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The Complete Visual Bible by Stephen Miller is a cultural experience for the eyes and the heart that brings the stories of Scripture to life without having to travel to the Holy Land. Miller highlights the main points of all 66 books of the Bible with accessible language for all believers. The book is rich in photos, paintings, archaeological artifacts, and historical records from the cultures of Biblical times.

Each book of the Bible begins with a picture that sums up the theme of the book and is entitled ‘Big Scene’. The storyline of each book is given as well as a Biblical and world history timeline. Location, date and authorship are laid out and the book is divided into thematic or chapter sections. This is where the historical and cultural background to the text comes alive. The author includes the science behind many of the Biblical events, which I found fascinating. There are colourful maps, beautiful works of art, historical artifacts and stunning photographs of biblical sites, people, events and items that help to bring the reader deeper into the text. Also included are charts to help understand many issues and events including: Jewish sacrifices and how they needed to be prepared, the Egyptian plagues, the seasons of life in Ecclesiastes, and the parables of Jesus, just to name a few. There was some doubling of pictures that I found disappointing.

The Complete Visual Bible is an excellent resource to complement both church and personal Bible study. It would also be a good tool to teach older children, although it would need to be used with caution and supervision as some of the artwork and themes are not appropriate for children. This book is a compelling and thought provoking read that encourages the reader to dig deeper into cultural history in order to understand the perspective from which the biblical authors wrote and how it informs our understanding of Scripture today.

I give this book 4 stars out of 5.

I received this book free from the publisher through NetGalley. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. This book will be published 1 April 2011 by Barbour Publishing.