- Paperback: 544 pages
- Publisher: DK; 1 Reprint edition (Sept. 5 2001)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0789481545
- ISBN-13: 978-0789481542
- Product Dimensions: 19.4 x 3.2 x 23.5 cm
- Shipping Weight: 1.4 Kg
- Average Customer Review: 7 customer reviews
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #300,291 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
The Complete Bible Handbook: An Illustrated Companion Paperback – Sep 5 2001
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From Genesis to Revelation, this handbook follows the Bible on a book-by-book basis. What makes this lavishly illustrated handbook so impressive is the use of five types of double-page spreads. The "Book" spread discusses the origin and significance of each book, with a brief summary of the key themes. The "Story" spread provides an inviting retelling of the main stories while also explaining why specific passages, characters, and events are so meaningful. "Background" and "History" spreads offer cultural contexts as well as fascinating historical facts that make the reading of the Bible all the more rich and satisfying. "Theology" enters into the mature arenas of biblical study, where interpretation and theory are deftly explored. The religious art and design are sophisticated and elegant--a welcome departure from the often cartoonish or overly ornate biblical illustrations. Yet the most praise should be heaped upon the multi-denominational team of authors that embrace both Christian and Jewish faiths. Together they kept this handbook credible, scholarly, and highly readable. --Gail Hudson --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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If you want a clear understanding to the most important teachings, there is also up-to-date scholarship to show the way. With more than 500 color illustrations, this is a stunning visual insight into the world of the Bible. Many important works of religious art are also beautifully reproduced.
Every book in the Bible is outlined and explained. The focus in on key figures, events and teachings. John Bowker is a pioneer in the study of religions. John Bowker was the Dean of Trinity College, Cambridge from 1984 to 1991. He has written many books including The Meanings of Death, An Introduction to Jewish Interpretations of Scripture and The Oxford Dictionary of World Religions.
This is an authoritative and inspirations guide, written by a multidenominational team of experts that embraces both the Jewish and Christian faiths. You may not agree with everything you read, but overall, this is an extensive collection of knowledge.
The book is divided into three main sections. The first deals with the Old Testament and The Hebrew Bible, the second deals with The New Testament and the third is Reference Section with an A-Z list of people and places in the Bible.
If you still want to read more about the Bible, an extensive bibliography will show you the way. At the right lower edge of each right-hand page there is a list of numbers for further reading. When you turn to the bibliography, the numbers correspond to the entries, which makes this extremely user friendly. The Index is comprehensive.
I especially enjoyed reading about the life of Jesus Christ. You will find a map of Palestine, reasons for Jewish dietary laws, the story of Noah and the Flood, a beautiful picture of Adam and Eve in the garden and a look at Heaven and Hell. If you are interested in learning about the fantastic imagery of prophets and apocalyptists, there is a section on the revelations.
I can highly recommend this book to you and it gets way over 5 stars in my opinion. Is there a job I can get where I just spend all day reading? If there is, I want it! This book has my full attention.
Like most DK publications the illustrations are magnificanet and work with the text--they are not just decoration. The format with side panels and headings and short chapters is very user friendly.
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