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Men and women of the Bible : a readers guide
Tischler, Nancy M.
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Westport, Conn. : Greenwood Press, 2002.
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xiii, 267 pages : illustrations ; 26 cm
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BS571 .T57 2002 Adult Non-Fiction Central Closed Stacks-Non circulating

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Most who's who Bible references are out of print, written only for younger readers, or lack the scope and readiness of information found in this remarkable new resource. The epic richness of the Bible is a source of never-ending study and interest. Archetypal protagonists from Aaron to Zephaniah continue to resonate throughout Western culture. This book profiles and contextualizes more than 100 of the most significant biblical figures from the Scriptures, Apocrypha, and New Testament, including information about their heritage, adventures and pronouncements, the periods in which they lived, later discoveries about the characters and their times, and traditions that have developed around them.

Each alphabetically organized essay entry discusses the name and etymology of the character, provides a rich synopsis of the relevant Bible story or stories, presents historical context and archeological evidence, and traces the character in later cultural works. This authoritative and invaluable research tool is perfect for students of religion and Western literature and the arts, as well as general readers of the Bible.

Author Notes

NANCY M. TISCHLER is Professor Emerita of English and the Humanities at Penn State University.

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Booklist Review

Here is a helpful resource for students and general readers seeking information on 100 biblical characters and their cultural significance in Western civilization. The guide covers the entire span of biblical history, from the creation of Adam to the apocalyptic visions of the end times. Entries are arranged alphabetically from Aaron to Zephaniah, concisely written, and adhere to a uniform pattern. Subjects are listed by name with the addition of etymological information. A synopsis of the relevant biblical story follows, utilizing theingames version of the Bible. The author indicates that she chose this translation because of its impact on English and American literature. Considerable text is given to explicating the historical context and archaeological evidence surrounding each biblical personage. The author also includes information on each person as a character in later works, including Western literature, legend, and painting. The entry Stephen mentions a medieval tale of a corpse moving aside to provide space for the body of Stephen as it was being reburied in Rome. Completing each entry is a thorough list of journals, commentaries, and resource books used in crafting the text. Tischler, professor emerita at Pennsylvania State University, wonderfully combines her love of literature and the biblical story into an accessible and authoritative resource that is recommended for public and academic libraries. -- RBB Copyright 2003 Booklist

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Men and Women of the Bible