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Who's Who in the Bible (Reference Books) Mass Market Paperback – 25 Feb 1988
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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.