Sometimes understanding the Bible on your own can be more difficult than it first seems. First of all, the Bible was written more than a couple thousand years ago-literally! This means that a lot has changed since then. Also, things that happened in the Bible took place in lands that have been changed since the Bible was written and places that the vast majority of people have not ever visited, and may never get the chance to. For these reasons, and more, it is sometimes beneficial to seek help in understanding the Bible.
Choosing a Bible encyclopedia is a good first step. But it can be a problem choosing the right encyclopedia for your particular needs. A great example of a good Bible encyclopedia that is not overly complicated is the Zondervan Pictorial Encyclopedia of the Bible. This encyclopedia has five volumes.
As you can guess, this Pictorial encyclopedia has many pictures and illustrations. This includes full-color and black-and-white illustrations, charts, graphs, and maps. Accompanying the many pages of pictures are 7,500 articles that inform you on doctrines, themes, and biblical interpretations. This encyclopedia was put together by two hundred and thirty-eight contributors from all around the world and is the result of ten years of research, preparation, and compilation. This 1,072 page Bible reference book pretty much has it all.
This Bible encyclopedia is meant to be read by a wide variety of families, students, and lay people-not just theological students. It has handy outlines to make references easier to find and the pictures and other illustrations in this encyclopedia really bring this reference book to life. This reference encyclopedia is a great value. It costs around $125 depending upon where you are shopping. This means that it will not cost you an arm and a leg to better understand the Bible.
Another one of the best Bible encyclopedias available for finding Bible facts is Nelson’s Illustrated Encyclopedia of Bible Facts: A Comprehensive Fact-Finding Sourcebook on All the People, Places, and Customs of the Bible. This is a hardcover Bible reference book.
This book is very useful to Bible students. This encyclopedia has forty-five sections. These cover over six thousands topics such as law, trade, transportation, and family life. Other topics include text and translations, pagan religions, animals and insects, agriculture, languages and writing, and worship and rituals.
In addition to being useful for Bible students this book is also helpful for anyone, such as writers, doing research about the Biblical times. This includes Bible facts that relate to the time and ancient cultures. The sections describe all different aspects of life and culture of the peoples mentioned in the Bible. These people include Hebrews, Phoenicians, Egyptians, Greeks, Babylonians and many more. If you are looking to learn facts about Biblical times and cultures this is the encyclopedia for you.
This book, as its title indicates, is illustrated. There are over 300 black-and-white and full-color photographs. These illustrations relate to the topics and are helpful in understanding the Biblical text in the encyclopedia. However, this book is definitely more text than pictures and the focus should remain on the Bible facts, not on the pictures. This book is great for learning all sorts of facts about the Bible and will be taken down from your bookshelf over and over again.
Another good encyclopedia of the Bible you should take a look at is the Encyclopaedia Biblica. This is also known as Encyclopaedia Biblica: A Critical Dictionary of the Literary, Political and Religion History, the Archaeology, Geography and Natural History of the Bible. This is a reference book that is not meant for the faint of heart. Published first in 1899-1903, this book is full of theological and biblical studies.
This book was edited by Thomas Kelly Cheyne and J. Sutherland Black. This encyclopedia is a four volume reference work that is often referred to as Enc. Bib. or as Cheyne and Black. This encyclopedia contains an article that covers every book of the Old Testament, every book of the New Testament, and the traditional Apocrypha. Not only does this encyclopedia cover all of that, it also covers every single name and place in both in the Bible and Apocrypha, and it also covers many improper nouns. It also has many articles about the events and concepts in the Bible.
The articles in Encyclopaedia Biblica are still very relevant to modern scholars, writers, and religious commentators. In general, this is an excellent reference for any biblical scholar looking for a Bible encyclopedia.
The International Standard Bible Encyclopedia was published originally by Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing Company. Nearly two hundred scholars contributed to the articles that cover topics such as archeological discoveries, the language of the Bible lands, the literature of the Bible lands, customs, family life, occupations, and the historical and religious environments of the people in the Bible.
This encyclopedia contains 9,448 entries. This is a great reference book for anyone studying the Bible. This encyclopedia explains all the significant words in the Old and New Testaments of the Bible and the Apocrypha.
A Bible Encyclopedia is a great reference tool for any person looking to gain more insight into the Bible.