Sunday, January 8, 2012

The Bible for School and Home

The Bible for School and Home is the revised name for the series by J. Paterson Smyth referenced by Charlotte Mason under the original name The Bible for the Young.  The completed series contained seven volumes, four covering the Hebrew scriptures and three covering the Gospels.  Although this series is in the public domain, not all the books are apparently available online, exactly, but I have been able to find sources for all of them (I think).

Schellermark Ministries has a site called The Writings of J. Paterson Smyth, from which you can order CD's of various volumes for $5 each.  I believe these CD's contain scans of the pages, but I haven't yet received one so I can't say for sure.  Joshua and the Judges is available here as a typed-out pdf which can be downloaded.

Hathi Trust Digital Library links to scans of the first three volumes; see the links labeled Full View at the bottom of the page.

Prophets and Kings, volume 4 in the series, can be accessed as an html file.

UPDATE 4/17/2012:  Schellermark Ministries' new site now has pdf's of all the volumes of the Bible for School and Home available as pdf's to download.


  1. Thank you for posting these! The preface of Vol. 4, with "Hints for Teachers" is amazingly helpful to read.
    J S Bowers

  2. I'm glad you found these helpful! I too enjoyed the information in the preface to whichever volume I was reading--I think the preface is essentially the same in all of them, but I didn't check that.

    I am using Genesis and Matthew (which is now online in pdf form) with my dd, and we are loving it!

  3. Well - another thank you. I just spent a lot of time trying to find these books, and was so glad when I finally came across this post and saw I can get them as PDF's from Schellermark. Thanks again!

  4. If you're on the Ambleside forum (, in the Typing area you'll find links to text files for some of these titles. They haven't been officially published yet or I'd post links here.