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The Holy Land Illustrated Bible: A Must-Have For Anyone Serious About Bible History

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I have a confession to make. I’m a Bible hoarder. Yep, I said it. I have tons of Bibles and Study Bibles in different translations. When offered the opportunity to receive the Holy Land Illustrated Bible, I was all in. And, I was not disappointed.

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A Look at the Holy Land Illustrated Bible

While not labeled as a study Bible, there are so many features that enhance your Bible study time, including an introduction to each chapter of the Bible, including circumstances of writing, contribution to the Bible and structure, as well as a chart of weights and measures (what is a shekel, anyway?).

At the beginning of the Bible, you’ll find not just a table of contents, but an explanation of the CSB translation, a list of articles included, as well as abbreviations used. I found it so helpful to find topics that I was interested in exploring.

At the back of the Bible, is the table of weights and measures, biblical maps, and a concordance.

The Holy Land Illustrated Bible includes several timelines, as well. This is so helpful to me to get a better understanding of when each biblical event occured in relation to other biblical events and overall history.

I particularly enjoyed the articles in the Holy Land Illustrated Bible on on topics which complemented the biblical text. The articles included a deeper look at Ur, Spies in the Land, The Arabah and David and the Philistines and so many more.

The Bible also includes features on breadmaking during biblical times, music in David’s time, as well as prophets, priests and kings.

Holy land Illustrated Bible tablescape

Full-color maps and images allow you to see and feel where each of the books and stories took place. Places and things that before we had to imagine. The Holy Land Illustrated Bible makes the Bible come to life in a new way.

The photos and images are from the collection of over 1,200 images in the Biblical Illustrator Magazine, allowing us to see what Bible stories really looked like—from the rugged landscapes to the details of everyday life.

Features of the Holy Land Illustrated Bible

  • Bible and History Timelines
  • More than 1,200 images, maps, and illustrations with descriptive captions
  • More than 275 full-length articles provide greater insight and understanding
  • Two-column text, topical subheadings
  • Book introductions to introduce the setting and circumstances of writing
  • Intentionally designed pages to optimize the visual reading experience
  • Two ribbon markers for easy referencing between pages
  • Over 40 “Digging Deeper” call-outs strategically placed throughout the Bible
  • 9.5-point type
  • Easy-to-read black-letter text
  • Footnotes and concordance

Here’s a short video about the Holy Land Illustrated Bible that you may enjoy:


Although I own many Bibles, the Holy Land Illustrated Bible is quickly becoming one of my favorites for deeper study. I use it in conjunction with the Hebrew Greek Key Word Study Bible and compare the CSB translation to other translations, including NKJV, NIV, and ESV, for an expanded study of God’s Word.

Want to buy a copy? (I’m planning on gifting one to several friends and family members this year), just click on the book cover below to learn more and grab your own copy.

Still not sure this Bible will be your new favorite? You can download a sample section of the Holy Land Illustrated Bible on this page

And, on this page, you can see the first few pages of the Holy Land Illustrated Bible, plus the table of contents and more.

Now, if you’ll excuse me, I’m off to dig deeper into the Holy Land Illustrated Bible.

Because He Lives,



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Friday 27th of November 2020

Dear Susan, Hopefully this won't be offensive - A while back I stumbled on your web site and was very impressed! To day I still am. I read my first book in 2007, I'm 72 as of last week, it was The Christmas Sweater by Glen Beck. Very good in my opinion and it cause me to want to try to read more. That being said, my not reading much of the emails you have sent me is NOT a reflection of you, but of me and my eye site. I think from now on I will be opening your emails on my computer and not my computer and not my phone as seeing them on my phone is not too easy and I am very impressed with your heart and your teaching. Thank you for what you do! I do better at listening than reading and would love you coming to see us at First Fruits Revolution Ministries some day, but that isn't for me to ask :-). We have a wonderful pastor who would have to make that invite and we don't have much money, especially right now.

I just wanted to say thank you for what you do. If my house refinances I may try one of your books, thank you for your faithfulness to our lord!!!

Sincerely, Kathy Nick

Susan Nelson

Friday 27th of November 2020

Thank you so much for your support and encouragement. I'm so glad that my posts encourage you. Have a blessed day and thanks for stopping by!


Tuesday 24th of November 2020

My favorite feature of this bible are the amazing pictures.

Wendy @ One Exceptional Life

Tuesday 24th of November 2020

This sounds like a neat addition to any Bible collection. Thank you, Sue.


Monday 23rd of November 2020


Amber Hurd

Monday 23rd of November 2020

My favorite things about this bible would be the illustrations along with the deeper historical knowledge.. Thank you for sharing about it..

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