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Overview

Studying the Bible can be difficult, or even mundane, if you can’t fully grasp the historical, social, political, or geographic contexts of the passage you’re reading. The Baker Illustrated Reference Collection presents six comprehensive, accessible, and illustrated volumes to deepen your understanding of the Bible and guide you through its many layers of context and meaning. Experience the Scriptures more fully with articles on archaeology, geography, history, theology, and daily life in Bible times.

These volumes include hundreds of images, photographs, maps, and charts, bringing clarity and simplicity to the Old and New Testament texts. Delve deeper into your Bible study with a helpful range of resources—two volumes provide commentary on the entire Bible with numerous contributions from leading evangelical scholars, two volumes reveal the connections between biblical events and places, one describes the manners and customs of ancient times, and the final volume is a comprehensive dictionary.

This colorful collection introduces modern readers to the Bible’s text and context. The Logos versions integrates seamlessly into your personal digital library and allows you to cross-reference resources with a click. Read your preferred Scripture translation alongside your illustrated guides for a more robust understanding of these fascinating ancient times.

Key Features

  • Invigorates personal Bible study
  • Surveys the entire Bible with the insight of respected biblical scholars
  • Provides a wealth of imagery and visual aids that bring the text to life
  • Offers a glimpse into the life and culture of ancient times

Product Details

Individual Titles

The Baker Illustrated Bible Commentary

  • Editors: Gary M. Burge and Andrew E. Hill
  • Publisher: Baker
  • Publication Date: 2012
  • Pages: 1,648

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You want a deeper understanding of the Scriptures, but the notes in your study Bible don’t give you enough depth or insight. This commentary was created with you in mind.

The Baker Illustrated Bible Commentary is a nontechnical, section-by-section commentary on the whole Bible that provides reliable and readable interpretations of the Scriptures from 43 leading evangelical scholars. A complete revision of the well-known Baker Commentary on the Bible, this updated resource features new articles and vibrant full-color images on more than 1,600 pages—complete with photos, maps, and timelines to illustrate the text.

This information-packed commentary will help you gain a deeper understanding of the Bible in your own personal study or in preparation for teaching. It tackles problematic questions, calls attention to the spiritual and personal aspects of the biblical message, and brings out important points of biblical theology, making it invaluable to anyone seeking to get the most out of their Bible study.

Let’s face it: the Bible can be a challenging book to understand, to say the least. But that sentence will become less true if people use this book. It’s rare to see this combination of deep scholarship, clear prose, and engaging images—all of which help us hear afresh the Bible’s message for us today.

Mark Galli, senior managing editor, Christianity Today

This commentary gives a welcome bird’s-eye view of the Bible. In addition, there are enough pictures and maps to help the reader also get a worm’s-eye view of what the bird is seeing. That makes this commentary a welcome guide to the study of the Scriptures.

Haddon Robinson, Harold John Ockenga Professor of Preaching, Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary

Under the dynamic leadership of Gary Burge and Andrew Hill, a talented and diverse team of scholars has produced The Baker Illustrated Bible Commentary. Evangelical by conviction, this basic reference book gives ordinary Christians complete and reliable comment on every passage in the Bible. By treating the Bible as the Word of God, by providing a distinctively Christ-centered reading of the Old Testament, and by counterbalancing critical interpretations of Scripture, this new commentary promises to build up the church and help Bible readers understand the gospel.

Philip G. Ryken, president, Wheaton College

Gary M. Burge is professor of New Testament at Wheaton College in Wheaton, Illinois. His published works include The New Testament in Antiquity, The Bible and the Land, Jesus, the Middle Eastern Storyteller, Encounters with Jesus, Jesus and the Land, the NIV Application Commentary on the Letters of John, and the NIV Application Commentary on the Gospel of John.

Andrew E. Hill is professor of Old Testament Studies at Wheaton College in Wheaton, Illinois. He is the coauthor of A Survey of the Old Testament and the Cornerstone Biblical Commentary on the Minor Prophets, and is the author of the Anchor Bible Commentary: Malachi and the NIV Application Commentary on 1 & 2 Chronicles.

The Baker Illustrated Bible Dictionary

  • Editor: Tremper Longman III
  • Publisher: Baker
  • Publication Date: 2013
  • Pages: 1,792

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The importance of the Bible for spiritual formation cannot be overstated. It is in the pages of Scripture that we come to know God through Jesus Christ. At times the world of the Bible can seem strange and distant, and the number of subjects mentioned is virtually countless.

