Saturday, December 25, 2010

Book Review: Bible Reference Book

Book description from Nelson publisher: "The beloved Biblical Cyclopedic Index from The Open Bible is now available as a stand-alone resource, for use with any Bible or translation.

With more listings than any other Bible resource available, Nelson’s Biblical Cyclopedic Index reference tool helps readers quickly pull together a thorough and comprehensive Bible study, lesson, or sermon.

Completely unique, Nelson’s Biblical Cyclopedic Index combines the features of a concordance, a topical Bible, and a Bible dictionary. It is a special kind of subject index that combines the best features of a concordance and a topical index. It’s an incomparable resource for Bible study, with more subjects detailed than any other publication. The Biblical Cyclopedic Index offers more listings than any other similar Bible resource available. With more than 8,000 subjects, names, places, things, concepts, events, and doctrines of the Bible, it is the one resource every church and personal library can’t do without."

I like this handy index. It is smallish, easy to handle and use. It gives the definition and the location used in the Bible but not just where it is used but how it is used. Example of "Happiness of the Saints" gives where it is derived from fear of God, trust in God etc; examples of Israel, Mary, Paul; in spite of Discipline, suffering etc; described as blessed, filled, in God alone; and then the other names like gladness and joy for reference.
Some definitions and locations aren't as detailed but it depends on the word and how many times it is used in the Bible. It will be very useful to me as I prepare every Saturday for Sunday's lesson. So if you need a good reference I couldn't recommend it more highly for ease of use and no intimidation factor.
I received a free copy in exchange for the review and the opinions are 100% mine.

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