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The Pentateuch: Its Origin and Authorship

This week’s additions to the Jimmie Beller Memorial eLibrary all have to do with defending the Bible against the skeptics who make claims that it is uninspired and/or severely corrupted.

Back in the late 1800s, it was popular for atheists to go around making claims that the Pentateuch (the first five books of the Bible) was full of mistakes and corruptions, and wasn’t even written until many years after Moses was dead.  By this, they tried to prove that it (1) wasn’t from God and that (2) it wasn’t written when/by whom it was claimed.

In response to these speeches, several responses were written by different men from different church backgrounds.  One such response is today’s free offering.  Written by H.L. Hastings, editor of “The Christian” newspaper and the “Anti-Infidel Library,” this booklet contains several solid lines of evidence showing the divine origin of Genesis through Deuteronomy, and also spends a lengthy chapter showing that the claims of mistakes and corruptions are overblown.

Originally printed in April of 1894 as part of the “Anti-Infidel Library,” we present to you

The Pentateuch: Its Origin and Authorship.

Contents

  • The Pentateuch: Its Origin and Authorship
  • Changes in Style and Language
  • Testing the Higher Critics on Shakespeare
  • The German Critics Tested
  • Time Notes and Foot Notes
  • One Independent Witness to the Authenticity and Great Antiquity of the Pentateuch.

As always, if you want to read this book online, just click the link below.  Or you can download it for later reading on your personal electronic device (Kindle, tablet, computer, iPhone, smart phone, etc…)

Enjoy!

The Pentateuch: Its Origin and Authorship (H.L. Hastings)

The Corruptions of the New Testament

H.L. Hastings was a prolific writer in the late 1800s, with literally millions of his booklets being published.  Most of them dealt with the topic of the reliability and inspiration of the Bible.  He put out a regular publication called “The Christian,” and a series of booklets called “The Anti-Infidel Library.”  Several of these booklets are on list to add to the Jimmie Beller Memorial eLibrary in the coming weeks.

But for now, we’d like to present to you his book called “The Corruptions of the New Testament.”  It shows that the claims of the skeptics are completely overblown when it comes to supposed “corruptions” of the New Testament text.

Contents

  • How Old Is The English Bible?.
  • Old Bibles In Other Languages.
  • Uncial And Cursive Manuscripts.
  • Various Readings.
  • The Most Ancient Manuscripts.
  • The Variations In Different Editions.
  • Various Readings In The Sermon On The Mount.
  • The Preservation Of The Manuscripts.
  • No Record Of Apostles’ Death.
  • What, Then, Are Our Conclusions?.
  • Genuine And Spurious Books.
  • Eusebius On The Sacred Canon,
  • The Testimony Of Origen On The Canon.
  • The Muratorian Fragment On The Canon.
  • The Earliest List Of The New Testament Books.
  • The Disputed New Testament Books.
  • The Epistle To The Hebrews.
  • The Conclusion Of The Matter.
  • The Fountain Head.

To read this book, simply click the link below, or you can download it to save for later reading.  Enjoy!

The Corruptions of the New Testament (H.L. Hasting)

Marshall Keeble – From Mule Back to Super Jet with the Gospel

Marshall Keeble.  There are so many things that could be said about this great preacher of the gospel.  He did so much in bringing people to Christ.  He helped to bring white churches and colored churches into fellowship with each other.  He spoke the truth honestly, and kept the attention of his audience.

One of the members here told me about when she was a young girl, she remembered going with her parents to a tent meeting that brother Keeble was holding in Shawnee, Oklahoma.  They sat out in their car listening to him preach each evening because there was no room left in the tent.

Marshall Keeble’s influence is still being felt today, strong as ever.  You might ask “how is that?”  Let me tell you.  In his preaching, several thousand people were converted to the truth of Jesus Christ.  One of those converted was a young black man.  That man went on to spread the gospel to some of his co-workers.  If you’re one of the many who have read Muscle and a Shovel, then you probably remember him.  His name is “Randall.”

You see, without Marshall Keeble’s work, Randall probably wouldn’t have obeyed the gospel.  And without Randall’s work, Michael Shank would never have been converted.  There’d be no Muscle and a Shovel.  Thousands of people who have accepted the gospel plan of salvation after reading the book wouldn’t be your brothers and sisters in Christ.

Yep.  Marshall Keeble’s influence is still being felt strongly today!

And so with that in mind, we’re announcing the latest addition to the Jimmie Beller Memorial eLibrary.

In 1962, Marshall Keeble was able to fulfill a life-long dream of being able to walk where Jesus walked and to see the continent of Africa where his ancestors originated.  He went on a missionary voyage to convert souls to his Lord, and wrote about his thoughts and experiences while in foreign lands spreading the word of God.

The book is titled “From Mule Back to Super Jet with the Gospel.”  And you can read it for free by clicking the link below.  Or you can download it to your computer (or smartphone or tablet) for later reading.

From Mule Back to Super Jet (Marshall Keeble)

NOTE: special thanks to Ivy Rose Cobb for putting her fantastic proofreading skills to work on this one.

We hope you enjoy it!

-Bradley Cobb

 

The Divinity of Jesus Christ

The newest book in the Jimmie Beller Memorial eLibrary is by Edward Scribner Ames, and was originally published in 1911.  It is a series of sermons all about Jesus Christ.

Special thanks goes to Stephen Scaggs who volunteered to proofread this one and took the time to find each Bible quotation and list the verse references (which are now included as footnotes).  Originally, the references weren’t given.

The sermons are as follows:

  1. The Divinity of Christ
  2. The Empirical View of Jesus
  3. Why I am Not a Unitarian
  4. The Friendship of Jesus
  5. The Reincarnation of Jesus
  6. Two or Three and Christ

As always, just click the link below to read this book online, or right-click it to download to your computer for later use.

