TALKS ON THE SCIENCE OF THE BIBLE – John W Doorly
Vol 1 The True and False Records of Creation (318p.)
Vol 2 Noah, Abraham, Isaac, Jacob, Joseph (394p.)
Vol 3 Moses (387p.)
Vol 4 Joshua, Judges, Ruth (234p.)
Vol 5 I and II Samuel (184p.)
Vol 6 I and II Kings (293p.)
Vol 7 Amos, Micah, Isaiah (528p.)
Vol 8 Ezekiel (322p.)
Vol 9 Daniel, Ezra, Nehemiah, Haggai, Zechariah, Malachi (412p.)
These Bible talks are unique in their approach to the Scriptures. They ushered in a new era of Bible study. Why should such a claim be made for them? Because – using Mary Baker Eddy’s “Key to the Scriptures” from her textbook of Christian Science – they present the spiritual and scientific structure of the Bible as one whole. Within this whole is revealed the overall pattern of man’s way of Life in the Science of being, the spiritual fundamentals of this Science appearing and reappearing as the governing factors in this living Scriptural story. Through this method the Bible is lifted out of merely historical or religious significance into a spiritually scientific textbook, illustrating eternal laws operative in every man’s experience.
The great spiritual fundamentals symbolized firstly by the days of creation in the opening chapter of Genesis, form the foundation of this interpretation, in accordance with Mary Baker Eddy’s words that “subsequent Bible revelation is coordinate with the Science of creation recorded in the first chapter of Genesis” (S.&H. 537:22-24). These fundamentals are defined in Christian Science as Mind, Spirit, Soul, Principle, Life, Truth, Love. Moreover, they operate through a divine infinite calculus, in which these terms relate to define the eternal revelation of the Logos or Word of God, the translating power of the Christ, and the demonstration of universal Christianity, all moving in a timeless Science of being.
In this interpretation each day of creation is seen in its spiritual meaning to be the key to each thousand-year period in the Bible, so bearing out Peter’s statement that “one day is with the Lord as a thousand years” (11 Peter 3:8). This is not considered in a historical sense of “years” or “time”, but each period is seen to symbolize man’s life experience here and now.
These talks bring a new dimension to the Bible – a platform from which new vistas and further interpretations can unfold, based on an exact yet boundless spiritual Science. The volumes on this subject are revolutionary in their content, and yet are permeated with a warmth, a humanity and often a humour, that make them extremely readable and appealing.
These verbatim reports of Talks are available in nine volumes.