- Hardcover: 384 pages
- Publisher: National Geographic (Nov. 5 2013)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1426211597
- ISBN-13: 978-1426211591
- Product Dimensions: 24 x 3.1 x 28.3 cm
- Shipping Weight: 1.7 Kg
- Average Customer Review: 4 customer reviews
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #151,126 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
National Geographic Who's Who in the Bible: Unforgettable People and Timeless Stories from Genesis to Revelation Hardcover – Nov 5 2013
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"Isbouts has written an exquisite reference guide to the personalities in the Bible...The text is lavishly illustrated with art, photos, and maps that help situate the period and personalities under examination, a splendid presentation that sets it apart from similar works. Even if you own a comparable title, this well-researched and well-organized work will complement what is already on your shelf. For anyone interested in biblical studies, theology, and history, from general readers to seminary students." —Library Journal, Starred Review
“Who’s Who in the Bible is a delightful reference book. This textbook is filled with beautiful paintings, drawings and photographs from Genesis to Revelation…I collect books and this one surpasses any biblical reference book I have on my shelves.” –OrdinaryServant.com
“Who’s Who is a breathtaking compendium that belongs in the library of any religious history enthusiast.” –ParchmentGirl.com
"Impressive in size, depth and graphic appeal." -Baptists Today
About the Author
JEAN-PIERRE ISBOUTS is the author of National Geographic's best-selling books The Biblical World and In the Footsteps of Jesus and the director of Charleton Heston's Voyage Through the Bible. He is a professor at Fielding University in Santa Barbara, CA.
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It is organized into chapters by Biblical books: Genesis to Deuteronomy; Joshua to Kings; Chronicles to Maccabees; Gospels; Acts to Revelation. Each chapter begins with a one page introduction asking: "Who wrote" the books? The next section contains information about the main characters in the books covered in the chapter. Each chapter concludes with an alphabetical listing of characters in the covered books. Most of the information is drawn from the Bible, supplemented by information from secular sources. Side articles cover the milieu out of which the Scriptures grew. Reproductions of classical art place the narrative in the context of Western culture. Maps help the reader locate the places where events occurred.
After reading this from cover to cover, I plan to keep it handy to help place the characters about whom I read in their proper relationships. I find that and the maps to be real aids to understanding. I do not sense a particular sectarian slant in this work. Author Jean-Pierre Isbouts does draw on secular information but not in ways to challenge faith. An example would be that he mentions that, although Jesus and St. Joseph are referred to as carpenters, the word used could mean worker in wood, stone or other materials. That, along with the scarcity of wood in Palestine and Jesus' many reference to farming occurrences suggest, according to the author, that they may have been farmers who did some construction work. That is an interesting thought that does not change the message of the Gospel. The one thing I found objectionable is the use of B.C.E. and C.E. in the place of B.C. and A.D. The subject is the Bible so do not try to avoid common references to its central character.
"Who's Who In The Bible" is a book to read, pull off your shelf for a quick clarification or to leave on your coffee table. The cover will attract the eye and the artwork and short articles will make for enjoyable perusal by your guests. It is a work that will always delight and never grow stale.