Archeological Study Bible (book review)

Archeological Study BibleNormally I post book reviews after I have completely read a book. But since I’m going to be working my way through The Archeological Study Bible for quite some time, I thought now was as good a time as any to share my thoughts.

I have never been able to read through the Bible in a year. I find too many fascinating subjects that keep me locked into a passage, and so it ends up putting me hopelessly behind such a rigorous reading schedule. In this study Bible, I’m finding even more fascinating reading that is making God’s Word come alive (and consequently causing me to pause even longer on certain passages)!

Since archeology and anthropology put human history in order, I am reading through the Scripture in its chronological order (i.e. not in the order the books appear in the Bible, but in the order the historical events occurred. There is a helpful chronological list on The Archeological Study Bible is adding such a richness to the places and people and customs that are chronicled in Scripture. With each commentary, map, chart, graph, or in-depth article, I am learning about the cultures in which the people of the Bible lived, and the prevailing thoughts and customs in which biblical writers wrote the Spirit-inspired Scriptures. It is quite fascinating!

If you would like to add a new level of richness to your Bible study, this study Bible should definitely be a part of your library.

12 Responses to “Archeological Study Bible (book review)”

  1. Links & Quotes | Craig T. Owens Says:

    […] this in my Archeological Study Bible and thought this rang true for our generation still today: “This generation was not guilty of […]


  2. Links & Quotes | Craig T. Owens Says:

    […] “At the heart of the Hebrew concept of marriage is the notion of covenant—a legally binding agreement with spiritual and emotional ramification (Proverbs 2:17). God serves as a witness to the marriage covenant, blessing its faithfulness but hating its betrayal (Malachi 2:14-16). The Lord’s intimate involvement renders this legal commitment a spiritual union, ‘so they are no longer two, but one’ (Matthew 19:6). The purpose of marriage as articulated in the Bible is to find true companionship (Genesis 2:18; Proverbs 18: 22), produce godly offspring (Malachi 2:15; 1 Corinthians 7:14) and fulfill God’s calling upon an individual’s life (Genesis 1:28). … Marriage binds husband and wife together into an entity greater than either partner as an individual, and it does so in order to assure continuity of the family lineage.” —Archeological Study Bible […]


  3. Links & Quotes | Craig T. Owens Says:

    […] “It is remarkable that the persons in positions of power who wrote most of Israel’s Wisdom Literature did not present the poor as immoral or second-class, but as neighbors in need of mercy. On the other hand, there is never an indication that the needy are necessarily more pious; after all, poverty was never presented as an ideal of Israelite society (Deuteronomy 15:4).” —Archeological Study Bible […]


  4. Links & Quotes | Craig T. Owens Says:

    […] Archeologists in Israel have found a seal purported to belong to King Hezekiah. You can read about other verified archeological finds every day in the Archeological Study Bible. […]


  5. 7 Must-Have Bible Study Tools | Craig T. Owens Says:

    […] study Bible. I’m currently reading the Archeological Study Bible published by Zondervan. The study notes open up the meanings of passages in a brilliant […]


  6. The Emblem Of Suffering And Shame | Craig T. Owens Says:

    […] that should have been ours? This emblem of shame has thus become the symbol of our salvation.” —Archaeological Study Bible, “Crucifixion” (page […]


  7. Archeological Study Bible (book review—part 2) | Craig T. Owens Says:

    […] I wrote a review on the Archeological Study Bible when I was roughly halfway through the Bible, but as I have now finished, I thought another review was in order. […]


  8. 3 Apologetics For Your Christian Hope | Craig T. Owens Says:

    […] manuscript for some ancient writing is a copy dating from 1,000 years after its composition.” —Archaeological Study Bible, “The New Testaments Texts” (page […]


  9. 8 Must-Have Bible Study Tools | Craig T. Owens Says:

    […] The Archeological Study Bible has some amazing cultural and historical insights. […]


  10. First-Century Rulers In Palestine | Craig T. Owens Says:

    […] hope this chart from The Archeological Study Bible helps you in your reading of the New […]


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