The CSB Holy Land Illustrated Bible is a visually immersive Bible reading experience featuring over 1,200 images, maps, and illustrations to provide greater insight and understanding of the people, places, and events of scripture. Book-specific introductions provide the setting and circumstances of writing for each book, and every image includes a descriptive caption to help better understand what is pictured.
1,200+ images, maps, and illustrations
275 full-length commentary articles
40+ “Digging Deeper” call-outs
I received a free review copy of the CSB Holy Land Illustrated Bible. I am not personally a CSB fan (I really don’t know a ton about it). Kofi reviewed another CSB edition once and Garrett is our resident Bible version overseer. My primary interest in this Bible was the 1200+ images and maps. I have always found my Bible studies to lack a real understanding of the ancient world’s landscapes. When the Bible says things like “Then he returned to Bethany, ” (Mt 21:17) I usually have very little clue off the top of my head. My hope was that this would be a resource to help me with that.
What I found is that this Bible really won’t work as a reference. If I want maps, I should get an Atlas (like this). But what this Bible offers are articles at the beginnings of the chapters and throughout are really interesting. Historical facts and photographs are littered through this Bible and give the reader insight into the ancient world. If you want to read through a Bible and learn history, see neat archaeological photos, and get some glimpses into the geography, this Bible is for you. I am actually winding down on my last reading plan and may just use this as my read the Bible in 2021 version.
The pages are thin…but they seem sturdy. The font is readable and the layout is visually aesthetic. I think reading through a Bible like this would be enjoyable, especially for someone interested in the CSB. It’s available in a lot of non-hardcover editions. Check out this great PDF that shows you a lot of the inside of the Bible and the purchasing options.
The publisher is offering a free version of this Bible that I can give away on the Things Above Us blog. So, if you are interested, leave a comment below this post and I will pick a winner providentrandomly on Nov 21. Limited to US residents only, please.
NOTE: I selected a winner by God’s providential will the morning of November 21 and it is Ken Lupton! Thanks for everyone who joined.
Another note on the Bible: When you are paging through a Bible it is very helpful to have the book and chapter at the top (or bottom). You know, like “Genesis 15:1” at the top of the page to tell you what book you are in when trying to find something. I noticed that several pages in this Bible do not have those markings (because the page itself is a history page or illustration). This makes paging through to find a specific chapter or verse difficult.