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The Bible book

Bible book : big ideas simply explained

The Bible book
First American edition.
Publisher Info:
New York, New York : DK Publishing, 2018.
Physical Description:
352 pages : illustrations (chiefly color), color maps ; 24 cm
General Note:
Includes index.
Genesis -- Exodus to Deuteronomy -- The historical books -- Wisdom and prophets -- The Gospels -- Acts, Epistles, and Revelation -- Directory -- Glossary.
Presents a comprehensive introduction to the stories, events, and teachings of one hundred major passages of the Old and New Testaments, explaining their theological significance while offering profiles of important figures and locations.
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Material Type
220.61 SCHN New or Popular Book Adult Nonfiction

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The stories, events, and teachings contained in the scriptures of the Old and New Testaments of the Bible, from Genesis to Revelations explained with accessible text and bold graphics.

The Bible Book explores the ideas and beliefs key to the teachings of the most widely printed religious book of all time. This highly visual book highlights more than 100 of the most important Biblical passages and explains their theological significance and key concepts. Profiles of primary figures--from Adam and Eve, to Peter and Paul--and places of the Bible, such as Jerusalem and Rome, add context to the scriptures. Essential theological concepts, such as the Trinity, God's omnipresence, and the salvation of Jesus death, are explained in detail. Infographics illuminate the most significant concepts clearly and simply. The Bible Book is perfect for anyone with an interest in religion and the foundational text of Christianity and Judaism.

Author Notes

DK was founded in London in 1974 and is now the world's leading illustrated reference publisher and part of Penguin Random House, formed on July 1, 2013. DK publishes highly visual, photographic nonfiction for adults and children. DK produces content for consumers in over 87 countries and in 62 languages, with offices in Delhi, London, Melbourne, Munich, New York, and Toronto. DK's aim is to inform, enrich, and entertain readers of all ages, and everything DK publishes, whether print or digital, embodies the unique DK design approach. DK brings unrivalled clarity to a wide range of topics with a unique combination of words and pictures, put together to spectacular effect. We have a reputation for innovation in design for both print and digital products. Our adult range spans travel, including the award-winning DK Eyewitness Travel Guides, history, science, nature, sport, gardening, cookery, and parenting. DK's extensive children's list showcases a fantastic store of information for children, toddlers, and babies. DK covers everything from animals and the human body, to homework help and craft activities, together with an impressive list of licensing titles, including the bestselling LEGO® books. DK acts as the parent company for Alpha Books, publisher of the Idiot's Guides series and Prima Games, video gaming publishers, as well as the award-winning travel publisher, Rough Guides.

Reviews 2

Booklist Review

Part commentary and part dictionary, The Bible Book introduces and explains stories, themes, and key events recounted or foretold in the Bible, ranging from the Fall in the Garden of Eden to the Last Judgment. Each section begins with an In Brief summary that gives the biblical passage, theme, setting, and key individuals involved. The commentary that follows is accessibly written and enhanced by reproductions of works of art, photos, and other graphics, making for a visually arresting and engaging presentation. Although coverage includes the books of the Bible sacred to Judaism, it should be noted that the perspective here is Christian. Recommended for large public libraries.--McConnell, Christopher Copyright 2018 Booklist

Library Journal Review

This new addition to the "Big Ideas" series deploys bold graphics, maps, charts, and photographs, presenting key biblical stories accessibly, with their cultural background and spiritual significance. The seven scholar contributors acknowledge various points of view (e.g., both natural and symbolic explanations of the burning bush) but generally hew to a conservative Christian interpretation. Islam, a religion of the Book, is touched on occasionally. The work acknowledges the importance of the Bible to Judaism, but the Christian-centric lens appears early on: the introduction describes the entire Old Testament as a response to the Fall, "culminating in the New Testament." The authors use the Protestant canon and order, as well as the Protestant (not the Roman Catholic) version of the Ten Commandments. The New International Version Bible quotation in the Sodom story explicitly refers to sex; a comment that Sodom is "traditionally" about homosexuality overshadows one sentence citing the city's other grievous sins. A directory briefly summarizes additional stories (some problematic to modern readers, including Noah's curse of Ham, Jephthah's sacrifice of his daughter, and Solomon's murder of his half brother). The language is clear and simple, explaining terms such as theodicy when necessary. VERDICT An informative and engaging introduction to the Bible for general readers.-Patricia D. Lothrop, formerly of St. George's Sch., Newport, RI © Copyright 2018. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.