The Baker Illustrated Bible Dictionary helps you read the Bible with increased understanding and confidence, offering easy access to articles on people, places, things, and events in Scripture, even if they only appear in a single verse. It is comprehensive, with extensive cross-referencing to related articles; it includes authoritative articles on the books of the Bible; and it provides a ready reference to up-to-date scholarship from biblical studies, archaeology, geography, history, and theology with more than

Tremper Longman III (PhD, Yale University) is the Robert H. Gundry Professor of Biblical Studies at Westmont College in Santa Barbara, California. Before coming to Westmont, he taught at Westminster Theological Seminary in Philadelphia for 18 years. He has authored or coauthored numerous books, including An Introduction to the Old Testament, How to Read Proverbs, and commentaries on Job, Proverbs, Ecclesiastes, Song of Songs, Jeremiah and Lamentations, and Daniel.

The Baker Illustrated Bible Handbook

  • Editors: J. Daniel Jays and J. Scott Duvall
  • Publisher: Baker
  • Publication Date: 2011
  • Pages: 1,152

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One of the keys to grasping God’s Word is understanding how the message of each book fits into God’s unfolding plan. This innovative, fully illustrated handbook will enrich your Bible reading with fascinating insights into the Scriptures and the world in which they were written.

The Baker Illustrated Bible Handbook offers the most up-to-date evangelical biblical scholarship in a format that is colorful, informative, and easy to understand. This book-by-book guide brings the Bible to life with more than

  • 1,100 full-color pages,
  • 500 color photos and illustrations,
  • 80 maps and charts, and
  • 100 articles by leading evangelical scholars.

You will discover how each part of the Bible reveals God’s overarching purposes, giving you a clearer understanding of God’s Word from Genesis to Revelation. And you’ll learn how to more effectively interpret the Bible and apply it to your life.

The greatest adventure available today is that of walking through your Bible and making it come alive. This must-have book by Hays and Duvall brings clarity and simplicity to the greatest book ever written. Enjoy the adventure.

—Keith Chancey, director, Kanakuk Institute Graduate School

I have always appreciated and respected Duvall’s and Hays’ love for both the study and application of the Scriptures. Connecting words and pictures with God’s redemptive story within its historical context is a priceless tool for both those studying and those teaching the Scriptures. This incredible resource will ignite both passion and knowledge for any student of the Scriptures. It will enable the reader to grasp God’s Word in a more powerful, meaningful way, and it will offer practical insights and visuals that make the Scriptures come alive.

—Brandon Barnard, teaching pastor, Fellowship Bible Church, Little Rock, AR

J. Scott Duvall is chair of the department of biblical studies as well as J.C. and Mae Fuller Chair of Biblical Studies at Ouachita Baptist University. He is also a copastor at Fellowship Church in Arkadelphia, Arkansas. He is the author or coauthor of many articles and books, including Grasping God’s Word and Journey into God’s Word.

J. Daniel Hays is dean of the School of Christian Studies and professor of biblical studies at Ouachita Baptist University in Arkadelphia, Arkansas. He is the author or coauthor of many articles and books, including Grasping God’s Word and The Dictionary of Bible Prophecy and End Times. A former missionary to Ethiopia, Hays has also done mission work in Niger, Jordan, Myanmar, and Indonesia.

Baker Illustrated Guide to Everyday Life in Bible Times

  • Author: John A. Beck
  • Publisher: Baker
  • Publication Date: 2013
  • Pages: 320

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The authors of the Bible routinely mentioned manners and customs from the ancient world, fully intending that the Lord would change readers with these images. But modern readers often miss the full meaning of biblical imagery due to the distance in time and experience between the world of today and the world of the Bible. This fully illustrated guide aims to restore clarity and vitality to these portions of God’s Word in order to help readers grasp the full meaning of Scripture. For example, the entry on anointing defines the nature of this act and the connotations associated with it before illustrating how the biblical authors use the act of anointing in their communication with us. Understanding manners and customs like anointing enriches our experience of reading the Bible—and even helps us correctly interpret it.

John A. Beck earned his PhD from Trinity International University and has taught courses in Hebrew and Old Testament at various colleges and universities for more than 20 years. He is currently an adjunct faculty member at Jerusalem University College in Israel. His books include The Land of Milk and Honey: An Introduction to the Geography of Israel, God as Storyteller: Seeking Meaning in Biblical Narrative, A Visual Guide to Bible Events, A Visual Guide to Gospel Events, and more.

