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What is the Bible Wheel?

Read Chapter 1 of the Bible Wheel book online.

The Bible Wheel is a simple two-dimensional view of the Holy Bible. It is a symmetrical way of looking at all 66 books at once that we discover by simply "rolling up" the 66 books "like a scroll" on a spindle wheel of 22 Spokes, corresponding to the 22 letters of the Hebrew Alphabet. Click on the image to go to the online version of Chapter 1 of the Bible Wheel book for a thorough introduction to the topic. It is of utmost importance to recognize that the Bible Wheel is derived entirely from Scripture and Scripture alone. The pattern has existed implicitly in the Bible since at least the fifth century AD when the Vulgate was produced.

Who discovered the Bible Wheel?

Richard Amiel McGough, the sole owner, author, and developer of this website (that's me!), discovered the Bible Wheel on the morning of May 12, 1995. It was a completely unexpected and most delightful suprise. I have never seen anyone anywhere at any time present the Bible in this form before. The closest anyone has come seems to be J. Sidlow Baxter (1960) who perceived the symmetric structure of the Old Testament (see A Great Cloud of Witnesses).

How was it discovered?

In the fall of 1990 I learned that the letters of the Hebrew alphabet had meaning. This intrigued me and I found myself reading a lot of the Hebrew Old Testament as I sought to learn more about the meanings of the letters. I soon began to notice some rather obvious correlations between the meanings of the first few letters and the themes of the first few books of the Bible. But there was a problem with the correlation between books and letters, since there are 66 of the one and only 22 of the other. The solution came in a flash as I attempted to systematize my research using an ancient Jewish tradition that says God "placed the letters in a circle." Without any effort or forethought, the idea simply occurred to me that the whole body of Scripture could be "rolled up" and integrated with the Hebrew Alphabetic Circle. This is how God led me to discover the Bible Wheel. The amazing thing is that this single and exceedingly simple act of "rolling up" the Bible has revealed that God designed the whole body of Scirpture on the order of the Hebrew alphabet, and that He prophetically anticipated the whole structure in the Alphabetic Verses.

Are you a Christian? Protestant? Catholic?

No. I no longer identify myself as a Christian. But for those interested in my perspective during the years I designed this website and wrote the Bible Wheel book (2001-2005), here is how I answered that question:

Praise God, I am a man saved by grace through faith in the Lord Jesus Christ (Ephesian 2:8). I am a non-denominational blood-bought Bible-believing Trinitarian Christian. I believe that the true "faith which was once delivered unto the saints" (Jude 3) is well stated in the early creeds of the church that Christ founded, as explained in my Statement of Faith.

As you can see, I had become quite the "fundamentalist." This is largely because the Bible Wheel seemed to necessarily imply that the Bible was the "Word of God" in a very literal sense, and this, coupled with my own "left-brain" desire for certainty and black & white answers, resulted in a fundamentalist view. It also didn't help that the only folks inclined to believe the evidence were fundamentalists themselves. But life goes on and folks generally mature over time, and I'm glad that is true for me too. I no longer identify myself as a Christian, but I include my old statement of faith so that folks will know the perspective I held while producing this site and writing the Bible Wheel book. I explain some of the reasons for the change in my forum article Why I Quit Christianity. I invite you to register on the forum (it's fast, free, and easy) if you would like to discuss this, or anything else I have written, with me.

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