Thru the Bible Commentaries – J. Vernon McGee | Reviews, Theology

Thru the Bible Commentaries are study aids on Old and New Testament books written by well-known pastor J. Vernon McGee. The publisher notes: “radio messages from J. Vernon McGee delighted and enthralled listeners for years with simple, straightforward language and clear understanding of the Scripture. Now enjoy his personable, yet scholarly, style in a 60-volume set of commentaries that takes you from Genesis to Revelation with new understanding and insight.

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Thru the Bible: History

McGee Thru the Bible commentaries

In 1967, he began broadcasting the Thru the Bible Radio Network program. In a systematic study of each book of the Bible, McGee took his listeners from Genesis to Revelation in a two-and-a-half-year “Bible bus trip,” as he called it. He had earlier preached a “Through the Bible in a Year” series of sermons, each devoted to one chapter of the Bible, at the Church of the Open Door.

After retiring from the pastorate in January, 1970, and realizing that two and a half years was not enough time to teach the whole Bible, McGee completed another study of the entire Bible in a five-year period. At the time of McGee’s death, the Thru the Bible program aired in 34 languages but has since been translated into over 100 languages. It is broadcast on Trans World Radio throughout the world every weekday.

Life and Theology of J. Vernon McGee

J. Vernon McGee was born in Hillsboro, Texas, in 1904. As a student pastor, Dr. McGee’s first church was located on a red clay hill in Midway, Georgia.

After completing his education (earning his A.B. from Southwestern University in Memphis, Tennessee; his B.D. from Columbia Theological Seminary in Decatur, Georgia; his Th.M. and Th.D. from Dallas Theological Seminary in Dallas, Texas), and after pastoring Presbyterian churches in Decatur, GA, Nashville, TN, and Cleburne, TX, he and his wife came west, settling in Pasadena, where he accepted a call to the Lincoln Avenue Presbyterian Church. He recalls this period as the happiest in his life, with a young family and a young congregation whom he loved.

McGee received his advanced degrees from the dispensationalist Dallas Theological Seminary. Dwight L. Moody, who McGee often spoke of in his sermons, was influential in preaching the imminence of the Kingdom of God, which is important to dispensationalism. In his preaching, McGee readily voiced his personal convictions regarding many controversial subjects.

He held the belief that premillennialism (a.k.a. pre-tribulation) is the proper interpretation of Revelation 20:1–3, 7–8, regarding the end times prior to the final judgment. McGee expressed his disbelief in any validity to the view of Amillennialism, which was the dominant view of the Protestant Reformers and is still held by the Eastern Orthodox and Roman Catholic Churches.

Volumes in Thru the Bible Commentary Series

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Thru the Bible vol. 1: The Law (Genesis 1–15)

Thru the Bible vol. 2: The Law (Genesis 16–33)

Thru the Bible vol. 3: The Law (Genesis 34–50)

Thru the Bible vol. 4: The Law (Exodus 1–18)

Thru the Bible vol. 5: The Law (Exodus 19–40)

Thru the Bible vol. 6: The Law (Leviticus 1–14)

Thru the Bible vol. 7: The Law (Leviticus 15–27)

Thru the Bible vol. 8: The Law (Numbers)

Thru the Bible vol. 9: The Law (Deuteronomy)

Thru the Bible vol. 10: History of Israel (Joshua/Judges)

Thru the Bible vol. 11: History of Israel (Ruth)

Thru the Bible vol. 12: History of Israel (First and Second Samuel)

Thru the Bible vol. 13: History of Israel (First and Second Kings)

Thru the Bible vol. 14: History of Israel (First and Second Chronicles)

Thru the Bible vol. 15: History of Israel (Ezra/Nehemiah/Esther)

Thru the Bible vol. 16: Poetry (Job)

Thru the Bible vol. 17: Poetry (Psalms 1–41)

Thru the Bible vol. 18: Poetry (Psalms 42–89)

Thru the Bible vol. 19: Poetry (Psalms 90–150)

Thru the Bible vol. 20: Poetry (Proverbs)

Thru the Bible vol. 21: Poetry (Ecclesiastes/Song of Solomon)

Thru the Bible vol. 22: The Prophets (Isaiah 1–35)

Thru the Bible vol. 23: The Prophets (Isaiah 36–66)

Thru the Bible vol. 24: The Prophets (Jeremiah/Lamentations)

Thru the Bible vol. 25: The Prophets (Ezekiel)

Thru the Bible vol. 26: The Prophets (Daniel)

Thru the Bible vol. 27: The Prophets (Hosea/Joel)

Thru the Bible vol. 28: The Prophets (Amos/Obadiah)

Thru the Bible vol. 29: The Prophets (Jonah/Micah)

Thru the Bible vol. 30: The Prophets (Nahum/Habakkuk)

Thru the Bible vol. 31: The Prophets (Zephaniah/Haggai)

Thru the Bible vol. 32: The Prophets (Zechariah)

Thru the Bible vol. 33: The Prophets (Malachi)

Thru the Bible vol. 34: The Gospels (Matthew 1–13)

Thru the Bible vol. 35: The Gospels (Matthew 14–28)

Thru the Bible vol. 36: The Gospels (Mark)

Thru the Bible vol. 37: The Gospels (Luke)

Thru the Bible vol. 38: The Gospels (John 1–10)

Thru the Bible vol. 39: The Gospels (John 11–21)

Thru the Bible vol. 40: Church History (Acts 1–14)

Thru the Bible vol. 41: Church History (Acts 15–28)

Thru the Bible vol. 42: The Epistles (Romans 1–8)

Thru the Bible vol. 43: The Epistles (Romans 9–16)

Thru the Bible vol. 44: The Epistles (First Corinthians)

Thru the Bible vol. 45: The Epistles (Second Corinthians)

Thru the Bible vol. 46: The Epistles (Galatians)

Thru the Bible vol. 47: The Epistles (Ephesians)

Thru the Bible vol. 48: The Epistles (Philippians/Colossians)

Thru the Bible vol. 49: The Epistles (First and Second Thessalonians)

Thru the Bible vol. 50: The Epistles (First and Second Timothy/Titus/Philemon)

Thru the Bible vol. 51: The Epistles (Hebrews 1–7)

Thru the Bible vol. 52: The Epistles (Hebrews 8–13)

Thru the Bible vol. 53: The Epistles (James)

Thru the Bible vol. 54: The Epistles (First Peter)

Thru the Bible vol. 55: The Epistles (Second Peter)

Thru the Bible vol. 56: The Epistles (First John)

Thru the Bible vol. 57: The Epistles (Second and Third John/Jude)

Thru the Bible vol. 58: The Prophecy (Revelation 1–5)

Thru the Bible vol. 59: The Prophecy (Revelation 6–13)

Thru the Bible vol. 60: The Prophecy (Revelation 14–22)