The Structural Principles of the Bible F. E. Marsh
R. Catchpole, London
Published by John Ritchie Ltd., 40 Beansburn, Kilmarnock, KA3 1RL.
This book is part of Ritchie’s ‘Classic Reprint Series’ and is sub-titled How to study the Word of God. The author demonstrates that there is a unity and divine design to the sixty-six books of the Bible, a discernable ‘structure’ to its relevant parts and basic ‘principles’ that govern its interpretation. Viewing the Bible as a living organism, he uses the various members of the human body as a model for identifying the leading themes of God’s word.
There are twelve chapters with such headings as: ‘The body of a united organism’; ‘The heart of a loving purpose’; ‘The feet of a progressive movement’, and ‘The eyes of a prophetic outlook’. But don’t be deterred by the unusual chapter titles, this book contains a wealth of helpful instruction. Attention is given to a wide breadth of subjects such as: ‘The unity of the Bible’; ‘The Offerings’; ‘Divine Names’; ‘Sixty laws of interpretation’, e.g., the law of first mention, of typology, of recompense; ‘Twenty words on prayer’; ‘Prophetic days’; ‘Prepositions of the Holy Spirit’ illustrated with a chart; as well as many suggestive outlines of individual Bible books and themes. There is so much in this book it is impossible to adequately convey in the confines of a review every avenue of study that is explored, but sufficient to say that it is a ‘Classic’ worthy of its ‘Reprint’ and one that cannot but profit all who read or refer to it.
[Our thanks to Richard Catchpole, South Norwood, England, for this review]