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E.W. Bullinger: The Bullinger Bible

Updated on August 16, 2014

AKA: The Companion Bible

If you haven't heard of the Bullinger Bible aka:

"The Companion Bible", let me say that you are in for a treat.

Out of all the many bibles and materials I have in my library of Biblical studies, my Companion Bible is the one I like the most.

It is an entirely different kind of study BIble in that it does not give a commentary. Yes, that's right. The contents are that of historical fact based on the Word of God itself.

Bullinger has many other works that give commentary into the books and lessons in the Bible, but this is not one of those items. In short, it's the Word of God, explained according to its origin and the translation of the 1611 King James Version of the Bible.

Briefly, I have given an overview of the composition of this literary work to give you an idea of what you will find in the Bulliinger Companion Bible.

Be sure to look for the

FREE READ books in the links I've listed, and check out the controversial topics Bullinger discussed that I've also provided for your in depth studies of the Word of God.

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E.W. Who?

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Author E.W. Bullinger

The Man Behind the Masterpiece

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Ethelbert William Bullinger

The Man Behind the Masterpiece.

Before I tell you about the Bullinger Bible, it is only fitting that I share with you a few facts about the Man behind the Masterpiece who has helped so many in the study of the Word of God.

E.W. Bullinger is considered to be one of the most repsected teachers of the Bible and scholars of the 19th Century. In a place called Canterbury in Kent, England on December 15h, a little boy name Ethelbert William Bullinger was born in the year 1837.

It seems that E.W. grew up in a religious environment leading him to King's College in London and into a lifelong study of the scriptures and becoming well versed in biblical languages. He was ordained in 1862 by the Church of England and became a successful theologian as was his distant relative Johann H. Bullinger. Nineteen years later, in 1881, he was awarded an honorary degree as a Doctor of Divinity by the Archbishop of Canterbury.

From his life studies, Mr. Bullinger has made these conclusions, in which he taught and based his belief on as true:

He believed and taught on a real pre and post tribulation, the premillennial rapture of the church, that the church actually began during Paul's ministry after the disciples according to Acts 28:28 and that those before that time were still under the age of the law, not the age or dispensation of grace.

Over the years Ethetbert would come to write many books and commentaries leading up to his masterpiece some say, the Companion Bible. Although he went home to the Lord on June 6th, 1913 at the age of 75, his legacy remains as being a leader in biblical theology.

For a more complete history of E.W., click on the photo.

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E.W. Bullinger: A Biography - Rare photos in this book.

Mr. Bullinger was best known for his work compiling the famous Bullinger Companion Bible. Besides this great writing, he was noted to be a scholar and was well respected by others for his works such as: The Critical Lexicon and Concordance to the English and Greek New Testaments. Meet the man behind these books in the biography of E.W.

E.W. Bullinger: A Biography
E.W. Bullinger: A Biography

(Revised Edition) The fascinating story of E. W. Bullinger, author of numerous Bible study helps. Includes extensive documentation, rare photos, a list of his works, and a timeline of important events.


The Companion Bible

Overview - The Preface

In the preface of the Companion Bible it explains how to use this work and get the most out of what the text actually means. It is based on the Old English translation that was originally in six parts.

Why is it called the Companion Bible?

This BIble has very large side margins that includes compatible verses, Hebrew/Greek translations, names of God and more information that add to the reading experience and understanding on the part of the reader.

Bullinger wanted to make it clear that the Companion Bible is not a man-made version of the Word of God. Nor is it a new or an amended translation of any kind, and it is not a commentary. In fact, it is based on the 1886 Parallel version that King James authorized and had published in 1611.

There is a detailed word by word explanation of each verse, where needed. The author has taken strides great in making sure there was no watering down of the true meaning of what the LORD Jehovah was conveying to His writers. He is sure not to give any opinion or try to interpret what he may think the scriptures are saying. Therefore, leaving it a pure translation.

Synopsis of the Companion Bible

For the sake of time I will give a limited description of each.

You can view the entire preface in the link below.

  • There are different "types" or "fonts" in the Bible. This is to distinquish Who (meaning Deity) is speaking, especially when it comes to the names of God and the specific title God is called in that passage.
  • The names of God or the pronoun used for it, are always in capital letters letting you know it is a Divine person who is doing the speaking.
  • The Hebrew/Greek text is also given when needed along with the English version.
  • The book of Psalms also includes titles and sub-titles to help understand when, where and who is writing the passage.
  • Pronunciation keys are given in the Appendix for correct usage of proper names.
  • Proper dates and names are given to the account and an explanation for each. Extensive study can be done with the charts given in an appendix. They are in order of when they appreared in the Bible, not alphabetically.
  • Spacing is left out where it was not originally part of the text, but it also includes the version that is divided into verses.

