*I received a complimentary copy of this book from BookLook Bloggers in exchange for my honest review.
Having used an older edition of Nelson’s Illustrated Bible Dictionary (NIBD) I was curious to see how the updated edition fared.
The first thing I noticed was the wonderful photos and maps that were used. They are great quality and color which makes certain Bible scenes come alive.
The second thing was the detailed work of the definition. Each definition was given some weight based on its importance.
For example, the information on a manager is two paragraphs long. The explanation for the Gospel of Mark is just over two pages long. I like this as it allows for a greater understanding of what really needs to be understood.
The third thing is the weight of the book itself. It is quite heavy but when you see the nature of the work therein it is easy to see why. While not something that ideal for devotional time it is excellent for deep Bible study.
The fourth thing is that it has been cross-referenced to major translations. Thus it is not a KJV only or NIV only dictionary. It does really well to note subtle changes in wording throughout various Bible translations.
Overall this update is very nice improvement over its former edition and well worth consideration for those looking for a nice Bible dictionary.