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New International Encyclopedia of Bible Characters Paperback – May 28, 2001
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While nothing can replace the original Bible for discovering the men and women of God, this books pulls together all the information under each character into one crisp, flowing summary. There are over 40 major characters that receive extended articles from Abraham to the Woman at the Well. Under Paul's article, there are entries for specific events in his life, his missionary journeys, and the themes that run through his writings and teachings. Additional articles also give an overview of certain groups, such as the Judges, Kings, and Prophets.
The only drawback to this book is the lack of a pronunciation guide (you'll have to look that up in the Bible Dictionary of the same series) but the meanings of names are given when known. This minor oversight is negligible for such a great reference work. Whenever I am studying the Bible or preparing a lesson, this book will always be in reach.
This book is part of Zondervan's six-volume "Understand the Bible" Reference Series. The other titles are New International Bible Commentary, N.I.B. Dictionary, N.I.B. Concordance, New International Encyclopedia of Bible Words, and the N.I.E. of B. Difficulties. Be sure to check those out also.
The book contains valuable information (Bible verse reference, contribution, significance, etc.) of each person mentioned in the Bible. Knowing more about a particular will enhance your Bible study as you realize that the people of the Bible were much like we are today, strengths and weaknesses!
A highly recommended buy, the title will be a valuable aid for the reader in learning more about the many colorful characters in the Holy Bible!
I want to add though that there are no pretty pictures in this book. Kinda boring that way. To make it a true 5 STAR book, I'd want it to have lots of colored pictures.
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This is a very informative encyclopedia of the bible. I use it all the time when i am studying my bible lessons.Published 20 months ago by Jennie Netterville
Very helpful reference for bible study. I keep it with me during all bible study classes to help answer questions that come up during our discussions.Published on November 9, 2013 by CarolM
A who's who in the bible. a better understanding of the roles the bible characters played in history. Nice addition to any collectionPublished on October 4, 2013 by Lisa DeLay
I used this for small group studies and it was great. It has a lot of helpful info and was easy to adapt to a group study.Published on December 23, 2012 by David Ingland