Shelf Life Book Review: The Eerdmans Companion to the Bible

Stephen M. Vantassel

The Eerdmans Companion to the Bible
Eerdmans, 2011

From design to writing, this book was written to be easy to use and comprehend. The first section introduces readers to the historical, cultural and literary background of the Bible with chapters on languages, archaeology, weights and measures. Chapters cover theological topics such as interpretation, inspiration and the formation of the Bible.

In sections two and three, each biblical book is summarized in a way that helps us grasp the narrative structure of the Bible. Articles placed throughout the text provide background on historical, literary or theological topics. The final section introduces us to the Church’s use of Scripture as a source of doctrine and ethics. The authors explain that interpreting Scripture requires consideration of genre, tradition, historical distance, cultural differences and context. It also involves acknowledging our sinfulness.

This companion contains indexes for Scripture, subject, people and places, making it especially useful to those who are unfamiliar with the Bible.

Article courtesy of Bible Study Magazine published by Faithlife Corporation. Originally published in print, Vol. 4 No. 4