I bought this to help me put my Bible reading into context. I don't claim to be a Bible scholar, but I am interested in understanding the geography, customs, people and history mentioned in the Bible. This encyclopedia has SO MUCH material! I wish there was a digital equivalent ... just for ease of searching, cross-referencing and storage space. The books themselves are well bound, with very nice quality paper, printing, maps and photo images. It absolutely met my expectations. Thanks, Zondervan.