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Bring the Bible to Life

One of the keys to grasping God's Word is understanding how the message of each book fits into God's unfolding plan. This innovative, fully illustrated handbook will enrich your Bible reading with fascinating insights into the Scriptures and the world in which they were written.

The Baker Illustrated Bible Handbook offers the most up-to-date evangelical biblical scholarship in a format that is colorful, informative, and easy to understand. This book-by-book guide brings the Bible to life with more than

1,100 full-color pages
500 color photos and illustrations
80 maps and charts
100 articles by leading evangelical scholars

You will discover how each part of the Bible reveals God's overarching purposes, giving you a clearer understanding of God's Word from Genesis to Revelation. And you'll learn how to more effectively interpret the Bible and apply it to your life.

J. Daniel Hays (PhD, Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary) is dean of the Pruet School of Christian Studies and professor of biblical studies at Ouachita Baptist University, Arkadelphia, Arkansas. He is the author or coauthor of many articles and books, including Grasping God's Word, From Every People and Nation, and The Message of the Prophets.

J. Scott Duvall (PhD, Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary) is chair of the Department of Biblical Studies and J. C. and Mae Fuller Professor of Biblical Studies at Ouachita Baptist University. He is also co-pastor at Fellowship Church, Arkadelphia, Arkansas. He is the author or coauthor of many articles and books, including Grasping God's Word and Experiencing God's Story.

About the Author

J. Daniel Hays (PhD, Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary) is dean of the Pruet School of Christian Studies and professor of biblical studies at Ouachita Baptist University, Arkadelphia, Arkansas. He is the author or coauthor of many articles and books, including Grasping God's Word, From Every People and Nation, and The Message of the Prophets.

J. Scott Duvall (PhD, Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary) is chair of the Department of Biblical Studies and J. C. and Mae Fuller Chair of Biblical Studies at Ouachita Baptist University. He is the author or coauthor of many articles and books, including Grasping God's Word and Journey into God's Word.
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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 1152 pages
  • Publisher: Baker Books; First Printing edition (September 1, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0801012961
  • ISBN-13: 978-0801012969
  • Product Dimensions: 2.2 x 6.8 x 9.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4.7 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (44 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #93,256 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By R. Hayton VINE VOICE on December 7, 2011
Format: Hardcover
Length: 6:36 Mins
"The Baker Illustrated Bible Handbook" is such an attractive and beautiful book, I just had to try my hand at providing a video review. The book is as useful and informative as it is visually stunning. Unfortunately, my video review will not be of a high enough quality to do justice to the book. But please watch and let me know what you think.

Disclaimer: This book was provided by Baker Books. I was under no obligation to offer a favorable review.
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Baker's newest publication is a welcome addition to Bible handbooks and surveys. I have owned and read several handbooks and surveys. This one has quickly become one of my favorites for three reasons:

First, the design. Every page has a helpful illustration, chart or picture. Whether you are studying the succession within the Herodian dynasty or the kings of Israel there is a helpful chart to make sense of it all. From an educational standpoint the combination of pictures, charts and illustrations alongside text provides diversity of reinforcement. It is easier to understand and remember the information about Egyptian hieroglyphics when there's a chart summarizing the information and pictures illustrating it.

Second, the organization. I have seen some handbooks organized like an encyclopedia - by entry. This can be helpful but not as much as the book by book organization of the Baker Bible Handbook. They follow the books of the Bible so that you can easily find the section on Nehemiah and walls in the ancient near east while also reading Nehemiah. This common sense organization makes it truly a handbook.

Third, the information. This is a well-written and helpful resource. It reads more like a commentary than merely a handbook. Plus, with the diversity and excellence of scholarship represented by the contributors to this volume, you can rest assured that you have access to some of the best evangelical scholarship.

This is a great addition to the library of any pastor, professor, church leader or educated lay-person. Understanding the Bible is an essential commodity in church life today and resources like this one make it much easier.

NOTE: In accordance with the regulations of the Federal Trade Commission I would like to state that I received the aforementioned title for the purpose of review. I was not required to furnish a positive review.
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Great content and value. However, the table of contents has no links, so it is hard to find chapters you want to go directly to. But you can use the search key and type in, for example, Exodus and see a few entries and find the beginning of the chapter this way. Not too bad but chapter links would have been much easier.

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2 months later.....

I just noticed that they have upgraded the book, and now all the table of contents and links work. I use it on my android phone. Good going. No reason now to hesitate buying.
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Wow! This book is amazing! Currently I'm attending a Bible school and doing a survey class in the Old Testament, and this book has been a tremendous help. It does a great job summarizing and explaining every book of the Bible, giving a good overview of the setting, main themes, outline, points of interest, relevant articles, application, and key verse, while consistently supplying wonderful illustrations. Keeping the big picture in mind through each book of the Bible, and for each section in the books, has been most helpful, as everything is consistently explained very clearly and concisely. The cover, arrangement of the text, pictures, and the gloss of the pages is outstanding.

This book should not be viewed as highly scholarly, as it does not delve deeply into technical details of authorship, historical background, textual issues, etc. But I would say that this would be a great companion textbook to any introductory survey through either Testament.

This is a welcome addition to my library, and I would recommend it to anyone looking for a resource or study aid made at this level.
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Those of us who operate in fields where biblical resources are employed on a daily basis often take for granted that everyone understands the difference between the different kinds of resources available to those who desire to study the Bible more deeply. Commentaries, for example, are single- or multi-volume works that provide linguistic, contextual, historical, literary, et. al. analyses of books and verses of the Bible, while Bible dictionaries focus on defining biblical/theological terminology one might encounter in the study of a passage of Scripture.

Bible handbooks are one of the most useful tools, and one of the most overlooked--these helpful volumes compile a great deal of general information about Bible books and key passages, along with brief explanations about certain terminology and tips for reading and interpreting the Scriptures all in one compact volume. Handbooks don't provide the depth of information one might find in a commentary, nor the detailed definitions of a Bible dictionary, but for a one-stop resource, it's hard to do better than a good Bible handbook.

As a seminary educated minister, I say this without hesitation: The Baker Illustrated Bible Handbook is probably the best of its kind.

This is a beautiful volume. Its glossy pages are splashed with full color photos and easy to read type, along with each of its major divisions marked with a color-coded stripe at the bottom of the page for easy access to needed materials. The scholarship in the volume is second-to-none, and because it holds a 2011 copyright, that scholarship is completely up-to-date. Add to that a remarkably solid binding and a reasonable weight, and you have a book that is imminently useful and portable for its size.
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