"The Barbour Bible Study Companion" Book Review


The Barbour Bible Study Companion:

Easy-to-Understand Study Notes for Genesis–Revelation

Book Review


Do Bible commentaries seem huge and daunting? They don’t have to be! The Barbour Bible Study Companion addresses key passages of scripture in a simple, easy-to-use (and understand!) format. With nearly 6,500 notes, covering verses and passages from Genesis through Revelation, this commentary is concise and accessible—perfect for the non-scholar. Introductions to each of the Bible’s 66 books provide additional background and insight. Ideal for personal Bible study or for Sunday school or small group preparation, The Barbour Bible Study Companion is usable with any Bible translation.

MY REVIEW:  This is the perfect study guide for those who are not scholars of the Bible.  I had been looking for a Bible Commentary and this one is perfect for me.  It is easy to understand and contains vocabulary appropriate to those with a high-school education.  This study companion has proven very beneficial for me as I've been reading my Bible daily.  My only complaint was the fact that not every verse is included.  The book includes historical information for each book, authorship, dates and to whom each book of Bible is addressed and for what purpose.  

I've even taken my kindle with this downloaded book to share with the Sunday School class I teach for 4th through 6th graders and they found it helpful to better comprehend the scripture verses included in our lessons.  The notes created great discussion among students which thrilled me. I would highly recommend this to other seekers, Bible study leaders and those who are reading the Bible for the first or the 100th time. The book is designed to be used with any Bible translation.  I believe this guide will allow readers to learn new things about their Bible.

I am rating this book 5 stars.   I received a copy of this non-fiction Christian book from netgalley and Barbour Books in exchange for my honest review. All opinions expressed are my own.

About the Editor:
Christopher D. Hudson
Christopher Hudson-- mission is to help people read, understand, and apply the Bible. He has contributed to over fifty Bible projects, sixty study guides, and over a hundred books.

Chris is the author or editor of:
* Heaven & Hell: Are They Real
* Navigating the Bible
* The Bible: 100 Ways it Can Change Your Life
* Layman's Concise Bible Commentary
* The Illustrated Book of Bible Lists
* Once-A-Day At the Table Family Devotional: 365 Daily Readings and Conversation Starters for Your Family
* Bible Atlas & Companion (Barbour)
* 40 Day Bible Adventure (Barbour)
* Fascinating Bible People (Barbour)
* What the Bible Says About series (Barbour)
* 12 Volume QuickNotes Simplified Commentary Series (Barbour)
* Angels and Miracles (American Bible Society/Time, inc.)
* The Life of Christ (American Bible Society/Time, inc.)
* Inside the Mysteries of the Bible (American Bible Society/Time, inc.)
* The Year Long Bible Reading Series (TheBiblePeople.com)
* Bible Jumble (Tyndale)
* Bible Jumble for Kids (Tyndale)

He has served as managing editor for best-selling Bibles such as:
* The Love Languages Devotional Bible with Gary Chapman (Moody)
* The NIV VerseLight Bible series by Zondervan (titles include: Find Hope, Find Love, Find Faith, Find Prayer)
* Inspirational Bible with Max Lucado (Thomas Nelson)
* The Extreme Teen Bible (Thomas Nelson)
* The Case for Christ Study Bible with Lee Strobel (Zondervan)
* The College Devotional Bible (Zondervan)

In addition to writing and editing, Chris is passionate about softball and baseball and has coached athletic teams at the youth, high school, and college levels. He's a graduate from Wheaton College (IL) where he served as the Head Softball Coach between 2006-2012. Chris has been an active teacher in his church for nearly twenty years and lives outside Chicago with his wife and three children.

There are additionally twenty-one contributors to The Barbour Bible Study Companion; they are Christopher Hudson, Tremper Longman, Mark Strauss, Carol Smith, Peter Barnes, Stan Campbell, Ralph Davis, Bob Deffinbaugh, Ian Fair, Joe Guglielmo, David Guzik, John Hanneman, W. Hall Harris III, David Hatcher, J. Hampton Keathley III, Stephen Leston, Stephen C. Magee, Doug McIntosh, Eugene H. Merrill, Jeff Miller, Richard D. Patterson, Robert Rayburn, and Derek W. H. Thomas. 


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