The Illustrated Guide to the Bible (Reference Classics Series)by J. R. Porter
The Bible is the basis of two of the world's great religions, Judaism and Christianity, and it has had an immeasurable impact on Western culture. To this day it remains a powerful means of spiritual guidance and a work of challenging profundity, charged with the deepest emotions and containing some of the most compelling and influential stories ever told. For countless generations it has been a source of inspiration, comfort, and reflection.
The Illustrated Guide to the Bible distills the essence of this great work in more than one hundred illustrated commentaries on the major stories, places, characters and events, from the Garden of Eden and the suffering of Job to the Last Supper and the book of Revelation. This book begins with an introduction that brings together the latest scholarship on how the Bible was compiled and handed down from generation to generation, and discusses its far-reaching influence throughout history. The main body consists of two sections, one covering the Hebrew Scriptures and the extraordinary history of the Israelites, and the other discussing the New Testament and the life of Jesus. Each places its subjects in historical and geographical context, and makes comparisons of topics with corresponding myths in a variety of cultures. Boxes and sidebars provide interesting information on important themes and symbols. Detailed color maps, charts, tables, family trees, a glossary and a cross-referenced book-by-book summary of the Bible make this guide the essential companion for every home and library.
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