BIBLE STUDY LIBRARY: Click on the links below to open or save any or all of these famous study volumes in PDF format files which are all part of the ‘D. H. Ruffle Memorial Library’offered free of charge. May you be inspired and blessed by Jehovah, our Heavenly Father, in the Name of His Son Jesus the Messiah, and may the power of His Holy Spirit rest upon you, as you use and share these resources. Amen. – added upon the Feast of the Name of Jesus, 2012.


St. Thomas Aquinas (1225–1274): a 20-page biographic entry of his life and overview of his written works, from the Catholic Encyclopedia (1914) . The version here has been uniquely prepared for our Library as a pdf document, complete with many hyperlinks to the entire Encyclopedia, taking you on a voyage of spiritual discovery! Added on January 28th, 2012;  the feast of St. Thomas Aquinas.

::  Read or download: St Thomas Aquinas – Biography


CATENA AUREA (The Golden Chain) -St. Thomas Aquinas (1225-1274)

Catina 12century codex

12th century codex of a catena. The biblical text is surrounded by the commentary on 4 margins.

‘Catena Aurea -Commentary on the Four Gospels Collected out of the Works of the Fathers by St. Thomas Aquinas.’

St. Thomas Aquinas’s commentary on the Gospels is here, (as PDF page-image files) complete in 8 volumes. This edition was published in English between 1842 and 1845. Aquinas’s monumentally important work incorporates excerpts from approximately 80 Greek and Latin Church Fathers and other commentators, and contains fragments of some writings that are now otherwise lost. Gospel commentaries of this kind were popular during the first millennium, and Aquinas would have drawn on earlier works to compile this masterpiece, known as the ‘Catena Aurea’ (Golden Chain).


:: 1 Read or download: CATENA AUREA (Aquinas) Vol 1: St. Matthew, Part 1

:: 2 Read or download: CATENA AUREA (Aquinas) Vol 1: St. Matthew, Part 2

:: 3 Read or download: CATENA AUREA (Aquinas) Vol 1: St. Matthew, Part 3

:: 4 Read or download: CATENA AUREA (Aquinas) Vol 2: St. Mark

:: 5 Read or download: CATENA AUREA (Aquinas) Vol 3: St. Luke, Part 1

:: 6 Read or download: CATENA AUREA (Aquinas) Vol 3: St. Luke, Part 2

:: 7 Read or download: CATENA AUREA (Aquinas) Vol 4: St. John, Part 1

:: 8 Read or download: CATENA AUREA (Aquinas) Vol 4: St. John, Part 2



:: View or download: Easton’s Bible Dictionary

:: View or download: Encyclopedia Biblica: Vol 1 (A-D)

:: View or download: Encyclopedia Biblica: Vol 2 (E-K)

:: View or download: Encyclopedia Biblica: Vol 3 (L-P)

:: View or download: Encyclopedia Biblica: Vol 4 (Q-Z)

:: View or download: Gustave Dore Bible Illustrations

:: View or download: James Orr Bible Encyclopedia

:: View or download: John Wesley’s Notes on the Bible

:: View or download: Matthew Henry’s Concise Commentary

:: View or download: Ridling Bible Atlas

:: View or download: Union Bible Dictionary

:: View or download: Vine’s Expository Dictionary of O.T. & N.T. Words

:: View or download: Strong’ s Hebrew Dictionary of OT Words

:: View or download: Strong’s Greek Dictionary of NT Words

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7 thoughts on “BIBLE Study

  1. Thank you for providing this material. Regarding the CATENA AUREA (Aquinas)… all the files listed are actually the the same file (CATENA AUREA (Aquinas) Vol 1: St. Matthew, Part 1).
    I thought you should know. :-)

    Posted by Peter D | March 16, 2012, 16:09
  2. You are totally correct – thank you so much for bringing this error to my attention! I will fix it as soon as I can, but might be next week. My apologies! -John

    Posted by johnruffle | March 16, 2012, 18:17
  3. awesome stuff. just bumped across this site: i’ve already bookmarked it! thank you so so so so much for making the Word of Almighty God available in the public domain. really appreciate it. keep it up.

    Posted by Tate | June 20, 2012, 20:18
  4. I have not forgotten about corrections that need to be made here, I also have new volumes to upload. I really need to create a hyper-linked index for all the works on this site, but that may involve re-creating the site virtually from stratch, which I can’t do right now. Volumes ready to upload include the first part of D. H. Ruffle’s unpubblished work and also an especially updated version of the Didache that can be priunted out and made into a booklet. All fro free of course! – John

    Posted by johnruffle | August 28, 2012, 16:24

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