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  • Paperback: 208 pages
  • Publisher: Thomas Nelson Publishers (2 Mar 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1418541753
  • ISBN-13: 978-1418541750
  • Product Dimensions: 23.2 x 15.8 x 1.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
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2 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Dean Noble on 4 May 2010
Format: Paperback
Has been taken out of the NKJV chronologial bible, I find this book very helpful easy to read. It can be used with any version of the bible.
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Well Worth The Read 18 Mar 2010
By Steve Wood - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
It should go without saying that Scripture and scriptural knowledge is central to the Christian life. However, because it has gone unsaid, Scripture is often unread. If one were to read the reports on the state of contemporary Christianity they would note that biblical ignorance and/or biblical indifference is rife throughout the church.

As a pastor I have rarely met the Christian who has determinedly ignored Scripture. Instead, what I find are Christians who desire to read and engage the Bible but have no frame of reference by which they can understand a book written over several millennia and is now two thousand years old. In fact, most often I encounter my parishioner's disappointment and discouragement having attempted, with enthusiasm, to read, mark, learn and inwardly digest the Word of God.

So, it was with great interest that I received for review a complimentary copy of the Chronological Guide to the Bible. The stated purpose of this publication is,
To help readers acquire a greater appreciation for the historical dimensions of the biblical message. The Bible is not a theology book arranged according to topics: God, man, sin, salvation, etc. Nor is it simply a chronicle of events from creation to the final consummation. Historical events are often the Bible's subject matter, but these events are always reported from the perspective of theological history. It is in the arena of history that God has chosen to make Himself known.

Having set this as their task the contributors have succeeded. This little book (217 pages), which covers the era prior to the Patriarchs and continues into the church age, turned out to be a wonderful Bible-reading companion. Published by Thomas Nelson this guide helps set the people, places, events and customs of the Bible in their chronological, historical and geographical setting; all of which offer the modern reader of Scripture hand-holds as they walk into the world of the Bible.

Elements I found particularly helpful;
The arrangement of the Biblical texts in their chronological order give the reader a sense of historical flow to the unfolding story of divine redemption.
The use of historical timelines inclusive of world events outside of the biblical narrative offer the reader a comprehensive understanding of the world in which God was - and remains - active.
The usage of images and boxed articles on topics like, "Hezekiah's Tunnel," "Sheol For All The Dead Without Distinction," and "Candace's Eunuch Believes" brings to life details within the fabric of Scripture offering the reader insight in the detail and meaning of God's interaction with humanity.

This companion book, read along side your Bible, opens an ancient world to modern men and women.
46 of 49 people found the following review helpful
Chronological Guide to the Bible 20 Mar 2010
By Christopher J. Wiles - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
Thomas Nelson recently provided me a complimentary copy of the Chronological Guide to the Bible. The following is my review of this product:

The book divides Biblical history into nine distinct epochs and arranges the Bible's contents based on approximate chronology rather than traditional canonical order. Each epoch is explored through the lens of history and anthropology, situating the Biblical story in its original cultural setting.

Positively, the book is...

...lavishly illustrated.
...densely packed with historical and archaeological data.
...a good introduction for those looking for an overview of Biblical chronology.

Negatively, the book is...

...not what it is marketed as. Those looking for a devotional approach should look elsewhere.
...hard to navigate. The index helps but it is occasionally difficult to find a particular book.

The biggest problem is the book's own brevity. The articles stress the similarities between the Bible and the surrounding culture without articulating its uniqueness (e.g., Job is compared to other Mesopotamian theodicies without observing the way Job's theology is so markedly different).

Though such incidents are relatively minor, they still raise problems for beginning students of the Bible, for which reason I am reluctant to recommend this book to others. I would recommend instead Nelson's Old Testament and New Testament surveys. Though not chronological, they are affordable resources that will help new students better understand the text.
12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
Chronological Guide to the Bible 18 Mar 2010
By Oh My My - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
This resourceful little book has much to offer in just over 200 pages. It takes you through the Nine Epochs of Biblical history. (This is especially convenient if you already have and use the Chronological Study Bible, which is also patterned with the Nine Epochs.) The Guide is packed with colorfully vivid tables, charts, references, photos, and timelines to help you better understand exactly what was going on in history during the time each book was written. There are thirteen contributors who also share with you controversies and various opinions, thus providing you with more opportunities to study and learn about different topics. The Chronological Guide to the Bible is not exclusive to one particular translation, and this makes it easy for anyone to use.

