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    Anonymous Bible Wheel Book Review

    I found the following review of the Bible Wheel Book in the cache of Google. The author is anonymous. It is a very pleasant and to-the-point article.

    The Bible Wheel: A Revelation Of The Divine Unity Of The Bible


    The Bible Wheel is a large format hardback book written and published by Richard Amiel McGough and inspired by a remarkable discovery based on the correlation between the twenty-two letters of the Hebrew alphabet and the sixty-six books of the Bible.

    It is a discovery which opens a rich vein of biblical exegesis. As McGough explains, the Bible wheel "emerges when we do nothing but take the list of the Sixty-Six Books and roll it up like a scroll on a spindle Wheel of Twenty-Two Spokes, corresponding to the Twenty-Two Letters of the Hebrew Alphabet. That is all there is to it."

    That simple act of "rolling up" the Bible produces a remarkable view of the implicit unity of the structure of the whole Bible with numerous stunning correspondences between the three books that line up on each of the twenty-two spokes.

    For example, if you start with Genesis, the first book of the Bible, and place it beneath Aleph the first letter of the Hebrew alphabet, on the first "spoke" and allocate each book in turn to each spoke, the twenty-third book of the Bible - Isaiah - will line up beneath Genesis, and the forty-fifth book - Romans - will line up beneath Genesis and Isaiah. It will then be seen that the first spoke of the wheel has on it the first books of three of the primary divisions of Scripture: the first Book of the Law; the first Book of the Prophets; the first Book of the Epistles.

    Moreover, each of the three books on each of the spokes is shown to be intimately connected to the other two books that accompany it on its particular spoke. Thus, Genesis, Isaiah and Romans are shown to be books that give voice to ideas expressive of the symbolic meaning of Aleph, of origins, beginnings, birth and creation. The word "create" that is found in Genesis 1 is also found concentrated in Isaiah chapters 40-66. Romans contains the highest frequency of the corresponding Greek word for "create". Again, Isaiah is known as "the Romans of the Old Testament" because, like the epistle, it reveals the wretched state of the human heart and reveals the way of salvation.

    McGough's book looks at the relationship between the three books on each of the twenty-two spokes in turn and discovers an astonishing number of correspondences between them and numerous clusters of words or phrases that appear in the books that share a particular spoke.

    The structure of the wheel as a whole is also expounded and the way in which the seven major divisions of the Bible - Law, OT History, Wisdom, Major Prophets, Minor Prophets, NT History, Epistles - fall into place on the three divisions of the wheel is truly remarkable. The twenty-two epistles exactly fill the twenty-two spaces of the inner circle of the wheel, the Minor Prophets and OT History fill the bottom half of the two outer circles, while the books of Law, Wisdom, Major Prophets and NT History slot into each quarter of the upper halves of the two outer circles to replicate the pattern of the tri-radiant nimbus.

    Finally, McGough presents the discoveries, or revelations expounded in The Bible Wheel with modesty, Christian joy and a sense of wonder that adds to the delight of reading the book. Where the initial insight was granted to somebody else he generously acknowledges the source of inspiration, as when his wife provided him with one of the key metaphors of the book:

    "I had been struggling for some time to find an introduction to the Wheel that would make it intuitively obvious I had not "done anything" myself to produce the pattern. The solution came when my wife Rose was meditating on Revelation 5 and noticed a footnote that said the "book" was probably a scroll..." (p. 88)

    The Bible Wheel follows the traditional sequence of the Protestant Bible in general and, happily, the King James version in particular. Yet, another pleasing characteristic of the book is the way in which McGough draws on a wide range of sources beyond denominational confines, particularly when looking at the way in which the scriptures have inspired Christian art and how the patterns found therein are reflected in the structure of the Bible wheel.

    I would recommend The Bible Wheel, which is available from Richard McGough's website at www.BibleWheel.com, as an excellent gift to Bible readers everywhere. It will open up many fruitful avenues of contemplation and revelation for them, deepen their knowledge of and appreciation for the inherent unity and unspeakable poetic truth and beauty of the Bible.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Victor View Post
    I found the following review of the Bible Wheel Book in the cache of Google. The author is anonymous. It is a very pleasant and to-the-point article.

