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.
Stephen J. Binz is a biblical scholar, award-winning author, and popular speaker. He studied Scripture at the Pontifical Biblical Institute in Rome and Jerusalem, and has developed dozens of books and programs in biblical theology and spirituality, including The God of Freedom and Life: A Commentary on the Book of Exodus (Liturgical Press). He offers keynotes and workshops at church conferences and leads pilgrimages to the lands of the Bible. Information about his work may be found at Bridge-B.com.
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.
Brian Schmisek Director of the Institute of Pastoral Studies, Loyola University Chicago, and author of Resurrection of the Flesh or Resurrection from the Dead: Implications for Theology published by Liturgical Press
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.
Rev. Felix Just, SJ, Executive Director, Loyola Institute for Spirituality, California