Sunday, September 7, 2014

Illustrated Guide to Bible Battles


Title:  Illustrated Guide to Bible Battles (The Background, Overview, Key Players, Weapons, and Meaning of more than 90 Scriptural Battles)
Author:  Stephen Leston
Pages:  288
Year:  2014
Publisher:  Barbour
As a student of the Word, this is the first tool I have come across that gives concise information in which to help further study, understand and teach ancient Bible times to students.  Each section is like an introduction to a battle the reader will find in the Bible along with either illustrations or pictures to help any person seeking to understand a different time, place and culture.
Under these headings are tidbits of information:  Title of the Battle, where in the Bible it can be found and read, Location, Key Players, and Weapons and Warriors.  There is also included Battle Synopsis, Outcome, both long and short term, and God’s Role in the battle.  What a treasure trove of information that transports the audience to a totally unique era.
I loved the pictures shown of archeological artifacts found to support what the Word reveals.  So much of the book helps remind us that there were real times, people and battles.  We even can learn of future battles yet to come and things to think about.  People will be able to just sit and absorb what has taken place and contemplate what has yet to be.
At the end of the book, there is an index for those who want to look up a particular person, battle or other subject.  One aspect I really loved was seeing how we can understand history from a Biblical perspective and appreciate the way history has been preserved for others to view via stone pictographs and more.  Here is a wonderful resource that is sure to bring the Bible to life and enable discussions for people to enjoy over coffee or a tea.  I know I will be utilizing this small handbook for many years to come. Remember this is a starting point for study and not a comprehensive book.
My rating is 5 stars.
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