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Tim writes:

“[Totus Christus is] a book which certainly makes you think. While I have read other books on Biblical theology, looking at the structure of the Bible in that way (the Dominion pattern, feasts, etc.) is an idea which I’d never considered at all before. At first I didn’t quite get what each part of the pattern involves, even after you’d explained it, but after seeing it applied to a few sections of the Bible I was fine. I think its helped me get a better understanding of how God has revealed himself through the Bible. Even apart from the general idea of the book as a whole, some of the individual quotes at the start of each chapter and in the Appendix are by themselves really helpful in understanding certain ideas.

I’ve found myself thinking of my possible connections to ideas in the book when just reading through random passages, though sometimes I worry that I could be reading too much into the passage, or seeing ideas which aren’t really there. Whats your advice on avoiding this?”

As far as reading too much into a passage, I think the Bible needs to be read in three ways. Firstly, a basic “in context” reading. Secondly, an analysis of the symbols that have been previously used, which need not be avoided at all. And finally, an analysis of any visible literary structure for a “bird’s eye view” which, if correct, should add another layer of meaning to the text in its literary context. If the passage follows the Dominion pattern, this final reading is also prophetic, prefiguring the work of Christ. Sometimes the literary structure is just a chiasm, and if so, the authors often put their main thesis at the central point, which it is helpful to identify.

“You take the blue pill, the story ends, you wake up in your bed and believe whatever you want to believe. You take the red pill, you stay in Wonderland, and I show you how deep the rabbit hole goes… Remember, all I am offering is the truth. Nothing more.”

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