In this revised edition of Lewis Sperry Chafer's classic Major Bible Themes, John Walvoord has added some of the later writings of Chafer, as well as some of the mature conclusions from Chafer's lifelong study of the Bible. Several chapters have been combined, and several new ones have been added (75 percent of the material is new to this edition). Subjects omitted in the first edition are included, along with additional scripture passages. Designed for self-study, each chapter includes study questions, which can also be used in a group setting. Since there are fifty-two chapters, this book presents itself as a good year-long study of the Bible.
Major Bible themes was designed as a tool for spiritual growth, offering a valuable introduction into Christian doctrine. It sees the Bible as the inspired Word of God, focusing on its subject and purpose as a vehicle of divine revelation. The character and attributes of God are examined, with several chapters dedicated to each member of the Trinity. Other chapters look at topics like the dispensations, the covenants, Satan, sin, the church, the end times, and more.
For a basic introduction to Reformed (and dispensational) Christianity, there is no better book. All major doctrines, issues, and personalities are discussed in a simple, straightforward manner. Chapters are fairly short, and are designed to be used in conjunction with the study questions. Reading through Major Bible Themes in one year will greatly increase your knowledge of the Bible and the God revealed there.