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The Dictionary of Evangelical Biography will help broaden your perspective on the players in the English-speaking world's evangelical movement during the first 150 years of its development.

This "who's who" directory features 3,570 biographies of English-speaking evangelical figures from every continent. Researched and written by 344 historians from around the world, this wide-ranging text explores even minor evangelical figures whose biographies are found in no other modern work.

It describes individuals from a wide array of denominational backgrounds, including Adventist, Anglican, Baptist, Brethren, Catholic, Church of Scotland, Congregational, Episcopal, Free, Lutheran, Mennonite, Methodist, Moravian, Presbyterian, Quaker, Reformed, Wesleyan, and more.

This edition includes an index of subjects arranged by country and denomination and provides resources for further study of individuals associated with the evangelical movement of 1730-1860.


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David M. Thompson

Emeritus Professor of Modern Church History
Life Fellow of Fitzwilliam College


Journal of Theological Studies

"The aim [of the dictionary] is to provide a biographical guide for evangelicalism in the whole English-speaking world in its central period
of influence. Its particular value lies in the many lesser figures who are described, rather than the well-known ones who are amply described elsewhere. There is a useful denominational index, ... The editors have also been generous in including several whose spiritual journey took them away from evangelicalism as strictly defined, e.g. the English Methodist, Joseph Barker, or the architect Sir George Gilbert Scott. But this enhances the delight of browsing through the pages and making new connections."

Dr. Alister E. McGrath
Andreas Idreos Professor of Science and Religion at the University of Oxford.

"As evangelicalism grows as a presence within global Christianity, so interest in its historical roots and development has quickened, with particular attention focusing on its formative phases in Britain and its colonies, and especially colonial North America. The massive project of bringing together biographical data for all known evangelicals active during this period was conceived in 1971, and was taken over by the present editor in 1986. The world of historical scholarship owes an enormous debt to Professor Lewis (currently Associate Professor of Church History at Regent College, Vancouver) for masterminding this major resource .... These volumes will hopefully stimulate still further investigation of the way in
which the movement maintained a common sense of identity.
Perhaps modern evangelicals have much to learn from a study of their own history."

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1. Bebbington, David. “The Blackwell Dictionary of Evangelical Biography, 1730-1860 v 1 A-J.” The Journal of Ecclesiastical History 49, no. 3 (July 1998): 578–79.

"These two massive volumes contain a wealth of expertise on the evangelical movement in Britain and overseas.   .....  these volumes rescue a large number of figures, in many ways typical of their times, from unmerited obscurity. A vast undertaking has produced an essential work of reference for any academic library."


2. D.A. Sweeney. “Dictionary of Evangelical Biography, 1730-1860.” Fides et Historia 37/38 (July 1, 2005): 254–56.

"... for breadth of information on English-speaking evangelicals—in Britain, North America and the English-speaking dispersion—Lewis's work cannot be beat. One only hopes that he has energy for another reference work a fully global dictionary of evangelicalism."

3. Jones, Elwood. “The Blackwell Dictionary of Evangelical Biography, 1730-1860 v 1 A-J.” Journal of the Canadian Church Historical Society 38, no. 2 (October 1996): 166–166.


"As with all biographical dictionaries, there is incredible diversity. The Evangelicals, themselves, were a diverse lot, but the biographers also have different levels of research and writing skills. On the whole, this is a most useful reference work and belongs in every private and public library specializing in religion."

4.  McGrath, Alister E. “The Blackwell Dictionary of Evangelical Biography, 1730-1860 v 1 A-J.” Theology 99, no. 792 (November 1996): 478–79.

5.  M.D. McMullen. “Dictionary of Evangelical Biography: 1730-1860.” Midwestern Journal of Theology 4 (January 1, 2005): 77–79.

6.   Sell, Alan P F. “The Blackwell Dictionary of Evangelical Biography, 1730-1860 v 1 A-J.” The Baptist Quarterly 37, no. 3 (July 1997): 150–52.

"... for the many good things we have received we may return thanks to the editor, his specialist advisers, the legion of contributors, and the publisher. Since for many this Dictionary will provide the only source of information on a large number of evangelicals of the period 1730-1860, it may be hoped that theological and other libraries will make every effort to accommodate its cost within their increasingly strained budgets."


7.   Neil Dickson, “The Blackwell Dictionary of Evangelical Biography, 1730-1860"  Brethren History

"... there is nothing trivial about this Dictionary. It consists of some 3,500 entries and is the product of some 360 historians worldwide. It is a major scholarly resource and anyone working on Evangelical history will want to have access to a set."

8.   Stewart, David R. “The Blackwell Dictionary of Evangelical Biography, 1730-1860 v 1 A-J.” Christian Scholar’s Review 26, no. 3 (1997): 360–61.


9.   Wilson, John Rev. “The Blackwell Dictionary of Evangelical Biography, 1730-1860 v 1 A-J.” Books & Culture 2 (July 1996): 30–30.

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