- Paperback: 122 pages
- Publisher: Jewish Lights; 1 edition (October 1, 1996)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1879045621
- ISBN-13: 978-1879045620
- Product Dimensions: 5 x 0.4 x 7 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 5 customer reviews
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Bible Baby Names: Spiritual Choices from Judeo-Christian Sources 1st Edition
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Bible Baby Names defines, pronounces, and provides references to the Bible for approximately 630 biblical names (with an emphasis on the Old Testament). The author indicates that this dictionary is not comprehensive (there are approximately 3,300 names in both Testaments), nor is it definitive or scholarly. Rather, she characterizes her book as inclusive of biblical names that "conform to current American tastes and trends." Thus, names like Jezebel, Judas, and Amalek are excluded because they are associated with evil. However, Lilith, a demon, is included, because it is a "pretty name" and because the stories about Lilith (as Adam's first wife) are intriguing. Many of the names appearing here are not found in the New Century Cyclopedia of Names, and Diamant provides definitions and references to the Bible that are not provided in the Century Cyclopedia or in Kolatch's Name Dictionary.
Divided into sections for boys' and girls' names, Bible Baby Names is prefaced with an essay on names. Although this slender book is more appropriate for public libraries and personal collections, Diamant will provide some depth to already existing personal-name dictionary collections in academic libraries, especially in terms of her emphasis on appropriate names and her inclusion of biblical references.
About the Author
Anita Diamant is author of The Red Tent; The New Jewish Wedding; Bible Baby Names: Spiritual Choices from Judeo-Christian Sources; and The New Jewish Baby Book(Jewish Lights), among other books. She is a founder of Mayyim Hayyim, Living Waters Community Mikveh and the Paula J. Brody Family Education Center in Newton, Massachusetts.