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The Zondervan Pictorial Encyclopedia of the Bible, the result of more than ten years of research and preparation, provides Bible students with a comprehensive and reliable library of information. Varying viewpoints of scholarship permit a well-rounded perspective on significant issues relating to doctrines, themes, and biblical interpretation. Well-organized and generously illustrated, this encyclopedia will become a frequently used resource and reference work because of its many helpful features: More than 5,000 pages of vital information on Bible lands and people More than 7,500 articles alphabetically arranged for easy reference Hundreds of full-color and black-and-white illustrations, charts, and graphs outline maps for quick perspective and ready reference Scholarly articles ranging across the entire spectrum of theological and biblical topics, backed by recent archaeological discoveries Two hundred and thirty-eight contributors from around the world.
I was looking for a comprehensive (but not exhaustive) reference work for my personal study of the bible -- something I wouldn't need a Theology degree to understand. These volumes fit the bill perfectly. They are both convenient and provide value when considering the amount of content. This work is written at a level that is very usuable for families, college students, and lay people. It's format is very reminiscent of World Book encyclopedia; any lengthy article is preceded by an outline which is a handy reference in itself. (This was how I first learned to outline when I was in Middle School.) The larger articles are also followed by a bibliography but these are getting a little dated. Pictures are scattered liberally throughout the pages. Most are black and white but there are sections of color plates within each volume. Most of the color photos are of the modern day settings of biblical significance in Israel and surrounding regions. This is an easy text to find a quick answer or have a more lengthy read. (In reference to the Amazon review titled "Galations", I am not sure what the difficulty was in finding answers to the two questions. Both answers can be found in Vol.2 in the article on the book of Galations, on page 635 in Section 6 titled "Date and Place".) This would be an excellent edition to anyone's library.