    NOTE: (The original scriptures are not divided into chapters or verses. They were added later by translators, and that is why some verses break abruptly and in the wrong spots.)

  • The explanation of what a number means to a passage is given. Example when God refers to a specific number such as 3 or 9.
  • Synonyms are given to explain a specific word in the text for that time period.
  • The first time something happens in the Bible is noted.
  • The newest archaeological discoveries are noted, along with the customs, cultures, money exchange, weights, measurements are given in an Appendix for each reference that mentions these items. This is a great help.
  • There is a list of abbreviations in the preface that need to be referred to from time to time.
  • All Hebrew words are given in their root form for clarity, not the modern translation.
  • Every book is introduced and divided into a structural format using an outline form. It is very in depth and comprehensive.

The Bullinger Companion Bible - Own it - Read it - Share it.

Perhaps it could be said that this Bible is the greatest of his works. The Bullinger BIble has been listed to be one of the best resources for us to draw on since its inception.

The Companion Bible: Enlarged Type Edition
The Companion Bible: Enlarged Type Edition

Large print, 198 appendices, explanations of Hebrew words and their uses; charts; parallel passages; maps; lists of proper names; calendars; and timelines.


How to Enjoy the Bible: - 12 Basic Principles for Understanding God's Word

In this inductive study of the Bible, Bullinger describes twelve practical principles that will help you not only understand, but enjoy reading the Bible.

How to Enjoy the Bible: 12 Basic Principles for Understanding God's Word
How to Enjoy the Bible: 12 Basic Principles for Understanding God's Word

Learn how to enjoy reading the Bible with these 12 practical principles for understanding God's word.


Bullinger Reference Books

Reference & Research Material by Bullinger - Study Helps: Look for all of Bullinger's Words by clicking on the photo for details.

Other companions that will help you in your study of

the Word of God and His precepts.

Also Available:

Critical Lexicon and Concordance to English and Greek New Testament by E W Bullinger

A Biblical Theology of the Old Testament

Bullinger Commentaries

Bullinger Books of the Bible Commentaries - Look for all these titles on Amazon in Kindle Form.

* Signifies it is available in Kindle edition also.

Kindle Form:

THE CHURCH EPISTLES: Romans to Thessalonians by E.W. Bullinger

E.W. Bullinger (1837-1913)

E.W. Bullinger (1837-1913)
E.W. Bullinger (1837-1913)

Controversial Subjects

Seven Dispensations According to Bullinger - Research he believes,

  1. The Edenci State of Innocence: Genesis 1-3 (the end of innocence with Adam and Eve expelled from Eden.
  2. The Period without Law: Genesis 4 to Exodus 19 - from the flood and judgment on Babel.
  3. The Period under the Law: Exodus 20 to Acts 28 - end of Israel; rejecting God's grace.
  4. The Period of Grace: History of the Church - ending with the Day of the Lord
  5. The Period of Judgment: Tribulation age ending with the destruction of the Antichrist.
  6. The Millennial Age: Revelation 20:4-6 - ending with satan being destroyed.
  7. The Eternal Age (State of Eternal Glory with God): Revelation 20-22 - never ending

FREE Readings written by E.W. Bullinger - Controversial Subjects. You decide after you read his findings.

These biblical studies can be used in small groups, the congregation or college settings. They are geared toward the knowledgeable student in biblical theology, but not necessarily just for them. Very thought provoking to say the least.

DISCLAIMER NOTE: The documents listed are for the reader's benefit and not necessarily the opinion of the author/Pastor Cher.


Other Sites on E.B. Bullinger worth visiting. - Read some of E.W. Bullinger's books for FREE online from these sites.

Take advantage of these FREE online books while you can. Many of Bullinger's books are out of print, limited or extremely hard to find.

* Studies I recommend.

Bullinger Books

More Books by E.W. Bullinger - Rare and hard to find books. Bullinger has many more books, but they are out of print or unavailable.

In my exhaustive research, I have listed every book I could

find that is still available here.

If I have missed any please let me know.

* Signifies it is available in Kindle edition also.

