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DK Illustrated Family Bible (NIV) [Hardcover]

By Peter Dennis (Author), Claude-Bernard Costecalde (Editor) & Peter Dennis (Illustrator)
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Includes the best-known tales and selected passages, lavishly illustrated with photographs of contemporary artifacts, people, and lands of the Bible and accompanied by explanations of the contents and key terms.

Publishers Description
This illustrated Bible interprets the text of all the most important stories in the Old and New Testaments, making it an essential Bible reader for the whole family. The DK Illustrated Family Bible uses original texts selected from the New International Version, a Bible that is faithful to the original and written in accessible language. Key words, phrases, and concepts are fully explained in the illustrated side panels, and the relevant chapter and verse numbers are clearly marked. Background information, accompanied by color photographs, sets the stories in context, while maps locate important places.
In this book, distinguished scholar Dr. Claude-Bernard Costecalde guides the reader toward a clearer understanding of the Bible with the help of a team of religious teachers and advisers from different denominations.

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Item Specifications...

Pages   384
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 1.25" Width: 9" Height: 11.5"
Weight:   4.1 lbs.
Binding  Hardcover
Release Date   Feb 2, 2016
Publisher   Penguin Group USA
Grade Level  Multiple Grades  
Age  10-17
ISBN  0789415038  
ISBN13  9780789415035  
UPC  790778150303  

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More About Peter Dennis & Claude-Bernard Costecalde

Register your artisan biography and upload your photo! Alistair McCluskey is a serving officer in the British Army. He has served in the UK, Germany, Northern Ireland and Bosnia. He gained his MA at King's College, London. His interests include military history, particularly the Roman Army and World War 1, and Sunderland Football Club. The author lives in Aldershot, UK.
Peter Dennis was born in 1950. Inspired by contemporary magazines such as "Look and Learn" he studied illustration at Liverpool Art College. Peter has since contributed to hundreds of books, predominantly on historical subjects.Peter Dennis lives in Nottinghamshire, UK.

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Reviews - What do customers think about DK Illustrated Family Bible (NIV)?

Really hideous artwork.  Dec 27, 2003
Not up to the quality of most DK books - beware! Only a few small photographs here and there. Mostly drawn illustrations that look very dated. The artwork spoils what otherwise would be an OK book overviewing the Bible. Also weighs about 20 lbs! Hard to hold.
An ideal starting place  Jul 10, 2002
This book provides an excellent presentation because it smoothes out the Bible and provides a coherent, easily comprehensible, linear framework of understanding. The most helpful aspect of this arrangement of material is that in the section covering the Gospel books, it presents selected chapters in chronological order (Sunday School materials might have set a precedent here).

It's like an ideally arranged compendium of Sunday School booklets, with helpful background sections introducing major parts of the Bible. It uses a classic style of graphics, combined with various types of art as DK Publishing excels in.

Everyone who is studying Christianity should read this first, to set up a basic framework of understanding. This book portrays clearly and efficiently a point of reference to answer "What is the orthodox conventional reading of the Bible?"

This book reveals the anti-Semitism that builds up in the book of Acts; the Jews who supposedly persecuted the Christians are always shown in a two-dimensional, cardboard way, with mean expressions on their faces. This book clearly portrays the conventional Christian reading of this material. It's a good, clear portrayal of the standard orthodox way of reading the Bible.

There is an appendix of people's names in the back. The book lacks, most of all, a set of genealogy diagrams. It has a fairly good map in front, but could use more maps or at least a guide to the little maps that are dispersed throughout.

It has a great index. After reading the book cover-to-cover, I highlighted the 50% of the index entries that are least clear to me, to do a 2nd, review pass. I played a Bible trivia game and was inspired to read this book because I lacked too many of the standard Bible stories. I can tell that I'll do much better in that Bible trivia game, and will do even better after reviewing more of the unfamiliar entries I found in this book's index.

I felt that getting through this book required the most perseverance when wading through the section about the kings who did or didn't worship God, and the section about Jesus' parables -- these are covered well, but these weren't the sections of the Bible I was most interested in. My favorite sections of the book -- the subjects I was already most curious about -- were the stories between Eden and the later kings, and the stories between the Crucifixion and Revelation. The book has a nice treatment of Revelation and explains its political context. In the middle of the book, the parables and wisdom literature is covered.

I treasure this book and am glad to have read the Bible in this clear and understandable form. Next, I may read the Bible Handbook by DK Publishing (John Bowker). I'm reading Bowker's 2002 book from DK Publishing, God: A Brief History. I've also read the pocket-size Bible handbook from DK Publishing, which isn't very enlightening -- it's a tiny, somewhat random subset of the Illustrated Family Bible. I also recommend the books by DK Publishing, which I have read, covering Christianity, Myth, World Religions, and Philosophy.

Excellent reading and images  Dec 8, 2000
This book is great because it gives a very readable overview of the main Biblical stories. The illustrations are a plus and make the stories easy to absorb and remember. The sidebars provide very useful information. There appears to be a high degree of scholarship in the analyses. Of course, because this is a "family" bible, perhaps a few of the more sordid elements may not be covered. Still, this is a wonderful way to get an overall feel for the Old and New Testaments
Awesome Bible Helper!  Jun 19, 2000
I love this book! When my husband or I am reading out of our regular bible & don't understand something, this book can usually clarify our questions. We have had such a good time just sitting down in the evening & going over a few pages a night. It's plain, simple English. I have such a hard time understanding our other bibles. I highly reccommend.
Every Christian Family should own a copy!  Sep 12, 1999
Noting with horror that "Teen Witch" is number 1 in the "teen - spirituality" category on this, I am at least pleased to see this book to be sitting currently at number 2.

This is a great book, we have it as part of our christian family library that we keep out in the open for everyone to use. I often just end up opening the book to any page and reading, every page is absolutely FASCINATING and gives a deep historical perspective to the bible. Lots of pictures to break up the text and give dimension to the topics.

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