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The Quick-Start Guide to the Whole Bible: Understanding the Big Picture Book-by-Book

The Quick-Start Guide to the Whole Bible: Understanding the Big Picture Book-by-Book

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by Dr. William H. Marty, Dr. Boyd Seevers
     
 

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A Friendly Overview of Every Book of the Bible

Reading the Bible can be intimidating. Made up of sixty-six "books" ranging in subject matter from history to instruction, from poetry to prophecy, this all-time bestseller is frequently misunderstood, even by those who read it regularly.

In this easy-to-read handbook, two respected Bible professors

Overview

A Friendly Overview of Every Book of the Bible

Reading the Bible can be intimidating. Made up of sixty-six "books" ranging in subject matter from history to instruction, from poetry to prophecy, this all-time bestseller is frequently misunderstood, even by those who read it regularly.

In this easy-to-read handbook, two respected Bible professors will help you make sense of the Bible, book-by-book. Using a conversational tone, they cut right to the heart of the matter, focusing on two main questions: "What does it say?" and "Why does it matter?"

Whether you're a seasoned reader of Scripture or reading it for the first time, you're sure to come away with a better understanding of what the Bible is all about and why it is the most important book you'll ever read.

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ISBN-13:
9781441264008
Publisher:
Baker Publishing Group
Publication date:
07/08/2014
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Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
304
Sales rank:
514,659
File size:
2 MB

Meet the Author

Dr. William H. Marty (MDiv, Denver Seminary, ThD, Dallas Theological Seminary) is Professor of Bible at Moody Bible Institute. He teaches and writes on both the New and Old Testaments and is the author of The Whole Bible Story, which has sold over 100,000 copies, and the recently released The World of Jesus. Dr. Marty lives with his wife in Chicago, Illinois.
Dr. Boyd Seevers (ThM, Dallas Theological Seminary, PhD, Trinity Evangelical Seminary) is Professor of Old Testament Studies at University of Northwestern, St. Paul, in Minnesota. Dr. Seevers studied and lived in Israel for eight years and has published one book, Hidden in Plain Sight. He lives with his wife and four children in Minneapolis, Minnesota.
Dr. William H. Marty is professor of Bible at Moody Bible Institute in Chicago. He teaches and writes on both the New and Old Testaments and is the author of the bestselling The Whole Bible Story and The World of Jesus. Dr. Marty lives with his wife in Chicago, Illinois.
Dr. Boyd Seevers is professor of Old Testament Studies at University of Northwestern, St. Paul, Minnesota. Dr. Seevers studied and lived in Israel for eight years and is the author of Hidden in Plain Sight and Warfare in the Old Testament. He lives with his wife and four children in Minneapolis, Minnesota.