More titles available:

How to Enjoy the Bible by E.W. Bullinger

Figures Of Speech Used In the Bible Explained and Illustrated by E. W. Bullinger

Things to Come: A Journal of Bibilcal Literature (Volume 1 - 1894, 1895)

Things to Come: A Journal of Biblical Literature (Volume 2 - 1895-1896)

Word Studies on the Holy Spirit by E. W. Bullinger

The Apocalypse or The Day Of The Lord by E. W. Bullinger

The Second Advent - Premillennial by E. W. Bullinger

The Second Advent in Relationship to the Gentile by E. W. Bullinger

Commentary on Revelation by E. W. Bullinger

The Foundations of Dispensational Truth by Ethelbert William Bullinger

The Book of Job, Including "The Oldest Lesson in the World"

The Mystery: Secret Truth Revealed by E. W. Bullinger

"Also" - A Biblical Study of the Usage of this Word in the New Testament by E. W. Bullinger

Prophetic Study: Its Importance and Interpretation by E. W. Bullinger

God's Church: Its Calling, Hope, and Motive by E. W. Bullinger

All of Grace by E.W. Bullinger

Witness in the Stars by E.W. Bullinger

Fifteen Messages by E.W. Bullinger

Selected Writings by E.W. Bullinger

The Giver and His Gifts by E.W. Bullinger

The giver and his gifts: Or, The Holy Spirit and his work by E. W Bullinger

The Spirits in Prison by E W Bullinger

The Two Natures in the Child of God by E. W. Bullinger

The Vision of Isaiah: Its Structure and Scope by E. W. Bullinger

Christian's Greatest Need by E W Bullinger

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      5 years ago

      the book The great cloud of witnesses is not the whole book

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      5 years ago

      I love this lens, and just learned something new and wonderful.

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      darciefrench lm 

      5 years ago

      I read the Bhagavad Gita As It Is scriptures myself, have only read parts of the Christian Bible due to distortion from loc's of the writers. I avoid the Old testament altogether. First I have heard of Bullinger, many thanks :D

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      Pastor Cher 

      5 years ago from United States

      @selah74: Perhaps the term isn't correct in our way of thinking when it comes to laws, but Bullinger was referring to the time period where there were no written commandments for the people. Surely they did know right from wrong and how to sacriice, God taught Adam that Himself. There are clearly 7 distinct time periods, however we use the term or phrase as it may be, that the scholars have chosen to call this time period. It's a point of reference. I do appreciate your comments and understanding of this concept.

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      6 years ago

      Bulleriers 7 periods is interesting. I disagree with the lawless period (genesis - Exodus). Though a long period of time is covered in only a few pages, does not mean they were without law. Adam and Eve were giving commandments to multiply, work by the sweet of their brow, and cleave to each other and none else. Further, the people were wicked in Noah's days. Clearly they were disobedient to some law. And Sacrifices were not new to Moses. Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob, even Noah and others knew how to sacrifice animals as a part of worshiping God.

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      6 years ago

      How very interesting! Thanks so much for sharing, never heard of this before.

    • PastorCher profile imageAUTHOR

      Pastor Cher 

      6 years ago from United States

      @Michelle Hogan: I'm glad your are studying God's Word and are using these tools to help you gain more insight to the text in which is was written. The Bullinger Bible is just one source that I study from, however it is NOT my pulpit Bible. For one it is too large, and is used as a valuable reference book. My calling as a Pastor and teacher of the Word is to bring the message of salvation to the lost and hurting in the most clear and simplist form so that even a child can understand it. God has provided many resources in which we can use being guided by the Holy Spirit giving us wisdom as to what is truth and what is not. May He guide you into all truth as you seek after His heart.

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      Michelle Hogan 

      6 years ago

      You may think me jaded, and maybe I am, but, there are so many, "versions" of the Bible out there now that it really irks me. An example, our Church started using, "The Message" about a year ago and it is supposed to take the King James Version and bring the language into the 21st Century.

      Well, consider that The Message does not separate the individual verses but groups them into stories, which, in itself is not too bad but, recently when I was following along with my KJV on my cell phone, the Lector was reciting in Mark 4. When she got to Verse 31, she began talking about a pine nut. The author of The Message took it upon himself to substitute his pine nut for the traditional, "Mustard Seed."

      Though there are some pine nuts that are recognizable in our society, here in North America, none are edible due to their size. In fact, they are not nuts at all. They are classed as seeds. If you live in Korea, it is a bit of a different story.

      So, my preference goes to two, "Bible Versions," the Codex Amiatinus which was the first Latin translation of the original Hebrew and Greek of the Old and New Testaments in 712 A.D., (a copy of which apparently sits on the bedside table of the Pope), and the Interlinear Bible available through Jehovah's Witnesses. Both the Old and New Testaments have again been translated from the original Bible sources to today's English, and, in the New Testament, you have the original Greek and English on the same page.

      Beyond this, I am now reading the 1,808 page offering called, "the Forbidden Books of the Bible." I will be writing a Lens on this one.

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      6 years ago

      I love this Bible. It has really helped me in my deeper studies. Bullinger brings forth credible information that brings the word of God to life.

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      6 years ago

      Surprised I never ran across this Bible, we are antiquers, and have bought many Victorian Bibles in England, but have never seen this one. Very interesting.

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      6 years ago

      nice lens. hope this goes well for you


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