by Alexander Hislop

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The Two Babylons
or The Papal Worship 
Proved to be the Worship of Nimrod and His Wife
By the Late Rev. Alexander Hislop

First published as a pamphlet in 1853— expanded in 1858

Rev. Hislop's work has lately been questioned, most notably by Ralph Woodrow's book "The Babylon Connection" (excerpts at I have read that particular book and find it unconvincing and confusing in its own right and still feel that "The Two Babylons'" inclusion on this website is warranted as a scholarly work delving into the area of error within the church (wherever it's found and from wherever it came— ultimately IS Babylon). You will not get too far in your research of church history without coming across references to this book and that is the reason we have included it here— a reference work not as something to be used to beat someone else over the head with (like some use the Bible itself).

Please be advised of the controversial nature of this work (besides the contentious title itself) and, like every other area of study, check it out and prayerfully decide for yourself.



Chapter I
Distinctive Character of the Two Systems (35k)

Chapter II
Objects of Worship

Section I. Trinity in Unity (22k)
Section II. The Mother and Child, and the Original of the Child (14k)

Sub-Section I. The Child in Assyria (57k)
Sub-Section II. The Child in Egypt (22k)
Sub-Section III. The Child in Greece (28k)
Sub-Section IV. The Death of the Child (10k)
Sub-Section V. The Deification of the Child (61k)

Section III. The Mother of the Child (73k)

Chapter III

Section I. Christmas and Lady-day (35k)
Section II. Easter (41k)
Section III. The Nativity of St. John (42k)
Section IV. The Feast of the Assumption (11k)
See Chapter V, Section IV regarding Cupid (St. Valentine's Day)

Chapter IV
Doctrine and Discipline

Section I. Baptismal Regeneration (47k)
Section II. Justification by Works (39k)
Section III. The Sacrifice of the Mass (25k)
Section IV. Extreme Unction (6k)
Section V. Purgatory and Prayers for the Dead (10k)

Chapter V
Rites and Ceremonies

Section I. Idol Procession (15k)
Section II. Relic Worship (16k)
Section III. The Clothing and Crowning of Images (17k)
Section IV. The Rosary and the Worship of the Sacred Heart (10k)
Section V. Lamps and Wax-Candles (18k)
Section VI. The Sign of the Cross (21k)

Chapter VI
Religious Orders

Section I. The Sovereign Pontiff (36k)
Section II. Priests, Monks, and Nuns (19k)

Chapter VII
The Two Developments Historically and Prophetically Considered

Section I. The Great Red Dragon (79k)
Section II. The Beast from the Sea (44k)
Section III. The Beast from the Earth (22k)
Section IV. The Image of the Beast (26k)
Section V. The Name of the Beast, the Number of His Name— Invisible Head of the Papacy (47k)

Conclusion (28k)

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Info from our Reference Guide:
A Woman Rides the Beast, Dave Hunt 
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The Two Babylons by Alexander Hislop
Philologos Edition: Apr1901
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