While every character, story, and book of Scripture is significant in itself, stepping back for a broad, panoramic view of the entire Bible helps us to take in and understand God's single, unified plan for human history.
In this first of a two-part panorama of the Bible, noted Scripture scholar Stephen Binz shows us how all of the Bible's many parts fit together in a grand and awesome narrative. With a clear vision of this sweeping unity, we can then understand far better our own place within the storyline and our own personal role within the mission of God.
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Stephen Binz's Panorama of the Bible is a clearly written overview of the entire Old Testament appropriate for any adult faith formation and religious education contexts. Reading this book reminded me about `the forest and the trees.' While many commentaries provide great detail on the trees (individual biblical books), Binz's Panorama of the Bible helps the reader gain a deep appreciation of the forest as a whole (the Bible as sacred scripture), so that one can also better understand how each biblical book fits into the big picture. I highly recommend this book for anyone who wants to gain a clearer understanding of how the various stories contained in so many different biblical books all fit together in the revelation of God's plan of salvation.
Stephen Binz has done it again! He has written a compelling book offering a bird's eye view of the Old Testament, a road map for those willing and ready to explore further. This book will be an excellent guide for those who want a fresh overview of the Old Testament. Stephen's complementary book on the New Testament, together with this work, will be a great starting point for those wishing a solid but readable introduction to the Bible.
Stephen J. Binz is a Catholic biblical scholar, psychotherapist, popular speaker, and award-winning author of the Threshold Bible Series, and other books on biblical spirituality. Following graduate studies at the Pontifical Biblical Institute in Rome and Hebrew University in Jerusalem, he has developed Bible studies in the church for over two decades. He and his wife live in Baton Rouge, LA. Learn more about him at bridge-b.com.