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Ever wish someone could give you a big handle on the entire Bible without years of study? Well, this book not only promises to give you that big handle-it will deliver on the promise. You should be asking, how is this possible?The Bible is one story told over and over again, with many variations on the same theme. This structure is the Bible's DNA. This basic seven-point pEver wish someone could give you a big handle on the entire Bible without years of study? Well, this book not only promises to give you that big handle-it will deliver on the promise. You should be asking, how is this possible?The Bible is one story told over and over again, with many variations on the same theme. This structure is the Bible's DNA. This basic seven-point pattern is the heartbeat of the Creation. It is the cycle of a human day and a human life. It is the pattern of the Tabernacle. It is the process of agriculture. It undergirds the speeches and Laws of God. It orders the rise and fall of nations and empires. It is also the structure of our worship. It is the rhythm of Christ, and it will open the Bible for you like never before....

Title : Bible Matrix: An Introduction to the DNA of the Scriptures
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Bible Matrix: An Introduction to the DNA of the Scriptures Reviews

  • Nathan
    2019-03-02 01:35

    I give this book 3 stars. It has some interesting suggestions on how to read the Bible, and I am attracted to the way Mike Bull lays out the Bible. Chiams chiasms chiasms. That's plausible, but I'd like to see a lot more exposition on some of the themes he only hints at. Bull expects a lot from the reader, and his lack of development with important concepts left me scratching my head a lot as to how the connections make sense.The book really is not written like a book. It's basically a series of charts and drawings, always involving a chiasm. I feel like I'm reading a rough draft of what one day could be a pretty good book if Bull would only take the time to write it!

  • Jon Sedlak
    2019-02-17 23:59

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  • Douglas Hayes
    2019-03-09 02:57

    I have the privilege of being on an email group that discusses all things Biblical and Theological, and Michael Bull is on that list. He sent me a complimentary copy of the book - for which I am entirely grateful. I wanted to like the book more than I do, but alas, I've not been able yet to see the same importance of literary structures that Bull, James Jordan and others do. Here are a a few comments I made in a recent blog post of mine: "Literary Structure: For some, it is the key to understanding all things literary (especially in ancient literature). For some others, it is a useful curiosity. For other still, it is a worthless enterprise that is much ado about nothing. For me – I guess I find myself vacillating between all three. Although we cannot know for sure, it may be that authors (including biblical writers) actually do use literary structures to help them communicate their message. In which case, identifying these structures is very useful in understanding their intended meaning. It may also be that since structure is part of God’s creation, and therefore inescapable, writers my just write in such a way that their works have a structure that they are not fully conscious of. Identifying these unintentional structures can gives us a richer understanding of the text we are looking at. And still, it is possible that literary critics and students are so predisposed to find structures that they impose on the text structures that then become a distraction from a free reading of text. For this reason, I think it good to think a little about such things, allow ourselves to be open to a wide varieties of ways of looking at the text – on its own terms." (see: my circles - literary structures (especially Chiasmus) have become the key to unlocking the heretofore unknown emphases and meanings of the scriptures. Although I passionately believe that the Holy Spirit continually is teaching the Church things, including how to understand the Bible, I have a very difficult time believing that these structures are only now are being discovered and written about in the history of the church. Further, too often when I see these structures (especially chiasms)I can't figure, for the life of me, out how they were arrived at. They seem to be imposed on the text, and forced to fit biblical-theological patterns (7 days of creation, the !0 Words, etc). Let it be known: I do think these structures (including chiastic ones) are really in SOME of the texts of scriptures. But I do think we need to be exceedingly careful with how we approach the text to allow it to speak on its own terms. I do think Bull has made a good contribution to the discussion of biblical studies, and his work is helpful to those that have never really thought about biblical structures or biblical theology. May God use this book to His Glory and the edification of the Bride of Christ!

  • George Shubin
    2019-02-16 03:44

    The Bible Matrix is an enjoyable survey of patterns and types in Scripture. The author is a graphics artist by trade and sees in Scripture layers and repetitions of patterns, and sometimes patterns within patterns. This, of course, is not new, but part and parcel of Biblical Theology, the kind of hermeneutics that extracts the Bible's message and meaning via the Bible's own vocabulary and chronology of revelation. This is in contrast to the much more well known Systematic Theology, in which verses and passages are catalogued and classified, and then distilled into subjects.The book is an attempt to balance the scales, so to speak, to show that the Bible is much richer than a systematic approach would reveal, that its ultimate author has put within its pages His fingerprint of authorship. I think that attempt was successful. One merely has to ponder a bit about how the Bible came to be over thousands of years, and yet several strands of patterns and cycles may be discerned throughout, tying it all together from Genesis 1 to Revelation 22.If you want to get a refreshing and sometimes surprising take on the story of God's relationship with Man, then the Bible Matrix will be a welcome addition to your library. It was for me.

