The Illustrated Guide to the Bible

The Illustrated Guide to the Bible

by J.R. Porter
     
 

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The Illustrated Guide to the Bible distills the essence of this great work in over one hundred generously illustrated commentaries on the major stories, places, characters, and events in the Bible, from the Garden of Eden and the suffering of Job to the Last Supper and the Book of Revelation. Beautifully illustrated with over 300 full-color reproductions,…  See more details below

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The Illustrated Guide to the Bible distills the essence of this great work in over one hundred generously illustrated commentaries on the major stories, places, characters, and events in the Bible, from the Garden of Eden and the suffering of Job to the Last Supper and the Book of Revelation. Beautifully illustrated with over 300 full-color reproductions, photographs, and maps, the authoritative and engaging essays emphasize biblical narratives and their meanings and context. The substantial introduction brings together the latest scholarship on how the Bible was written, compiled, and handed down from generation to generation, and discusses its formidable, far-reaching influence throughout history. The main body of the Guide, divided into two sections, offers a treatment of the Hebrew Scriptures and the extraordinary history of the Israelites and a discussion of the New Testament and the life of Jesus. Each essay places its subject in historical and geographical context, and compares themes presented in the Bible with corresponding myths from a variety of cultures. Boxed sidebars throughout provide interesting background information on important themes and symbols (such as the dove and the lily) and full-color maps help to illustrate places and events (such as the city of Babylon and Paul's final voyage to Rome). The final section presents an invaluable and fully cross-referenced book-by-book summary of the Bible, a glossary of biblical terms, and a comprehensive bibliography and index.

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Editorial Reviews

Library Journal
Porter, a former fellow of Oriel College, Oxford, has written a general introduction to the Bible and the Apocrypha that shows how its most important ideas and images may be more reliably interpreted through comparison with the art and artifacts of ancient and modern cultures. Porter's introduction offers a survey of the formation, transmission, and translations of the Bible. His discussion of the role of archaeology and historiography in biblical interpretation is critical and well balanced; he also conveys the importance of the role of myth and mythological concepts. His richly illustrated work demonstrates his appreciation for Western art as a vehicle for conveying the history of scriptural interpretation. The appendixes feature a book-by-book summary of the Bible, separate glossaries of terms and abbreviations, a list of works for further reading, a subject index, and a list of illustration sources. -- Robert H. O'Connell, Denver, Colorado
Booknews
Over 300 full-color reproductions of artwork, photographs, and maps are the core of essays on the major stories, places, characters, and events of the Bible. Porter's (theology, U. of Exeter, England) treatment is neither deep nor informed by current Biblical scholarship. Among the topics are origins, Moses, the promised land, the time after the exile, the coming of Rome, the birth and ministry of Jesus, the crucifixion and resurrection, and the early church. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
From the Publisher

"This book, with over 300 full-color illustrations is a user-friendly introduction to the Bible, and a handy resource when seeking information about biblical figures or events."--Bookman's Weekly

"This richly illustrated guide makes an excellent introduction to the Bible. It is vivid and readable, with a simple and sensible basic structure."--The Tablet

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780195342338
Publisher:
Oxford University Press, USA
Publication date:
03/01/2008
Pages:
288
Product dimensions:
9.20(w) x 7.00(h) x 1.30(d)

Meet the Author

J.R. Porter is Professor Emeritus of Theology at the University of Exeter, England, and a former Fellow of Oriel College, Oxford. He served for twenty years as a member of the General Synod of the Church of England. His many publications include Moses and Monarchy and Proclamation and Presence; in addition, he has contributed to numerous publications, including The Extended Family in the Old Testament: A Source Book of the Bible for Teachers and A Basic Introduction to the Old Testament.

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