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3.91  ·  Rating Details  ·  394 Ratings  ·  33 Reviews
"The Bible For Dummies (9780764552960) is now being published as The Bible For Dummies (9781119293507). While this version features an older Dummies cover and design, the content is the same as the new release and should not be considered a different product." Ninety percent of Americans own a copy of the Bible, and while it's the most widely read book, it's also the least ...more
ebook, 432 pages
Published March 10th 2011 by For Dummies (first published January 1st 2001)
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Nov 16, 2008 Marc is currently reading it  ·  review of another edition
I feel a need to address the subjects for which i am ignorant. Subject number one, RELIGION. I'm trying to answer the WHO, WHAT and WHY's of life. I realize I cannot find all the answers in one book, but this is a good start.

I'm struggling with the whole concept of faith and how do I get myself to have any. Hoping this book will at least begin to uncover some of the basic questions I have in life. This is a continual read (several months, a chapter hear and there).
Apr 05, 2011 Catty rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: books-i-own, 2011
An interesting and fun read. It shows that even if you're not religious at all, the bible is good literature. And if you're religous, the additional information gives a lot to tell off irritating "I-don't-believe-in-anything-and-you-should-do-that-too"-people.
Lee Harmon
I’m reading another book now that highlights the sad state of America’s Bible illiteracy. Even as we continue to sell more Bibles and religious titles every year, the Bible is actually being read less and less. I doubt if anyone who regularly reads my blog falls into this category, but a number of my friends do, and I’d like to find an easy introduction to the stories in the Bible. What better choice than a Dummies book, right?

I’m a huge fan of the Dummies series! Since they introduced their tra
Apr 03, 2015 Travis marked it as did-not-finish  ·  review of another edition
I did not finish reading this book. I got stuck in the Chronicles and Kings chapters. Just too much stuff that isn't very interesting from a purely literary and mythological point of view, which was my slant for learning more about the Bible.

I know Genesis is an important book, but it felt like there was too much emphasis placed on it relative to the other books. Multiple chapters are spent on Genesis while other books get lumped together into single chapters. Granted that ties into the reason I
Vedran Kuljanin
Jul 02, 2014 Vedran Kuljanin rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Great book. Lots of things that I didn't understand were broken down extremely clearly. It was like speaking with a great professor. Many things you already knew and had it broken down in a different way. Sometimes I figured that i wanted to undertand some insignificant things just so I would be more knowledgeable on the bible as a whole so that I could master it...but it made those insignificant things seem pretty important. Will be using a lot more of their books
Karen Dings
Nov 04, 2015 Karen Dings rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Quick Overview

Quick, interesting read. It gave an overall introduction to those who are unfamiliar or requiring a better understanding of the Bible and how it fits together. I will re-read whole book knowing that I'll get more the second time around. Gives Bible references for more information.
Nick Ebelhack
From the eight book list I had for summer reading this year, this book was the one I was most looking forward to reading. However, I guess that my expectations were not to be the same as the book itself. This was the first time that I had read a For Dummies book end-to-end, and I can positively say that I will not be doing that again. If you are looking for a great way to get information on certain areas of the bible, or if you are one of those 2012 END OF THE WORLD freaks, then this book is per ...more
Eleanor Trejo
Jan 27, 2015 Eleanor Trejo rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
The Bible for Dummies Mini Edition is definitely mini

I was expecting a brief description of each book of the Bible but this book barely touches on a few major "characters".
Not worth the ten minutes I spend reading.
Apr 09, 2015 Gineke rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A great book. It's not an easy read, because/but it is jam-packed with information. The jokes tend to be on the corny side, but they're a welcome break from all the serious, but interesting facts that fill this book. Though obviously written from a Christian perspective, modern theories about authorship and interpretation are discussed without prejudice.

I would definitely recommend this book to people who are interested in learning more about the Bible but who feel daunted by the challenge of re
Kay Mcaloney
Sep 05, 2015 Kay Mcaloney rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Loved this historical version of the Bible. Readable descriptions of the Old and New Testaments, with a map of the area and the Biblical VIPs. Very good introduction and 101 book.
Pamela (slytherpuff)
See more of my reviews at Bettering Me Up.

