Wednesday, July 21, 2010

Book Review: Leonard's Biblical Chronological Chart

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Leonard's Biblical Chronological Chart
by C. W. Leonard

Hardback with fold-out 29" x 34" chart
Publisher: Attic Books
First Released: 2010

Source: Review copy from the publisher.

Book Description from Back Cover:
Originally published in circa-1860 and beautifully bound in hardcover form, Leonard’s Biblical Chronological Chart is one of the most concise and helpful reference tools you will ever own!

This faithful reproduction of the 19th century original is a visual wonder and a treasure trove of historical fact, biblical chronology, and Old Testament genealogy. Even the ornate edging contains fascinating details that will help explain some of the most common concepts, cultural facts, and details of measurements and dates as revealed in the Bible.

• Easily folds out to an intricately-detailed 29" x 34" chart

• Contains several engraved maps: the journeys of St. Paul, the area of Canaan, and journeys of the Children of Israel

• Lineage of the family of Jacob, the Kings of Judah, and the Kings of Israel are shown

Leonard’s Biblical Chronological Chart folds up easily and securely to preserve it for generations to come. Enhance your understanding of biblical history with this one-of-a-kind resource!

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Leonard's Biblical Chronological Chart is a useful Bible reference chart that covers a lot of information. It's easy unfold and then correctly fold back together. It's also a nice size that's easy to handle. Some of the text was a little small, though, so you have to be standing right next to it to read it all. Overall, I thought it a useful quick-reference chart for either personal use or for use in classrooms at church.

The information it contained:

The outermost decorative border, on the bottom: Information on Jewish weights, measures, and divisions of time. It covered time as well as Biblical lengths, distances, and money. It gave the Biblical term and the modern equivalent (like a Sabbath Day's journey equals 3/4ths of an English mile).

The outermost decorative border, on the left, top, and right: Information on Jewish sects. The origins and main beliefs of the Sadducees, Pharisees, Scribes/Lawyers, Essenes, and Samaritans.

Inside that was a time-line border ring. The outermost ring gave the dates. Inside that told the event that occurred (Old Testament for the left, top, and right sides; inter-testament period for the bottom-right corner, and New Testament for the bottom). Inside that were the Scripture references for the event. Inside that was information about the books of the Bible--who they're written by, how much history they cover, and/or when they were written.

Some sample dates are: Creation: 4004 B.C. ; Noah and family enters the Ark 2348 B.C.; Confusion of Tongues 2234 B.C. ; Jacob and his family move to Egypt 1706 B.C. ; and Solomon Dedicates the Temple 1003 B.C. No set date is given for Jesus' birth, so the New Testament dates were given only in years after his birth. Jesus is dated as dying 33 years after his birth; Herod murders James the brother of John 44 years after Jesus' birth.

In the top left corner, there's a family tree of the Kings of Judah and when they reigned.

Below that and reaching into the center of the chart is a map showing the voyages of St. Paul with Scripture references.

In the bottom left corner, there's a map of Canaan at about 200 B.C. with the location of the 12 tribes of Israel marked on it.

In the bottom center, there's a family tree of Jacob's family showing his descendants at the time they arrived in Egypt.

In the top right corner, there's a family tree of the Kings of Israel and when they reigned.

Below that on the right, there's a chart showing the periods of Scriptural history (Creation to Deluge, Deluge to the calling of Abraham, etc.) and the number of years they covered.

Below that on the right, there's a list of Scripture references for the miracles of Jesus.

In the bottom right corner, there's a map of the Exodus: the Israelite's journey from Egypt to Canaan. With Scripture references.

If you've seen this chart, what do you think about it? I'd be honored if you wrote your own opinion in the comments.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Thanks Debbie for the useful information!