From Library Journal
MacArthur (pastoral ministries, Master's Seminary, Los Angeles) has produced a reference work packed with study aids. It includes a general introduction to the Bible and how to study it, introductions to each of the books of the Bible (including an outline of the book's contents), a topical index, a set of color maps, comparative time lines, and more. The bulk of the work is devoted to MacArthur's copious notes on the text of the Bible. Few study Bibles contain as much commentary as this one, and the commentary is decidedly and unapologetically conservative and premillennial. This is most obvious in the author's emphasis on the literal interpretation of Scripture and his prophecy/fulfillment approach to much of the Old Testament. The latter aspect is at times so prominent that it detracts from understanding the Old Testament in its own right. Also, though he encourages taking the Bible literally, MacArthur deviates where he needs to. Still, for the sake of diversity and because of its thoroughness, this could be added to the collection alongside other study Bibles.?Craig W. Beard, Univ. of Alabama at Birmingham Lib.
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About the Author
is the pastor-teacher of Grace Community Church in Sun Valley, California, president of the Master’s College and Seminary, and featured teacher with the Grace to You
media ministry. In more than four decades of ministry, John has written dozens of bestselling books, including The MacArthur Study Bible
, The Gospel According to Jesus
, and Slave
. He and his wife, Patricia, have four married children and fifteen grandchildren.