Understanding the Big Picture of the Bible

Understanding the Big Picture of the Bible: A Guide to Reading the Bible Well

Edited by Wayne Grudem, C. John Collins, Thomas R. Schreiner, Contributions by Darrell L. Bock, David Chapman, Paul R. House, David M. Howard Jr., Dennis E. Johnson, Vern S. Poythress, Gordon Wenham, John DelHousaye, David Reimer, J. Julius Scott Jr.

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About Understanding the Big Picture of the Bible

How do I get more out of my Bible reading?

What was going on during the gap between the Old and New Testaments?

How do all the books of the Bible fit together as a whole?

This book answers these questions and puts clear, readable Bible study aids at your fingertips. It contains thirteen essays from some of today’s best evangelical scholars including C. John Collins, Thomas Schreiner, Gordon Wenham, and Darrell Bock, and will help you to:

  • See the big-picture storyline of the Bible
  • Understand the theology of the Old and New Testaments
  • Read the different sections of Scripture effectively
  • Know what happened between the testaments

In addition to essays on each genre of the Bible, the book addresses the general Greco-Roman world and specific Jewish groups at the time of the New Testament. To aid in putting Bible passages in context, it also includes timelines of the Old and New Testaments and intertestamental events.

Useful as both a general overview of the Bible and as a tool for more specific reference and training, this book will help you grow in your understanding of Scripture and your ability to apply the Bible to life.


Edited by

Wayne Grudem (PhD, University of Cambridge; DD, Westminster Theological Seminary) is research professor of theology and biblical studies at Phoenix Seminary, having previously taught for 20 years at Trinity Evangelical Divinity School. Grudem earned his undergraduate degree at Harvard University, as well as an MDiv from Westminster Seminary. He is the former president of the Evangelical Theological Society, a cofounder and past president of the Council on Biblical Manhood and Womanhood, a member of the Translation Oversight Committee for the English Standard Version of the Bible, the general editor of the ESV Study Bible, and has published over 20 books, including Systematic Theology, Evangelical Feminism, Politics—According to the Bible, and Business for the Glory of God.

Edited by

C. John Collins (PhD, University of Liverpool) is professor of Old Testament at Covenant Theological Seminary in St Louis, Missouri. With degrees from MIT and Faith Evangelical Lutheran Seminary, he pursues such research interests as Hebrew and Greek grammar, science and faith, and biblical theology. He is the author of The God of MiraclesDid Adam and Eve Really Exist?, and Science and Faith.

Edited by

Thomas R. Schreiner is the James Harrison Professor of New Testament Interpretation at the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary. He holds an MDiv and ThM from Western Conservative Baptist Seminary and a PhD from Fuller Theological Seminary. He has published a number of articles and book reviews in scholarly journals.

Table of Contents

Part 1: Old Testament
1.  The Theology of the Old Testament by C. John Collins
2.  Introduction to the Pentateuch by Gordon Wenham
3.  Introduction to the Historical Books by David Howard
4.  Introduction to the Poetic and Wisdom Literature by David Reimer
5.  Introduction to the Prophetic Books by Paul House

Part 2: Background to the New Testament
6.  The Time between the Testaments by J. Julius Scott Jr.
7.  The Roman Empire and the Greco-Roman World
at the Time of the New Testament by David Chapman
8.  Jewish Groups at the Time of the New Testament by John Delhousaye

Part 3: New Testament
9. The Theology of the New Testament by Thomas R. Schreiner
10. Reading the Gospels and Acts by Darrell Bock
11. Reading the Epistles by Thomas R. Schreiner
12. Reading Revelation by Dennis Johnson

Part 4: Time Lines
13. Old Testament Time Line: An Overview
Intertestamental Events Time Line 
14. New Testament Time Line


Category: Bible Studies & Devotionals
Christian Living
Format: Paperback
Page Count: 160
ISBN-10: 1-4335-3162-3
ISBN-13: 978-1-4335-3162-0
Size: 5.25 in x 8.0 in
Weight: 6.3 ounces
Published: May 31, 2012

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