By Michael Ireland, Senior Reporter, ASSIST News Service, www.assistnews.net
ST. LOUIS, MO (ANS, January 9, 2016) – Many people find the Bible hard to read, and are confused by its meaning. Others think of the Bible as an old book, with very little to say to 21st Century readers.
Research shows that less than half of all adults can name the four Gospels, according to a media release from Concordia Publishing House.
While 88 percent of Americans report owning at least one Bible, 48 percent of adults can be classified as “non-Bible readers,” meaning they read the Bible less than once or twice per year (American Bible Society State of the Bible, 2014, 2015). These statistics highlight a growing trend of biblical illiteracy in the United States.
“Know the Bible Now” is a new release from Concordia Publishing House designed to help combat the problem of biblical illiteracy, both for new Christians and for those who feel less than comfortable with a basic understanding of the Bible.
“Know the Bible Now is a genuine antidote to biblical illiteracy and a welcome solution to the problems illiteracy raises,” writes Paul L. Maier, professor emeritus of ancient history at Western Michigan University.
“The editors and publisher have not used the ‘Read the Bible in a Year’ approach through the familiar listings of daily devotional segments of Holy Writ. Instead, they have responded to authorities in the field of education, who tell us that the literary vehicle most likely to draw attention and to effortlessly enter the memory is the story.”
‘Know the Bible Now’ is a highly visual Bible overview that will help readers embrace a fuller understanding of the biblical narrative. The chapters combine 120 significant Scripture passages with easy-to-skim infographics that connect all of the Word to Jesus, from creation to Revelation.
Features of ‘Know the Bible Now’ include the story of God and His people from beginning to end in 120 key Bible stories, overviews of biblical events, big themes and teachings found in the Bible, 107 infographic summaries for all 66 books of the Bible, and 134 realistic art prints.
‘Know the Bible Now’ is available for purchase at www.cph.org.
Concordia Publishing House (CPH) is the publishing arm of The Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod. For 146 years, CPH has been providing individuals, churches, and schools with products that are faithful to the Scriptures and the Lutheran Confessions. From books and Bibles to church supplies, curriculum, and software, CPH offers more than 8,000 products to support the proclamation of the Gospel worldwide. Visit CPH online at cph.org.
Photo captions: 1) Know the Bible Now will help old and new believers alike. (Concordia Publishing House photo). 2) Paul L. Maier, professor of ancient history (Western Michigan Univ.photo). 3) Michael Ireland.
About the Writer: Michael Ireland is a Senior Correspondent for the ASSIST News Service, as well as a volunteer Internet Journalist and Ordained Minister who has served with ASSIST Ministries and ASSIST News Service since its beginning in 1989. He has reported for ANS from Jamaica, Mexico, Nicaragua, Israel, Jordan, China, and Russia. Click http://paper.li/Michael_ASSIST/1410485204 to see a daily digest of Michael’s stories for ANS.
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