A Visual Guide to Bible Events

  • Authors: James C. Martin, John A. Beck, and David G. Hansen
  • Publisher: Baker
  • Publication Date: 2009
  • Pages: 272

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Why did Jesus pick Samaria as the place to announce his messianic identity? Why did God lead Moses and the Israelites to Mount Horeb after they fled from Egypt? Why did the apostle John receive God’s revelation on the island of Patmos?

A Visual Guide to Bible Events reveals the fascinating connections between Bible events and Bible locations from Genesis to Revelation. This beautiful, full-color book includes more than 500 photographs and maps to bring the ancient world to life. The engaging writing style makes this resource perfect for anyone—student, scholar, pastor, or layperson—who wants to understand Bible events in a deeper way.

This book is a Holy Land tour without the cost and physical effort of an actual trip and with added, faith-affirming insights tour guides might leave out. . . . Key locations from both Old and New Testaments are sequentially visited via maps, photos, and an easy-to-read text. Despite the authors’ substantial scholarship and background in biblical history, this is a lay-friendly book with an undercurrent of excitement that history reveals God still at work. The Scripture index to locations will help pastors, teachers, and students. . . . This book is a refreshing change from just-the-facts books about Bible lands typically found in libraries. Definitely recommended for Christian school and church libraries.

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James C. Martin founded Bible World Seminars in 1989. He currently offers biblical study travel programs on location in Israel, Egypt, Jordan, Turkey, and Greece. Over the past 25 years, Martin and his wife, Stacey, have been involved in aerial, land, and museum photography and video filming throughout the Middle East and Europe. Their photos appear in works such as the NIV Archaeological Study Bible and Halley’s Bible Handbook, among others.

John A. Beck has taught courses in Hebrew and Old Testament at various colleges and universities for more than 20 years. He currently is an adjunct faculty member at Jerusalem University College in Israel. His articles have appeared in numerous academic journals and books. His books include The Land of Milk and Honey: An Introduction to the Geography of Israel, God as Storyteller: Seeking Meaning in Biblical Narrative, A Visual Guide to Gospel Events, and more. Beck lives in Wisconsin.

David G. Hansen has taught at several institutions of higher education, including the US Army War College, Penn State University, and Trinity Theological College and Seminary. He also served in the US Army for 35 years. His current on-site research in Israel, Jordan, and Egypt includes extensive travel and participation in several archaeological excavations. He has published numerous articles and book chapters about biblical geography, history, and military affairs, and is author of In Their Sandals: How His Followers Saw Jesus and coauthor of A Visual Guide to Gospel Events.

A Visual Guide to Gospel Events

  • Authors: James C. Martin, John A. Beck, and David G. Hansen
  • Publisher: Baker
  • Publication Date: 2010
  • Pages: 208

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Why was Jesus baptized in the Jordan River? Where did Jesus heal people? Where did he choose to reveal his authority, and why? What is the significance of the locations where he told parables or performed miracles? Where did Jesus choose to interact with Gentiles? Why are the places of his crucifixion, burial, and resurrection important?

A Visual Guide to Gospel Events reveals the fascinating connections between the events recorded in the Gospels and where those events took place. This beautiful, full-color book includes hundreds of photographs and maps to bring to life the world in which Jesus lived. The engaging writing style makes this resource perfect for anyone—student, scholar, pastor, or layperson—who wants to understand Gospel events in a deeper way.

James C. Martin founded Bible World Seminars in 1989. He currently offers biblical study travel programs on location in Israel, Egypt, Jordan, Turkey, and Greece. Over the past 25 years, Martin and his wife, Stacey, have been involved in aerial, land, and museum photography and video filming throughout the Middle East and Europe. Their photos appear in works such as the NIV Archaeological Study Bible and Halleys Bible Handbook, among others.

John A. Beck has taught courses in Hebrew and Old Testament at various colleges and universities for more than 20 years. He currently is an adjunct faculty member at Jerusalem University College in Israel. His articles have appeared in numerous academic journals and books. His books include The Land of Milk and Honey: An Introduction to the Geography of Israel, God as Storyteller: Seeking Meaning in Biblical Narrative, A Visual Guide to Bible Events, and more. Beck lives in Wisconsin.

David G. Hansen has taught at several institutions of higher education, including the US Army War College, Penn State University, and Trinity Theological College and Seminary. He also served in the US Army for 35 years. His current on-site research in Israel, Jordan, and Egypt includes extensive travel and participation in several archaeological excavations. He has published numerous articles and book chapters about biblical geography, history, and military affairs, and is author of In Their Sandals: How His Followers Saw Jesus and coauthor of A Visual Guide to Bible Events.