Zondervan Handbook to the Bible / Edition 4

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Overview

This new fourth edition, still available in its popular flexiback binding, has been revised to include new and updated articles and images. From the history and design of the temple in Jerusalem to God’s relationship to the universe, you’ll find it here. The land, cultures, battles, feast days, heroes, and villains of Scripture come alive through spectacular color-filled articles and images of meticulous clarity and detail. Special features include:
• Four-color guide to all the books of the Bible
• 119 articles by an international team of experts
• Over 500 color photographs
• 68 maps, 30 charts
• Complete “Rapid Fact-Finder” reference section “Rich with study helps” (Kay Arthur) and “indispensable” (Charles Colson), the Zondervan Handbook to the Bible is the most important Bible resource a Christian can own.
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'Indispensable in my own studies of the Scriptures.' — Charles W. Colson

'Rich with study helps.' — Kay Arthur, Precept Ministries International

'Attractive and authoritative: a marvelous combination.' — John R. W. Stott

'A superb resource!' — Dr. Jerry E. White, President, The Navigators

'Should be the first companion book alongside the Bible.' — Dr. Stephen A. Hayner, Former President, Inter Varsity Christian Fellowship

'Exceptional cultural background; very helpful for the Judaic roots of the Bible.' — Ray Vander Laan, Teacher, Historian, Founder of That the World May Know Ministries

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780310331186
  • Publisher: Zondervan
  • Publication date: 9/12/2011
  • Edition number: 4
  • Pages: 816
  • Sales rank: 130,586
  • Product dimensions: 5.80 (w) x 8.50 (h) x 1.60 (d)

Meet the Author

David Alexander (BA, Oxford University) and Pat Alexander (BA, Bristol University) are the founders of Lion Publishing, where for 23 years David was director and chair and Pat was editorial director for adult, children's, and educational lists. Together they produced the original Lion Handbook to the Bible.
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Zondervan Handbook to the Bible


Zondervan

Copyright © 1999 Zondervan
All right reserved.

ISBN: 0-310-23095-0


Chapter One

2 Chronicles 10-36 The kings of Judah

The dates and length of reign of each king are given in the parallel sections of 1 and 2 Kings. Many of them include a period of coregency with a predecessor, so there is often some overlap. See 'Unravelling the chronology of the kings', and 'Kings of Israel and Judah' chart.

The Chronicler does not recognize the kings of Israel. Only David's descendants are the nation's true kings. From the time of the split he therefore largely ignores the northern kingdom, and frequently refers to Judah as 'Israel'. Even so, the ten tribes are still considered part of the Israelite nation, and contain elements which continue loyal to God and to the rightful king.

10 Rehoboam: the kingdom divides

See also 1 Kings 12. Rehoboam inherits from Solomon a wealthy kingdom beginning to show signs of weakness. By the time of his death only a fraction of that land and income are left to be handed down to his successor.

* In Egypt (2) See 1 Kings 11:26f.

* Verse 15 'The will of the Lord ... this is why': one event many places in the Old Testament where an event is attributed directly to God without reference to human freedom of choice. See on 1 Chronicles 10:14, etc. 'The word spoken by Ahijah': see 1 Kings 11:30-39.

* Verse 18 Hadoram = Adoram (Adoniram) of Kings.

11 Rehoboam fortifies Judah

A timely word from Shemaiah averts civil war (1-4). Instead, Rehoboam concentrates on fortifying his tiny kingdom against attack from her larger and stronger neighbours, particularly Israel and Egypt. Refugee priests flock to Judah from Israel following Jerboam's measures to break the religious ties with Jerusalem (see 1 Kings 12:26-33).

* Shemaiah (2) See 12:5, 7, 15.

* Satyrs (15, Revised Standard Version) The goat-like desert-demons of the old nature worship.

* Abijah (20) The Abijan of Kings.

* Daughter of Absalom (20) The Old

(Continues...)



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