Asimov's Guide to the Bible: The Old and New Testaments (2 Volumes in 1)

Asimov's Guide to the Bible: The Old and New Testaments (2 Volumes in 1)




In Asimov's Guide to the Bible, Isaac Asimov explores the historical, geographical, and biographical aspects of the events described in the Old and New Testaments. Asimov's attempts to illuminate the Bible's many obscure, mysterious passages prove absorbing reading for anyone interested in religion and history.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780517345825
Publisher: Random House Value Publishing, Incorporated
Publication date: 05/28/2004
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 1295
Product dimensions: 6.38(w) x 9.21(h) x 2.43(d)

About the Author

Isaac Asimov began his Foundation series at the age of 21, not realizing that it would one day be considered a cornerstone of science fiction. During his legendary career, Asimov penned over 400 books on subjects ranging from science to Shakespeare to history, though he was most loved for his award-winning science fiction sagas. Asimov entertained and educated readers of all ages for close to five decades, until he died, at the age of 72, in April 1992.

Date of Birth:

January 20, 1920

Date of Death:

April 6, 1992

Place of Birth:

Petrovichi, Russia

Place of Death:

New York, New York


Columbia University, B.S. in chemistry, 1939; M.A. in chemistry, 1941; Ph.D. in biochemistry, 1948

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Asimov's Guide to the Bible: The Old and New Testaments (2 Volumes in 1) 3.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 6 reviews.
Devil_llama on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
A good beginning introduction to the Bible, more focused on discussing the stories of the Bible than detailing all the scholarship, though there is a good bit of the scholarhip discussed. Asimov is always a good solid writer, and it is a pleasure to read him, as always.
rampaginglibrarian on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
never thought of Asimov as a Bible expert, even though it wasn't as helpful as i had hoped.
johnfgaines on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Asimov was a prolific writer, but as he admits, not a Bible scholar. He largely parrots the liberal view of the Bible advocated by form critics in the mid 20th century. This book can be a valuable synopsis of Bible history, but must be read with discernment or it will leave the reader with more confusion than understanding.
sunnydale on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Although best known for his science fiction books and short stories and his factual science essays, Asimov was a polymath who dabbled in many areas. Although he was brought up in a Jewish family, as an adult he was a firm atheist, so he approaches the Bible as a historical novel, not as holy scripture. Asimov explains how the stories came to be written and attempts to sort out fact from fiction.Although the book is somewhat dated, since there have been a number of advances in biblical scholarship since it was published, it provides a clear explanation of the Bible for anyone who is interested in the Bible's historical underpinnings.
butterflydebbi More than 1 year ago
A wonderful historical treatment with Asimov's unique flavor - piffle - what a great word!Contains the additional archaeological discoveries at the time of printing, compares the various sources (Torah, King James,Koran), compares the linguistic (Hebrew,Arabic,Greek, Latin, etc)origins on many words that may have influenced interpretation.It was truly delightful and insightful.
Guest More than 1 year ago
For those who are interested in the historic parallels with the Bible, these are great reference books. They give the reader and student geographical and historic background to assist in a comprehensive study of the Bible as literature. In addition to a good concordance and perhaps a study Bible, these books are a great addition to one's understanding of biblical information.