Book Reviews -- By: Anonymous

Journal: Bibliotheca Sacra
Volume: BSAC 134:534 (Apr 1977)
Article: Book Reviews
Author: Anonymous


Book Reviews

The Ryrie Study Bible. New Testament. By Charles Caldwell Ryrie. Chicago: Moody Press, 1976. 498 pp. $9.95.

It is a distinct privilege for this reviewer to offer analysis and commendation of The Ryrie Study Bible. In using this attractively bound and printed work, the student of God’s Word has a balanced guide to a self-study of Scripture. The helps supplied do not take attention away from the text, leaving the reader overwhelmed with the task of continual reference to interpretive data. The avowed purpose of the editor, a skilled theologian and veteran teacher and author, is to make the Word of God more personally meaningful to the reader.

Study aids include concise introductions to each New Testament book and analytical outlines of each book. Other helps include a harmony of the Gospels, maps, and chronology studies in the form of colorful time lines. The major contribution of the work is the system of footnotes throughout the New Testament, tabulated into an alphabetized index at the end of the work. These notes reflect a balanced approach to the text, with due consideration given to a consistent application of the literal-grammatical-historical interpretation.

The individual book outlines reflect the years of study and thought given by the editor to both biblical and systematic theology. These outlines, often tastefully alliterated, are not superimposed on the text, but rather flow structurally from the central thematic idea of each book. For example, 1 Peter has a major theme, the grace of God, reflected in careful and repeated usage of the word “grace” throughout the text of the book. The grace of God is seen as the source of blessing in the personal life of the believer (1 Pet 1:2), and in trials facing the believer (1 Pet 5:10). Ryrie succinctly captures this thematic substructure with this outline: Salutation, 1:1–2; Grace Means Security, 1:3–12; Grace Means Sobriety, 1:13–2:10; Grace Means Submission, 2:11–3:12; Grace Means Suffering, 3:13–4:19; Grace Means Service, 5:1–11; Concluding Remarks, 5:12–14. The outline masterfully reflects the dominant substructure of the book.

Readers will find a balanced dispensationalism reflected in the notes as a key to help open the themes of the New Te...

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