Guest Author - Pamela Chambers
Haley’s Bible Handbook commentary is a major asset to a Christian for Bible study. This commentary is much different, than the average commentary, because it is historical and archaeological. This handbook was researched well and has grown tremendously through the years.
The best way to utilize this commentary is to view the number of resources and capture the thoroughness and dedication that it took to compile this handbook. Henry H. Halley wrote this handbook starting in 1927. The pictorial illustrations and map designs whet my appetite and engaged me to imagine the places of biblical and geographical history.
Christians should read at least two other Bible translations of a concordance to learn the appreciation of the handbook. Reading the printing and copyright histories gives the reader the idea of changes in the compilation throughout the years. A variety of languages were used to help spread the gospel.
I recommend this handbook for Christians at any biblical level. This is a great resource for Sunday school and Bible School.
In order to truly know what is inside this book, I advise any reader to go to the Table of Contents and note what subjects are discussed. Breaking down the Table of Contents is a great way to cover what you want to study, because going through the entire Table of Contents in one sitting can be a bit overwhelming.
If you are a reader who likes trivia, the: Notable Sayings about the Bible: should also be covered. There are so many interesting thoughts from well-known people like, Abraham Lincoln, George Washington and Thomas Carlyle.
The reader should also take the time and read about what Halley says about the “word of God” and “Christ being the center and the Heart of the Bible.” This is basic knowledge that every believer should know.
This handbook can be utilized by parents to teach their young about the word of God and for new families who are just implementing Bible Study in their homes for the first time.
This handbook goes on to explain the Old and New Testaments and has a summary of each chapter of the Bible. There is so much new information to learn, even if you are a well-read Christian!
This handbook cannot be read as a substitute or quick notes in place of the Bible. The Halley Handbook is a resource and should be treated as supplemental material to enhance biblical learning.