The Eerdman's Companion to the Bible
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The Eerdman's Companion to the Bible

Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing Co. / 2011 / Hardcover

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Travelers about to visit a foreign country often study a guidebook with information about that country. Especially helpful are clear, easy-to-use maps, background information on the local area, and articles about important sites to visit.

Similarly, the Bible confronts many readers today with a kind of "foreign country in writing" whose customs and culture aren't always clear. The Eerdmans Companion to the Bible will greatly help readers navigate unfamiliar biblical terrain and deepen their knowledge of areas already familiar to them.

With over two hundred user-friendly maps, charts, graphics, and photos the The Eerdmans Companion to the Bible brings the ancient world of the Bible to life. Numerous articles offer significant insights into the Bible's people, places, and main ideas. Travelers who visit specific individual books will find in-depth, illuminating commentary based on up-to-date research.

Reflecting a broad evangelical perspective this volume continues Eerdmans' proud tradition of providing quality biblical resources for nearly a century. This handy guidebook promises to make the Word of God come alive as never before.

Product Information

Format: Hardcover
Number of Pages: 816
Vendor: Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing Co.
Publication Date: 2011
Dimensions: 10.00 X 7.00 (inches)
ISBN: 0802838235
ISBN-13: 9780802838230

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Publisher's Description

A quality guidebook that opens up new vistas and insights into the whole Bible

Marked by a broad evangelical perspective, up-to-date research, and contributions from respected biblical scholars, The Eerdmans Companion to the Bible offers a reliable and illuminating guide to the entire Bible. Whether readers find the Bible familiar or foreign, they will appreciate the Companion’s informative articles and its commentary by Connie Gundry Tappy on all of the Old and New Testament books. This comprehensive reference work promises to make the Word of God come alive as never before.
  • Compiled by some of the foremost biblical scholars in the world today
  • New articles by sixty expert authors on many pertinent biblical topics
  • Well-written background information and commentary on every book of the Bible
  • Illustrated with maps, photos, and charts throughout

Author Bio

Gordon D. Fee is professor emeritus of New Testament studies at Regent College, Vancouver, and general editor of the New International Commentary on the New Testament series.
Robert L. Hubbard Jr. is professor of biblical literature at North Park Theological Seminary, Chicago, and general editor of the New International Commentary on the Old Testament series.

Editorial Reviews

Klyne Snodgrass
— North Park Theological Seminary
"Given that the Bible is from another time and another culture, all of us need help in understanding the Bible, its culture, and its intent. This Companion will be a valued friend to Bible readers. It is easily accessible and is packed with information and insight from the very best scholars. It provides helpful articles on crucial topics and a pathway through the entire Bible by showing the layout of each book and giving brief explanations of each section in the book. Lay readers of the Bible will love this reference work."

Review of Biblical Literature
"A handbook on the Bible that can be used by both novices as well as students and laypeople in the church. . . . The articles are well written and the commentary balanced and knowledgeable. There is a wealth of introductory information that will help orient Bible readers to deeper biblical study. It will prove a valuable resource."
Reviews in Religion & Theology
"A much needed aid to Christians who are hesitant to start the journey of reading the Bible. . . . It is a signpost or road map gently pointing to the journey of biblical exploration, discovery, and enlightenment."
Covenant Companion
"A valuable addition to the bookshelf of those who value Scripture, whether they are new to the Bible or long steeped in its content. If offers ready and trustworthy reference, particularly for those without formal theological training."
Denver Journal
"This prodigious volume will abundantly inform pastors, teachers, and lay Christians. It richly deserves a prominent place on one’s library alongside the Bible itself."
Bible Today
"A fine resource for the beginning student, as well as a refresher for those with more advanced biblical knowledge."
Near Eastern Archaeological Society Bulletin
"Although this book is written for the laymen, scholars can learn from it as well. . . . Definitely, this book should be on everyone’s desk and readily available during any reading or studying of the Bible."
Library Journal
"This reader-friendly, book-by-book introduction to the key texts of Christianity is ideal for the lone reader or the church-based Bible reading group."

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  1. Lance
    Colorado Springs
    Age: 45-54
    Gender: male
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    March 7, 2012
    Colorado Springs
    Age: 45-54
    Gender: male
    Quality: 5
    Value: 4
    Meets Expectations: 5
    I have always liked Bible Handbooks, they're the next book most Bible students (of any age) should buy after the Bible itself. This is the best Bible Handbook I've ever seen. It's Seminary/Graduate level in depth. It has no discernible doctrinal bias; not too Baptist, not too reformed, not too anything. It presents multiple schools of interpretation, without apology. It explains cultural subtext lost on the modern reader. The articles explain Biblical concepts in context to both audience relevance, and modern scientific understanding. In short it's very impressive. This volume is appropriate for several groups of readers: The serious adult student, Church teachers, indigenous Pastor training, etc.
  2. jimsjn
    South Dakota
    Age: Over 65
    Gender: male
    2 Stars Out Of 5
    Bad photos detract
    November 11, 2011
    South Dakota
    Age: Over 65
    Gender: male
    Quality: 2
    Value: 3
    Meets Expectations: 2
    The book is done on quality paper. It is a good quick overview of the books of the Bible for the novice who wants text only. However, in this day and age of the visual, all pictures should be in color. They are not. Further the B & W pics are substandard, some absolutely meaningless. Page 2 has a B & W satellite photo of the Levant. Sad that it is not in color to bring out the richness of the region. A book of this nature is good for show-and-tell in classes but only if the pictures are in color and if there is an index of the photos for quick reference. No color and no index in this one! Thus a mediocre book. If it was not for the postage, I would send the book back. I expected far more from G. Fee
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Q: Who are the contributors to The Eerdman's Companion to the Bible Drs. Fee and Hubbard are listed as the general editors of the book and several other eminent scholars are also listed as consulting editors, but there is no list of contributors. On the cover of the book there is a person identified after "Commentary by..." Is this person the ONLY CONTRIBUTING WRITER?????


No, there are about 50 contributors to this work. The full list can be found in the front of the book, and includes noted scholars such as Craig Blomberg, Harold Hoehner, I. Howard Marshall, John H. Walton, and Rikki E. Watts.

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