Illustrated Guide to the Bible

Illustrated Guide to the Bible

by J. R. Porter
     
 

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From Genesis to The Apocalypse, the Bible—powerfully spiritual, profoundly influential, and emotionally-charged—has inspired and guided countless generations through history. This beautifully illustrated guide is the perfect companion reference, distilling the essence of the Bible's compelling stories and providing the historical, geographical, and… See more details below

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From Genesis to The Apocalypse, the Bible—powerfully spiritual, profoundly influential, and emotionally-charged—has inspired and guided countless generations through history. This beautifully illustrated guide is the perfect companion reference, distilling the essence of the Bible's compelling stories and providing the historical, geographical, and mythological context for themes and events. Features include:

  • A 23-page introduction explaining how the Bible was written, compiled, & handed down
  • Over 100 commentaries on stories, places, & characters, from the Garden of Eden to the Last Supper
  • Boxed sidebars on such topics as Jacob's dream, the ten plagues, and the Synoptic apocalypse
  • Full-color maps illustrating Old and New Testament places and events.

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:
9780760722787
Publisher:
Sterling Publishing
Publication date:
09/01/2000
Pages:
288

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