In a very short time, I've already learned much about traditions, people, and general history that I would've otherwise not been exposed to (or at least not in so quick a period of time). In short, this book is easy to use and has a considerable amount of information to offer for any Biblical scholar. I recommend this book for the shelves of all.
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
Great cultural and historical reference, in one fairly small volume 14 Mar 2010
By Debra Brinkman - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
A couple years ago, we read through a chronological Bible (not the one published by Thomas Nelson) for our daily Bible reading, and I really enjoyed that experience. I loved the idea of a guide that I could use with any version of the Bible.

The introduction to this book was fascinating. I especially appreciated that it was explicit in pointing out that this was not an attempt to disparage the traditional order of the Bible, but the rearrangement of the books (and parts of books) is meant to enhance your understanding of the historical context of the Bible.

After the intro, the rest of the book is divided into nine epochs: six covering the Old Testament, one covering history between the Old and New, one for the Messiah, and one for the Church Age. Each epoch is further divided into as many as nine sections or as few as two.

Flipping to Epoch 5 (the time period we are studying right now), there is an introduction (The Fall of Two Nations) that addresses archaeology, the peoples (Assyrians and Babylonians), and Biblical literature. The first real section is on the divided monarchy. Like other sections, this includes a reading guide (specific books and chapters). It also contains historical information on a half dozen time periods. There are timelines. And there are sections on things like "holy cows," Asherah, Canaanite religious rituals, and priests. Most sections include maps too.

We are using this for our schoolwork. I love the cultural tidbits, and the historical context. This is far easier for me to use than some other resources I've attempted.

Disclaimer: As Booksneeze Blogger, I did receive this book for free from Thomas Nelson. All opinions are my own, and I received no other compensation.
12 of 15 people found the following review helpful
Attractive but Unhelpful 17 Mar 2010
By James Drake - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
In an attempt to be all things to all people, Thomas Nelson's The Chronological Guide to the Bible widely misses the mark. The book uses the same chronological progression popularized in the Chronological Study Bible and coupled it with additional information intended to allow the reader to, "See the people, places, and events of the Bible come alive." The book divides biblical history into nine epochs. Each epoch is introduced with a brief historical overview. It goes on to include individual introductions for the biblical books of that time period, as well as outlines, overviews, timelines and relevant historical and archaeological tidbits. The format, design and layout of the book are beautiful. The exceptional graphic design is worthy of far more than the paperback binding.

If format, design and layout were the criteria used for judging this book, it would be worthy of the highest recommendation. But ultimately, books must be judged on their content--especially biblical reference books. And the content of this book is weak. In an attempt to appeal to the broadest audience possible, the editors chose to present most matters of biblical authorship and dating as open to question. "In the case of debated issues this biblical guide avoids presenting a single, biased, perspective. Rather it treats evenhandedly the entire spectrum of credible opinion on disputed matters--both the views of traditional, conservative Bible students and those of modern, critical scholarship." The only dates and data that are represented concretely is the particular interpretation of archaeological data they present. The entire spectrum of credible opinion is not considered and particular interpretations of archaeological data are presented as indisputable facts. Meanwhile, everything from the route of the Exodus to single authorship of Isaiah to dating The Revelation is called into question. Many informational inclusions are incomplete and misleading at best. For example, the Gilgamesh Epic is presented as being very similar to the flood account in Genesis, when they are in fact completely dissimilar. Likewise, the book of Job is compared to Mesopotamian "Jobs" when in actuality, the stories are opposite in meaning. Those are but two of the many examples of inaccurate or misleading historical "facts" placed alongside the "debatable" historicity of Scripture. In its quest for unbiased evenhandedness, this book is helpful to few and, due to its biased inaccuracies, has the potential for harm.

Thomas Nelson provided me with a complimentary copy of this book to review. In no way did that influence my opinion of the book or my review.
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