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Bible Matrix: An Introduction to the DNA of the Scriptures

3.47  ·  Rating Details ·  45 Ratings  ·  14 Reviews
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 p
Hardcover, 236 pages
Published May 27th 2010 by WestBow Press
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Feb 16, 2011 Nathan rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Jon Sedlak
Dec 16, 2012 Jon Sedlak rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition

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Douglas Hayes
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 understand
George Shubin
Sep 03, 2010 George Shubin rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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 vers ...more
Jason Twombly
Jan 28, 2011 Jason Twombly rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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." ...more
Adam Ross
Jun 21, 2010 Adam Ross rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: theology
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 w ...more
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 he ...more
Jared Leonard
Dec 11, 2010 Jared Leonard rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: theology, philosophy
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 i ...more
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 heavil ...more
Aug 20, 2010 Steve rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: books-of-2010
Some 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.
Dec 27, 2010 Alex rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2010-read
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
Jun 24, 2011 Dean Akin rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: theology
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
Jan 08, 2013 JR McCravy rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: biblical-study
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.
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Good introduction to the theologian all Christians should know- James Jordan.
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