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Halley's Bible Handbook: An Abbreviated Bible Commentary (1927)

by Henry H. Halley

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More than 80 years after its initial publication, Halley's Bible Handbook remains a bestseller in its various editions, with millions of copies sold worldwide. Now available in this large print edition, this world-renowned Bible handbook has been consistently updated and revised to accurately provide even greater clarity, insight, and usefulness. Halley's Bible Handbook makes the Bible's wisdom and message accessible to people from all walks of life. Whether they've read the Bible many times or never before, readers will find insights that give them a firm grasp of God's Word and an appreciation for the cultural, religious, and geographic settings in which the story of the Bible unfolds. Written for both mind and heart, this completely revised, updated, and expanded 25th edition retains Dr. Halley's highly personal style. It features: All-new maps, photographs, and illustrations Contemporary design Practical Bible reading programs Helpful tips for Bible study Fascinating archaeological information Easy-to-understand sections on how we got the Bible and on church history Improved indexes… (more)
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Halley's Bible Handbook is an abbreviated Bible Commentary.
  phoovermt | Mar 21, 2023 |
This popped up in my Recommendations and I realized I had read it in the 80's - maybe not every word, but I used it quite a bit as a good reference. ( )
  Chica3000 | Dec 11, 2020 |
The contents of this book never become out of date. Admittedly, much of this information can now be found on-line, but not in the fashion which Henry Halley expressed it. ( )
  rcalbright | Sep 5, 2017 |
Henry Hampton Halley (1874-1965) was born in Kentucky, graduated from Transylvania College and the College of the Bible in 1895, and became a minister associated with Christian Churches in 1898. When he presented his well known “Bible Recitals” in which he quoted lengthy portions of Scripture and explained them, he would first reveal the historical background and contextual information of each passage. People began asking him for some of this information, so he decided to write his own introductory material and make it available. In 1924 he produced a sixteen page booklet of introductory information and began giving it out to people who wanted it. In time the booklet grew into a small volume, and he began calling it Halley's Pocket Bible Handbook, but before long “Pocket” was dropped from the name as the volume was too large for a shirt pocket.
After an introduction, the handbook gives a survey of each book in the Old Testament, a short explanation of the time “Between the Testaments,” a survey of each book in the New Testament, and finally an overview of “How We Got the Bible” and “Church History” since the first century. What I especially like about it is all the archaeological notes which accompany the discussion of the Bible history, along with the copious maps and photographs. A copy of this book, commonly known as “Halley’s Bible Handbook,” was in our home from my early days. I took it to college with me and have used it ever since. When each of our boys was in either seventh or eighth grade, I had them read a portion of the book each day all the way through as their Bible curriculum for that year. It has been said that “Halley's Bible Handbook contains more biblical information than any other book of its size.”
One may not necessarily agree with every statement that Halley makes, such as his allowance that the days of creation might have been long geological eras, his implication that Noah’s flood may have been a merely local deluge, or his suggestion that the ark rested on Mt. Ararat though the latter is a traditional view. However, in general he takes a basically conservative, creationist approach to the Scriptures. Of course, those who come from a liberal, modernist, and/or ecumenical standpoint will not like the book because of its “unquestioning literalist view of the entire Bible” or its “fundamentalist position” as well as its “anti-Catholic and anti-Muslim” language. Also, some have objected to Halley as a “white Christian supremacist” but I believe that this objection is the result of misunderstanding some things that he said. However, for those who accept the Bible as the divinely inspired, infallible, and authoritative revelation of God, the book is a useful resource for Biblical background information. ( )
  Homeschoolbookreview | Jan 19, 2012 |
Great little bible handbook. compact and to the point.
By Dr Yvonne Pambakian
1 vote Pambakian | Nov 23, 2009 |
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I prayed for Faith, and thought that some day Faith would come down and strike me like lightning. But Faith did not seem to come.
One day I read in the tenth chapter of Romans, "Now Faith cometh by hearing, and hearing by the Word of God." I had closed my Bible, and prayed for Faith. I now opened my Bible, and began to study, and Faith has been growing ever since.
--D. L. Moody
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Foreword: This book is not designed as a text-book, but rather as a handy brief manual, of popular nature, for the average Bible reader who has few or no commentaries or reference works on the Bible.
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More than 80 years after its initial publication, Halley's Bible Handbook remains a bestseller in its various editions, with millions of copies sold worldwide. Now available in this large print edition, this world-renowned Bible handbook has been consistently updated and revised to accurately provide even greater clarity, insight, and usefulness. Halley's Bible Handbook makes the Bible's wisdom and message accessible to people from all walks of life. Whether they've read the Bible many times or never before, readers will find insights that give them a firm grasp of God's Word and an appreciation for the cultural, religious, and geographic settings in which the story of the Bible unfolds. Written for both mind and heart, this completely revised, updated, and expanded 25th edition retains Dr. Halley's highly personal style. It features: All-new maps, photographs, and illustrations Contemporary design Practical Bible reading programs Helpful tips for Bible study Fascinating archaeological information Easy-to-understand sections on how we got the Bible and on church history Improved indexes

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