Alexander A Brief Compendium of Bible Truth

Alexander A Brief Compendium of Bible Truth is a Bible Doctrines work summarizing the major doctrines of Christianity from a Presbyterian perspective.

A Brief Compendium of Bible Truth

by Archibald Alexander, D.D., professor in the Theological Seminar at Princeton, New Jersey. Philadelphia: Presbyterian Board of Publication (1846).


This summary of Christianity’s major doctrines is an excellent resource book for the average reader who don’t want to go to the larger Systematic Theology books. It contains 38 short chapters on various core Bible doctrines. Alexander’s emphasis is on experimental theology, as contrasted to head intellectual theology, therefore his book is intensely practical.

Chapter Content of A Brief Compendium of Bible Truth

I. Being of God 9
II. Personality and perfection of God 10
III. The Holy Scriptures 12
IV. Unity of God 18
V. Spirituality and Simplicity of the Divine Nature 21
VI. Character of God 24
VII. The Holy Trinity 34
VIII. Divinity of Christ 43
IX. Personality of the Holy Spirit 50

X. Creation 57
XI. Good Angels 60
XII. Bad Angels 64
XIII. Providence of God 73
XIV. Man’s Primeval State 77
XV. Law of God 81
XVI, Fall of Man 92

XVII. Covenant of Grace; or, Plan of Redemption 98
XVIII The Incarnation 104
XIX. The expiatory sufferings of Christ; or, The Atonement 109
XX. Resurrection and ascension of Christ 114
XXI. Mediatorial offices of Christ 116
XXII. Justification 120

XXIII. Regeneration and Conversion 127
XXIV. Repentance toward God and Faith in our lord Jesus Christ 131
XXV. Sanctification; or Growth in Grace 133
XXVI. Good Works; or, Christian Duties. 138
XXVII. Prayer 144
XXVIII. Assurance of Salvation 148
XXIX. Perseverance of the Saints 150

XXX. The Sacraments 170
XXXI. Baptism 173
XXXII. The Lord’s Supper 176
XXXIII. The Lord’s Day and Divine Worship 180
XXXIV. Death 194
XXXV. The Resurrection 196
XXXVI. The Judgment 198

XXXVII. Heaven, or, the State of Glorification 200
XXXVIII. Hell 204
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