Item description for Major Bible Themes (Revised) by John F. Walvoord & Lewis Sperry Chafer...
Overview This text provides the biblical basis for 52 doctrines, complete with topical and Scripture indexes. It is a revised and enlarged edition of a work originally published in 1926 and includes questions for discussion and review at the conclusion of each chapter.
Publishers Description In an age characterized by skepticism and ignorance of the Holy Scriptures, this timely volume clearly sets forth the biblical truths and teachings that long have been cherished by Christians. Virtually a classic for this century, Major Bible Themes includes chapters on doctrines that merit particular attention in the contemporary religious scene, such as the Holy Spirit, the nature of the Church, and the second coming of Christ. Designed for group and individual study, for pastors, laymen, and students, Major Bible Themes is an indispensable tool, providing the biblical basis for fifty-two doctrines, complete with topical and Scripture indexes. Questions for discussion and review follow each chapter. Whether your purpose is to explore Bible doctrines as a new Christian, to erase confusion stemming from conflicting views in the contemporary church, or to establish a stronger basis for witnessing to your beliefs, Major Bible Themes is essential for study and reference.
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Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 8.68" Width: 5.77" Height: 1.21" Weight: 1.3 lbs.
Release Date Mar 7, 1974
Publisher Zondervan Publishing
ISBN 0310223903 ISBN13 9780310223900 UPC 025986223908
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More About John F. Walvoord & Lewis Sperry Chafer
Dr. Roy B. Zuck is department chairman and professor of Bible Exposition at Dallas Theological Seminary where he has served on faculty since 1973. Dr. Zuck has written or edited more than seventy books on Christian education and biblical studies. He had edited Bibleotheca Sacra (Dallas Seminary's theological journal) since 1986. John F. Walvoord is Chancellor of Dallas Theological Seminary, and was on the school's faculty for 50 years, including its president from 1952-1986. He has written numerous books, most of which, like Rapture Question and The Millennial Kingdom, relate to Bible prophecy. He is also the coeditor of the best-selling Bible Knowledge Commentary.
John F. Walvoord currently resides in the state of Texas.
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Reviews - What do customers think about Major Bible Themes (Revised)?
Chafer is still the pinnacle in systematic theology Sep 12, 2005
Concise, intelligent and easily accessible. A must for pre-seminary students.
A good solid survey of Bible doctrine Jul 21, 2003
Lewis Sperry Chafer is one of my all time favorite theologians. Dr. Chafer was a champion of conservative dispensational-premellinnial and "Free Grace" theology, and this work is nothing less than a delightful treatment of many of the major themes in the Bible.
For many who do not have the luxury of reading Chafer's eight volume Systematic Theolgy (in which I must confess, I have a long way to go), Major Bible Themes can serve as a helpful substitute.
But, because this book represents a systematic theology, I must split a few hairs.
Though Dr. Chafer was the original writer who helped me to understand that my assurance of salvation is based solely on Christ's promises, he does confuse the issue a bit in this work. He does not go so far to say, as many Reformed scholars do (in strong disagreement with Calvin who said assurance is of the essence of saving faith), that assurance cannot be had apart from a radically changed life, yet he does say that works do play a small role in assurance. The problem here, is that if works of any kind play any role in assurance, then assurance must necessarily be less than sure. In fact, the closer one walks with the Lord, the worse his life will seem to himself. Only by then comparing ourself to others can assurance be regained (which is clearly a faulty idea, since a Christian's standard of holiness is much higher than anyone we can observe [Matt 5:48]). The inconsistency here is minor but it does put a foot in the door for all kinds of mess.
Along the same lines, there are related passages such as Hebrews 6:4-9 where I disagree with Dr. Chafer (see Kem Oberholtzer's articles on the warning passages in Hebrews in Bibliotheca Sacra for a view similar to mine), but this is bound to be the case for nearly any author.
I commend Dr. Chafer highly for his stance on James 2:14-26 (on page 200). To the detriment of the church, his view is so rarely held today (Zane Hodges makes a strong exegetical argument for this view in his commentary on James available on this site.com).
All in all, I gave this book a 4 out of 5 stars because, like all systematic works, there is bound to be some areas of disagreement. But I do recommend this book to anyone who recognizes that it is a helpful tool, not a substitute for your own personal exegetical work.
Major Bible Themes...a work done right!! Apr 9, 2003
This book has 52 major doctrines that every Christian should know and be familiar with. I started reading it because I wanted to be more familiar with these doctrines, and it has opened a wealth of information that I didn't even know about. I teach Sunday School at my church, and it has come in handy more times than I can count. It is also great when I talk with youth one-on-one for a reference that is easy to understand, yet very compleate in it's answers. I would recommend this book to anyone wanting to know more about theology, escatology, Christology, ect. It is a great investment!
The Finest Basic Evangelical Systematic Theology Around! Apr 30, 2002
As a student having attended Chafer's seminary in Dallas, I can say without hesitation--for evangelical Christians in search of a simple, well-organized study of the major themes of Scripture, this is the best.
I had to digest Dr. Chafer's seven-volume systematic theology while in seminary, and frankly, I enjoyed it. Chafer is unapologetically pre-tribulational, pre-millennial, and dispensational in his theology. If you aren't, his works will either convince you or send you running in a hurry!
This MUCH-abridged work divides the themes into fifty-two subjects, from 'salvation', to 'eternal security', to 'Angels', etc. If it's a theme in Scripture, Chafer discusses it simply, and with excellent Bible references. You could easily study a topic per week, and in a year be saturated with Bible understanding.
Even if you don't agree with Chafer's view on the Rapture, the tribulation, and the millennium, there is much to learn that will make anyone who doesn't want to tackle the multi-volume set, a much more informed Christian.
Indispensible, and highly recommended for personal and/or Sunday School use! Extremely well-organized.
If you seek the real truth.... Apr 20, 2002
I have no doubt that the author is well-intended. Unfortunately, like all books that claim there will be "an end of this world" and a "second coming of Christ," this is based on misinterpretation and misunderstanding of Scriptures. If you seek the real truth, keep looking. The sooner we all recognize the truth, the sooner God's New Kingdom will be established on the earth, which shall last forever, never to be destroyed. That's what real prophecy foretells.