ZEB, ZIBBCOT, and ZIBBCNT Released
- Zondervan Encyclopedia of the Bible (ZEB) (5 volumes)
- The Zondervan Encyclopedia of the Bible has been a classic Bible study resource for more than thirty years. Now thoroughly revised, this new five-volume edition provides up-to-date entries based on the latest scholarship. Beautiful full-color pictures supplement the text, which includes new articles in addition to thorough updates and improvements of existing topics. Different viewpoints of scholarship permit a well-rounded perspective on significant issues relating to doctrines, themes, and biblical interpretation. The Accordance edition gives you instant access to more than 7500 articles and hundreds of full-color and black-and-white illustrations, charts, and graphs.
- Zondervan Illustrated Bible Background Commentaries (ZIBBC) (5 OT and 4 NT volumes)
- George Bernard Shaw once famously quipped, "England and America are two countries separated by a common language." Although their vocabulary is largely the same, English speakers from opposite sides of the Atlantic sometimes find communication difficult because they use different modes of expression and speak from different historical and cultural contexts. For example, confusion arose at a meeting of Allied forces during World War II when it was suggested that an item on the agenda be "tabled." In American English, to table a discussion means to set it aside to be dealt with later, while in British English, to table an item means to open it up for discussion! Clearly, it's not enough to share the same language. For true communication to take place, you have to understand where the other person is coming from.
We can experience the same confusion when we approach the Bible, because we are thousands of years removed from the historical and cultural context in which it was written. To be sure we're not misunderstanding the words we read, it would help to have a guide who can explain where the writer is coming from.
Accordance is very pleased to offer just such a guide in the Zondervan Illustrated Bible Background Commentaries on the Old Testament (ZIBBCOT) and the New Testament (ZIBBCNT). These two multi-volume commentary sets help readers understand the historical and cultural background of the Biblical text. Illustrated with lavish, full color photos and graphics, these commentaries walk you through the text verse by verse, offering fascinating and relevant information about each passage. For example, ZIBBCOT discusses the ten plagues against Egypt in the context of the ancient Egyptian belief that Pharaoh was responsible for maintaining order and holding back the forces of chaos. ZIBBCNT likewise explains Jesus' discussion of divorce in light of the background and circumstances of certificates of divorce in Judaism. These commentaries explain the unwritten context that may seem foreign to us but that would have been implicitly understood by the original audience.
Each series comes in a single Accordance module allowing convenient rapid searching. They are available for Easy Install and on the upcoming Zondervan Reference 2 DVD.
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