Christian History & Bible Archeology --

Early Church Fathers

Public domain versions of early writings of Church Fathers down to 325 A.D.

Guide to Early Church Documents

Links to Internet-accessible files relating to the early church, including canonical documents, creeds, the writings of the Apostolic Fathers and other historical texts relevant to church history.

Religion and the Founding of the American Republic

Explores the role religion played in the founding of the American Colonies, in the shaping of early American life & politics, & in forming the American Republic. From the Library of Congress.

This Week in Christian History 

Find out what happened in the history of the Christian church during any week of the year. This is a great resource from Christian History magazine that's great to visit each week to expand your knowledge of our past.

The Works of Josephus 

The collection of the works of Josephus includes: Antiquities of the Jews, War of the Jews, The Life of Flavius Josephus Autobiography, Josephus's Discourse to the Greeks concerning Hades, and Flavius Josephus Against Apion. There's also a downloadable zip file of all of these words to read offline.

Paul's Missionary Journeys 

Follow Paul's first, second, and third missionary journeys. This online guide gives information about the various cities he made stops in and brief summaries of the work accomplished at each place.

History of Protestantism 

This is a well-organized online version of James A. Wylie's 1878 classic book. It covers the beginnings of Christianity to the Glorious Revolution in Great Britain in 1688. An Adobe Acrobat version is also available.

Bible History Online 

The focus at Bible History Online is history and the Bible. The Bible is about God's activities in history. It deals with actual people in an actual geographical area during actual specified historical times who had contact with other actual peoples and empires whom we know of from sources outside the Bible. Knowledge of the historical background of the Bible is essential to any serious student of the Scriptures.

English Bible History 

Read this brief, fascinating History of the English Bible. Learn how we got our Bible: from Wycliff's manuscripts of the 1300's, to Gutenberg's printing press of the 1400's, to Tyndale and Coverdale's first printed English language Bibles of the 1500's, to the contributions of Erasmus, Luther, and Calvin to the Reformation and the Geneva Bible, to the Bishop's Bible that would be revised into the King James Bible of the 1600's, to the earliest American printings of the 1700's, and the first revisions of the 1800's...and ALL in less than 10 minutes! Like reading "Cliff's Notes" on the History of the Bible.

Archaeology Tour of the Holy Lands 

Check out some great pictures of Archaeological stuff and the Holy Lands. A picture is worth a thousand words, but a few words sure help. Therefore, each picture also has a paragraph or two telling you what is significant about the site and pointing out the key parts.

Fox's Book of Martyrs 

John Fox's famous book detailing the lives, sufferings and triumphant deaths of the early Christian and the Protestant Martyrs.

Old Testament Apocryphal Writings 

The term "apocrypha" comes from the Greek word meaning "hidden" or "secret". "The Apocrypha" includes 15 books, all but one of which are Jewish in origin and found in the Septuagint (parts of 2 Esdras are possibly Christian and Latin in origin). Influenced by the Jewish canon of the OT, the custom arose of making the Apocrypha a separate section in the Protestant Bible, or sometimes even of omitting them entirely.