- Paperback: 160 pages
- Publisher: IVP Books; 1 edition (Oct. 15 2003)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0830853642
- ISBN-13: 978-0830853649
- Product Dimensions: 13.3 x 1.3 x 21 cm
- Shipping Weight: 227 g
- Average Customer Review: 6 customer reviews
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #103,788 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
God's Big Picture Paperback – Special Edition, Oct 15 2003
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"God's Big Picture will serve as an excellent introduction to the Bible for anyone perplexed or overwhelmed by its seeming breadth and diversity."--Mark Traphagen, Modern Reformation, November/December 2007
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If you want something that goes into more depth but is still fairly accessible, try Goldsworthy Trilogy: Gospel and Kingdom, Gospel and Wisdom, The Gospel in Revelations or The Unfolding Mystery: Discovering Christ in the Old Testament.
Here's why I called it "the best of its kind so far":
1. For what it attempts to do (overview the entire Bible), it is a short book. Obviously much more could be written had the book been longer, but for a shorter book this is very well done. If you want more detail, buy a bigger book.
2. While most books of the Bible receive some mention, this is not a survey of every book in the Bible, so don't expect detailed explanations of every book. It is an overview of the main concepts that emerge and develop as Scripture unfolds. If you want a book-by-book survey, buy a Bible survey text.
3. Yes, Vaughan's own theological perspectives are evident in his book (ex. view of Creation, predestination, church/Israel, Revelation, etc.). I think Vaughan could have been more neutral a few times, but I can't really criticize him for writing from his own theological perspective as long as he's consistent. Just be aware that in certain cases, there are other legitimate and defensible positions. You don't always have to agree with him.
4. My first of two real (but minor) criticisms is that I wish Vaughan would have included a few more historical details (names, dates, etc), if only in his charts. I realize that a historical survey isn't his primary goal, but there were a few times when having a clearer chronology of events would have been helpful in putting those events in their biblical context. For example, on his final chart (pg. 167) he lists a number of biblical figures up until Solomon, but then nothing after that. It seems incomplete.
5. Finally, I think his OT coverage is better than his NT coverage. Again, this has mostly to do with historical context and outline. He explains very well how Jesus is the fulfillment of the major biblical themes, but I wish he had given even a brief overview of Jesus' life, just to help trace the Gospels. Similarly, in his treatment of the church age (and really most of the NT), he spends a lot of time time discussing the role of the Holy Spirit (which is certainly appropriate!), but only mentions Paul in passing (as if we all know who he was and what he did), and never really interacts with the major events of Acts (except Pentecost). The "epistolary" section of the NT isn't really mentioned (except to excerpt some passages), even though it's a major component of the New Testament. I'm not asking for long chronological sections, but perhaps some brief historical interludes would have helped. He does more of this in the OT section, but the NT section left me wanting a bit more.
As I said, my complaints are minor, and certainly secondary to my compliments. This is a fine book for anyone who is interesting in grasping the overall "Big Picture" of God's work as revealed in Scripture.
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