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Written by an international team of 30 scholars and specialists, the Zondervan Illustrated Bible Backgrounds Commentary series presents a scholarly and critical introduction, in a beautifully illustrated presentation, to the books of the Bible. This 5 Volume, Old Testament set invites readers to enter the Old Testament with a company of guides, experts that will lend new insights into these cherished writings.
Each book is set in its original historical and social context, and major issues such as translation, chronology, and authorship are presented in detail via a passage-by-passage commentary. Analysis into the literature of the ancient Near East will open your eyes to new depths of understanding both familiar and unfamiliar passages, while over 2000 photographs, drawings, maps, diagrams and charts provide a visual feast that breathes fresh life into the text.
This series, or its individual volumes, with its informative commentary and beautiful photographs, insightful outtakes, will make an excellent home school curriculum, church, curriculum, and would be perfect for courses in a Christian high school. It will also be ideal for anyone who wishes to undertake a comprehensive, but introductory study to specific sections of the Bible, or the Bible in its entirety.
Publication Date: 2009
Dimensions: 9.50 X 7.50 X 11 (inches)
Series: Zondervan Illustrated Bible Backgrounds Commentary
The IVP Bible Background Commentary: Old TestamentJohn H. Walton, Victor Matthews, Mark ChavalasInterVarsity Press / 2000 / Hardcover$26.99 Retail:3.5 Stars Out Of 5 14 Reviews
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Zondervan Illustrated Bible Backgrounds Commentary, Vol. 4 Isaiah, Jeremiah, Lamentations, Ezekiel, and DanielJohn H. Walton, David W. Baker, Daniel I. BlockZondervan / 2009 / Hardcover$39.99 Retail:5 Stars Out Of 5 2 Reviews
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Zondervan Illustrated Bible Backgrounds Commentary, Vol. 5 The Minor Prophets, Job, Psalms, Proverbs, Ecclesiastes, Song of SongsJohn H. Walton, David W. Baker, Daniel I. BlockZondervan / 2009 / Hardcover$43.99 Retail:4.5 Stars Out Of 5 2 Reviews
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Zondervan Illustrated Bible Backgrounds Commentary, Vol. 2 Joshua, Judges, Ruth, and 1&2 SamuelJohn H. Walton, David W. Baker, Daniel I. BlockZondervan / 2009 / Hardcover$39.99 Retail:
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John H. Walton (PhD, Hebrew Union College) is professor of Old Testament at Wheaton College Graduate School. He is the author or coauthor of several books, including Chronological and Background Charts of the Old Testament; Ancient Israelite Literature in Its Cultural Context; Covenant: Gods Purpose, Gods Plan; The IVP Bible Background Commentary: Old Testament; and A Survey of the Old Testament.
Dr. David CrewsPensacola, FLAge: 55-65Gender: Male2 Stars Out Of 5Caution is Advised with John H. Walton in GenesisMarch 12, 2015Dr. David CrewsPensacola, FLAge: 55-65Gender: MaleQuality: 2Value: 2Meets Expectations: 1While I appreciate much of Walton's commentary, I have found him to be clearly 'over the top' critical of conservative Genesis theology. Casting doubt on the Word of God, in any form, but especially in the name of scholarship, is not attractive to most readers of the Scriptures today. I understand Walton swoons the academic community by his comments, but I am not impressed by anything or anyone that says they subscribe to the "inerrancy of the Scriptures" while at the same time writing statements which clearly, definitely contradict this.
Richard Stenbakken5 Stars Out Of 5Great product at a very good price.February 22, 2013Richard StenbakkenQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5Very usable product with good scholarship behind the writing and articles. User friendly yet with deeper meanings.
JUDICharlotte, NCAge: 55-65Gender: female5 Stars Out Of 5March 3, 2012JUDICharlotte, NCAge: 55-65Gender: femaleQuality: 5Value: 5Good overall summary of the Bible books with cultural references.
Pekka Perho5 Stars Out Of 5Great Bible study tool!February 25, 2012Pekka PerhoQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5Gives background information on all the essential verses of the Old Testament. The pictures and illustrations are fantastic!
I highly recommend this to anyone interested in a deeper study of the Bible. Also very useful for preaching and teaching.
TJNugentFlorence, Cape Breton NS, CanadaAge: 45-54Gender: male4 Stars Out Of 5Zondervan helps you get through the Study Bible!January 14, 2011TJNugentFlorence, Cape Breton NS, CanadaAge: 45-54Gender: maleQuality: 5Value: 4Meets Expectations: 4Zondervan gives you a brief description of who, what, where, when, and why. And then it adds little features that keep you interested such as maps, illustrations of typical tools, household wares, to help explain the life such as during their 40 years in the desert. Now Genesis was a hard book to read but there was mostly one type of information and that is the beget etc, etc,,, but to me the two hardest books were Numbers and Deuteronomy because there were the families, but then there was also the history, the Who, why, when and consequences of your actions by Gods laws and still remembering that Moses is in charge of a substantial army and Zondervan Old Testament gives you a good background than helps you by explaining as neutral as possible the reasons, the happenings and then gives you the books intertwined with explanations to aid you in figuring out a lot of things. When I was just using a Study Bible, I felt the closest source to the best translation was the Georgian Orthodox Church (which I found exciting but a little funny because it uses King James the First Version as a source of reference to the old Testament but King James used the same Hebrew, Aramaic, Greek Translation of the old Testament as the Georgian Bible, but I know Zondervan uses NIV for its Bible Reference, but if I find any differences than I go back to my Study Bible and check out the differences and than make my own opinion of what might have happened. But I still think it a good idea to have read the Bible and in that way you get so much more eye opening explanations and answers to your questions. BUT remember their are as many explanations for a verse as there is Bibles so a good idea is to slowly add other reference material from other religions and people that you get a good distribution of an answer to your questions. But these illustrated Bible backgrounds and Commentary is a very good place to start trying to find your answers. I am a little biased in that I use a lot of Zondervan because they meet my intellect Level and pictures are very helpful, see what I mean....Hardy Laugh... Not saying the Books are made of non-intellectual people just thata picture is worth a thousand words and if you read them and then see a picture or an explanation in simpler terms, it's Fantastic.
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Yes! The CBD stock number for the CD-ROM version is WW241480.