I have done multiple reviews for B&H Publishing, but this is my first review for their Academic division. When I first received my review copy of “Illustrated Life of Paul” by Charles L. Quarles from B&H Academic, I was very pleased with my initial glance through some of the pages of this book. There are some very rich images throughout the book and also the quality of the production and the paper used is fantastic.
I would give this book a 9.9 out of my normal 10 point rating scale. On a “5 star” scale that some websites use, I would give it a very solid 5 star rating.
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The “Illustrated Life of Paul” is by far one of the best books I have come across relating to the life of Paul. It is an extremely engaging book to read. The printing is superb and is on a very high quality paper. This will be a resource that I will be referencing many times in my personal library. Of course with the word “Illustrated” as part of the book’s title, as you would expect, there are images in the book. Truly, it is beautifully done with wonderful maps, photos and images that are laid out wonderfully and very helpful to get a visual of Paul’s life. The resources that the author put together in this book are done exceptionally well also and will be of benefit to me for many years to come. I received a copy of this book in exchange for this review from B&H Academic and all opinions are my own.
DESCRIPTION OF THIS BOOK:
Type of Book: Biblical Reference / Biography
Publisher: B&H Academic
Publication Date: June 1, 2014
ISBN-13 of Book Reviewed: 978-0805494532
Price: At the time of writing this review, the cheapest place to get the Illustrated Life of Paul book from is Christianbook.com. They have it for $19.99 – suggested retail from the publisher is $29.99. The publisher does not sell it directly, but their parent company, Lifeway, does for the full retail price. See below for a breakout and links to the different prices from some major re-sellers. Please note that these prices do not include any potential shipping charges.
•Patent (perfect/square back) bound
•Dimensions: 9.00 x 6.00 x 0.88 in
Goal of Book:
The authors’ goal is to give his readers a glimpse into the life of an amazing man in the Scriptures and his story. Reading this book puts a wonderful light on the many books of the New Testament that Paul wrote and the culture of the times when the New Testament was written.
My Favorite Part:
It is a very hard task to pick out my favorite part of this book. I really appreciated the early background of Paul where it compares the Pharisees, Sadducees and the Essenes. This portion really sets the tone of the life of Paul before he was renamed from Saul and was a persecutor of the church. But that is just one of so many parts that I really liked a lot in this book.
My Least Favorite Part:
I honestly can’t say that I can pinpoint anything in this book that is my least favorite part.
Out of the biographies and commentaries I have read about Paul, this by far is one of the best resources that I have come across. It is very well made, laid out extremely well and for a perfect bound (square back) book, is of very good quality. I can confidently say that this book is very high on my recommendation list for anyone to add to their personal library.
Who Would Enjoy This Book:
Anyone that would like to get a deeper knowledge of Paul, the person, as well as the culture and customs that he lived in would find this resource to be extremely worth the purchase price. Even at the full suggested retail price of $29.99, I would highly recommend this book.
Bible Book Abbreviations
Chapter 1 – Introduction
Chapter 2 – The Background of Saul of Tarsus
Chapter 3 – The Damascus Road
Chapter 4 – The First Missionary Journey
Chapter 5 – The Jerusalem Conference
Chapter 6 – The Second Missionary Journey
Chapter 7 – The Third Missionary Journey
Chapter 8 – From Jerusalem to Rome
Chapter 9 – Paul’s Last Years
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