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An exhaustive, ready reference of every person named in the Bible 40 major figures covered in full-length articles Contributions from 24 world-class evangelical scholars Biblical references, brief description and relationship to other Bible Characters Uncover the Value of Every Man and Woman in the Bible From Aaron to Zurishadai, the New International Encyclopedia of Bible Characters is an exhaustive, ready reference of every person named in the Bible. Discover the parts men and women from the obscure to the famous to the infamous have played in the unfolding story of Scripture. Entries range from one-line biblical references for minor characters to full-length articles that address the theological significance of over forty major figures. With entries based on the New International Version---today's most read, most trusted Bible translation---this easy-to-use volume will help pastors, teachers, students, and church workers identify and understand the importance of every person in the Bible. The New International Encyclopedia of Bible Characters features contributions from top biblical scholars of the United States, the United Kingdom, and Australia. In addition to the alphabetic name-entries, twenty supporting articles shed light on topics of particular interest and relevance, such as: * Kings of Judah and Israel * Women in the Bible * Children in the Bible * The Apostles * Pharisees * The Elderly in the Bible * Angels in the Bible * Jewish Genealogies ZONDERVAN'S UNDERSTAND THE BIBLE REFERENCE SERIES This six-volume series supplies users of today's most popular modern Bible translation, the New International Version, with scholarly, economical, and uncompromisingly evangelical study tools. It includes the New International Bible Commentary, New International Bible Dictionary, New International Bible Concordance, and New International Encyclopedia of Bible Words, New International Encyclopedia of Bible Difficulties, and the New International Encyclopedia of Bible Characters.

About the Author

Paul Gardner (Ph.D. Cambridge University) taught for seven years at Oak Hill Theological College after his ordination, and then moved to parish ministry in Cheshire. In 2003 he was appointed Archdeacon of Exeter. He has published a number of books and articles, including commentaries on Revelation and on 2 Peter and Jude.
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Product Details

  • Series: Zondervan's Understand the Bible Reference Series
  • Paperback: 704 pages
  • Publisher: Zondervan; Supersaver ed. edition (June 1, 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0310240077
  • ISBN-13: 978-0310240075
  • Product Dimensions: 6.1 x 1.5 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,257,842 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Since I bought this book, I have not been able to put it down! This easy to use reference lists every person (including all those listed in Chronicles!) named in the Bible and gives a description of the character based on the Scriptures. All entries are cross-referenced to their location(s) in the verses.
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.
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I have often referred to Encyclopedia of Bible Characters when preparing Bible study lessons or for my own personal study.
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!
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What a wonderful book! I was just reading what was written about David. It's a very thorough summary and I was impressed. It's much more than a dictionary; it's an encyclopedia. This is the best book I've yet found about Bible characters.

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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I bought this copy as a gift for a friend who is searching the word of God with all of his heart. You can search any charater in the Bible and have a better understanding of their life, history, and incite as to the lesson God's word has for us.
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I was very pleased to find that this book far exceeded my expectations for providing background information on the major characters in the bible. It really helps in the study of the Bible because it adds background information about major events and links them to the characters and their roles in the events.
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