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The Oxford Guide to People & Places of the Bible [Paperback]

Bruce M. Metzger , Michael D. Coogan
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1 Sep 2004
This essential alphabetical guide offers approximately 325 articles that describe people and places that appear in the New Testament and Hebrew Bible, from prophets, apostles, and groups (such as Hebrews, Angels) to kingdoms and countries and cities and mountains where biblical events took place.

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  • Paperback: 400 pages
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press; New Ed edition (1 Sep 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0195176103
  • ISBN-13: 978-0195176100
  • Product Dimensions: 21.6 x 13.9 x 2.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,675,469 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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...a quick, concise up-to-date reference tool that should find its way onto many a library's and student's shelves. (Religion and Theology)

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Bruce M. Metzger is Collard Professor Emeritus of New Testament Language and Literature at Princeton Theological Seminary. Michael D. Coogan is Professor of Religious Studies at Stonehill College in Easton, Massachusetts and Director of Publications, Harvard Semitic Museum. He is the editor of TheOxford History of the Biblical World and The New Oxford Annotated Bible (3d Edition).

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5.0 out of 5 stars Everything in the one book..ideal 28 April 2014
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
Everything possibly connected with the bible in one place, all with brief reference etc.
Good to keep for personal use as well as an excellent academic tool.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Oxford guide 24 Sep 2011
i wouldn't pay too much for this book i have to say when i read it [it was recommended to me].it didn't tell me anything new allot of the stuff in hear is general knowledge you can glean just from reading a bible ,its got a few good points for me ....i was expecting a bit more
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3.0 out of 5 stars Kindle Edition Review 4 Sep 2009
By Rodney Thomson - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
This is an excellent reference work, and I refer to it regularly during Bible class and other study. The write-ups are full of great information and well done.

Unfortunately, the Kindle version's navigation features are almost non-existent. The table of contents does not let you jump to a letter of the alphabet and there is no search function (as there is in the dictionary included in the Kindle and other encyclopedias). You are left to page through one page at a time, or use the go to function and hope you get close to the desired topic. Your best option is probably to book mark every letter and use that as a means to more quickly get around.

This is a very good book (I would give the print version five stars), but the Kindle version's lack of navigation makes it too cumbersome to use as a handy reference, which is what it is supposed to be. I recommend the hard copy of this work but caution those considering the Kindle version.
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5.0 out of 5 stars The Facts As Written by Bible Scholars of Today 26 July 2001
By Judith Miller - Published on Amazon.com
This is a very concise guide to all of the fascinating characters and places in the Bible. The Directory of Contributors lists over 140 names of the scholars who have put together the text. They hail from the United States, Italy, Ireland, England, Israel, Switzerland, Scotland, Canada, South Africa, Germany and Australia. The author of each entry is identified by name and the reader can check into the directory in the front of the book and find their scholastic background.
Written in alphabetical order and starting with AARON, the book covers the people and places of both Testaments. Fourteen Bible Maps based on the Oxford Bible Atlas are also included.
The guide reads like an encyclopedia and makes a terrific companion book to the Bible. For instance, if you want to know exactly who were the PHARISEES or read the story of JACOB, and what he did to win the beautiful RACHEL each entry is there to be found.
This is really a great source of reference for finding specific data.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A must have: this should be on everyone's bookshelf. 9 Jun 2005
By Thomas More - Published on Amazon.com
This is well worth its price as it is a succinct guide to all people and places in the bible. The alphabetical listing of the people and places is intuitive making this a user friendly encyclopedia. One feature I really like about this work is that each entry is attributed to the author allowing for additional research if you so desire and allowing you to contextualize the commentary if you are doing scholarly work.

Note: Unlike the previous reviewer's book, mine does not begin with "Aaron", it starts with "ABBA." I suspect she was actually referring to the "Oxford Companion to the Bible," another must-have for those interested in this subject.
4 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Good up-to-date information 6 April 2003
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Mass Market Paperback
This is a worthwhile condensation and update of the Oxford Companion to the Bible. Only leading scholars of religion are found in this Guide. While browsing through its 374 pages (with index), I happened to read the entry on the Samaritans. It was refreshing to see that, instead of offering simplistic "black and white" statements about the Samaritans' relation to Judaism, the contributor addresses rather than overlooks the inherent complexities of Biblical scholarship. The definition of the word "Judaism," for instance, is thoughtfully examined, rendering claims such as "The Samaritans are simply an offshoot of Judaism" indicative of flimsy, second-rate thinking.
This, of course, is what decent scholarship is all about. And that is precisely why I purchased this highly useful edition.
5.0 out of 5 stars Great book. 25 May 2014
By Jill - Published on Amazon.com
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I got this book for my daughter and she loved it! I was just perusing it and learned so much I didn't know and didn't even know I didn't know.
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