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Henry H. Halley (d. May 1965)Henry H. Halley died May 1965.He married Margaret Alberta Gillie, daughter of James Gillie and Mary Jane Shannon.
Notes for Henry H. Halley:
HIS ANCESTOR DISCOVERED THE
PATH OF A COMET, BUT HENRY
HALLEY HELPED MILLIONS
DISCOVER THE PATH TO GOD
Mich. - Just
Halley directed people to spiritual discovery in the
early 1920's. Now 75 years after the first edition of
the 6-million copy bestselling Halley's Bible
Handbook, his great-granddaughter is ensuring that
the most popular Bible handbook in the 20th century
reaches even more people in the 21st. Zondervan
Publishing House announces the release of the
revised and expanded 25th edition Halley's Bible
Halley wrote the Handbook with the conviction that
everyone ought to be a devoted reader of the Bible
and the desire that they gain a greater understanding
and love for God. From its beginning as a sixteen
page leaflet of "Suggestions Concerning Bible
Study," Halley's Bible Handbook has become an
over 1,000 page almanac of biblical information and
inspiration that has influenced millions around the
"Halley's truly was the first Bible handbook, and is
by far the most popular," says Stanley N. Gundry,
Vice President and Editor-in-Chief, Zondervan
Books & New Media. "It remains the standard by
which all other handbooks are measured."
In keeping with this reputation, the new Halley's
reached 40% of its first-year sales projection the
first week it released, and Zondervan expects it to
exceed 100% in the first 3 months.
"The 25th edition of
Handbook is a thorough
revision and updating of
the original featuring a new
section of Bible study tips,
facts, and a newly
rewritten section on Jewish
history and church history.
The book has a fresh,
contemporary design with
photographs, and maps. It uses the bestselling New
International Version throughout.
Retired Zondervan senior editor Ed van der Maas
made the revisions under the supervision of Patricia
Wicker, Halley's great-granddaughter. Wicker,
along with her husband Gary, was entrusted with the
ongoing management of the Handbook by Halley's
daughter Julia Halley-Berry in 1997. Berry played
an important role in the previous edition of the
handbook, which was produced in 1964, just before
Halley's death at the age of 91.
"Halley's Bible Handbook represents a
continuation of my great-grandfather's ministry," says
Wicker. "[He] dedicated his life to the spreading of
God's Word, and his desire was for everyone to
read, know, and love the Bible and to believe and
accept its God-inspired message. It's my heartfelt
desire that Halley's continues to be a blessing to
According to Gundry, the goal of the Halley family
and of Zondervan in this project is to reintroduce
one of the most influential Bible study tools of the
last century to a new generation readers at the dawn
of this new century. This new edition does so while
at the same time remaining faithful to Halley's
personal conviction and devotional style.
Halley first developed a name for himself early in the
20th century through his famous lectures where,
instead of preaching, he would recite entire books of
the Bible from memory. He began his recitations
with brief background sketches of the passages he
would present, and it was from these sketches that
Halley's Bible Handbook began taking shape.
Halley began handing out this information at his
lectures in the form of a 16-page booklet of
"Suggestions Concerning Bible Study," and by its
seventh edition, the booklet had expanded to 144
pages and earned the name Halley's Pocket Bible
Handbook. By now, Halley was having it printed by
Rand McNally & Company in Indiana. He
continued to expand the handbook with
archaeological data, a summary of church history,
and photographs and maps until it grew to over 700
pages. It was translated into several different
languages by foreign missionaries in the 1950's (the
Japanese edition sold 20,000 copies, becoming
second only to the Bible in terms of popular
Christian literature in that country). After selling 1
million copies by 1960, Halley granted Zondervan
Publishing House the publishing rights to Halley's
Bible Handbook. Since then, total sales have
reached nearly six million units.
Zondervan is celebrating 75 years since the printing
of Halley's original booklet with a limited run of 500
leather-bound copies of the 25th edition of
Halley's Bible Handbook, which will not be
available for sale, but will be selectively given away.
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For more information, contact:
Tony Voetberg, Communication Specialist
Phone: 616-698-3465; Fax: 616-698-3223; email:
Children of Henry H. Halley and Margaret Alberta Gillie are:
- +Edmund Paul Halley, b. August 25, 1900, Kalamazoo, (Kalamazoo County), Michigan, d. September 29, 1989, Stockton, (San Joaquin County), California.
- +Julia Halley.
- Henry Halley.
- Mary Halley.