The Divinity of Christ (Edward Scribner Ames)

Thank you!

Why I Left …

In 1949, a series of sermons were preached by different gospel preachers, all of whom had left something (usually a denomination) to become part of the church of the Bible.  This series was all about the topic: “Why I Left…”  After each lecture is a biographical sketch of the speaker.

  1. Why I Left the Christian Church (Floyd A. Decker)
  2. Why I Left The Presbyterian Church (Horace W. Busby)
  3. Why I Left The Baptist Church (Grover Stevens)
  4. Why I Left The Methodist Church (Claude B. Holcomb)
  5. Why I Left the Nazarene Church (Waymon D. Miller)
  6. Why I Left The Lutheran Church (Claude A. Guild)
  7. Why I Left the World (Luther Blackmon)
  8. Why I Left the Catholic Church (Joe Malone)
  9. Why I Left The Anti-Class Position (L.W. Hayhurst)

This is the latest addition to the Jimmie Beller Memorial eLibrary

To read this book online, simply click the link below.  Or, if you want to save it to your computer, just right-click on the link and “save target as.”

Why I Left

The Holy Spirit and the Word of God

I’m assuming you’ve all already seen this post from a couple days ago, so you know about the new Jimmie Beller Memorial eLibrary.  If not, click on the link and read about it.  We’ll wait for you.

Among Jimmie’s many books was a copy of “The Spirit and the Word: A Treatise on the Holy Spirit in Light of a Rational Interpretation of the Word of Truth” by Z.T. Sweeney.  I think it’d have been better titled simply “The Holy Spirit and the Word of God,” but I wasn’t around a hundred years ago when it was written.

This book is all about the Holy Spirit, His work, and His indwelling in the Christian.

Chapters

  1. The Spirit in the Old Testament
  2. The Spirit in the New Testament
  3. The Personality and Divinity of the Spirit
  4. The Spirit and John the Baptist
  5. The Spirit and Jesus
  6. The Spirit and the Apostles
  7. The Spirit and the Apostolic Church
  8. The Spirit and the World
  9. The Spirit and the Christian
  10. The Parting Word (Blasphemy against the Spirit, Fruits of the Spirit, The Spirit of God at Work Today)

This book contains a list of every verse in which the Holy Spirit is mentioned, which is very handy.

For those who are interested in the Holy Spirit, and especially His indwelling in the Christian, this book is for you.  It will make you think.

Click on the link below to read or download this book.

The Spirit and the Word (Z.T. Sweeney)

The Jimmie Beller Memorial eLibrary

Let me quickly tell you about a man named Jimmie Beller.  From the first day that I stepped into the building of the congregation here in McLoud, Jimmie was one of my best friends and biggest supporters.  He always had a smile on his lips, was always happy to see you, and was a great encouragement.

He was also fighting against cancer.

The cancer Jimmie had was incurable, and I can’t tell you how many experimental treatments they tried on him to keep it at bay.  But earlier this year, Jimmie went on to his eternal reward.  I (along with everyone who knew him) still misses him greatly.

But Jimmie’s legacy still lives on.

He discovered that I run the Gravel Hill church of Christ website, and absolutely loved the sheer amount of free material that is available there.  In fact, he loved it so much that he allowed me to scan several books from his own library to put online.  One of those books was very brittle, and I told him that I couldn’t scan it because it would destroy the book.  His response was classic Jimmie Beller: “So, destroy one book so thousands of people can read it.  I don’t see the problem.”

After his passing, his entire library was donated to me with the hope that Jimmie’s desire of spreading useful books to as many people as possible would continue.  Special thanks to Robbie, Jamie, and Jeremie Beller for their immense kindness in making those books available to me.

It is today that we announce the creation of the Jimmie Beller Memorial eLibrary.

The books contained in this free eLibrary have all been scanned, completely reformatted, proofread, and “prettied up” so that you can have a better and easier reading experience.

If you’ve been following our posts the past few weeks, you’ve already seen the first two books:

Both Sides of the Music Question (A Debate)

The Eldership (M.M. Davis)

The Newest Addition to the Library

In 1947, Howard Hilliard (H.H.) Gray, a black brother from Dallas, TX, wrote a book titled “The Music of the New Testament Church.”  I only mention that he was a black brother because that helps explain some of the things he says in the book.  He dedicates it to the “White churches of Christ in Dallas” who helped support his preaching work and who made it possible to get the book published.  He also mentions things which were common in the “colored churches.”

H.H. Gray was led to the Lord by his wife just over six months after they were married.  Within a year, he preached his first sermon in Haskell, Oklahoma.  In 1939, they moved to Dallas to work with the Lawrence and Marder congregation, and rapidly brought people to the Lord.

It is a book that is worth your time to download and read.  It deals with the issue of instrumental music, but it is much more than a book on that topic.  You will find it interesting and even challenging in some areas.

From the Jimmie Beller Library, we now present the latest addition.  Simply click on the link below to read it, or right-click the link and select “save target as.”

Music of the New Testament Church by H.H. Gray

How You can Help

If you would like to help this eLibrary grow quickly, we would welcome your participation.

First, please share this post with your friends, family, and brethren through email, Facebook, Twitter, or whatever other means you would like.  Jimmie’s desire was for as many people as possible to be blessed by these books.

Second, we are in need of proofreaders.  We can quickly scan these books, but we want the final product to look nice (and not like a cheap photocopy of an old book).  The real time-consuming part of getting these books ready is reading through them to catch the punctuation and typographical errors.  If you would be willing to aid us by proofreading, please contact us.