A comprehensive, up-to-date, treasure of Bible knowledge for anyone wanting to read the Bible for personal and group study. This practical and easy-to-read reference source includes introductions to each book, with commentary, historical background, practical application, and theological themes. Throughout you will find illustrations and charts, maps, glossaries, study aids, timelines, lists of important and essential Bible facts, and reading plans. Written for all students of Scripture, the Essential Bible Handbook explores not only the world of the Bible, but also and especially its meaning for contemporary believers. It provides a wealth of insight into biblical places, people, times, and beliefs. It explains the message of core passages like John 3:16, Psalm 23, The Ten Commandments, the Sermon on the Mount, the "I am" sayings in John, Jesus' parables, and many others. All who teach the Bible, lead study groups, or simply read Scripture in order to draw closer to God will find the Essential Bible Handbook an indispensable resource.