From Aaron to Zurishadai, the New International Encyclopedia of Bible Characters is an exhaustive, ready reference of every person named in the Bible. Discover the parts men and women, from the obscure to the famous to the infamous, have played in the unfolding story of Scripture. Entries range from one-line biblical references for minor characters to full-length articles that address the theological significance of over forty major figures.
With entries based on the New International Version, this easy-to-use volume will help pastors, teachers, students, and church workers identify and understand the importance of every person in the Bible.
This easy-to-use reference lists every person (including all those listed in Chronicles!) named in the Bible and gives a description of the character based on the Scriptures. All entries are cross-referenced to their location(s) in the verses. . . . While nothing can replace the original Bible for discovering the men and women of God, this books pulls together all the information under each character into one crisp, flowing summary. There are over 40 major characters that receive extended articles from Abraham to the Woman at the Well. Under Paul's article, there are entries for specific events in his life, his missionary journeys, and the themes that run through his writings and teachings. Additional articles also give an overview of certain groups, such as the Judges, Kings, and Prophets
I have often referred to New International Encyclopedia of Bible Characters when preparing Bible study lessons or for my own personal study. . . . Highly recommended.
Paul D. Gardner (Ph.D. Cambridge University) taught for seven years at Oak Hill Theological College after his ordination, and then moved to parish ministry in Cheshire. In 2003 he was appointed Archdeacon of Exeter. He has published a number of books and articles, including a commentary on 2 Peter and Jude in the Focus on the Bible Commentaries (32 Vols.).