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  • Hardcover: 1392 pages
  • Publisher: Thomas Nelson (9 Jun 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0785250522
  • ISBN-13: 978-0785250524
  • Product Dimensions: 24.4 x 16.2 x 4.1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 970,882 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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I'm not a "young" bible student by any means and I have done a fair amount of reading, albeit not to "theological student" level, and I have thoroughly enjoyed this book so far. It's entertaining without dumbing down and it's informative yet easily readable. If you want colour piccies then this is not the book for you, but if you want easily findable information accompanied by good black and white photos, then I suggest that you give it a go.It's a great companion to Nelson's "New Illustrated Manners and Customs of the Bible" and, if you read my review on that one you'll see that I have written virtually the same. A super book, good reference, and it will be within easy reach along with my other study books.Well recommended.
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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful
an excellent companion for Bible study 13 Mar 2004
By Alejandra Vernon - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
As stated in the foreword, this Bible dictionary has been "designed, written, and edited with the needs of general readers in mind" and not for scholars with "formal training in biblical history or languages". I find it a valuable source book to get clarity on the historical aspects of the Bible, especially the Old Testament; as an example, following the chronological order of the rulers once the kingdoms were divided can be very confusing, and this book has a marvelous chart (much better than some presented by other dictionaries of this type and price range) with a side-by-side comparison. Another good chart is "The Parables of Jesus", telling where they appear, and in how many of the Gospels.
Heavily illustrated with black and white photos, with small but clear and easy to read print, this is not a "quality production"; the paper is thicker, but similar to what is used for phone books, but for the price, it is a tremendous value; it is fascinating just to peruse, with no particular aim in mind, through subjects like "Plants of the Bible", and "Occupations and Trades".
It has nine excellent maps at the back of the book, charted with an index and "Area" letters and numbers, which simplifies finding places, example: Masada, Map 6, Area B5.
It also has a "Teaching Outline on Books of the Bible", which is useful if you are reading a Bible that does not include one at the beginning of each book
I find I refer to this dictionary daily; once purchased, it is one of those "how did I get along without this ?" type of book. I give it the highest rating despite the paper quality, for the amount of information included at a reasonable cost.
9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
Very good, but not updated 21 May 2008
By M. Simpson - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
This is really a good resource. It is unfortunate that the pictures are not in color as in past editions, but again this is a *value* edition, so cutbacks had to be expected to make it so affordable. The information, while good, is not up to date. I own the 1981 edition, and the 1995 edition. The 1995 edition is still in color, with some editing of pictures & some additional pictures. The big difference, though, between that edition and this value edition is that the 1995 edition has updated information, correction of some mistakes, and deletions that are no longer valid that occurred in the 1981 edition. This black & white *value* edition is the mirror image of the 1981 edition. No edits have taken place. You would think they would have given you atleast the updates from 1995, but that is not the case. For all intents and purposes you are buying the 1981 version, and in black & white to boot. Atleast the 1981 version had color photos. This one does not, yet it is identical in the information presented. If you want up to date information you would do better to get the 1995 version. This is not a bad version necessarily, overall the information is good, but there are some updates that were necessary (such as archaeological findings, names of rivers, countries, etc...) which are not present in this edition.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
Great commentary for the Bible 16 April 2012
By Jose - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
Great dictionary. Very interesting read with the bible. I like the information when I can't understand certain words or need a better insight to the real meaning of words.
This book is quite useful, and it gives pronunciations of most of the ... 27 Aug 2014
By Robert J Quigley - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
This book is quite useful, and it gives pronunciations of most of the words that one looks up. Unfortunately, though, they don't give any key to their pronunciation system, so one has to guess what the sound of "die" or "igh" is supposed to be. (My guess is "dye" and "eye".) It's more an encyclopedia than a dictionary, since there are many articles that span several pages. There are numerous photos, but they're all black and white, and some of them are too poor for the mentioned features to be identified. The paper is the cheap rough paper one associates with cheap paperback books, but that's actually an advantage since one doesn't have to worry about tearing a page when rapidly looking up a word. Unfortunately, the authors seem to have no understanding of science. For example, they state that Goliath was 30 meters (or 10 feet) tall. They didn't realize that it should have been 3.0 meters and that 30 meters was ridiculous. They state that beryl is a metal like aluminum, thereby mistaking the gem stone for the metal beryllium. They don't realize that the King James Version is wrong in describing a particular star as Arcturus when it's really Aldebaran (as given in more modern translations). The authors are true believers in Christianity, so the history sections state as fact that the reason for a particular defeat was due to the idolatry of the people at that time and was thus a result of God's wrath.
WORTH IT 1 May 2014
By Faafetai Taimane E.D Mausali Iosefa - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
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