    The Bible Wheel: A Revelation Of The Divine Unity Of The Bible


    The Bible Wheel is a large format hardback book written and published by Richard Amiel McGough and inspired by a remarkable discovery based on the correlation between the twenty-two letters of the Hebrew alphabet and the sixty-six books of the Bible.

    It is a discovery which opens a rich vein of biblical exegesis. As McGough explains, the Bible wheel "emerges when we do nothing but take the list of the Sixty-Six Books and roll it up like a scroll on a spindle Wheel of Twenty-Two Spokes, corresponding to the Twenty-Two Letters of the Hebrew Alphabet. That is all there is to it."

    That simple act of "rolling up" the Bible produces a remarkable view of the implicit unity of the structure of the whole Bible with numerous stunning correspondences between the three books that line up on each of the twenty-two spokes.

    For example, if you start with Genesis, the first book of the Bible, and place it beneath Aleph the first letter of the Hebrew alphabet, on the first "spoke" and allocate each book in turn to each spoke, the twenty-third book of the Bible - Isaiah - will line up beneath Genesis, and the forty-fifth book - Romans - will line up beneath Genesis and Isaiah. It will then be seen that the first spoke of the wheel has on it the first books of three of the primary divisions of Scripture: the first Book of the Law; the first Book of the Prophets; the first Book of the Epistles.

    Moreover, each of the three books on each of the spokes is shown to be intimately connected to the other two books that accompany it on its particular spoke. Thus, Genesis, Isaiah and Romans are shown to be books that give voice to ideas expressive of the symbolic meaning of Aleph, of origins, beginnings, birth and creation. The word "create" that is found in Genesis 1 is also found concentrated in Isaiah chapters 40-66. Romans contains the highest frequency of the corresponding Greek word for "create". Again, Isaiah is known as "the Romans of the Old Testament" because, like the epistle, it reveals the wretched state of the human heart and reveals the way of salvation.

    McGough's book looks at the relationship between the three books on each of the twenty-two spokes in turn and discovers an astonishing number of correspondences between them and numerous clusters of words or phrases that appear in the books that share a particular spoke.

    The structure of the wheel as a whole is also expounded and the way in which the seven major divisions of the Bible - Law, OT History, Wisdom, Major Prophets, Minor Prophets, NT History, Epistles - fall into place on the three divisions of the wheel is truly remarkable. The twenty-two epistles exactly fill the twenty-two spaces of the inner circle of the wheel, the Minor Prophets and OT History fill the bottom half of the two outer circles, while the books of Law, Wisdom, Major Prophets and NT History slot into each quarter of the upper halves of the two outer circles to replicate the pattern of the tri-radiant nimbus.

    Finally, McGough presents the discoveries, or revelations expounded in The Bible Wheel with modesty, Christian joy and a sense of wonder that adds to the delight of reading the book. Where the initial insight was granted to somebody else he generously acknowledges the source of inspiration, as when his wife provided him with one of the key metaphors of the book:

    "I had been struggling for some time to find an introduction to the Wheel that would make it intuitively obvious I had not "done anything" myself to produce the pattern. The solution came when my wife Rose was meditating on Revelation 5 and noticed a footnote that said the "book" was probably a scroll..." (p. 88)

    The Bible Wheel follows the traditional sequence of the Protestant Bible in general and, happily, the King James version in particular. Yet, another pleasing characteristic of the book is the way in which McGough draws on a wide range of sources beyond denominational confines, particularly when looking at the way in which the scriptures have inspired Christian art and how the patterns found therein are reflected in the structure of the Bible wheel.

    I would recommend The Bible Wheel, which is available from Richard McGough's website at www.BibleWheel.com, as an excellent gift to Bible readers everywhere. It will open up many fruitful avenues of contemplation and revelation for them, deepen their knowledge of and appreciation for the inherent unity and unspeakable poetic truth and beauty of the Bible.
    Wow!

    What an excellent review! I wish we knew the author.

    He did a very good job of presenting the Bible Wheel in a sharp and understandable way. Laying out the structure of the Wheel with clarity and precision.

    So, if just by chance (or God's direction) the author of the above book review happens to stumble upon this Forum and reads this post....I say, many thanks for a well written review.

    God Bless

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    Hey there Richard!

