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  • Paperback: 432 pages
  • Publisher: John Wiley & Sons; 1 edition (5 Nov. 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0764552961
  • ISBN-13: 978-0764552960
  • Product Dimensions: 18.8 x 2.2 x 23.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (27 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 13,459 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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An easy–to–follow guide to the bestselling book of all time

Get a better understanding of the Bible and how it shapes our world

What is the Bible all about? Who wrote it? What′s the difference between Jewish and Christian Bibles? Featuring an interfaith perspective, handy maps, and enlightening discussions of the Bible′s vast cultural influence, this reference guide provides answers to these questions and presents fascinating facts that bring the Bible to life.

The Dummies Way

  • Explanations in plain English
  • "Get in, get out" information
  • Icons and other navigational aids
  • Tear–out cheat sheet
  • Top ten lists
  • A dash of humor and fun

About the Author

Jeffrey Geoghegan, PhD and Michael Homan, PhD have authored and coauthored numerous books and articles about the Bible.

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23 of 23 people found the following review helpful By M. Wheeler on 28 May 2011
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This book is a joy to read, it really made me laugh out loud at times. This could so easily have been a really solemn, solid and worthy book, but instead, the author somehow manages to make simple Bible study a delight. The writer has produced a clear 'road map' to the 'Good Book'. He breaks it down into its component parts: explaining how it came to be written and compiled over four thousand years; highlighting the main differences between the Catholic, Protestant and Hebrew Bibles; as well as exploring many of the controversies surrounding it. I am an atheist, currently trying to discover whether there is a purpose to life, and I really got a lot out of reading this book. It made me think and challenged my mind-set. I highly recommend it to you.
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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful By J. P. Brady on 24 Sept. 2009
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Having never read any of the .....for dummies books,I wasn't sure how accessible they would be.If all the ....for dummies books are like this one then I would whole heartedly recommend the range.I found this book very readable and very thorough exactly what I wanted from this book. On the down side I did find this book slightly patronising but I guess it is very hard to balance the subject.Overall very pleased!
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By C. Hayward on 31 Aug. 2010
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I bought this book wanting to learn more about the context, themes and stories of the bible and have been very impressed with this book. It's an accessible read, easy to dip in and out of and genuinely funny too. A great book for those who know a bit about the bible (I went to church until my early teens) but want to learn more without (or to accompany) reading a standard bible.
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42 of 45 people found the following review helpful By SCS on 7 Jun. 2008
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I bought this book originally as I wanted understand a bit more about the Bible, I am relatively new to the Christian faith and while I do study the Bible on a regulary basis and attend group discussions, I find I am often missing out on the context that passages are set in. Both in terms of history and relevance to other parts of the Bible. This books sets out very clearly the different sections of the Bible and tells you in plain, and often humourous language, what was happening at this particular point in history and what it meant for people then and what it means for Christians (and others) now. It walks yout through the Bible and explains things in sequence and builds up into a comprehensive knowledge base. I have found it very useful for helping me to deepen my understanding of relevant parts of the Bible, though I would stress that it is not enough to read this on its own, you really do need to study the Bible itself if you every really want to learn about God and study His word.
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48 of 52 people found the following review helpful By Rev. Gareth Bowen on 30 Jan. 2005
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Very helpful book for people wanting to start to look deeper into the Bible. This will never replace a set of good commentaries but it was never ment to. I have this book on my "often used" shelf above my desk. Fr. Gareth Bowen.
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16 of 17 people found the following review helpful By V. L. Dacosta-greene on 20 July 2009
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I am only at Ch.7 as I am reading 'The Book' alongside. I am reading this for pure interest as I do not consider myself religious. There are some irreverent comments and which may offend v. religous people. I would feel all religions would find this a useful tool and if you are a student of humanities then add this to your booklist
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23 of 25 people found the following review helpful By Trevor A. on 15 Jun. 2009
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Do not be put off by the title,this is an interesting book for both long time Christians, new Christians and those who just have a general interest in the bible.It is clearly and interestingly written, amusing and yet contains good practical comments and advice.It summarises all the bible books as well as more detailed comments on topics and characters from both the old and new testaments and provides some good statistics on a range of subjects.Definitely worth a read and useful as a reference and resource book.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Mary-Jane on 31 Oct. 2011
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I really like this book as it gives a straightforward overview of the Bible with humour. It is useful as a tool for background reading.

I had a previous edition which I lent to somebody and I preferred that edition. The text of this is denser and the print seems to be darker and this makes it appear less appealing. If I had not had another copy I would not have known this.

It is in excellent condition and arrived very quickly.
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