Handbook of Life in Bible Times

By J.A. Thompson
Downers Grove : InterVarsity (1986). 384 Pages.

Reviewed by Dr. Richard Mayhue
1.2 (Fall 1990) : 217-217

Thompson writes to show how the reality of life underlies the narrative of the Bible from Genesis to Revelation. The book has twenty-two chapters arranged under seven sections: (1) Introduction; (2) People at home; (3) Food and drink; (4) Industry and Commerce; (5) Culture and Health; (6) Warfare; and (7) Religion.

This storehouse of helpful background material is easily accessed through indices by place, people, and general references. Relevant biblical references to a subject frequently fill the margins. At the end of each chapter the author provides a bibliography for further reading.

Pictures, drawings, and maps enhance the written discussions. This is one of the more complete, helpful, and easily usable volumes of its kind. With a minimum investment of time, the book can be a treasured companion yielding frequent rich rewards for an overloaded pastor.