I’m going to start my weekly Bible journaling posts again on Monday, so look for those! I’m excited to share some of the pages I made over the summer and the wisdom that He has brought me.
Meanwhile, I have two book reviews to share with you this weekend.
Really Bad Girls of the Bible by Liz Curtis Higgs I am pretty sure I met Liz Curtis Higgs at a retreat one time, but I was distracted and didn’t realize it was her. I could kick myself now (lol). What a fascinating lady herself. Anyway, her series of books about the women of the Bible are really enlightening, and they bring the stories of biblical women to life so that it’s easy to relate to them. I like how Higgs combines research of the customs of biblical times with research on the Bible passages to share wisdom for today. I now know that Deborah was a prophetess and judge of all the land of Israel around 1125 B.C. Yes, she was a woman leader that God spoke to and delivered messages to His people through. Higgs writes: “If the question ever comes up, ‘Does the Lord use women in a mighty way?’ Deborah stands as our witness that yes, God most certainly does.” How inspiring! Other biblical women included in this book are the Medium of En Dor, Jael, the adulteress that was brought before Jesus (He showed her mercy and care), Athaliah, Bathsheba, Herodias, Tamar, and the bleeding woman. I had a basic knowledge of Bathsheba and the adulteress before, but the lives of the others were definitely illuminated for me. This book has been in print for awhile, but the new aspect is that it includes discussion questions and a study guide.
NIV Cultural Backgrounds Study Bible: Bringing to Life the Ancient World of Scripture I have wanted a Bible like this on my bookshelf for a long time. I have a lot of curiosity about the customs of people throughout biblical history, and I think that knowledge can add a lot of depth to a Christian’s understanding of the scriptures.This Bible has great color illustrations, maps, pictures, and in-depth descriptions of Bible customs. I will let the publisher’s description speak for itself.
You’ve heard many Bible stories hundreds of times, but how many behind-the-scenes details are you missing? Sometimes a little context is all you need to discover the rich meaning behind the stories of Scripture. That’s what the NIV Cultural Backgrounds Study Bible provides. Every page is packed with expert insight into the customs, culture, and literature of Bible times. These fascinating explanations will serve to clarify your study of the Scriptures, reinforcing your confidence and bringing difficult passages of Scripture into sharp focus. Discover new dimensions of insight to even the most familiar Bible passages as you take a behind-the-scenes tour into the ancient world.
The Bible was originally written to an ancient people removed from us by thousands of years and thousands of miles. The Scriptures include subtle culturally based nuances, undertones, and references to ancient events, literature and customs that were intuitively understood by those who first heard the Scriptures read. For us to hear the Scriptures as they did, we need a window into their world. The NIV Cultural Backgrounds Study Bible, with notes from Dr. John H. Walton (Wheaton College) in the Old Testament and Dr. Craig S. Keener (Asbury Theological Seminary) in the New Testament, brings to life the ancient world of Scripture for modern readers.
Features: • The full text of the NIV • Targeted book introductions explain the context in which each book of the Bible was written • Insightful and informative verse-by-verse study notes reveal new dimensions of insight to even the most familiar passages • Key Old Testament (Hebrew) and New Testament terms are explained and expanded upon in two helpful reference features • Over 300 in-depth articles on key contextual topics • 375 full-color photos, illustrations, and images from around the world • Dozens of charts, maps, and diagrams in vivid color • Words of Jesus in red • Additional study Bible tools: cross references, a concordance, indexes and other helps.
I received Really Bad Girls of the Bible from Blogging for Books and the NIV Cultural Backgrounds Study Bible from Book Look Bloggers in return for my honest review.
Have a fantastic weekend. I will be out riding my bike.