The authoritative guide to the books, episodes, figures and places of the Bible, with a detailed overview of the life of Jesus Christ The Bible is the basis of two of the world's greatest religions, Judaism and Christianity, and has an immeasurable impact on Western culture. The New Illustrated Companion to the Bible distills the essence of this great work in beautifully illustrated commentaries on the major stories, places, characters and events in the Bible, from the Garden of Eden and the suffering of Job to the Last Supper and the Book of Revelation. In addition, the book provides an informative and detailed treatment of the life of Jesus, his teachings, his importance in history and the early years of the Church. Illustrated with more than 420 colour photographs and maps, the book also includes a book-by-book summary of the Bible, a comprehensive bibliography and a glossary of biblical terms.
J R Porter is Professor Emeritus of Theology at the University of Exeter and a former Fellow of the Oriel College, Oxford. He served for twenty years as a member of the General Synod of the Church of England. His other books include Jesus Christ (DBP, 2001). He lives in London.