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The Oxford Guide to People & Places of the Bible [Hardcover]

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Pages   436
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 8.68" Width: 5.78" Height: 1.22"
Weight:   1.43 lbs.
Binding  Hardcover
Release Date   Jun 7, 2001
Publisher   Oxford University Press
ISBN  0195146417  
EAN  9780195146417  

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Outline ReviewIn the late 20th century, increasing numbers of preachers and scholars have emphasized the narrative quality of the Bible, considering Scripture to be a collection of stories about God's relationship with humanity. Narrative readings of the Bible are most trustworthy when they're based on clear understandings of the characters and settings. And such understanding is now within reach of any lay reader, in the form of the well-researched, easy-to-use reference The Oxford Guide to People and Places of the Bible. Edited by Bruce M. Metzger (the renowned New Testament scholar who chaired the committee that produced the New Revised Standard Version) and Michael D. Coogan (editor of The Oxford History of the Biblical World), this book contains more than 300 entries on every major person and place in the Bible, from Adam to Zedekiah (the last king of Judah) to the Garden of Eden to Golgotha. Contributors from a range of theological traditions and academic disciplines ensure each entry is informed by the latest archaeological findings, as well as current sociological, literary critical, and linguistic research. Extensive cross-referencing will lead readers from one discovery to the next, fleshing out each Bible story as they go. Even in entries for the most familiar characters, readers will find entertaining surprises: Goliath, for example, is said to be almost 10 feet tall in I Samuel; but if you believe the Dead Sea Scrolls, he was really stood closer to 7 feet. --Michael Joseph Gross

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Offering a wealth of reliable information, The Oxford Guide to People & Places of the Bible provides more than 300 articles that cover everyone from Adam and Eve to Jesus Christ and everywhere from the Garden of Eden to Golgotha and Gethsemane.
Readers will find fascinating, informative entries on virtually every major figure who walked across the biblical stage. Here are Hebrew Bible figures such as Cain and Abel, Noah and Methuselah, Abraham and Isaac, David and Goliath, Solomon and Sheba, Moses and Aaron, Naomi and Ruth, and Samson and Delilah. The New Testament is likewise well covered, with pieces on Peter and Paul, John the Baptist and Mary Magdalene, the apostles (Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John), Pontius Pilate and Judas Iscariot, and of course Jesus, Mary, and Joseph. Articles also define groups of people who figure in the Bible, such as Angels, Archangels, and Demons, the Magi, the Tribes of Israel, and Women. Entries on the significant places of the Bible, both ancient and modern, include kingdoms and countries (Egypt, Assyria, Mesopotamia) and cities (Bethlehem, Jerusalem, Sodom and Gomorrah), as well as geographical features such as the Sea of Galilee and Mount Hebron. The guide includes a detailed index for ease of use, and 14 pages of color maps, providing an accurate, detailed portrait of the biblical world.
Here then is the first place to turn to find factual information on the people and places of Holy Scripture. Written by an international team of noted biblical experts, it is an essential addition to any family library as well as a useful, reliable resource for scholars and students.

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Bruce M. Metzger is Collard Professor Emeritus of New Testament Language and Literature at Princeton Theological Seminary. Michael D. Coogan is Professor of Religious Studies at Stonehill College in Easton, Massachusetts and Director of Publications, Harvard Semitic Museum. He is the editor of The Oxford History of the Biblical World and The New Oxford Annotated Bible (3d Edition).

Bruce M. Metzger currently resides in the state of New Jersey. Bruce M. Metzger has an academic affiliation as follows - Princeton Theological Seminary Princeton Theological Seminary (Emeritu.

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A must have: this should be on everyone's bookshelf.  Jun 9, 2005

This is well worth its price as it is a succinct guide to all people and places in the bible. The alphabetical listing of the people and places is intuitive making this a user friendly encyclopedia. One feature I really like about this work is that each entry is attributed to the author allowing for additional research if you so desire and allowing you to contextualize the commentary if you are doing scholarly work.

Note: Unlike the previous reviewer's book, mine does not begin with "Aaron", it starts with "ABBA." I suspect she was actually referring to the "Oxford Companion to the Bible," another must-have for those interested in this subject.
Good up-to-date information  Apr 6, 2003
This is a worthwhile condensation and update of the Oxford Companion to the Bible. Only leading scholars of religion are found in this Guide. While browsing through its 374 pages (with index), I happened to read the entry on the Samaritans. It was refreshing to see that, instead of offering simplistic "black and white" statements about the Samaritans' relation to Judaism, the contributor addresses rather than overlooks the inherent complexities of Biblical scholarship. The definition of the word "Judaism," for instance, is thoughtfully examined, rendering claims such as "The Samaritans are simply an offshoot of Judaism" indicative of flimsy, second-rate thinking.

This, of course, is what decent scholarship is all about. And that is precisely why I purchased this highly useful edition.

The Facts As Written by Bible Scholars of Today  Jul 26, 2001
This is a very concise guide to all of the fascinating characters and places in the Bible. The Directory of Contributors lists over 140 names of the scholars who have put together the text. They hail from the United States, Italy, Ireland, England, Israel, Switzerland, Scotland, Canada, South Africa, Germany and Australia. The author of each entry is identified by name and the reader can check into the directory in the front of the book and find their scholastic background.

Written in alphabetical order and starting with AARON, the book covers the people and places of both Testaments. Fourteen Bible Maps based on the Oxford Bible Atlas are also included.

The guide reads like an encyclopedia and makes a terrific companion book to the Bible. For instance, if you want to know exactly who were the PHARISEES or read the story of JACOB, and what he did to win the beautiful RACHEL each entry is there to be found.

This is really a great source of reference for finding specific data.


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