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Quick-Start Guide to the Whole Bible, The: Understanding the Big Picture Book-by-Book 4.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 9 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I just found out that this amazing author is a God like person! He wrote so many different versions of the whole bible! I realky do like him so!
Blooming-with-Books More than 1 year ago
Your Go-To Guide for Bible Knowledge... The Quick-Start Guide to the Whole Bible   Understanding the Big Picture Book-by-Book   By Dr. William H. Marty and Dr. Boyd Seevers   Do you ever get lost in the Bible as to when certain events take place in a historical reference?  Or do all the begatting bog you down so you just throw your hands in the air and decide to figure it all out later? Well, The Quick-Start Guide to the Whole Bible just might be what you need to help you have a better understanding of the Bible.  The setting explains what is taking place in this period of history and why it is significant.  The book is then summarized so we have a have an understanding of what events or messages of significance take place,  And then the truths of the book are applied so that we may take away a message or truth that we can use in our own day-to-day living. This book would make an excellent self-study guide or would a nice addition to a Bible Study group as an introduction to each book before the study begins.  For Christian school or homeschoolers this would be an excellent book to use for a course on Bible history.  It could be a semester study or a whole year. This book would also make a great on hand tool to just pull off the shelf when you have a question arise about any book of the Bible.  And with weddings, birthdays, holidays, and graduations always popping up this would be a lovely gift to have on hand for those near and dear to you.  I know this is one book that I'll  be turning to again and again. I was provided a copy this book by the publisher Bethany House through their blogger program in exchange for my honest review.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
When I received this book to review I cannot tell you how excited I was. Sometimes when we study God's Word it is hard. We struggle understanding and even trying to find the themes in it. The authors of this book help you so much in understanding each book of the Bible. They give you authors, themes, and even applications. Everyone is at different levels of understanding His Word. We are at different points I our race toward the prize. Even for me, this book draws my attention back to the creator and why he sent Jesus. There is redemption spoken of throughout the whole Bible, yet this book reminds us which books have the huge redemption theme or perhaps to be prepared for his second return. This is a must informational book for anyone's library who needs the understanding of God's word. It can be used to captivate the family at devotions when you begin to study a book of the Bible or perhaps a need resource for a sermon or perhaps for leading a Bible Study. ***I received this book from Bethany house for free in exchange for my honest opinion & review. All opinions are my own.****
KimTeamer More than 1 year ago
Finding quality Bible study resources and supplemental study materials can be challenging at best. One must always question integrity, authenticity, and accuracy. With that in mind, I tend to be very selective about my choices. This week’s final review features a quick guide to the Bible. Day 5: The Quick-Start Guide to the Whole Bible: Understanding the Big Picture Book-By-Book by Drs. William H. Marty and Boyd Seevers  About the Book: “A Friendly Overview of Every Book of the Bible Reading the Bible can be intimidating. Made up of sixty-six “books” ranging in subject matter from history to instruction, from poetry to prophecy, this all-time bestseller is frequently misunderstood, even by those who read it regularly. In this easy-to-read handbook, two respected Bible professors will help you make sense of the Bible, book-by-book. Using a conversational tone, they cut right to the heart of the matter, focusing on two main questions: “What does it say?” and “Why does it matter?” Whether you’re a seasoned reader of Scripture or reading it for the first time, you’re sure to come away with a better understanding of what the Bible is all about and why it is the most important book you’ll ever read.” Phone Tree Review: The Quick-Start Guide to the Whole Bible by Drs. William H. Marty and Boyd Seevers is a Bible study resource that provides a general overview on the Old and New Testament books of the Bible. It is simple in its format, providing information on the setting of each book, a quick summary about the specified book and a detailed interpretation on the significance of each identified book. Readers will likely find this guide to be brief, succinct, and easy to maneuver. They will appreciate the simplicity of language used by the authors, as well as the directness applied per subheading. In my opinion, this book would be ideal for someone who is new to the concept of Bible study and who wants an overall idea of what the Bible is all about. With that said, I must emphasize the vitality and importance of reading the Bible itself. No book, no matter how good a resource, can take the place nor is it meant to take the place of the word of God. Rating: 4/5Recommend: YesAudience: Adult/Young AdultOther: Biblical Education Ministry, New Converts and/or Young Adults class, Church Library Disclosure: I received this book free from Bethany House in exchange for an honest review. I was not required to write a positive review. The words I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”
debforb56 More than 1 year ago
Cover Art The Quick-Start Guide to the Whole Bible by Dr., William H Marty and Dr. Boyd Seevers is a must for your Bible study resources. It is a wonderful guide to each book of the Bible. It has the history of what is going on when the book was written, who wrote it, who it was written for and then brings out the important points of the book. This is done for each book of the Bible. It is easy to read and understand and makes each book of the Bible more understandable and interesting. When studying the Bible it is helpful to understand the who, what, when and why’s of a Book and that is where this guide comes in. I have used many helps in my studying and this one is written in an easy to read layman way that is understandable and not over your head if you are a new believer. I would recommend this book to any believer or person who wants to learn more from the Bible, someone who wants to delve more into and understand what they are reading in the Bible more. When you study the Bible make sure you have this guide close by to use. This can also be used not just for a guide but it is written in such a way that you could just read it to get more history and understanding of all 66 books of the Bible. You don’t have to limit its use just to your study but just read it for more knowledge. I think that this is a great addition to any library. I was given this complimentary book from Bethany House Publishers for my review and honest opinion of the book
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
