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.
"A handy one-volume reference...to most of the major characters and places in the Old and New Testaments."--American Reference Book Annual 2002
"A timely and lasting work."--Library Journal
"Written by an international team of biblical experts, this reliable resource covers the people, places, and groups (e.g., angels, tribes of Israel) found in the Bible and also considers what the Bible says and how biblical traditions have been interpreted by scholars. The over 300 alphabetical and signed articles cover virtually every major biblical figure from Adam to Jesus and significant places from Egypt and Assyria to Bethlehem and Sodom, as well as
geographical features such as the Sea of Galilee and Mount Hebron, all in excellent detail. The content reflects recent findings of archaeologists and current research methods, making the work authoritative
as well as comprehensive.... A timely and lasting work. Highly recommended for all public and academic libraries, this is also worth considering by for high school libraries with advanced students."--Library Journal "Recommended for general readers."--Choice
"This is a handy one-volume reference...to most of the major characters and places in the Old and New Testaments and a few of the characters in the Apocrypha."--American Reference Book Annual 2002