  • Jason Twombly
    2019-02-17 03:42

    Mind blowing! Did you know that Genesis One unlocks the Bible? Often the flaming sword of Scripture is hidden beneath the systematics of study, but here Mike Bull adroitly wields the blade allowing, "the Bible to speak its own language. It comes in like a sword and violates our thinking until we think the way God does. God does not speak in theological jargon or ideology divorced from reality. He speaks in the energizing, intoxicating, flesh-and-blood symbols of the Creation, and so should we." The Bible is living and active. It cuts so deep, even to its heart that throbs with the glory of God. The Bible Matrix acts as a stethoscope, bringing one near to hear the patterns and rhythms of that passion. Eyes ablaze and mind engaged, the "Bible Matrix" offers structures of Scripture that integrate the Old and New into one glorious Masterpiece, leaving the reader to be read by the Author whose, "Bible recasts the shape of the way we think in order to forge the shape of the way we we live."This book will form your mind and fill your heart with the impressions of a Christianity that do not remain behind your eyeballs and chest, but flow through your hands and feet, on earth as it is in heaven.

  • Adam Ross
    2019-02-16 00:50

    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.

  • Michelle
    2019-02-24 23:41

    Impressive insights--- but too much to process on a regular read through. I expect this will be referred to time and again as I read through my Bible year by year. The author is thoroughly familiar with his material, but it will take time to assimilate all he's set out for consideration. Despite exposure to both of his inspirational authors, James B. Jordan and Dr. Peter Leithart, and my husband (who has also been discipled by these writers) there were many new ideas and connections I'd never heard or thought of before. I expect the relationships will be verified as it seems completely within the character of our Great God to write any number of meaningful and complex matrices such as these into the heart of His Book to us. Only 4 stars of 5--- until I can grasp the fullness of his ideas altogether. Then it will certainly be 5.

  • Jared Leonard
    2019-03-03 01:49

    This is one of those few books where if you can really grasp the central idea(s) it will change how you look at everything in Scripture and, consequently, everything in life. If you aren't familiar with the writings of Peter Leithart, James B. Jordan, Ray Sutton, David Chilton, and the like then this book will be an extraordinarily tough read the further you dig into it. But if you persevere, if you can wrap your theological hands around this hunk of meat, chew it up nice and slow, and swallow it then your understanding of how God works with man radically enhanced (or altered if you aren't already couched in Reformed theology).

  • Christopher
    2019-03-02 01:37

    This book is worth a read if you don't have time to read "Through New Eyes" by James B Jordan and want to understand chiastic structures. Seems like Mr. Bull is a Jim Jordan fanboy that got a little carried away in his enthusiasm. It's a helpful introduction to the Hebrew chiastic structures that are found in the Bible, although many times it seems like too much of a stretch, like Mr. Bull is trying to force his system onto the Scriptures. It was interesting, but I will not be subscribing heavily to this approach to hermeneutics.

  • Steve
    2019-03-16 00:34

    OKSome good insights - developing the 7 days of creation as a covenant structure to the festal cycle of the OC. But then he tries to overlay these structures and insights over everything in the OT and it all seems a bit forced.

  • Alex
    2019-03-12 04:55

    The content of this book was impressive and helpful (though over my head), but the format seems bizarre. I am not sure why it had so many blank pages. The book is 230-odd pages but reads like a 75-page book.

  • Dean Akin
    2019-03-01 05:59

    This book is an introduction into the study of biblical typology. Very helpful in understanding the 7 point Creation patterns that are found through out the scriptures. A real faith builder.

  • JR McCravy
    2019-03-04 00:01

    I hope to read this one again sometime, but this was one heck of a study in Biblical Typology. Will take several reads to grasp it all.

  • Ak Hauck
    2019-02-24 06:37

    Good introduction to the theologian all Christians should know- James Jordan.