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  • Hardcover: 384 pages
  • Publisher: Zondervan; Revised edition (1 Jun. 1980)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0310223903
  • ISBN-13: 978-0310223900
  • Product Dimensions: 14.9 x 3 x 22.2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
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In an age characterized by skepticism and ignorance of the Holy Scriptures, this timely volume clearly sets forth the biblical truths and teachings that long have been cherished by Christians. Virtually a classic for this century, Major Bible Themes includes chapters on doctrines that merit particular attention in the contemporary religious scene, such as the Holy Spirit, the nature of the Church, and the second coming of Christ. Designed for group and individual study, for pastors, laymen, and students, Major Bible Themes is an indispensable tool, providing the biblical basis for fifty-two doctrines, complete with topical and Scripture indexes. Questions for discussion and review follow each chapter. Whether your purpose is to explore Bible doctrines as a new Christian, to erase confusion stemming from conflicting views in the contemporary church, or to establish a stronger basis for witnessing to your beliefs, Major Bible Themes is essential for study and reference.

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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Carl, just journeying through on 14 Nov. 2010
Format: Hardcover
Major Bible Themes Chafer / Walvoord

Two very respected authors come together for this single volume.
Walvoord revising Chafer's work, it is not a sustitute for Chafer's original eight (now four) volume Systematic Theology but it does cover it's 52 themes in just 374 pages. There are a series of questions at the end of each chapter to reinforce all you have learned.
The subjects are adequately covered to give a student of God's Word a good grounding. It was required reading at Bible college for me over twenty five years ago and I still occasionally dip into it today.
It is written in a very readable style suitable for a new convert or a mature saint. Many authors seem to pad out such volumes with an excess of words, Chafer is concise and precise, why use ten words when two will do?

For the price it may be one of the most valuable books you will ever own (Bible apart, that is) I can't recommend it too highly. This covers some meaty subjects yet is like milk to a child.

Buy it, read it, grow up.

Carl, just journeying through.
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41 of 42 people found the following review helpful
The Finest Basic Evangelical Systematic Theology Around! 1 May 2002
By Jerry Parks - Published on
Format: Hardcover
As a student having attended Chafer's seminary in Dallas, I can say without hesitation--for evangelical Christians in search of a simple, well-organized study of the major themes of Scripture, this is the best.
I had to digest Dr. Chafer's seven-volume systematic theology while in seminary, and frankly, I enjoyed it. Chafer is unapologetically pre-tribulational, pre-millennial, and dispensational in his theology. If you aren't, his works will either convince you or send you running in a hurry!
This MUCH-abridged work divides the themes into fifty-two subjects, from 'salvation', to 'eternal security', to 'Angels', etc. If it's a theme in Scripture, Chafer discusses it simply, and with excellent Bible references. You could easily study a topic per week, and in a year be saturated with Bible understanding.
Even if you don't agree with Chafer's view on the Rapture, the tribulation, and the millennium, there is much to learn that will make anyone who doesn't want to tackle the multi-volume set, a much more informed Christian.
Indispensible, and highly recommended for personal and/or Sunday School use! Extremely well-organized.
14 of 14 people found the following review helpful
Major Bible Themes...a work done right!! 9 April 2003
By Ashleigh Petrino - Published on
Format: Hardcover
This book has 52 major doctrines that every Christian should know and be familiar with. I started reading it because I wanted to be more familiar with these doctrines, and it has opened a wealth of information that I didn't even know about. I teach Sunday School at my church, and it has come in handy more times than I can count. It is also great when I talk with youth one-on-one for a reference that is easy to understand, yet very compleate in it's answers. I would recommend this book to anyone wanting to know more about theology, escatology, Christology, ect. It is a great investment!
15 of 17 people found the following review helpful
A good solid survey of Bible doctrine 21 July 2003
By Agent Grant Hawley - Published on
Format: Hardcover
Lewis Sperry Chafer is one of my all time favorite theologians. Dr. Chafer was a champion of conservative dispensational-premellinnial and "Free Grace" theology, and this work is nothing less than a delightful treatment of many of the major themes in the Bible.
For many who do not have the luxury of reading Chafer's eight volume Systematic Theolgy (in which I must confess, I have a long way to go), Major Bible Themes can serve as a helpful substitute.
But, because this book represents a systematic theology, I must split a few hairs.
Though Dr. Chafer was the original writer who helped me to understand that my assurance of salvation is based solely on Christ's promises, he does confuse the issue a bit in this work. He does not go so far to say, as many Reformed scholars do (in strong disagreement with Calvin who said assurance is of the essence of saving faith), that assurance cannot be had apart from a radically changed life, yet he does say that works do play a small role in assurance. The problem here, is that if works of any kind play any role in assurance, then assurance must necessarily be less than sure. In fact, the closer one walks with the Lord, the worse his life will seem to himself. Only by then comparing ourself to others can assurance be regained (which is clearly a faulty idea, since a Christian's standard of holiness is much higher than anyone we can observe [Matt 5:48]). The inconsistency here is minor but it does put a foot in the door for all kinds of mess.
Along the same lines, there are related passages such as Hebrews 6:4-9 where I disagree with Dr. Chafer (see Kem Oberholtzer's articles on the warning passages in Hebrews in Bibliotheca Sacra for a view similar to mine), but this is bound to be the case for nearly any author.
I commend Dr. Chafer highly for his stance on James 2:14-26 (on page 200). To the detriment of the church, his view is so rarely held today (Zane Hodges makes a strong exegetical argument for this view in his commentary on James available on
All in all, I gave this book a 4 out of 5 stars because, like all systematic works, there is bound to be some areas of disagreement. But I do recommend this book to anyone who recognizes that it is a helpful tool, not a substitute for your own personal exegetical work.
14 of 16 people found the following review helpful
An excellent resource to study the Bible 29 July 2000
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We've used this book since 1982 for individual studies and Bible study groups. It's an excellent resource for studying the Bible. It's just as valuable for new Christians as it is helpful for mature believers. The book contains 52 vital doctrines of the Bible, the cardinal doctrines that are essential for the understanding of Christianity and for a Christian's growth. It features chapters on "The Bible," "God the Son," "God the Trinity," "God the Holy Spirit," "Satan," "Man," "The Church," "The Second Coming of Christ," and so much more. Each chapter concludes with a short test which will be very helpful in Bible study groups. Everything is explained in an easy-to-understand format. This book is very helpful and we highly recommend it.
14 of 17 people found the following review helpful
A great book for use in Bible study groups 10 Jan. 2000
By Dr. Marc Axelrod - Published on
Format: Hardcover
This book does a nice job of surveying 52 themes of the Bible in a devotional, easy to underatand style. The chapters are only 5 or 6 pages long, and they are saturated with Scripture references, which saves the Bible study leader lots of time in preparation. But the busy beaver who spends the time to look up the scripture references will be richly rewarded by what he discovers. The chapters on the Bible and the ones on God the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy Spirit are well written and say much about the character of God. But the chapters that deal with end times events are not quite as strong, mainly because of the false assumption of the authors that anyone who doesn't agree is simply guilty of not interpreting the scriptures literally. But other than that minor quibble, I love the book. After all these years, this is still of the best books to use to introduce people to the major themes of the Bible. I recommend it highly. But make sure you also buy "The Rapture Question Answered" by Robert Van Kampen to balance out the errors in end times thinking.
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