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Know Your Bible: All 66 Books Explained and Applied (VALUE BOOKS) Mass Market Paperback – February 1, 2008
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This book is short, clean, and concise. It tells exactly the same thing about each book of the Bible starting with Genesis and ending with Revelation. There are 1-2 pages dedicated to each book of the Bible. Each book entry follows the same format of seven specific topic reference points.
In Ten Words or Less:
Unique and Unusual:
Since all of this information is contained on 1-2 pages, it stands to reason that each book entry has precious little detail. That is exactly what the author intended, and exactly what he accomplished. In each of the seven points there is something specific and unique about that particular book of the Bible. For example: In 1 and 2 Kings we find the following statements under the heading of "In Ten Words or Less" 1 Kings: "Israel divides into rival northern and southern nations". And in 2 Kings we find: "Both Jewish nations are destroyed for their disobedience to God." Later, in the New Testament entries, we find in the book of 2 Timothy: "The apostle Paul's final words to a beloved co-worker." The same type of entries are present for every book of the Bible.
It is hard to imagine that much of anything useful could be contained in a small book of 95 total pages that would shed any light on a book so profound as the Bible. Yet, this effort deserves a place in the study works of Christians everywhere. It is not complete. It does not tell the stories. It does not offer the spiritual guidance. What it does is stimulate the desire for more. It gives you a jumping off place for further study. It gives you a quick look at the "Who" and "Why" and "Where" of each book of the Bible and allows you to quickly determine if your question's answer might be present in that book. It is not the study material itself, but rather an outline for you to fill in.
I find it immensely useful as a primer for showing/teaching others about the Bible, and as a quick refresher when my mind needs it. Unless you have a photographic memory or are blessed with fabulous mnemonic help, you will find this little book to be a very useful partner in your study.
I've heard of certain parables and stories within the Bible, (like Samson & Delilah, David & Goliath, etc.) but never knew which book they were in or which verses to read. Also, in my Bible study, I've learned that a little background and history research will work wonders for understanding certain books within the Bible. Who the author is, what his life was like, what the world was like during his life, etc. This book pulls out the no-nonsense, bare-bones facts of each book of the Bible.
If you have not read the Bible cover to cover like me, and want to learn how to study your Bible, you need the basics first. This little book provides the basics, and beyond...