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Who's Who in the Bible (Reference Books) [Mass Market Paperback]

Peter Calvocoressi
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25 Feb 1988 Reference Books
While providing biographies of over 450 biblical characters in the Old and New Testaments and the Apocrypha, this book lists and locates particular works of art that have contributed to their continuing fame. It also provides comment on, and appraisal of, many of the biblical characters and, in particular, shows how the Bible's stories and personalities have reappeared in literature and art over the last 2000 years.

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  • Mass Market Paperback: 304 pages
  • Publisher: Penguin Books Ltd; New edition edition (25 Feb 1988)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0140512128
  • ISBN-13: 978-0140512120
  • Product Dimensions: 19.2 x 12.8 x 2.2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 111,823 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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In tribute to the Bible's everlasting characters, author Peter Calvocoressi assembled a concise listing of biographies from both the Old and the New Testament. Unlike an encyclopaedia, a "Who's Who" is a select directory, "to which entry has to be gained by fame or favour", according to Calvocoressi. As a result, each character can be linked to a pivotal story in the Bible. The 450 listings range from short paragraphs (such as Bartholomew's brief mention as one of the 12 apostles) to two-page essays, such as the one devoted to Mark. Speaking of this "evangelist and saint", the author writes, "Mark alone records the presence at Jesus' arrest of a young man in a white cloth who followed Jesus when all others fled but was attacked and forced to flee naked". Was this Mark, Calvocoressi wonders? "If so, he has inserted himself modestly in his own work like the artists ... in Italian Renaissance pictures or Alfred Hitchcock who does likewise in his films". It is this kind of observation that makes Calvocoressi's directory so inviting as well as informative. --Gail Hudson --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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4.0 out of 5 stars Good to have 12 Jun 2013
By NikkiS
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This is a secondhand edition in relatively good condition. It's the kind of publication to have on one's shelf for dipping into so I am glad to have it for a reference source.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A MUST HAVE ! 28 Jun 2000
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The contents is just like what the title hinted. If you like reading biographies, this is just the book to get. This book is not only for the Christians, but for anyone ! So why wait, order it now !
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1.0 out of 5 stars DEFECTIVE 1 Oct 2000
By Patrick Finn - Published on Amazon.com
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I own a hardback version of this book dating from 1987 so not the same one as reviwed above. My version is full of misprints and poor English, due, I suppose, to poor editing. This makes the book difficult to read and I sometimes find the information incoherent. The subject is wonderful and I wonder if a similar version exists...
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