I loved being able to read the Psalms alongside of what David had been experiencing at the time and reading the gospel accounts together, really gave me a new perspective on Jesus and his disciples and the different purposes the authors had in writing their accounts.
This was a great Bible for devotional time, but a hard Bible to use for everyday use when trying to follow along with a different study or sermon series.
Being a history nerd, I enjoy finding new materials to enhance my study and understanding of the context of what I read. I was given a copy of The Chronological Guide to the Bible: Explore God’s Word in Historical Order
from an online program called the Booklook Bloggers and found this to be a decent resource to have for a deeper study of your Bible.
Instead of following a more devotional style Bible, this book allows you to use whatever Bible you have and enhance your study of what is really going on in the section you are reading. It provides you with lots of maps and colorful inserts to give you insight into the culture and locations the Bible is describing and can help you gain a better understanding of how it all fits together, instead of reading each book separately in canonical order.
There’s almost too much information squeezed into this lightweight book. It’s small for a resource book, which is nice. However, it can be hard to follow and read with so many inserts on each page. It’s helpful little insights into specific verses, however, it can get confusing to find the information you are looking for.
Overall, I find this to be a good resource to have for the times I want to spend a little extra time digging into a section of the Bible to discover more of the context. As Pastor Chris always says, “The Bible is not written to us, but for us.” This book helps you understand more of who it is written to and when it was written, which in turn, helps you gain a fuller understanding of what it can mean to you.
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