If you have ever felt intimated by the Bible for whatever reason, The Quick-Start Guide to the Whole Bible is the perfect orientation book to help you better understand the messages of the Bible. Each chapter focuses on a single book in the Bible and introduces the setting, gives a summary, and concludes a brief “Why this book is significant” section. As a long time reader of the Bible, I was enlightened by perspectives and insights that Dr. William H. Marty and Dr. Boyd Seevers share in their book. Dr. Marty and Dr. Seevers impressed me with their ability to share so much scholarly information in such a concise, readable style that appeals to everyone, regardless of Biblical experience or knowledge. Each chapter is short, focused and accessible. While this book can be used as a reference, I learned a lot by reading it cover to cover the first time through. Dr. Seevers is the author of the Old Testament chapters in The Quick-Start Guide to the Whole Bible. While I learned new information in each chapter, I was particularly touched by the insights Dr. Seevers shared about the first five books of the Bible, including Leviticus, Deuteronomy, and Numbers which I have found rather tedious reading in the past. I particularly loved the thought that Leviticus teaches us that “God is holy and his people are to reflect that holiness” (page 25). Dr. Marty is the author of the New Testament chapters in The Quick-Start Guide to the Whole Bible. I was curious how the book would flow between the Old and New Testament sections with two different authors. Not a problem. Dr. Marty seamlessly carried on what Dr. Seevers did so well in the first half of the book.  Dr. Marty reintroduced me to my Biblical hero Paul and showed so well how determined Paul and the other New Testaments writers were to be disciples of Jesus despite harrowing persecution. Dr. Marty reminds us again how they consecrated all they were and had to obey the resurrected Christ’s commission to “Go ye into all the world, and preach the gospel to every creature.” Whether you love the Bible as I do and want to deepen your understanding of it, or if you just want to familiarize yourself better with the Bible for whatever reason, The Quick-Start Guide to the Whole Bible is a great resource. Bethany House gave me a complimentary copy of The Quick-Start Guide to the Whole Bible by Dr. William H. Marty and Dr. Boyd Seevers for my candid review.
Nicnac63 More than 1 year ago
As the subtitle states, this book gives ‘the big picture’ of each book of the Holy Bible. It is not a substitute for the Bible, but a valuable complement, and is delivered in a well-organized fashion. Dr. Boyd Seevers, a professor at Northwestern University, and Dr. William H. Marty, a professor at Moody Bible Institute in Chicago, crafted this easy-to-read handbook, guiding us through each book of the Old and New Testaments. Each Bible book has its own chapter, concentrating on the setting, the summary, and the significance it makes (or should make) in our lives. I enjoyed this guide and the methodical approach the authors use. They never sway from the three-part structure, and their conversational style of writing is easy to comprehend. I recommend this handbook to anyone who wishes to gain a summarized view of the Bible and its structure. It’s a great supplement for devotional time as well as a tool for when you’re searching for a particular passage or message, but can’t remember which book it’s in. This would make a thoughtful gift to new Christians. Publisher: Bethany House Publishers Pages: 304 First Lines (Introduction): Perhaps you’re a new follower of Christ and would like some help with the big picture of what’s really going on in the Bible. Or perhaps you’ve gone to church for many years but find that you still don’t understand some books of the Bible very well. (Join the club!) Or perhaps you enjoy reading the Bible but don’t own a collection of Bible reference books, and you’d like a simple and affordable book that can help you understand what’s in the Bible and what it means. Disclosure of Material Connection: I received a Review Copy from Bethany House Publishers. I was not required to write a positive review. The options I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255
GCWineholt More than 1 year ago
THE QUICK-START GUIDE TO THE WHOLE BIBLE Understanding the Big Picture Book-by-Book By Dr. William H. Marty and Dr. Boyd Seevers I have read and seen many guides to the Bible and have enjoyed this one very much. The authors do an expanded summary of each book, not just a couple of paragraphs. The book is about 300 pages long. They explain who wrote the book, what each book means and give highlights of each book in an easy to understand text. This book will give you a basic understanding of each book and will help you when you read the Bible. It gives you a lot more information than the short summaries that are included in most Bibles. I would suggest keeping the guide handy as you read through the Bible, it can be a very helpful reference book. The authors seem to have put a lot of effort and study into what information they have supplied and have written it in a way that everyone will be able to understand the basics of the Bible. I received this book free from Bethany House for purpose of this review, I was not required to write a positive review, the opinions I have expressed are my own.
PJtheEMT4 More than 1 year ago
The Quick-Start Guide To The Whole Bible by Dr. William H. Marty and Dr. Boyd Seevers is basically a condensed summary of the bible.  This easy to read guidebook covers every book of the bible starting from Genesis to Revelation.  This book is great for a student who wishes to get a brief introduction to the bible without actually reading the bible.  This work is most appropriate for those readers who have not read the bible or are very new to the bible.  It is reminiscent of a scholarly study guide or outline of the bible.  For those readers already familiar with the bible, the information in this book may be useful in gaining an overall perspective of the bible. This basic book does not have any illustrations, maps or guides.  It is a simple text- only book based and its purpose is to give the reader a basic understanding of each of the books of the bible.  The format of each chapter is consistent. Each chapter covers a specific book of the bible.  There are sections to discuss the "setting", "Summary" and the "significance".  This pretty much covers the historical and geographic context of each bible book as well as the spiritual implications. The simple, minimalist modern cover depicts ornate, religious art from the great masters.  The back cover depicts two additional pieces of art in the shrunken space of two tiny squares. The depiction of these ornate historical pieces of work almost seem out of place in  this book as they contrast greatly with the minimalist narrative style of this work.  And furthermore, there are no graphics, photographs or pictures of art in the text of this book.  The stylized art may even give the reader the impression that this work is written from the theatrical Roman Catholic perspective.  Nevertheless, this is not the case as the Roman Catholic religious perspectives are beyond the scope of this book which is strictly based on the bible. In my opinion, it makes more sense for those interested in the bible to simply get a copy of the bible or a study bible.  The time spent reading this 299 page book could be devoted to reading the bible itself, or  even individual  book introductions of a study bible. Nevertheless, used as a guide, this book will be helpful as an aid in gaining an overall perspective of the bible.  The title is accurate in that  this book and its summaries do serve as a "quick start" to understanding the historical and geographic context of the bible stories as well as the social and spiritual significance of the  bible. This book is like having a theology teacher right at your fingertips.  Overall, This book can enhance the reader's understanding of the bible.  There are many bible commentaries on the market, but this book is simple, well written and well organised.  As a blogger I received a copy of this book published by Bethany House, a division of Baker Publishing Group, ofr the purpose of writing this review.