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Archaeological Study Bible Notes

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To engage the Bible more, you need to enter the world from which it came. From the beginning of Genesis to the end of Revelation, The Archaeological Study Bible is filled with study material that opens your eyes to the archaeological, historical, and cultural contexts of the stories you read and the people you meet in Scripture.

Take a journey back to the lands and origins of the Bible for an unparalleled encounter with the Word of God. Get insights into the roots of the Bible that will strengthen your faith and open new vistas of knowledge and understanding. Like no other study Bible, this one provides a sweeping, detailed look at the lands and times of Scripture, bringing to light the importance of ancient civilizations, practices, historical records and artifacts, literature, architecture, religions, laws, events, movements, geography, agriculture, wars and battles, political and monetary systems, historical figures and other factors that are critical to a deep and accurate grasp of the Bible.

  • Over 8,000 concise study notes offer insights into the text as readers engage it from the standpoint of its relationship to the times, places and circumstances in which it was written. The study notes add further explanation to passages that speak on archaeological or cultural facts included in the Scripture.
  • Over 500 articles shed light on ancient creation narratives, the possible location of Eden, cuneiform writings of Ebla, the naming of children, Greek and Roman culture, and scores of other fascinating topics. The articles include the following five categories:
    • Archaeological Sites (such as; Hazor, Ugarit, Arad, Ephesus).
    • Cultural and Historical Notes (ancient seals and scarabs, perfume and anointing, the missionary journeys of Paul).
    • Ancient Peoples and Lands (the Persian empire, the history of Egypt).
    • The Reliability of the Bible (the question of the Psalm superscripts, the reliability of Judges, the ending of Mark).
    • Ancient Texts and Artifacts (the Mesha Stone, the Prayer of Confession).
  • 500 full-color photographs interspersed within articles throughout highlight millennia-old texts and artifacts, ancient weapons of war, ancient children's toys, archaeological sites in the region, other memorabilia of ancient near eastern cultures and civilizations, and a host of other amazing historical, cultural, and archaeological details.
  • Detailed book introductions that provide basic, at-a-glance timelines, outlines, and information.
  • Detailed charts on pertinent topics.
  • In-text color maps that assist the reader in placing the action.
  • 16 Page Satellite-Generated Color Map Section

While this module does not contain the biblical NIV text of the printed version, it is formatted to run in parallel with any Accordance Bible translation.

Archaeological Study Bible
An Illustrated Walk Through Biblical History and Culture

• Executive Editor: Walter C. Kaiser, Jr.
General Editor: Duane Garrett
Publisher: Zondervan (released 2/25/06)

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November 13, 2011  | 10:16 AM  |  Good (4)
The Archeological Study Bible has to be one of the most unique and specialized resources I have in my library. The purpose as stated in the introduction is to put the Bible in historical and archeological context. The study bible includes discussions of most significant cultures that existed during biblical times. For example Genesis has discussions of the Serpent Motif in other Ancient Near East Cultures; other ancient flood narratives, the location of Eden as well as Documentary Hypothesis discussing the writing of the Pentateuch.
In addition the introductory material for each book of the bible contains a timeline; cultural facts; a “Did you Know” discussion and other valuable information.
Having the study bible in Accordance allows for the easy access to the commentary on the verse being studied. However, it is important not to miss the introductory materials and other articles that are not tied to a specific verse.
Overall, the Archeological Study Bible has been ...
The Archeological Study Bible has to be one of the most unique and specialized resources I have in my library. The purpose as stated in the introduction is to put the Bible in historical and archeological context. The study bible includes discussions of most significant cultures that existed during biblical times. For example Genesis has discussions of the Serpent Motif in other Ancient Near East Cultures; other ancient flood narratives, the location of Eden as well as Documentary Hypothesis discussing the writing of the Pentateuch.
In addition the introductory material for each book of the bible contains a timeline; cultural facts; a “Did you Know” discussion and other valuable information.
Having the study bible in Accordance allows for the easy access to the commentary on the verse being studied. However, it is important not to miss the introductory materials and other articles that are not tied to a specific verse.
Overall, the Archeological Study Bible has been very useful. I think it is challenging to tie some of the archeological material to specific bible verses, and sometimes find it a stretch as to what articles appear with certain biblical texts. For example Romans 14 discusses Pompeii, which is interesting, does not exactly apply to Paul’s discussion of Christian Liberty. However, for the most part the articles are useful in providing historical context to the biblical text.
Given the unique nature of this resource, it has information that may not be readily available in other resources in your library. If you are interested in historical and archeological background, this is a resource you should consider.