A New History of the Holy Bible

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by Thomas Stackhouse

Thomas Stackhouse (1681/2–1752), an English religious writer and controversialist, was born at Witton-le-Wear, a small village in County Durham, England, in approximately 1680.[1] Later educated at St. John’s College in Cambridge, Stackhouse served as the headmaster of a grammar school in Hexham until being ordained a priest in 1704.[2] He served as minister of the English church in Amsterdam from 1713.[3] Despite this likely auspicious appointment by the church, Stackhouse lived in poverty for some time until being rescued by his appointment in the summer of 1733 to the vicarage of Marsh Benham, Berkshire.[4] Stackhouse attempted to supplement his sparse earnings from the church with paid work for booksellers, and had some success with such efforts.[5] After a quarrel with a bookseller left him without a publisher for what is now one of his most recognizable works, A New History of the Holy Bible, Stackhouse published the text himself in 1733.[6]

Illustrated with maps and plates and written in an accessible style for wide reading, A New History of the Holy Bible eventually had great success as a reliable work of reference. “Being rather too fond of a drink,” tradition says that Stackhouse wrote A New History at the Three Kings - Jack's Booth pub in Sulhamstead.[7] Both during his life and posthumously, Stackhouse’s historical works were frequently reprinted, and his biblical and doctrinal writings reached a wide audience, both in England and abroad.

Bibliographic Information

Author: Thomas Stackhouse.

Title: A New History of the Holy Bible: From the Beginning of the World to the Establishment of Christianity: with Answers to Most of the Controverted Questions, Dissertations upon the Most Remarkable Passages, and a Connection of Profane History All Along: to Which are Added, Notes Explaining Difficult Texts, Rectifying Mis-translations, and Reconciling Seeming Contradictions: the Whole Illustrated with Proper Maps and Sculptures.

Publication Info: Edinburgh: Printed for Alex. Donaldson, and John Wood, and for James Meuros, bookseller in Kilmarnock, 1767.

Edition: four volumes.

Evidence for Inclusion in Wythe's Library

Description of the Wolf Law Library's copy

Bound in contemporary calf. Spine features raised bands, contrasting red and black morocco labels with gilt tooling and lettering.

View this book in William & Mary's online catalog.

External Links

Google Books


  1. Scott Mandelbrote, "Stackhouse, Thomas (1681/2–1752)" Oxford Dictionary of National Biography (Oxford University Press, 2004- ), accessed Oct. 11, 2013.
  2. Ibid.
  3. David Nash Ford, "Thomas Stackhouse (1677–1752)," Royal Berkshire History website (Nash Ford Publishing, 2004- ), accessed October 11, 2013, http://www.berkshirehistory.com/bios/tstackhouse.html.
  4. Ibid.
  5. Mandelbrote, "Stackhouse, Thomas."
  6. Ibid.
  7. Nash Ford, "Thomas Stackhouse."