Free Ebook: The Training of the Twelve

image[A Seminary In Every Home, Free 150 Page Ebook: The Training of the Twelve]  Alexander Balmain Bruce (January 31, 1831 – August 7, 1899) was a Scottish  churchman and theologian. He was a minister of the Free Church of Scotland.

He was born at Aberargie near Perth, Scotland. His father suffered for his adherence to the Free Church at the Disruption of 1843, and moved to Edinburgh, where Alexander was educated, showing exceptional ability from the first. His early religious doubts, awakened especially by David Strauss’s Life of Jesus, made him throughout life sympathetic with those who underwent a similar stress. After serving as assistant first at Ancrum, then at Lochwinnoch, he was called to Cardross in Dumbartonshire (now Dunbartonshire) in 1859, and to Broughty Ferry in 1868. There he published his first notable exegetical  work, the Training of the Twelve.

In 1874 he delivered his Cunningham Lectures, afterwards published as The Humiliation of Christ, and in the following year was appointed to the chair of Apologetics and New Testament exegesis at the Free Church College, Glasgow, a post he held for twenty-four years. He was one of the first British New Testament scholars whose work was received favourably in Germany. The character and work of Christ were, he held, the ultimate proof and the best defence of Christianity; and his tendency was to concentrate attention somewhat narrowly on the historic Jesus.

In The Kingdom of God (1889), which first encountered serious hostile criticism in his own communion, he accounted for some of the differences between the first and third evangelists on the principle of accommodation–maintaining that Saint Luke had altered both the text and the spirit of his sources to suit the needs of those for whom he wrote. It was held that these admissions were not consistent with the views of inspiration professed by the Free Church of Scotland. When the case was tried, the assembly held that the charge of heresy was based on a misunderstanding, but that by want of due care in his mode of statement he had given some ground for the painful impressions which had existed.

Bruce rendered great service to his own communion in connection with its service of praise. He was convener of the committee which issued the Free Church hymn book, and he threw into this work the same energy and catholicity of mind which marked the rest of his activities. He was buried at Broughty Ferry. His chief works, beside the above, are:


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9 comments for “Free Ebook: The Training of the Twelve

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    August 30, 2010 at 11:29 pm

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    October 17, 2010 at 11:03 am

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    October 17, 2010 at 6:05 pm

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    October 30, 2010 at 3:06 pm

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  5. December 12, 2010 at 6:13 am

    The Training of the Twelve Book gives practical and theological guidelines for man of God today in frastration, hostile and difficulties. It applies to local church, the missionaries and Christian organization as well. It is encourageable to realize through the problems the blessed work of the Holy Spirit and the victory of saints in all ages. Thanks Prof. Dr. Philip for opning the door for such course.

  6. richard walker
    March 15, 2011 at 8:25 pm

    Obviously, I’m not trying to win the approval of people, but of God.
    If pleasing people were my goal, I would not be Christ’s servant,So whether we are here in this body or away from this body,
    our goal is to please him, and if only we want to see the will of GOD in our life’s this YEAR, then we need to WAIT on the appointed TIME of GOD. Amen

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    August 3, 2011 at 8:45 pm

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  8. Benjamin Ndubueze
    August 29, 2011 at 2:25 am

    I am particularly enriched by your kind gesture in providing free -of-charge,the e-book,“The Training Of The Twelve” by Alexander Balmain Bruce,for the christian readership and scholarship.May God Almighty add more greese to your scholarly elbow.

  9. Krupakar
    December 27, 2011 at 6:05 am

    Thank you very much for giving us to learn more about God’s Word, may God bless.

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