Growing up in a non-religious household, I didn't have a need to read the Bible. Unfortunately, that also meant that I didn't understand the influence it had on art and literature. In all honesty, the Bible scares me: it's a huge book, with a lot of information, written in old language.

I was thrilled when I found this Dummies book! The authors do a remarkable job providing clear, concise information without trying to convert you to one religion or anothe
As silly as it might sound, this book is one I want to have always by my side when I study: difficult parts are made easy for me and fun to just read :)
Sara Mccandless
Nov 20, 2014 Sara Mccandless rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Very entertaining as well as informative. I consider this one as a great quick guide of understanding.
Alex Timberman
Dec 10, 2013 Alex Timberman rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: religion
I've been all over the bible throughout my life but haven't been able to put everything together in my mind from a linear or historical perspective. This book did just that. It was fun and engaging and written from a neutral viewpoint. Now, I got a clearer sense of who is who in the bible and the background between each chapter of the bible from a historical comparative perspective. Even though I did not read every word, I read the parts I found interesting. I totally recommend it if you want to ...more
Brian Martinez
Dec 26, 2013 Brian Martinez rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Good Intro

I'm a bit disappointed that the full version is not available on the kindle. I just finished the mini version and it is full of information. I decided to read it because I wanted to get an understanding of the history of the bible. I think this was a good beginning. I look forward to reading the full book. This book has left me wanting to read more.
Sep 12, 2013 Dragonfly rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is by far the funnest study guide to use along with the Bible. I found out all kinds of tidbits about origins of words, names, and such because of this book. If you are easily offended, then it might not be for you, however I found it amusing, interesting and educational all in one. Loved the Far Side like comics too!
Jan 24, 2008 Kris rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
About 1/3 through. Someone at our bookclub mentioned this for helping with the religous books, as my husband is tired of answering my bible questions! It's interesting and compares/contrasts christianity, judiasm, and islam. I hope to fool people from my heathen background. Also excellent help for crossword puzzles.
Richard G
Oct 01, 2011 Richard G rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I did not like the hokey humor but all in all it was a good abbreviated version of the best selling book in the world. When they were saying something with different interpretations they made it clear that other interpretations were out there.
The need to be "funny" annoys me in this book, but the reading is valuable, for I'm totally ignorant regarding the Bible. The explanations are satisfactory though not exhaustive. Perfect for someone who is reading the Bible for the first time.
Not as good as the other religion for dummies books that I've read. I'd rate them Islam, then this, then Judaism. Felt like this was just a collection of stories about some really odd people. Don't feel like I learned anything from it.
Lindsay Greene
1/2 way through the book. I find it less dry than the Bible. But I am still finding it hard to read without my mind wandering to other things. I am determined to finish the book since I never got through The Bible itself.
I remember reading this and feeling frustrated because it didn't give any explanation as to why the books about Jesus's life in the new testament condradict each other so much.I got every question right in the bible quiz though.
Jul 02, 2009 Ryan rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A great introduction to the Bible. It has helped me to understand the Bible as well as attending Sunday School for years has. It helps break it down into a comprehensible book.
Jay Dyer
Mar 24, 2013 Jay Dyer rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: christian
This is the go to book for Christians looking for answers or information nuts looking for a wealth of knowledge.
Apr 21, 2009 Jan rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
My view of the Bible is very different form theirs. I had found it interesting in spots but rather dull otherwise.
Antuan Simmons
Apr 18, 2012 Antuan Simmons rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I like it. It's funny in some parts. It explains the Bible in places where I don't understand the actual Bible.
Jun 12, 2012 Kathy rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I am enjoying learning about some of the lesser-known (at least to me) books of the Bible.
Siobhan O' Sullivan
a lot of information that was helpful in such a short book!
Nov 03, 2011 Ashleigh rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Yes, I'm actually reading this...
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