    As I read Chapter 3 of the first part of the book, there was one thing that I found missing. Page 49 says:
    There is a strong correlation between the thematic flow of the Seven Days with that of the Seven Divisions of the Bible. While a detailed analysis is beyond the scope of this section, a few highlights should make the correlation clear.
    The reader is led to think that some other part of the Book will eventually give a "detailed analysis" of this correlation. So as I progressed the reading I thought that sooner or later that analysis would be offered, but as I finished the book I discovered that it was found outside not only of the scope of that section but also outside of the scope of the whole book. It ended up not making it into the final text. So I thought that we could explore this correlation between the Seven Days and the Seven Divisions. I always forget to post this. What do you think?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Victor View Post
    Hey there Richard!

    As I read Chapter 3 of the first part of the book, there was one thing that I found missing. Page 49 says:
    There is a strong correlation between the thematic flow of the Seven Days with that of the Seven Divisions of the Bible. While a detailed analysis is beyond the scope of this section, a few highlights should make the correlation clear.
    The reader is led to think that some other part of the Book will eventually give a "detailed analysis" of this correlation. So as I progressed the reading I thought that sooner or later that analysis would be offered, but as I finished the book I discovered that it was found outside not only of the scope of that section but also outside of the scope of the whole book. It ended up not making it into the final text. So I thought that we could explore this correlation between the Seven Days and the Seven Divisions. I always forget to post this. What do you think?
    Hey Victor,

    I think that is a great idea! And thanks for pointing out the discrepancy in the text.

    Just a few thoughts off the top of my head to get things going ... The strongest correlation I found is in the last two divisions:

    Sixth Div (NT History) God became man in Christ, and on the Sixth Day God made man in His image.

    Seventh Div (Epistles) proclaim NO WORKS - saved by Grace just like Seventh Day

    There also is a strong link between the Third Div (Wisdom Books) and the Third Day (Fruit bearing trees). And the correlation with the Third Person is strong - Holy Spirit gives wisdom.

    The Second Div opens with Joshua = Yehoshua = Jesus the Second Person of the Trinity.

    And the First Div is dominated by Abraham = Father of a Multitude and corresponds well with the First Person of the Trinity.

    I see a lot of light coming from many different angles here. Thanks for bringing it up.

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    Quote Originally Posted by RAM View Post
    Hey Victor,

    I think that is a great idea! And thanks for pointing out the discrepancy in the text.

    Just a few thoughts off the top of my head to get things going ... The strongest correlation I found is in the last two divisions:

    Sixth Div (NT History) God became man in Christ, and on the Sixth Day God made man in His image.

    Seventh Div (Epistles) proclaim NO WORKS - saved by Grace just like Seventh Day

    There also is a strong link between the Third Div (Wisdom Books) and the Third Day (Fruit bearing trees). And the correlation with the Third Person is strong - Holy Spirit gives wisdom.

    The Second Div opens with Joshua = Yehoshua = Jesus the Second Person of the Trinity.

    And the First Div is dominated by Abraham = Father of a Multitude and corresponds well with the First Person of the Trinity.

    I see a lot of light coming from many different angles here. Thanks for bringing it up.

    Richard
    Oh yes, there is a great correlation between the first three divisions and the Three Persons of the Blessed Trinity.

    I was thinking in terms of the limited content of each day linking to the character and content of the respective division. So for example Div 1 links to God the Father and other themes, but the correlation between Day 1 and Division 1 is made through the concept of Light: thus the Law (Torah) is Light (Pro 6:23) and the Torah as the first canonical division links to Day 1 when Light is created. We only have the content of the day to link to the division. So, for example, what does Day 5 have to do with the Minor Prophets? I think we can take the study to that direction.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Victor View Post
    Oh yes, there is a great correlation between the first three divisions and the Three Persons of the Blessed Trinity.

    I was thinking in terms of the limited content of each day linking to the character and content of the respective division. So for example Div 1 links to God the Father and other themes, but the correlation between Day 1 and Division 1 is made through the concept of Light: thus the Law (Torah) is Light (Pro 6:23) and the Torah as the first canonical division links to Day 1 when Light is created. We only have the content of the day to link to the division. So, for example, what does Day 5 have to do with the Minor Prophets? I think we can take the study to that direction.
    Maybe I should start a topic about this subject...

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