The Bible covers thousands of years of history, culture and religion. Making sense of it all is a daunting task; it's all too easy to get lost in the sea of odd names and ancient cultures or to forget just where in all those pages to find a particular reference or event.

The Illustrated Everyday Bible Companion is an excellent tool for understanding the concepts and customs within the Bible's historic span. Described in its subtitle as An All-in-One Resource for Everyday Bible Study, this amply illustrated volume lives up to its billing, providing an encyclopedic listing of Biblical names, objects and concepts and placing each within its cultural and historical context. Packed with photos and drawings, this impressive guide also includes concordance information and a thematic summary of each book of Scripture. Want to know where King Jehoshaphat and King Ahab formed an alliance? The summary of 2 Chronicles will set you straight (18:1-3, in case you wondered).

The Illustrated Everyday Bible Companion is easy to read and fun to thumb through. A suitable guide for personal study or family devotions, it places a true understanding of the Bible within the reach of every reader, not just historical scholars and seminarians. A writer in Franklin, Tennessee, Howard Shirley is the author of Acts for God: 38 Dramatic Sketches for Contemporary Services, as well as Christian video and devotional materials.

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