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Backgrounds to Dispenationalism Sep 5, 2008
I read Bass's book sometime ago. He is factual and doesn't "demonize" those with whom he doesn't agree. I think every "self-honest", serious Dispensationalist should give it a read.
In addition, I suggest a second, more recent book, that deals less with the history of Dispensationalism and more with the Lord's plea for all true believers to heed ignore His multiple warnings (i.e., don't explain them away) and to be "overcomers". Oh yes! the book in question is "Talks on Revelation", by Floyd Police
Good Source for Background of Dispensationalism Oct 14, 2001
Bass does a thorough job of investigating the historical background of what has become tremendously popular in American Christianity, dispensationalism.
Although some try and deny it, Bass correctly traces this back to John Nelson Darby. Such as Charles Ryrie try and deny this, saying that Darby's dispensational scheme has never really been adopted, e.g. by Scofield. However, what is import here is not Darby's dispensational scheme, but rather his hermeneutic, that of literal Israel and the NT church as the "great parenthesis."
Bass correctly shows how premill dispensationalism has followed Darby's lead in this system which pervades their Biblical interpretation. Even one such as Ryrie, acknowledges that Bass' historical development is correct, he just doesn't agree with Bass' conclusions.