give information about some of the more well-known heretics.

Two new search facilities have been added at the top of each page. The first is a search by the title of the page, using auto-complete. The second is an advanced search. When the button is clicked, the search panel appears, where a word or phrase or a Bible reference can be entered. A link to each page where that word, phrase or Bible reference appears is then displayed.

A number of new pages have been added recently. The section of New Testament books is now complete, with introductions to all 27 books now available. The latest additions are 2 Timothy, Philemon and 2 and 3 John. Introductions to the books of 1 and 2 Samuel and Lamentations have been added to the section of Old Testament books.

There is a new section at the top of the menu list called The Bible. This contains pages relevant to the whole Bible, such as the Story of the English Bible, Why 66 Books? and a page giving some thoughts on the importance of Paradox in Christian doctrine.

Another new section is Historical Documents. This will contain what is intended to be a growing collection of documents from the early church or secular history which have particular relevance to Biblical studies.

Soon after the beginning of 2020 this site reached a significant landmark. It has now had visitors from two hundred different countries or dependent territories with a unique country code top-level internet domain. There are about 240 different country code top-level internet domains in total, so this site has now had visitors from over 80% of them.

Bible Study Resources

I have included over three hundred articles covering various areas of Biblical studies. Some contain general information for the historical and cultural background of the Old or New Testaments. Others contain more topical discussions on some controversial subjects. Do take time to browse through them. Over the next months and years, I will be adding many more articles, so do bookmark this site and return again.

I have arranged the articles in a number of different categories. Please select the link on the left or below:

The Bible

Pages which look at issues relevant to the whole Bible, such as the Canon of Scripture, as well as doctrinal and theological issues

New Testament Background

Articles which give additional information about the history and culture of the first century, giving helpful background knowledge for the Gospels and Paul's travels.

New Testament Studies

A collection of in-depth studies on a variety of topics arising from the New Testament.

New Testament Books

This is a collection of introductions to each of the books in the New Testament. Each contains information about the authorship, date, historical setting and main themes of the book.

Old Testament Background

Information about the different nations surrounding Israel, and other articles concerning Old Testament history.

Old Testament Studies

A selection of studies on topics connected with the Old Testament.

Old Testament Books

This is an almost complete collection of introductions to each of the books in the Old Testament. Each contains helpful information about the authorship, date, historical setting and main themes of the book.

Inductive Bible Study

Some practical instruction in how to study the Bible inductively, together with some helpful principles for understanding the different types of literature found in the Bible, such as law, prophets, gospels and Revelation.

Early Church History

A growing collection of short articles about the history of the early church up until around the year 500, including the lives and works of the early church fathers, theological controversies and well-known heretics.

British Museum Tour

A series of pages with photographs and descriptions of archaeological artifacts held in the British Museum which have a connection to the Bible.

Museums - Israel Museum

A collection of photographs of archaeological artifacts from the Israel Museum in Jerusalem which have a connection to the Bible.

Historical Documents

A collection of historical documents from church history or secular history which are relevant to Biblical studies.

Life Questions

This contains a collection of articles about the more perplexing issues arising from the Christian faith, including: the problem of suffering, whether there is such a thing as just war, and the question of those who die without hearing the Gospel.

How to Preach

For those who believe that God is calling you to preach his Word, these are pages which give very practical instructions on how to prepare a message, and some help in the frightening challenge of public speaking.


You are welcome to make copies of any of the articles, and use them for study, teaching, or to hand out to students. They are not copyrighted. However I would ask that you give credit to me as the author. There is a facility to print or download a .pdf at the top of each page.

If you have any suggestions for articles on any additional topics, please let me know, and I may be able to write one. If you have any comments, or questions, please send me a message using the Contact Julian link.

I have included a number of articles which were not originally written by me, but by other staff or leaders of the SBS. I have indicated these by writing “Unknown author” at the top. Please let me know if you are the original author of one of these, and you can receive the credit you deserve.


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