Through the British Museum with the Bible Through the British Museum with the Bible

Brian Edwards and Clive Anderson
ISBN 9781903087541 (1903087546)
Day One, 2004

Category: Education
Reviewed by: Phil Groom

Here's a book that does exactly what it says on the cover — takes you through the British Museum with the Bible.

It's an excellent little book (only 128 pages, a reasonably handy pocket size) that points you to all the sections of the museum that are relevant to biblical history, puts it all into its broader historical context, and fills in all sorts of background information to help you make the most of your visit.

You'll come away with a clearer understanding of the Bible's culture — both the ancient Near Eastern culture of the Old Testament and the Roman/Greek culture of the New Testament — and a deeper appreciation of the significance of the many and varied archaeological discoveries that help to confirm the Bible's historicity.

The book starts with a helpful introduction to the museum itself — where it is, for instance, as well as when it's open, what's permitted by way of photography and what facilities are available — then quickly moves on to a well-presented tour that takes you from the time of Abraham through the ancient empires of Egypt and Assyria (to name but two) into the New Testament era to eventually end up here in Britain.

There's a lot to take in and it's ideally suited to an all-day tour or perhaps two or three shorter visits. I only spent an afternoon in the museum with the book but came away enriched and enlightened, and certain to return.

Well illustrated with photographs, charts, maps, timelines, an index of significant items in the museum and of Bible references, this is as user-friendly a guide as as you could hope to find. There's even a glossary of archaeological terms. Highly recommended, making a trip into London more than worthwhile.

Admission to the museum is free but voluntary donations are requested (£3 suggested in 2006) and this book makes it even better value!

Phil Groom, March 2006

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