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This week we released what many say is the best illustrated Bible handbook ever published, The Baker Illustrated Bible Handbook. It offers 1,152 pages that will greatly enhance your studies of all 66 books of the Bible. It walks you through each book, presenting fascinating details on the setting, author, geography, customers, and culture. It also has 112 articles by leading evangelical scholars on many topics, along with beautiful imagery to illustrate what you are studying.
Here’s a short excerpt from part of the text on the Gospel of John that illustrates how easy to follow and helpful The Baker Illustrated Bible Handbook is.
“What Makes John Interesting and Unique?
- John omits many sayings and stories found in Matthew, Mark, and Luke (e.g., Jesus’s baptism, the transfiguration, parables, exorcisms) but includes others not found in the Synoptics (e.g., changing the water to wine, raising Lazarus, washing the disciples’ feet).
- John uses simple, understandable words that often carry deep theological meaning (e.g., “The Word became flesh and made his dwelling among us” in 1:14 or “I am the bread of life” in 6:35).
- Jesus is clearly presented as both human and divine (1:1-18).
- There are seven “I am” sayings and seven important miracles or signs that point to Jesus as the unique Son of God.
- Jesus claims a unique relationship with the Father (e.g., 5:17-18; 8:42; 10:30; 14:9-10).
- Almost half of this Gospel (13-21) deals with the last week of Jesus’s life—Passion Week.
- Eternal life is both a present reality (e.g., 3:15-16, 36; 5:24-25; 6:47; 11:23-26) and a future hope (e.g., 5:28-29; 6:39; 11:25).
- John includes many of Jesus’s teachings about the Holy Spirit as our Helper or Advocate (see John 14-16).
- John uses many spiritual symbols or metaphors (e.g., word, bread, light, door, shepherd, water).
- John features a strong dualism (e.g., light vs. darkness, belonging to God vs. belonging to the world).
- Irony runs throughout John, such as when the chief priests reject Jesus as the king and tell Pilate, “We have no king but Caesar” (19:15).
- Many of Jesus’s teachings occur in the form of lengthy conversations (e.g., with Nicodemus or the Samaritan woman), heated debates (e.g., with the Jews in John 7), and private teaching (e.g., the Farewell Discourse in John 13-17).”
In such a short list, the book presents many great facts about the gospel as an introduction before it goes more detailed into taking you through the whole gospel, along with pictures (example: the Pontius Pilate Inscription) and side articles like Jerusalem in the Time of Jesus and The “I Am” Sayings of Jesus. Click this link to see more of this chapter: Baker Illustrated Bible Handbook Excerpt. And don’t miss out on our limited time sale here.
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This week we also put the LifeChange Series on sale for $19.95. This series includes more than eight years of enjoyment in God’s Word, and is a fun and engaging way to study, either alone or with a group. Each lesson in this series directs a laser-like focus on the specific passage of Scripture, beginning with an overview, and moving to discussion, questions, and even sidebars and group activities. You’ll also discover lots of practical applications for applying these lessons to your personal life. Don’t miss out on these amazing lessons to help you go deeper into God’s Word.
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