Wednesday, February 3, 2010

Book Review: Nelson's Complete Book of Bible Maps and Charts

I am so excited about this new Bible study resource! Thank you, Thomas Nelson publishers for sending it to me. Arranged like a study Bible, without the actual Bible, Nelson's Complete Book of Bible Maps and Charts has a chapter for each of the 66 books, plus introductions to collections of books—the Pentateuch, the Gospels, and so on. Each chapter contains detailed information about the book, including the setting, who wrote it, when, themes and literary structure, an outline, and outstanding highlights. The chapter on Zechariah, for example, has a section on that prophet's visions since they are a highlight of that book.

Also included is a brief historical section on the time between the Old and New Testaments.

What I really appreciate about this resource are all the charts, pictures, and maps that help make Bible words more visual. Full color pictures show Bible places as they are today—they even have pictures of still-standing buildings. Time lines show when events took place and when they were written in biblical books. At a Glance charts make outlines easier to understand. Other charts show when prophecies were first made, when Christ fulfilled them, and where in the Bible we can find both.

Specifically, I liked the little diagram on Hebrews 11, the faith chapter. I knew that Hebrews 11:1 defines faith and that the whole chapter is devoted to heroes of the faith, but the chart on Hebrews 11 reveals five other definitions and how faith works in a Christian's life. I'd never looked at that chapter that way before. Below the diagram was a list of the faith hall of famers and their Scripture references for further study.

I recommend this resource to anyone seeking clearer perspective on people, places, and events of Bible times. Enjoy!

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