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repute. We came away impressed not so much with his learning as with his
graciousness and humility, his readiness to unlearn and his willingness to
learn from the lips of `babes and sucklings'. Our work for Things to Come
released the Doctor a little so that he could give all the time possible to
The Companion Bible. Even though our own actual contribution to that work
may be incidental and difficult to segregate, we have the joy of knowing that
our fellowship with the Doctor in this great work was a very real one. If at
times our name is coupled with the Doctor's when adverse critics attack what
they are pleased to call `Bullingerism' we can but count it an honour. We
knew the man and his teachings; many of his traducers manifest an ignorance
of both. But enough of these personalities. The unashamed workman seeks to
be `approved unto God' and this attitude of heart sets one free from either
the fear or the favour of man.
In the Preface to The Companion Bible, Dr. Bullinger says:
`The human element is excluded, as far as possible, so that the reader
may realize that the pervading object of the book is not merely to
enable him to interpret the Bible, but to make the Bible the
interpreter of God's Word and Will to him.
To the same end this Bible is not associated with the name of any man;
so that its usefulness may neither be influenced nor limited by any
such consideration; but that it may commend itself, on its own merits,
to the whole English speaking race.
It is not a New Translation.
It is not an Amended Translation.
It is not a Commentary.
The plan of the work is briefly as follows:
Each page is divided into two columns. In the first stands the A.V.
Wherever a word demands explanation a small circle draws attention to the
corresponding note in the margin. Much that is of importance in the matter
of explanation is too bulky for the margin, and so the reader is often
referred to the valuable appendices that are a feature of this work.
Speaking of the marginal notes, the preface says:
`There will be found no "views" expressed, but only facts which are
incontrovertible, and information which is indispensable'.
Structural outlines run throughout the whole of the Work, and
constitute a unique contribution to this important aid to interpretation.
All the Divine names and titles are distinguished in the text, and pronouns
that are emphatic in the original are in special type. In the New Testament,
quotations from the Old Testament are indicated by heavy type.
All figures of speech are noted, as also the spiritual significance of
numbers. The most recent archaeological discoveries in Assyria, Egypt, etc.,
are included, together with Eastern manners and customs, money, weights and
measures. Very special attention is given to Biblical Chronology.
Chronology is dealt with on Biblical lines, which proceed on duration rather
than dates. These are adhered to as given in the Bible itself, and are not
adapted or made to conform to any system. There are 1,914 pages in The