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Overview An authoritative, profusely illustrated introduction to the Bible includes an alphabetical guide to the Bible's main figures; timelines, charts, and easy-to-read maps; and more than 1,500 full color illustratons that offer a glimpse of life in biblical times. Reprint.
Publishers Description An accessible, inspirational guide that embraces the whole of the Judeo-Christian tradition. The most important book in Western history, the Bible has had a profound influence on the religious, intellectual, and cultural life of societies throughout the world. The Complete Bible Handbook draws on the latest scholarship to form the most comprehensive and accessible guide to the Bible ever published. Every book of the Bible is outlined and explained, with the focus on key figures, events and teachings. Led by the respected scholar John Bowker, pioneer in the study of religions, The Complete Bible Handbook is an authoritative and inspirational guide written by a multidenominational team of experts that embraces both Jewish and Christian faiths. The commentaries are supported by more than 500 color illustrations, often casting new light on Bible stories. Location photographs and maps show biblical sites as they are today, and many important works of religious art are beautifully reproduced.
Citations And Professional Reviews Complete Bible Handbook: An Illustrated Companion by John Bowker has been reviewed by professional book reviewers and journalists at the following establishments -
Wilson Public Library Catalog - 12/31/2008 page 95
Wilson Public Library Catalog - 01/01/2004 page 71
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More About John Bowker
John Bowker was Dean of Trinity College, Cambridge, from 1984 to 1991. He is currently a Fellow of Gresham College, London, and Honorary Canon of Canterbury Cathedral. He is also Adjunct Professor of Religion at North Carolina State University. Professor Bowker's many books include The Meanings of Death (which won the HarperCollins Religious Book Award in 1993), The Oxford Dictionary of World Religions, An Introduction to Jewish Interpretations of Scripture, and World Religions, published by DK. Donald C. Kraus, who served as US consultant for this book, has been Executive Editor, Bibles, at Oxford University Press since 1984. He was responsible for publishing two major translations (the RSV and NRSV) in addition to publishing such well-known study Bibles as the Catholic Study Bible, The Complete Parallel Bible, and the electronic version of The New Oxford Annotated Bible. He currently works with translation copyright holders and scholarly organizations to plan and publish Bible resources that will serve varying readerships, from beginning students to senior professors.
John Bowker was born in 1935 and has an academic affiliation as follows - University of Pennsylvania, North Carolina State University and Trinit.
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It is an excellent reference book and also a beautiful book. I recommend it to anyone interested in studying religion, whether a beginner or experienced.
Never Received This Item Dec 23, 2009
I have contacted the company many times and have never received any kind of response. I have NOT RECEIVED THE ITEM I PAID FOR!!! STAY AWAY FROM THIS COMPANY! I ordered the same book from this site and had it sent to a friend and he said it was GREAT! Order from this site.
good Aug 17, 2009
had interesting things to say that i did not really know. nice illustrations to help you understand the story better. a good read, even got my other friend interested!!!!!!!
Beautiful and scholarly Aug 12, 2009
This book has all the history and scholarly detail for a beginner's guide, laid out in an incredible design. It's a pleasure to read and makes the story of the Bible come to life without resorting to gimmicks. Highly recommended.
Comprehensive, Beautifully Illustrated, and Informative Jan 31, 2009
This is a book that balances information with visuals.
One of the DK (Dorling Kindersley) books that have been reprinted numerous times, it has something like over 500 illustrations in its 544 pages: photos, charts, mosaics, reproductions of classic paintings, archeological images, line drawings, time lines, maps, you name it.
It is kid-friendly, student-friendly, and adult-friendly.
Once you start looking through it you cannot put it down.
Chapters roughly follow in the order of the books: Old Testament to New Testament, but there are sections that expand and enrich, like "Judaism at the Time of Jesus," or "The Mission of Peter," or "Christian Ethics," or "Temples and the Tabernacle," even "Animals in the Bible."
With an A-Z of People and Places in the Bible, a Glossary, an Index, and a 10 page Bibliography, you can use this book to go to new places.