The Bible For Dummies

The Bible For Dummies

by Jeffrey Geoghegan, Michael Homan


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ISBN-13: 9781119293507
Publisher: Wiley
Publication date: 06/20/2016
Series: For Dummies Series
Pages: 480
Sales rank: 56,884
Product dimensions: 7.30(w) x 9.10(h) x 0.90(d)

About the Author

Jeffrey Geoghegan, PhD and Michael Homan, PhD have authored and coauthored numerous books and articles about the Bible.

Table of Contents

Introduction 1

Part 1: What the Bible Is All About 7

CHAPTER 1: From Moses to Modernity: Introducing the Good Book 9

CHAPTER 2: Lights, Camera, Action! Previewing the Bible’s Stage and Storyline 25

Part 2: Exploring the Hebrew Bible — The Old Testament 35

CHAPTER 3: Creation, Paradise Lost, and Other Mysteries of Life (Genesis 1–3) 37

CHAPTER 4: The Fallout from “The Fall” (Genesis 4–11) 53

CHAPTER 5: The Babylonian Hillbillies: The Adventures of Abraham and His Family (Genesis 12–25:18) 67

CHAPTER 6: The Birth of a Nation: Isaac, Jacob, and Their

Many Children (Genesis 25:19–50) 87

CHAPTER 7: Holy Moses! Exploring Exodus, Leviticus, Numbers, and Deuteronomy 109

CHAPTER 8: An Experiment in Theocracy: Joshua, Judges, and Ruth 135

CHAPTER 9: The King and “I Am”: 1 and 2 Samuel 153

CHAPTER 10: A Tale of Two Kingdoms: 1 and 2 Kings and 1 and 2 Chronicles 175

CHAPTER 11: Strangers in a Strange Land: Israel in Exile with Daniel and Esther 197

CHAPTER 12: Home for the Holidays: Returning to the Promised Land with Ezra and Nehemiah 209

CHAPTER 13: More Than Mere Fortune-tellers: The Prophets 219

CHAPTER 14: Israel’s Wisdom Literature and Love Poetry: Proverbs, Job, Ecclesiastes, and Song of Songs 237

CHAPTER 15: Rockin’ the Temple: Music in Ancient Israel (Psalms) 251

Part 3: Revealing the Bible’s Hidden Treasures in the Apocrypha 261

CHAPTER 16: Rebels with a Cause: The Books of 1 and 2 Maccabees 263

CHAPTER 17: The Apocrypha’s Other “Hidden Treasures” 271

Part 4: Discovering What’s New About the New Testament 281

CHAPTER 18: From Birth to Baptism: Jesus Prepares for the Ministry (Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John) 283

CHAPTER 19: Jesus Christ, Superstar: Jesus’ “Ministry Years” (Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John) 301

CHAPTER 20: The Early Christian Church (Acts 1–8, 10–12, and 15) 333

CHAPTER 21: The Traveling Salesman of Tarsus: Paul’s Life and Letters 347

CHAPTER 22: Wait a Minute, Mr Postman: The New Testament’s General Letters 371

CHAPTER 23: The Beginning of the End: The Revelation of John 383

Part 5: That Was Then, This Is Now: Discovering the Bible’s Enduring Influence 397

CHAPTER 24: The Bible and the Abrahamic Faiths: Judaism, Christianity, and Islam 399

CHAPTER 25: Michelangelo, Milton, and Movies: Art, Literature, Life, and the Bible 407

Part 6: The Part of Tens 419

CHAPTER 26: Ten+ People You Should Know from the Bible 421

CHAPTER 27: Ten Holidays You Can Take Thanks to the Bible 429

Index 437

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Bible for Dummies 3.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 25 reviews.
mayers505 More than 1 year ago
I have had a hard time with all the the, tho and theys in the Bible. This is a great breakdown of what I have been trying to interpret. Love the humor transposed as well.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book provides a clear and in depth look at the stories in the bible with easy to understand explinations. I definately recomend it, expecially if you have to read the bible for a summer assignment as I did. Its not to long and answers many questions which people ask that come up as you read.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I use this a quick reference
Guest More than 1 year ago
I pick up the book and read from it all over the place I don't start with page one I go to the book of the Bible that I want to learn more about! Like it was easier to read about Easter then going through the actual Bible and reading Matthew Mark Luke and John! and the print was Large enough too!
Guest More than 1 year ago
It will help me to complete reading the Bible.
Old_Dog More than 1 year ago
For a variety of reasons, it is on my bucket list to do a complete reading of the Bible. I have read about half of it at various points in my life, but the task of reading the other half has always been somewhat daunting. Not being a biblical scholar or historian by any strtetch of the imagination, I feel lost and in need of a basic contextual guide to help me help me understand the who, what, where, why, when, and how of some of the more obscure books, particularly in the Old Testament. For me, this Dummies book seems just about right for brief introductions to the books of the Bible. I find it helpful.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
An amazing account of how jesus died for are sins
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Is it?
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If you want the real bible then buy it at the store or at church or just go to church and find the real bible out
Guest More than 1 year ago
There is a statement listed on page 150 of this book that is wrong. It asks, Who Really Killed Goliath? It states, according to 2 Samuel 21:19, a man named Elhanan also killed Goliath. The scripture says Elhanan killed the brother of Goliath of Gath. Why would the author(s) make such a statement if the Word says different.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Just saying in not just a big speech so let me summon thi down love the lord with all ur haert becaus not of a bible but because of god wanted u here with him im a child and already love the lord so much u cant even emagen so rember god loves everyone no matter what u do say or see god loves you with all his haert