If a picture is worth a thousand words, then The Holman Illustrated Study Bible must be worth millions.
This new hardcover Bible from the Broadman & Holman Publishing Group is a complete package for anyone who wants not only to read the Scriptures but also to visualize the locations, the architecture, the tools, and the contexts of when and where the 66 biblical books were written.
This new edition of the Bible contains more than a thousand photos, graphics, maps, charts, and illustrations that are linked to specific chapters and verses.
In John 9, for example, when Jesus heals the blind man and tells him to wash at Siloam, there is a small color photograph of the traditional site of the Pool of Siloam.
In Jeremiah 38, in which the prophet Jeremiah is thrown into a cistern, there is a photograph of a large water cistern at Masada, King Herod’s mountain fortress.
In addition to the photos and illustrations, this book contains many of the common and popular extra features found in Bibles, such as Jesus’ words printed in red, extensive footnotes, a concordance, appendices and indexes, and, appropriate for the New Year, a 365-day reading plan.
And each chapter opens with a convenient summary, a list of key points, and information on the author and the time and place of his writing.
The text is a new translation from Holman called the Christian Standard Bible, which uses contemporary language while remaining faithful to the ancient texts.
It is an easy-to-read version and, with all the extras, The Holman Illustrated Study Bible, which sells for $39.99, is a unique tool that will appeal to everyone from casual readers to those looking for in-depth scriptural studies.