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I found this book to be a pretty major disappointment. I've had cliffs note books before and they usually do a great job of compressing a book into a smaller one so that you get all the right details without the bells and whistles. Well this is almost the exact opposite. Rather than focusing on the actual contents in the Bible, they spend about 75 percent of the time telling you who scholars think wrote what books. I don't read the Bible because I want to know how accurate it is that Moses wrote the first five books.
I've read the Bible before but my memory is terrible and nothing sticks. I was hoping this book would help me remember some key points and people but they spend so much time on these details we don't need that there isn't much room left for anything else. Major stories about creation, Eden, Abraham, Noah... they were all throw into one paragraph just so the author would have more room to tell us who wrote what.
I feel bad for the poor person who has never read the Bible before but has chosen to read this book. They will take away almost nothing except author accuracy.
I recommend either the Bible for Dummies or a Complete Idiot's Guide to the Bible instead. They aren't as compact but they will give you all the details you need and are much easier to read.
This is a terrific overview of the entire Bible, written by a professor who understands the reader's need to know what we know about the Bible, such as who wrote what and when, and what we do not know. I found this overview fascinating. This publication was very well done.
Just glancing thru the pages of this booklet, it presents a concise review of the books of the bible and their meaning. I have not finished reading this booklet but so far I can understand parts of the Bible that were rather cloudy before. I hope by the time I finish I'll have a better understanding of the Books of the Old and New Testament.
I bought both this and The Bible for Dummies for use while listening to the Bible on cd's, and I was happy with both. The only reason I give this 4 stars rather than 5 is that although I like this one and recommend it, it was the Bible for Dummies that I enjoyed more and kept using.
Excellent and concise summary of the Bible. In my opinion, couples very well with "The Complete Idiots Guide to The Bible'. The Cliff Notes is the serious alternative to the "Complete Idiots" and/or "Bible for Dummies"
the book was in really good condition - and less expensive than buying the old and new testaments separately. also, it's a very interesting read - more 'the bible as history.' it in no way seeks to interpret the bible or be a substitute for it.