Thursday, May 31, 2012

God's Unified Plan for History: Understanding the Big Picture of the Bible by Grudem, Collins, and Schreiner

The purpose of “Understanding the Big Picture of the Bible” is to take a comprehensive view of the Bible both Old and New Testaments to show how God's plan is made manifest through the relationship of the two sections. The book focuses on the promises and predictions in the Old Testament that lead to the appearance of Christ.

The book has thirteen chapters, each dealing with an aspect of the over all thesis. Part One covers the books of the Old Testament, presents the theology and gives a brief description of what is covered in each grouping of books: Pentateuch, historical books, poetic and wisdom literature, and prophetic books. Part Two contains several essays on the history leading up to the New Testament. The New Testament section contains articles on the Gospels and Acts, the Epistles and Revelation. In addition to the articles there is a series of table at the end of the book giving the time line of events. These make an excellent reference for remember when things happened.

The book is very readable and contains a great deal of information. I thoroughly enjoyed the historical chapters because they gave a picture of what was happening in the world at the time leading up to the appearance of Christ. I highly recommend the book to anyone wanting a way to put the total Bible in context.

I reviewed this book for Crossway.