AMG Publishing generously sent me a copy of their Encyclopedia of Bible Facts for me to do a review of this fascinating resource. If you are looking for a resource for your studies that can really help you gain a better understanding of many different facts with the Bible and facts about the Bible, then this resource would be one you will want to add to your library. I have used this book quite a bit when doing my recent personal studies and have found helpful information each time. I would highly recommend this if you are interested in gleaning a better understanding of the Bible.
I would give this book a 9.6 out of my normal 10 point rating scale. On a “5 star” scale that some websites use, I would give it a solid 5 star rating.
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AMG Publishing’s Encyclopedia of Bible Facts really is a very fascinating reference book and a valuable resource. This book is jam-packed with so much information, it’s almost overwhelming. I know that I have referenced it often in my studies and will continue to do so for a very long time.
I really appreciate way too many topics in this book to be able to list them here. If I were forced to pick just one, then I would have to say that it would probably be the Glossary of Doctrinal Words in the Bible. It’s over 50 pages of major and minor doctrinal words giving some explanation of the word and also multiple Scripture references for them. Very well done!
If you are someone who has any interest in studying the Scriptures in addition to reading them, then I would classify this book as a must have. The information in here will really help you understand and appreciate the Bible more. Highly recommended! This book is one that I will reference quite often in my personal library. I received a copy of this book in exchange for this review from AMG and all opinions are my own.
DESCRIPTION OF THIS BOOK:
Type of Book: Christian Dictionary / Encyclopedia
Author: Mark Water
Publisher: AMG Publishers @AMGPublishers
Publication Date: May 1, 2004
ISBN-13 of Book Reviewed: 978-0899574493
Price: At the time of writing this review, the cheapest place to get this book is at Christianbook.com. They have it for $23.99– suggested retail from the publisher is $34.99. Please note that these prices do not include any potential shipping charges.
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|AMG’s Encyclopedia of Bible Facts
By Mark Water / AMG PublishersThis one-volume Bible encyclopedia is loaded with charts, information and over 100,000 Bible facts. The book is divided into four sections for easy reference: facts on Bible background, facts on the whole Bible, facts from the Old Testament, and facts from the New Testament. You will learn how the Bible was written, view sample translations from dozens of different Bible versions, learn about the customs and manners of the day, and come to a fuller understanding of each book of the Old and New Testament. Investigate strange customs, mysteries, dark topics, and seeming contradictions as well as locate scriptural examples of conversions, rejections, promises, prayers, persecution, and martyrdom. A great resource for your library.
•No color other than cover
•Dimensions: 6 x 2 x 9 inches
Goal of Book:
This book is to hopefully help people see the facts that are in the Bible and also facts about the Bible. The author clearly encourages not to just use this as a fact book, but rather use it as a tool to gain a deeper understanding of the Scriptures so they can be applied to our lives.
My Favorite Part:
As I stated in my summary above, I really do like the Glossary of Doctrinal Words, but I have to be honest with you – every time that I open up this book, I find some new and exciting tool to help me in my studying of the Scripture. It is so hard to pick a favorite and my favorite part will likely change depending on how I’m using the book at the moment.
I would highly recommend this book, and like I said earlier, this one will be a book in my library that I will end up referencing quite often.
Who Would Enjoy This Book:
If you are someone who is interested in understanding the Bible on a new level would really benefit from getting this book. Highly recommended.
Part One – Facts About the Bible’s Background
The first Bible
The canon of Scripture
The history of Bible translation
Descriptions of Bible translations
The land of the Bible
Nations and empires
Measurements, time and seasons
Metals and minerals
Homes and family life
Part Two – Facts From the Whole Bible
Understanding the Bible
Basic Bible teaching
Bible teaching in a catechism
Key Bible words
Father, Son, and Holy Spirit
Persecution and martyrdom
Prophecy and prophets
Types of literature and typology
Part Three – Facts From the Old Testament
Every Old Testament book: Overviews
Encouragement from Old Testament books
Old Testament people
Old Testament history and kings
Old Testament belief, worship and judges
Part Four – Facts From the New Testament
Every New Testament book: Overviews
Studies in the New Testament
Encouragement from every New Testament book
Parables and miracles
The resurrection of Jesus
Conversions in Acts
The early church
Part Five – Fascinating Bible Facts
Dark Bible topics
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