The newly released Baker Illustrated Guide to Everyday Life in Bible Times has amazing content and is a great resource for Bible Study.  The introduction states that the “goal of this visual guide is to restore clarity and vitality to those portions of God’s Word that speak of the activities and social stations of the past.”  The Bible Study App integrates this resource into a seamless part of your Bible Study.

Here’s one example of an article I found on “Pharisee”.  (screenshots taken from the Windows Desktop Bible Study App. Click for a larger view).

With Matthew 23:2 in the ESV opened in the Main Window, I read that Jesus said, “The scribes and the Pharisees sit on Moses ‘seat…”. I can open The Baker Illustrated Guide to Everyday Life in Bible Times in the split window and navigate to the article on “Pharisee”.

split window navigation

Once I get to the article, I can see the article on Pharisee and read it in the split window without having to leave my Bible text.

split window

As I’m reading I see several full-color photographs relevant to the article I’m reading.  For example, within the Pharisee article is a picture of “the seat of Moses”.  If there are any footnote references, I can tap/click on those and they can be viewed in a pop up.

footnote popup

Continuing to look through this article, there are several other photographs that help give me not only a better understanding of Pharisees, but also a visual picture of what a synagogue would have looked like:


even down to a temple warning inscription blocked Gentile access to certain segments of the temple complex.  As with all resources in The Bible Study App , I can tap/click Scripture references to view them in a pop up without having to leave my place in the Bible text.

scripture reference popup


With The Bible Study App, I can also make notes, highlights, and tags within the The Baker Illustrated Guide to Everyday Life in Bible Times to help keep my Bible Study organized.

note - tag

Looking through these beautiful full-color photographs gives a sense of being “in the action” and gives a sense of realism and depth. As the author states, “cultural practices of the past are fascinating on their own, but even more so as they help us correctly interpret God’s Word and apply it to our lives.”

As you can see, The Baker Illustrated Guide to Everyday Life in Bible Times is a fantastic resource that will help you increase your Bible knowledge.