The Bible: The Big Picture
The Bible: The Big Picture is a resource for students, fledgling churches or individuals wanting to have an overview of what the Bible is about. It does not seek to replace the individual study of Biblical doctrines or even history but more as an encouragement to do so.
In essence, the book started off as a chronology of events within the Old Testament but that led to what could be regarded as a timeline related to the ‘people of God’ and how God’s promises were and still are linked to the nation or individual’s responsibilities.
There is a précis for each book of the Bible and a one-line statement for each chapter within each book together with an Appendix giving details of various related places and journeys.
The closing parts of the book deal mainly with the growth of the early Christian church up until the time of Constantine in 325 AD and cover the opposition from without ‘persecution’ and also from within ‘heresy’.
The Bible: The Big Picture is not interspersed with references to chapters and verses since the idea was to assume that the reader might well doubt the veracity of the Bible and hence not value proof from within the Bible. Hopefully, the result is something that is easy to read and interesting enough to generate further investigation.