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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 834 pages
  • Publisher: Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing Company (October 4, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 9780802838230
  • ISBN-13: 978-0802838230
  • ASIN: 0802838235
  • Product Dimensions: 9.8 x 7.7 x 1.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3.8 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #464,293 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Given that the Bible is from another time and another culture, all of us need help in understanding the Bible, its culture, and its intent. This Companion will be a valued friend to Bible readers. It is easily accessible and is packed with information and insight from the very best scholars. It provides helpful articles on crucial topics and a pathway through the entire Bible by showing the layout of each book and giving brief explanations of each section in the book. Lay readers of the Bible will love this reference work."
— Klyne Snodgrass
North Park Theological Seminary

About the Author

Gordon D. Fee is professor emeritus of New Testament studies at Regent College, Vancouver, and general editor of the New International Commentary on the New Testament series.

Robert L. Hubbard Jr. is professor of biblical literature at North Park Theological Seminary, Chicago, and general editor of the New International Commentary on the Old Testament series.

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16 of 17 people found the following review helpful By Jacob Sweeney on November 8, 2011
Format: Hardcover
Sometimes the Bible is confusing. Separated by both time and geography as we are can make understanding the Bible difficult. It was written in foreign languages by people from ancient and foreign cultures with a very distinct way of viewing the world and understanding history. But, it is meant to be understood and cherished. Sometimes we just need help.

Eerdmans has published their "Eerdmans Companion to the Bible" to help new believers and those who just want to learn more. It walks the line between commentary and Bible handbook. It is organized by book of the Bible and treats issues of authorship, date and major themes in turn. It, then, provides a succinct commentary of each book of the Bible that provides a helpful summary of each major section.

In addition to the commentary are occasional articles written by well-known and respected scholars. These articles are meant to illuminate some confusing or unknown elements in Scripture. For example, there are articles on the Canaanites or the interpretation of Song of Solomon. These aid the reader by providing an opportunity to go deeper in their understanding. Also, there are very helpful maps and diagrams.

Before, after and in between Testaments there are articles which serve to explain issues "above" the text of Scripture. There are treatments of Judaism in Israel during the New Testament period, textual criticism, the canon, etc. Each is written by an accomplish scholar.

"The Eerdmans Companion to the Bible" is a helpful resource for the lay-person. It is easy to understand and its organization along the order of the English Bible will feel natural for English readers. The commentary is helpful without being technical or reductionistic.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Lance W. Haverkamp on March 7, 2012
Format: Hardcover
I have always liked Bible Handbooks, they're the next book most Bible students (of any age) should buy after the Bible itself. This is the best Bible Handbook I've ever seen. It's Seminary/Graduate level in depth. It has no discernible doctrinal bias; not too Baptist, not too reformed, not too anything. It presents multiple schools of interpretation, without apology. It explains cultural subtext lost on the modern reader. The articles explain Biblical concepts in context to both audience relevance, and modern scientific understanding. In short it's very impressive. This volume is appropriate for several groups of readers: The serious adult student, Church teachers, indigenous Pastor training, etc.
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5 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Josey Wilcox on April 17, 2012
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I was very surprised by this book. It has so much information and is easy to read. It makes sense of the time, place, cultures, and dates of written works in the bible. It answered questions I had for a long time about the bible and many questions I didn't know I had. It's a must have for anyone with any interest in historical text.
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