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The Eerdmans Companion to the Bible
HARDCOVER; Published: 10/4/2011
ISBN: 978-0-8028-3823-0
Price: $ 41.99
852 Pages
Trim Size, in inches: 7.5 x 9.75
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A top-quality handbook illuminating the Bible's background, contents, and interpretation

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.

Over two hundred user-friendly maps, charts, graphics, and photos bring ancient places 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, The Eerdmans Companion to the Bible continues the publisher's 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.

Read a blog post about the volume on EerdWord.
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."