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240 pages
Sep 2005
Crossway Books

The Crossway Illustrated Bible Handbook

by Tim Dowley, editor

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Crossway has compiled information about the Bible and its history into a handy resource that invites readers to cruise through the pages. The Crossway Illustrated Bible Handbook is a user-friendly resource for all ages. Keep this book with your Bible. Read a section aloud with family devotions. It will enhance Bible study and answer questions that arise while reading the Scriptures. Who were the major players, places, and events in the Bible? The Crossway Illustrated Bible Handbook gives the who’s who, the what, when, where, and how. Colorful illustrations and maps show what life was like in biblical times, how the Temple looked, and how historical sites appear today. Skim the text for general information or read for deeper understanding. Looking for an inspiring word? Need comfort when you are afraid, alone, or worried? Recommended Bible verses, key passages, and model prayers are included.

Beginning at the beginning, this handbook: explains how the Bible came to us; describes life in Bible times; provides timelines of world events; and uses tables to list everything from the names of many pagan gods to the many names of the one True God.

Hardcover, The Crossway Illustrated Bible Handbook is 240 pages of glossy pages begging for excessive use. Specific topics in the eight chapters are easily found via the index in the back. The final chapter, “Some Bible Facts and Figures,” is a veritable cookie jar stocked with fascinating Bible statistics, facts about angels, and messianic prophesies. Trivia fans will flock to the Bible names and their meanings, the lists of animals, vegetables, minerals, and musical instruments found in the Old and New Testaments.

The Crossway Illustrated Bible Handbook is a valuable compliment for your Bible reading. It is a thoughtful and practical gift for someone who is new to the Bible, or someone who wants to know how and why the Bible has survived over the centuries. Reading through this reference is a painless way of becoming knowledgeable about the Word of God. A worthy companion and a worthy investment for ages five through adult. – PeggySue Wells, Christian Book

Book Jacket:

Have you ever wondered who wrote the Bible, when all those Bible stories took place, or how the Bible has been preserved for thousands of years?

This handbook is designed to help you answer the who, what, when, where, why, and how of the Bible. In it you'll find an in-depth look at Bible people, places, and times, brought to life with striking artwork.

Whether used as a quick reference tool or as a beginning-to-end study, The Crossway Illustrated Bible Handbook is a valuable addition to any Bible reader's shelf.

Features include:

  • More than 300 full-color illustrations, photographs, maps, charts and timelines
  • Bible references in the accurate and readable English Standard Version (ESV)
  • Overview of the entire Bible
  • Information on Bible times--food, clothing, home life, medicine, travel, religion, and more
  • Large-print format for easy reading