The Compact Guide to the Bible
The Bible is the world's best-selling book. Its role in Western (and world) culture is unparalleled. But how did this seemingly random assortment of ancient texts become so popular? In this Compact Guide Martin Manser and Debra Reid lead a...
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The Bible is the world's best-selling book. Its role in Western (and world) culture is unparalleled. But how did this seemingly random assortment of ancient texts become so popular? In this Compact Guide Martin Manser and Debra Reid lead a tour through the making, content, and contemporary relevance of the Bible. With chapters covering the world of the Bible as well as a book-by-book breakdown that includes the stories of the Bible's most famous characters, this is a perfect introduction for readers who are new to the Bible, or those who have read it many a time - but just want to better understand how everything fits together.
Debra Reid (PhD., University of Wales, Cardiff) is tutor at Spurgeon's College, London. Debra was brought up in East London and spent much of her childhood at The East London Tabernacle, a church founded by CH Spurgeon. Debra's own research interests lie in Old Testament language and translation work. She has been involved with the publication of a variety of Bible editions and new translations (including the NIV Inclusive Language Anglicised Edition, the New Light Bible, the Bible for Beginners, and the NIV Thematic Bible). She has contributed articles to the New International Dictionary of OT Theology and Exegesis (Zondervan), the Dictionary of Biblical Imagery (IVP), and the Dictionary of the OT: Pentateuch (IVP). In 1998 and 2000 respectively Debra's contribution to the IVP Crossways Bible Guides series resulted in the publication of the second volume on the Psalms and her volume on Ruth and Esther. In 2002, for some light relief after the birth of her third (and final!) son she contributed and then edited The Ultimate Bible Quiz and Fact Book published by Arcturus. At the moment she is awaiting the publication of her Commentary on Esther (New Tyndale Old Testament Commentary series (expected publication: February 2008).
Martin Manser has compiled and edited Bible reference material and English-language dictionaries for nearly thirty years. He lives in Aylesbury, England. He and his wife have two children.