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The Complete Idiot's Guide to the Bible

3.89  ·  Rating Details ·  160 Ratings  ·  16 Reviews
You're no idiot, of course. You know what the Book of Genesis is, or at least that it is about Adam, Eve, and an apple. But when it comes to sitting down and understanding the full significance of the Bible, you feel as helpless as Noah without an Ark. Don't try swimming for shore just yet! The Complete Idiot's Guide to the Bible offers accessible summaries and interpretat ...more
Kindle Edition, Third Edition, 328 pages
Published (first published January 1st 1999)
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Javier
Jun 17, 2009 Javier is currently reading it  ·  review of another edition
Let's face it with out this book The Bible wouldn't make sense to me.
Amber
Jan 26, 2017 Amber rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Great overview of the whole Bible.
Wendy
May 18, 2009 Wendy rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
There's alot of info here, but it's hard to make sense of it in a bigger picture context. Plus the stories don't really make alot of sense, especially when communicated in the style of "she did this, he did that," pretty basic stuff. I liked the first few chapters of Genesis, but after that I lost interest and it was a bit of a chore to slog thru... I didn't even make it to the New Testament. I guess the reader is supposed to accept the stories hook, line & sinker, however, I never knew the ...more
Rachael Mcclain
Aug 03, 2010 Rachael Mcclain rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
That is right, I actually bought this book, read it, loved it, and am not ashamed to admit it. I have never really had a good grasp on religion and found myself taking a World religions class in college. In the middle of my panic attack, over the class, I ran to the book store for help. I laughed at myself for grabbing this book off the shelf but promptly read it when I got home. The book explains the bible in a way that made sense to me, so much that I finished my class with an "A" and have bee ...more
Donna
Jan 29, 2010 Donna rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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I just finished reading the entire Bible, and this was an invaluable resource. The authors have a good sense of humor. Even though they admit they come from a more conservative background, they say they also had input from more progressive Christians and Jews. I'm more progressive, and I can say they achieved the inclusiveness they sought. If you aren't ready to tackle the Bible yet, reading this book on its own is a great education. It's very readable and not at all intimidating. I also appreci ...more
Tina Thompson
Feb 02, 2014 Tina Thompson rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Not a fan of the title but this is just what I was hoping for. Great at explaining the different versions of the bible and the history of the bible. Then tells the stories of the bible in a very fun and readable way. It recommends reading the guide then reading the bible along with the guide. Definitely makes reading the bible not such a daunting task.
Brenda
Aug 28, 2011 Brenda rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Very good book for use as assistance with working your way through the Bible. I used it for working my way through the Book of Revelation and it helped me to understand that book much better. It breaks the Bible down into sections and paraphrases the books for better understanding.
Alice
Jan 29, 2016 Alice rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I actually really liked this book. It was a Reader' Digest-esque summary of the Old and New Testament, as well as the Apocrypha. It made the chronology of events easier for me to understand. Also, the different familial relationships were easier to understand.
Nicole
Jun 17, 2007 Nicole rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2007
Wanted to get a quick review of the Bible since I'm too lazy and uninspired to read it myself. And now I realize that I should probably just read it myself. Sigh.
De
Feb 01, 2009 De rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Had to learn these stories sometime. It's pretty interesting and gives some new insight in the old stories you've heard time and time again. Alternating between this and The Bean Trees.
Debra67
Dec 01, 2015 Debra67 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I loved this book -it was more like a textbook than a casual read as I am in the process of reading about God and Jesus.
This broke down all the stories and characters for me
Crystal
Jul 15, 2016 Crystal rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
i thoroughly enjoyed reading this and getting a quick idea of everything in the bible. it was great to familiarize myself with this guide so i can now dive into my bible.
Tim Cox
Sep 12, 2007 Tim Cox rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Everyone
Every person should read this cliff notes version of the good book. It's a great summary with reasonable explanations.
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May 05, 2007 Charles rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Those who want an overview of the Bible.
Shelves: religion
Good overview.
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James Stuart Bell, Jr., was director of religious publishing at Doubleday, executive director of Bridge Publishing, and executive editor at Moody Publishing. He has written or consulted for more than a dozen other Christian publishers. At present he is the owner of Whitestone Communications, Inc., a literary development agency. His roles include writer, editor, compiler, packager, publishing cons
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