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BH Publishing comes from a long line of trusted sources of scripture and scriptural resources. Here's a brief timeline:

1738 - Christopher Sauer started a publishing company in Philadelphia. A German native, he printed the first American hymnals for the Mennonites, Amish, Moravians, German Baptists, and Lutherans.

1743 - Sauer Bible was the first European-language Bible printed in America.

1839 - Andrew Jackson Holman became plant superintendent at Sauer's company. 

1869 - Holman buys out Sauer family, founding A.J. Holman & Company.

1961 - J.B. Lippincott & Company purchased the Bible publishing company.

1977 - Harper & Row acquired J.B. Lippincott & Company.

1979 - Southern Baptist Convention Sunday School Board (founded in 1891) acquired A.J. Holman from J.B. Lippincott & Co (now subsidiaries of Harper & Row).

1993 - Holman Bible Company and Broadman Press (SBC's publishing house) merged to form Broadman & Holman (B&H).

1998 - Sunday school board changed its name to Lifeway Christian Resources.

2004 - Holman Christian Standard Bible (HCSB) is published (NT was released in 1999). Its translation team included 100 Bible scholars from 17 denominations. 

2014 - B&H became a subsidiary of Lifeway.

2017 - Christian Standard Bible (CSB) is released, based on feedback from those who used the HCSB.


They've been doing this Bible business a long time.


Their newest offering, The Old Testament Handbook, is both gorgeous and full of valued information for teachers, seminarians, pastors, and anyone interested in biblical scholarship. 




From the publisher, here are some features of this guide:

  • High-quality, foil-stamped cloth cover materials and Smyth-sewn binding meant to last a lifetime 
  • Elegant full-color interior design, including maps, charts, illustrations, and other visual helps for every book of the Old Testament 
  • More than 75 in-depth word studies of keywords found in each Old Testament book 
  • Ribbon marker for easy referencing between pages during study, teaching, or sharing


The book is broken down by the book so the Old Testament. I'm currently teaching on the lives of Elijah and Elisha, and there in the section on 1-2 Kings, there's a chart that shows the works and miracles of both prophets, with New Testament references to similar miracles that Jesus did, and mentions of Elijah in the gospels. Also a chart that shows connections between Moses, Elijah, John the Baptist and Joshua, Elisha, Jesus. This book would be a tremendous resource for any book you're spending time on in the Old Testament. Yes, according to the website, a New Testament Handbook is coming soon. What an excellent addition to your Bible reference collection. A true keepsake.




You can enter to win your own copy of this new handbook! Contest runs through December 7, 2023. Here's the link.


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