Nelson's Illustrated Bible Dictionary, the New and Enhanced edition released for 2014, is a hefty, full color, 1232 page volume. The full color photographs, maps and charts which appear on almost every page make this reference book educational and interesting to read. Bible lands, places, events people and facts are brought to life. Unlike other minimalist dictionaries or encyclopedias that contain text only entries- this unique hybrid volume is reminiscent of a text, yet the entries are organized in alphabetical order. Some entries are short and to the point, basically definitions, suchh as the informative, yet brief definition of "threshing floor", an expression a reader will find in bible reading. Other entries are extensive articles spanning several pages with illustrations and photos. For example, the "Roman Empire" is a major topic and treated as an article with its own sub topics, photos, diagrams and maps. This book is so much more than a dictionary, but also a comprehensive text. There is even an informative entry or article, a few pages in length, dedicated to "Bible Versions". Basically, many of these entries are topics in of themselves, springboards for the reader to learn more about a particular topic. While this book isn't intended to read cover to cover, I feel that readers will miss so much valuable information if they simply limit this book to only occasional use as a dictionary.
This book is bound with a sturdy hardcover and binding. It will stand up to years of use and enjoyment. This book is perfect for bible students, history enthusiasts and those interested in the bible in general. The font is easy to read and won't cause eye strain. The pages are thick and not onion skin thin. If you are looking for a good reference volume about the bible and bible culture, this is the only book you will need. As a blogger I received a copy of this book published by Thomas Nelson publishers for the purpose of writing this review.