This is a Christian website that’s essentially about trying to see and apply scripture as medicine for the soul. With that purpose in mind it uses an approach to the Bible with puritan, monastic and medical influences, which it also explains. I hope the website is interesting, perhaps even useful, but more importantly I hope and pray that, by the grace of God, it’s helpful in encouraging spiritual life and health, from God’s word.
The links ‘Etheldreda?’ and ‘Prescriptions?’ (here, and via the navigation above and below) explain the website’s name, and the strapline ‘Prescriptions from God’s word’. The latter obviously reflects its theme, but likewise is derived from its core – this ‘approach’ or helpful spiritual discipline that I use to create the website’s main content.
Aside from that main content (which can also be accessed via the Rx so far and Blog links), I’m keen on sharing the thinking behind this underlying discipline with others. Some might like to adopt elements from it at least, for use in their own approach to scripture? So, if you take nothing else away, please do look at the ‘Prescriptions?’ page, unless you’re not a Christian yet, in which case I’d suggest reading the ‘Christian?’ page first.
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On this website all Bible quotes are in italic text; nothing else is in italics, except in this sentence, which includes ‘Rx Aiming to encourage spiritual life & health from God’s word’ from the banner! This follows a style similar to that found in other works, including Matthew Henry’s Commentary, an early 18th century puritan work that Etheldreda.net highly recommends. Although Matthew Henry’s work lacks some technical details found in modern commentaries, he was a great physician of the soul, and his commentary richly brings out the spiritual application of God’s word to the heart. Follow these links for other books Etheldreda.net would recommend on the puritans and historical details about the life of Etheldreda.
Unless otherwise stated, all Bible quotes are from the World English Bible (WEB) 2009ff., with spellings and capitalisation altered to match my usage, for consistency. I link to the biblegateway.com version of this translation (e.g. after each quote), and try to update each quote to the latest version there, if and when I find an inconsistency, so if you spot one please do let me know. The WEB is a fairly literal translation, following the King James Version, through the American Standard Version, to this modern English WEB version. It’s a well named endeavour, seeking to make freely available a sound modern English translation to use and spread in the internet age, without copyright restrictions. This suits the copyright ethos of Etheldreda.net – see the ‘Legal blurb’ page, where there is also information about general terms and conditions, security and privacy etc., and other policies. If you continue to use this website it’s assumed that you accept these.