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For Bible Study Nerds

Reader Appeal: Pastors, Seminary Students

Genre: Dictionaries

FBSN Rating: B+

If you’re the kind of nerd who likes flipping open a dictionary and reading random entries—or if you’re just a Bible Study Nerd who needs random access to biblical information—then you’re going to like the Thomas Nelson “A to Z” reference book, All the Names of the Bible. Here’s a book with no pretense or hype. It’s just a no-frills list of every name that appears in Scripture, along with short, surprisingly readable background information about each one.

This is NOT a book for casual reading. In fact, not even the publisher expects you to read it cover to cover. What this book is, rather, is a supplement to your personal Bible reading, teaching, and study. Here’s what you’ll find in here:

• A complete, alphabetical list of every person, town, city, nation, river, and mountain mentioned in the Bible (Old and New Testaments).

• A pronunciation guide for each name.

• Definitions, or meanings based on Greek or Hebrew sources, associated with each name in the Bible.

• Helpful background information that places each name in historical, geographical, and cultural context.

• A list of all the Scripture references where each name is found.

So, yeah, this isn’t a storybook or narrative or even a Bible study book. It’s a collection of relevant facts about names recorded in Scripture—a reference book in the most literal sense. As such, it’s remarkably helpful for anyone seeking a quick summary on Neapolis (a seaport city in Philippi), or Herodias (granddaughter of Herod the Great) or Lydians (soldiers who fought at the Battle of Carchemish) or any of a few thousand other biblical topics.

Best of all, this is one book that really is everything its title claims: All the Names of the Bible. It’s a fine addition to any Bible resource shelf in your office or home.

All the Names in the Bible

All the Names in the Bible

(Thomas Nelson Publishers)

 

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