The MacArthur Topical Bible: A Comprehensive Guide to Every Major Topic Found in the Bible
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Number of Pages: 1600
Vendor: Thomas Nelson
Publication Date: 2010
Dimensions: 9.50 X 6.75 X 2.50 (inches)
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Finally, a contemporary topical Bible that's as easy to use as a dictionary!
Wouldn't you like to have all the Scriptures on an important Bible topic, such as marriage, end times, the Holy Spirit, or money management in one place and instantly available not just the references but the entire passage?
The MacArthur Topical Bible is the most user-friendly Bible study tool released in decades. It's a comprehensive volume of 20,000 Bible topics and more than 100,000 Bible passages, carefully cross-referenced and organized for quick and complete visual location. It's an amazing time-saver for teachers and pastors planning their lessons.
Designed for beginning students as well as seasoned scholars, The MacArthur Topical Bible is useful with all Bible translations. It is the perfect companion to the MacArthur Study Bible.
Next to the Bible this is the best companion a Christian can have for in-depth study of thousands of spiritual subjects.
John MacArthur is the pastor-teacher of Grace Community Church in Sun Valley, California, president of the Masters 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 lives in Los Angeles.
Tyler3 Stars Out Of 5Good concept, but missed the markJune 25, 2015TylerQuality: 0Value: 0Meets Expectations: 0I really like the idea behind this book. A Bible concordance is nice, but it doesn't list all the relevant scriptures because they might not contain a specific "key word." So the idea of a topical guide is great. Why not list all the scriptures that talk about suffering, even if thy don't use the specific word "suffering?"
However, I find this book falls short in two important respects. First, it is difficult to find the right topic heading. For example, I wanted to explore the idea that God is impartial (Rom. 2:11). So I looked for "partiality, impartiality, respecter, and favoritism" and none of those appear. Maybe the impartiality of God is not important enough? So while it is 1592 pages and claims to have 20,000 topics, I would not consider it comprehensive by any means.
Secondly, it would be nice to just list the scriptures chronologically and let the reader come to his own conclusions. Instead, MacArthur adds headings that lean on a single Evangelical interpretation. For example, under the topic of Salvation, he doesn't just list all the scriptures talking about salvation. He writes "the Confession of Christ necessary for Salvation" and then quotes Romans 10:10. It would be nice just to list them and then let me come to my own conclusions.
It should almost be called "A Handbook for scriptures that support Evangelical doctrine." Now that might be a good thing for you. I just wanted to make it clear that it isn't an objective listing of scriptures like what you might get from a search engine.
Annie2 Stars Out Of 5The MacArthur Topical Bible (Hardcover)March 10, 2015AnnieQuality: 2Value: 3Meets Expectations: 2The MacArthur Topical Bible arrived damaged. It is a large book (9.67 X 7 X 3) and needs a better binding. The text block was separating from the cover at the hinge and end papers. I think that it needs to be made into two volumes if the publisher continues to use the same binding.
I was also disappointed in the book's content. The first four words I looked up weren't included in the list of topics. They are commonly and not infrequently used words in the Bible, so I was surprised to find them missing. I wouldn't recommend this Topical Bible to anyone except to someone new to the Bible. It is definitely not a book for Bible scholars.
Maggie5 Stars Out Of 5The MacArthur Topical Bible: A Comprehensive Guide to Every Major Topic Found in the BibleDecember 31, 2014MaggieQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 3Very comprehensive Disappointed that it was written in the NKJV instead of NIV
JonoChicagoAge: 35-445 Stars Out Of 5Easily find related passagesFebruary 11, 2012JonoChicagoAge: 35-44Quality: 5Value: 4Meets Expectations: 5This topical Bible is a nice tool to have. A large variety of topics/words can be selected, and the most important passages about that topic/word are displayed under category headings. It is great for Bible study and for understanding the Bible.
bizzAge: 35-44Gender: male5 Stars Out Of 5June 4, 2011bizzAge: 35-44Gender: maleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5love it, helps me with alot of key words for my sunday school class
Q: Please let me know if this bible is smyth sewn. Thank you
According to the publisher, this Bible has a glued binding.