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The Bible from Scratch Catholic Edition Paperback – Nov 1 2006

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Simon Jenkins is the author of numerous books on Christianity, including Bible Mapbook, R Father N Hvn, and Windows into Heaven.
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OUTSTANDING! Finally I understand wht the Bible is all about! Sept. 10 2007
By Eva Mikola - Published on
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Sadly, 8 years in Catholic school didn't teach me even a fraction of what this book did about the contents of the Bible. This book explained the different sections and books in plain terms. Now I am actually inspired to read the Bible and learn what it's all about. The only additional thing I would have loved to see is why/how the different religions formed (Judaism, Catholic, Muslim, Protestants, etc). Thank You.
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Enthusiastically recommended Dec 8 2006
By Midwest Book Review - Published on
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Written by Simon Jenkins, the founder of online community and "magazine of Christian unrest", The Bible from Scratch: Catholic Edition is a condensed, simplified run-through of what the Bible has to say in plain-terms English. Black-and-white cartoon illustrations add a visual dimension to the stories of the ancestors, saints, prophets, and historical figures related in the Bible. Covering both Old and New Testaments, The Bible from Scratch is accessible to readers of all ages, backgrounds, and faiths, even though as its title indicates, it presents a Catholic point of view. The Bible from Scratch is essentially a Cliff Notes version of the Bible with a small dose of cartoon humor added for good measure, enthusiastically recommended especially for anyone brand new to Biblical studies and in need of an easy-to-grasp overview.
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Excellent Overview Nov. 4 2005
By Kiwigoldfish - Published on
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This book is a great overview of the Bible, full of information and humour in equal portions. The best starting out guide to the reader who wants to figure out how the various parts of the Bible fit together and fit within history.
Excellent and Interesting Quick Overview of the Bible Oct. 6 2014
By William R. Mueller - Published on
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Excellent overview and the graphics highlight important and interesting material. The overview of the Old Testament is particularly good and well presented. I bought this for a friend that wanted a fairly short overview of the Bible for her family, especially the kids. I felt this was the best resource out there. The New Testament section was good and was especially strong on the creation of the Gospels and presenting the historical context of Jesus. I am hoping in the next addition, though, that the author adds another 10 pages or so on Jesus's message. I thought this wasn't fully developed. Also there are a couple of nice well done graphics that I thought were interesting but focused on the wrong thing eg. rather than the sayings of Jesus in the Bible the author had a graphic on the "Lost sayings of Jesus". A great graphic was included that showed how the Jewish Scriptures are organized rather than showing the Christian organization (the Christian grouping of the Old Testament is presented of course just not in a nice graphic). On the whole though I would strongly recommend this book.
If the Bible seems like mysterious territory Jan. 6 2008
By thoughtadventure - Published on
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For many people, the Bible is rather intimidating as a great unknown, sort of like North America before Lewis and Clark. This book gives a quick tour with enough background and details that people can have a picture of what they are dealing with, and be prepared for further study. I have given out twenty copies to friends so far, and people have been enthusiastic.