The Bible in World History: Putting Scripture into a  Global Context  -     By: Stephen Leston, Christopher Hudson
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Barbour Publishing / 2011 / Paperback

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What was happening outside the ancient Middle East during the biblical era? This illustrated reference puts Scripture into global context during the times of the Jewish kingdoms, the prophets, Jesus' ministry, and the early church. Informative entries cover Chinese, Indian, African, Mayan, and other cultures to help you understand how world history and Scripture intersect. The Bible in World History will help you see how God has worked through the entirety of human experience.

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Format: Paperback
Number of Pages: 288
Vendor: Barbour Publishing
Publication Date: 2011
Dimensions: 8.25 X 5.50 X 0.50 (inches)
ISBN: 1602606455
ISBN-13: 9781602606456
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Publisher's Description

What was happening outside Bible lands during the time of the patriarchs, Jewish kingdoms, the prophets, Jesus’ ministry, and the early church? Find out with The Bible in World History. This brand-new, fully illustrated reference breaks biblical and early church history into eight major time periods—from “Creation to the Tower of Babel” through “Anno Domini,” the years from Jesus’ birth to about AD 330—and shows what was happening in other parts of the world during those times. With references to Chinese, Indian, African, and Mayan cultures, among others, The Bible in World History will help you see how history and scripture intersect.

Author Bio

Dr. Stephen Leston is pastor of Kishwaukee Bible Church in DeKalb, Illinois. He is passionate about training people for ministry and has served as a pastor at Grace Church of DuPage (Warrenville, Illinois) and Petersburg Bible Church (Petersburg, Alaska).

Christopher D. Hudson is founder of Hudson Bible, a book packaging company in DeKalb, Illinois. He has written and edited for numerous Bible and reference projects.

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The Bible in World History by Dr. Stephen Leston is an illustrated book about Bible events and the world surrounding them. The chief question asked in the introduction is: "Where is history headed?" The author has a biblical perspective and answers this question by using Revelation chapters 19 through 21, saying that, ultimately, history will lead us to "a new world where God will establish His kingdom among people."

Dr. Leston uses two things to support his theory. He frequently uses Bible verses, connecting them accurately to historical events, and then he uses those connections to show how God shapes the world to fulfill his divine will. Leston writes in a style similar to the stereotypical history textbook. Thankfully, he does make clear points and explains his thoughts better than some textbooks. But, overall, his style is rather academic. The book has many illustrations, though sometimes they do not correspond directly with the content of the page and can be distracting. Dr. Leston is qualified to write this book because he is a pastor, holds a doctorate, and has contributed to several Bible commentary books.

The author steps through biblical and world events from Creation to the downfall of the Roman Empire. Throughout these events, Leston uses Bible verses to connect world events with biblical references. One particular example of this is how he shows how one Babylonian king corresponds to a king mentioned in the Bible, even though they are known by different names. He emphasizes how God seems to balance world powers, by observing how the empires of the ancient world rose and declined. Leston says that "one thing we learn from scriptures is that God is ultimately the one who elevates and deposes kings and kingdoms" (see Daniel 2:21). He uses these things to aim the reader toward a realization that someday Jesus will replace the governments of the world.

Though well researched and illuminating in some areas, I was expecting the author to tie in Bible predictions to the entire globe; when he leaves his area of expertise (the ancient Middle East), he fails to connect other worldwide events to theology. Still, he does manage to make his points convincing, and his use of the Bible is clever in the fact that he manages to balance his own opinions with support from the Bible verses. Leston's strengths are in his knowledge of history and the Bible, not in his writing delivery. I think this book would be fitting for a church library and for adults interested specifically in biblical history. It's accurate and deep, but very slow reading. Joshua Spotts, www.ChristianBookPreviews.com

Editorial Reviews

Expansive. Illuminating. Colourful. With clear diagrams, pictures, and photos strategically placed throughout, this book is a pleasure to behold. Unlike some encyclopedias, dictionaries, atlases, or similar survey of biblical history, this book packs a wallop without becoming too bulky to carry. Convenient to carry around, the reader will be captivated by the beautiful illustrations, and the clear point by point explanation of the Bible in history. The author's main purpose is to understand world history through the Bible.

Believers who are also history buffs will appreciate this side-by-side presentation of biblical and world events. Although pastor Leston is not a history professor, he clearly outlines how Scripture is historically grounded and impacts world culture.

From its beautiful paper to its color photographs and illustrations to its detailed maps and timelines, this book is a gem.

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