The Structural Principles of the Bible F. E. Marsh

R. Catchpole, London

Category: Book Review

Precious Seed

Paperback, 440pp.
Published by John Ritchie Ltd., 40 Beansburn, Kilmarnock, KA3 1RL.
Price: £10.99  
ISBN 978-1-904064-57-2.

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]


There are 29 articles in
ISSUE (2011, Volume 66 Issue 4)

A history of the assembly in St. Monans, Fife, Scotland

The Autonomy of the local church

Baptism Jack Hay

Bible Bytes - Radio Stations on the Web

Bits & Bobs - IBM inspired by the human brain!


Editorial - ‘We be brethren’, Gen. 13. 8.

Elders: Role models in the local church

Esther: God’s invisible hand Helen Clarke

Eternal Son of the Living God

Facing the Future - Part 3

The First Epistle of John - Part 1

The Glory of the Lord - Part 2

The Heavenly Physician Rommel Ghossain


Life’s Greatest Quest - to become more like Christ Clark Logan

Philippians: The Joy and Suffering of the Furtherance of the Gospel Part Eight

The Position of Older Believers in the Assembly and our responsibility towards them-Part 2

Question Time - Does the Bible specify a dress code for the meetings?


The Structural Principles of the Bible F. E. Marsh

The King James Version and Principles of Translation - Part 1

‘The Word to The World’ - Emmaus Bible School UK

Those who were a delight to Paul (continued) - Aquila and Priscilla (Prisca) - Part 6

The Throne of His father David

The Times of the Gentiles Norman Mellish

Views from the News

Why I believe there is a future for Israel

A Word for Today: Covenant (Gk. Diatheke)

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Men in God’s Service N. John Jeyanandam

Hints and signs of the coming King (Author: Kurt Strassner)

The Sovereignty of God over the Nations

A Faith that endures - Brian Croft

A tender plant from the dry ground - Timothy Cross

The Eternal State

The Song of Zechariah - Timothy Cross



Introduction to the Messianic Psalms - Part 1

Introduction to the Messianic Psalms - Part 2

The Holy Spirit and Christ

The Messianic Psalms - Psalm 24

What does the Bible tell us about the future? - The Marriage and Marriage Supper of the Lamb - Part 5

The Messianic Psalms - Psalm 72

What does the Bible tell us about the future? - Part 7 - ‘The re-emergence of Israel’

An overview of Job

Balaam - Numbers 22. 1-38 - Part 1

Balaam Numbers 22. 36 to 23.12 - Part 2

Balaam - Numbers 22. 36 to 23. 12  - Part 2

Balaam - Numbers 23. 13-26  - Part 4

Balaam - Numbers 23. 13-26 - Part 5

Balaam - Part 6