A Good Reader

A. T. Ross gave Bible Matrix 4 out of 5 stars on goodreads.com:

This was a decent introduction to the seven-fold structures of Scripture. The pattern is creation, division, ascension, testing, maturity, conquest, and glorification. Bull walks us through this pattern and its recapitulation in the sacrifices of Israel, in the major characters of Bible history (Adam, Noah, Jacob, etc.) and shows how not only do their lives arc through such a pattern, but that they also go through repeated cycles of the pattern. He then applies it to the history of Israel as a whole, in the life of Jesus, and in the life of the Church.

The major drawback to the book is that he appears to be so excited about the pattern and its repeated appearances that the book becomes like reading a list, often without Scriptural references included. He clearly knows Bible history well, but if you don’t it can look occasionally as though he’s reaching to make one or two points fit the pattern. But as an overall view of the pattern and its expression in Scripture, the book is phenomenal.


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