Complete Bible Handbook: An Illustrated Companion

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An authoritative, profusely illustrated introduction to the Bible includes an alphabetical guide to the Bible's main figures; timelines, charts, and easy-to-read maps; and more than 1,500 color illustrations that offer a glimpse of life in biblical times. 25,000 first printing.

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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

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The perfect illustrated companion to the Bible, The Complete Bible Handbook is an accessible, inspirational guide that embraces the whole of the Judeo-Christian tradition. Expert introductions to every book of the Bible, using the most up-to-date scholarship, offer a clear understanding of the most important teachings. More than 500 color illustrations, including location photographs, detailed maps, historical artifacts, and devotional paintings, give a stunning visual insight into the world of the Bible. Unique, easy-to-use format makes the individual books stories, and teachings of the Bible readily accessible, and special features provide fascinating background information to the biblical world.

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