Essential Figures in the Bible

Essential Figures in the Bible
  • Engels
  • Hardcover
  • 9780765709394
  • Druk: 1
  • september 2012
  • 246 pagina's
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For millions of people throughout the world, the Hebrew Bible functions as the foundation of their faith. For millions more, the same book functions as the subject of their studies. For both groups, the characters discussed in the Bible lend key insight to the lessons found there. However, sifting through the hundreds of names mentioned in this key religious text to find information about one figure can be tedious and time-consuming, and most reference guides either provide only brief, unhelpful entries on every character, including minor figures, or are so extensive that they can be more intimidating than the original text.

Essential Figures in the Bible compiles thorough but manageable entries on the figures most vital to an understanding of the Bible and its teachings. In this valuable reference, Dr. Ronald L. Eisenberg catalogs and explains the importance of more than 250 figures who are most vital to an understanding of the Hebrew Bible and its teachings. For these figures selected from the more than 3,000 names found in the Hebrew Bible, Eisenberg provides summaries of the narratives relevant to each figure discussed along with illustrative quotations from the Bible and supplementary material from rabbinic literature when appropriate.

Both religious studies and rabbinical students and casual readers of the Hebrew Bible will benefit from the comprehensive entries on the most-frequently discussed biblical figures and will gain valuable insights from this reader-friendly text. Complete in a single volume, this guide strikes a satisfying balance between the sparse, uninformative books and comprehensive but overly complex references that are currently the only places for inquisitive Bible readers to turn. For any reader who wishes to gain a better understanding of the Bible, Eisenberg's text is just as "essential" as the figures listed within.


Although Essential Figures in the Bible and Essential Figures in the Talmud were not published as a set, they complement one another nicely. The first presents information on roughly 250 individuals named in the Bible whom Eisenberg considers most important to understanding the text. Though useful, this tool is highly selective....And it is important to note that Bible here refers to the sacred texts of Judaism, known to Christianity as the Old Testament without the books of the Apocrypha. These A-Z volumes are concise and informative and are recommended for theological and research libraries as well as academic and large public libraries with extensive Judaica collections. * Booklist * [Essential Figures in the Bible] is thorough and gives readable accounts of around 250 of the major figuresThis book will be very useful in any place where religious and Biblical studies take place. . .[T]his volume is one that wins out. Its content will remain timely, and the slim pocket-sized volume will make this a useful one to have around for quick reference, knowing that the research on which it is based is reliable and duly well referenced. It would be a useful addition to the stock of specialist and larger general reference libraries. * s * Ronald Eisenberg has done it again. Here, as in previous books such as The 613 Mitzvot and Dictionary of Jewish Terms, he continues to help those who seek to understand Judaism gain entry into the rich world of Jewish tradition. From Aaron to Zipporah, this book provides concise yet highly informative descriptions of all the men and women in the Hebrew Bible who are essential to the understanding of the biblical narrative. A physician by profession, Eisenberg reminds me of the famous Jewish physician Maimonides, who helped the Jews of his time understand the complexities of their heritage. -- Mordecai Schreiber, author of Hearing the Voice of God: In Search of Prophecy



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