I bought this for a friend who is interested in learning more about the background to the Bible. I have an earlier edition myself and I can truly say 'it does exactly what it says on the tin'. The Lion Handbook is well-presented, neatly sectionalised and amply illustrated. It is good value for the price (especially Amazon price) and a good read for anyone even vaguely interested in the Bible. If you want some honest Bible background without the spiritual claptrap, get the Lion Handbook to the Bible.