Lewis Sperry Chafer


The purpose of this web site is to ensure that of all of Dr. Lewis Sperry Chafer's material that is in the public domain is available and easily found free of charge.

Who is Lewis Sperry Chafer?

In my opinion, Dr. Chafer, the founder of Dallas Theological Seminary, was the greatest Bible teacher/theologian of the first part of the 20th century.
Wikipedia has an adequate biography of Dr. Chafer.   There is also a biography of him in Volume VIII of his Systematic Theology, page 3. Click here to read Dr. Chafer describe all that he went through in the founding of the seminary.
I think Dr. Chafer himself states it best as to why he was able to achieve such a broad knowledge of Bible doctrine and theology that resulted in his Systematic Theology:
"The very fact that I did not study a prescribed course in theology made it possible for me to approach the subject with an unprejudiced mind and to be concerned only with what the Bible actually teaches."

This is certainly reflected in all of his works.


Systematic Theology
I think Dr. Chafer's greatest work is his eight volume Systematic Theology published in 1948. This work is still under copyright so it cannot be made available free of charge. It is available in written from many sources: Amazon, CBD and others.  It's also available in electronic form for Logos.  It is recommended for any serious student of the Word.

Major Bible Themes
This book covers 52 of what Dr. Chafer termed "the most vital and practical doctrinal themes." The revised edition of this book is still under copyright. It is available in written form from Amazon, CBD and others. It's available in electronic format for the Kindle. I think it's an excellent book for those who want to study a broad range of Bible doctrines but don't want to tackle an entire Systematic Theology.

Public Domain Works  
A great collection of Dr. Chafer's public domain works are available free for E-Sword.
My goal is to eventually have all of Dr. Chafer's public domain books available here in HTML, PDF and TXT format.

·         Salvation - God's Marvelous Work of Grace

·         Satan - His Motive and Methods

·         Grace - An Exposition of God's Marvelous Gift

·         He That is Spiritual

·         The Kingdom in History and Prophecy

·         Major Bible Themes

·         The Ephesian Letter Doctrinally Considered

·         Seven Biblical Signs of the Times