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Synopsis of the Books of the Bible: Genesis to 2 Chronicles
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Synopsis of the Books of the Bible: Genesis to 2 Chronicles


Horizon Christian Fellowship 1950

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In this volume, Darby introduces important themes of creation, sin, and the relationship between good and evil in the lives of key figures found in the first half of the Old Testament. He connects creation to God’s law and human responsibility—in these books, says Darby, we find God’s principles for maintaining relationships with individuals. In this way, God’s kingdom in the Old Testament not only resembles the Church in the present, but also God’s intentions for the future. Darby also explains the first two dispensations of the relationship between humanity and God without the law, and humanity’s relationship to God with the law. Darby’s commentary exhibits key tenets of dispensationalist thought, and lays the groundwork for interpreting the rest of the Bible.

Key Features

Darby’s ecclesiological pessimism gave way to a new perspective on Scripture, which later became known as dispensationalism. In Darby’s view, the scope of history is divided into seven separate dispensations, each comprising a new stage of God’s revelation. Darby advanced the following dispensationalist scheme:

  • 1.Eden to the Flood
  • 2.Noah
  • 3.Abraham
  • 4.Israel
      —Under the law
      —Under the priesthood
      —Under the kings
  • 5.Gentiles
  • 6.The Spirit
  • 7.The Millennium

Praise for the Print Edition

Darby left a lasting legacy for us today.

Conservative Theological Journal

To see classical dispensationalist theology at its best, one must read Darby...

Journal of the Evangelical Theological Society

Darby was a brilliant man...

Moody Handbook of Theology

Product Details

  • Title: Synopsis of the Books of the Bible: Genesis to 2 Chronicles
  • Author: John Darby
  • Publisher: Loizeaux Brothers 
  • Publication Date: 1950
  • Pages: 628

About John Darby

John Darby Born in London in 1801, John Darby attended Westminster School and Trinity College, where he graduated in 1819. Darby became a lawyer, but practiced law for only one year, since he felt the nature of his profession was incompatible with his religious beliefs. He was ordained as a deacon in the Church of England in 1825, and became a priest in 1826.

As a priest, Darby became quickly disenchanted by what he perceived as the empty ritual and corrupt bureaucracy prevalent in the Church of England. He resisted the necessity of clergy, asserting that their role contradicted New Testament teaching, and claimed that the presence of clergy implicitly denied that the Holy Spirit speaks to laypersons. He gathered with other like-minded dissidents to form the movement which later became known as the Plymouth Brethren, and he formally left the Church of England in 1832.

Impact and Legacy

Later in his lifetime, Darby traveled extensively. He delivered a series of lectures in Lausanne, Switzerland in 1837, and made seven visits to the United States and Canada, where he influenced individuals such as Dwight Moody and A.J. Gordon and initiated the Bible conference movement. Darby’s influence is also found in the writings of C.I. Scofield, Charles Henry Mackintosh, and William E. Blackstone, whose writings contributed to the rise of fundamentalism in America during the early twentieth century. More recently, Darby’s impact can be felt in books by Hal Lindsay, Tim LaHaye, and Jerry Jenkins.

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