David and Goliath. Daniel in the lion’s den. Jesus’ feeding of five thousand people. Too many of us know the stories in the Bible without ever understanding the Story of the Bible. Vaughan Roberts’ book God’s Big Picture: Tracing the Storyline of the Bible (IVP 2002) provides a remedy to this problem by giving a terrific overview to the entire Bible in less than 150 pages.
Roberts interprets the Bible with “The Kingdom of God” as the central motif. Each chapter progresses through the Bible, showing how the Scriptures are united around God and His rule. Roberts takes us through Creation, Fall, Israel, the prophets, the exile, Jesus, the Church, and the coming Kingdom, all the while showing how the Bible itself tells one story – the story of our world.
This book is similar to Graeme Goldsworthy’s Gospel and Kingdom, but a little more user friendly. Roberts does a good job of summarizing biblical doctrines within the overarching metanarrative that the Bible provides. Though the book traces the Bible’s story at a rapid pace, there are times when the writing seems to drag. But overall, this little book is a helpful introduction to the Bible’s big picture.
written by Trevin Wax © 2007 Kingdom People blog