Friday, August 10, 2018

Booknote: The Infographic Guide to the Bible: the Old Testament

Hillary Thompson,, The Infographic Guide to the Bible: the Old Testament. Avon, MA: Adams Media, 2017. ISBN: 978-1-5072-0487-0.

Genre: nonfiction
Subgenre: religious studies, Bible, reference, infographics
Format: paperback
Source: Berea branch  of the Madison County (KY) Public Library

As the title indicates, it is a guide to the Old Testament in infographics. If you find it difficult to get
through some of the slow parts of the Old Testament, or if you need a refresher on the important parts, this can be a good book for  you. It is visually appealing and easy to read.

The book contains 50 infographics covering people, places, events, and other bits of information. A sampling of topics include:

  • Noah's Ark: By the numbers
  • The 7 Sacred Feasts of Israel
  • The 12 Judges of Israel
  • 5 Enigmatic Old Testament Characters
  • 6 Little-Known Women of the Old Testament
As it states in the book's introduction:

"Whether you're looking to supplement your Bible study, find a quick and easy reference for a religious education course, or simply brush up on Old Testament facts, this handy guide covers a broad range of topics in comprehensive yet concise charts, lists, and graphs" (8).

The word "comprehensive" may be a bit generous; this book does not cover every single detail. It does cover major topics, and it covers those pretty well.

This is a good selection for public and academic libraries.Whether you are religious or not, it is a pretty good reference source. I did try to see if there was a volume for the New Testament, but I did not find one. That would be a good idea to publish. Meanwhile, I really liked this one. I have read the Bible cover to cover, though it has been a while. I feel this book gave me a nice basic review for the Old Testament highlights.

4 out of 5 stars.

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