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Horatius Bonar (1808 - 1889) was a Scottish churchman and poet.

The son of James Bonar, Solicitor of Exise for Scotland, he was born and educated in Edinburgh. He entered the Ministry of the Church of Scotland, and settled at Kelso. He joined the Free Church at the time of the "Disruption" in 1843, and in 1867 was moved to Edinburgh. In 1853 he was made D.D. of Aberdeen. He was a premillenarian and expressed his views in books, such as Prophetical Landmarks (London, 1847), and in the Quarterly Journal of Prophecy, which he founded in 1849.

He was a voluminous and highly popular author, and in addition to many books and tracts wrote a number of hymns, many of which, e.g., "I heard the voice of Jesus say," and "What a friend we have in Jesus," became known all over the English-speaking world. A selection of these was published as Hymns of Faith and Hope (3 series). His last volume of poetry was My Old Letters.

His youngest brother Andrew Bonar was also a well-known Christian writer and minister of the Free Church of Scotland.

Selected publications

  • Everlasting Righteousness, Banner of Truth (December 1996) ISBN 0851516556
  • God's Way of Holiness: Finding True Holiness Through True Peace, Christian Focus Publications (November 1999) ISBN 1857925033
  • Words to Winners of Souls, P & R Publishing; Reprint edition (January 1995) ISBN 0875521649
  • Christ the Healer, Baker Book House (1977) ISBN 0801007127
  • Studies in the Gospel of John, Zondervan Pub. House (1972) ASIN B0006C0T80

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