All Things in the Bible: An Encyclopedia of the Biblical by Nancy M. Tischler

By Nancy M. Tischler

The Bible is the significant textual content of Western civilization, and an knowing of it is important to the examine of worldwide historical past and tradition. moreover, an increasing number of highschool scholars and undergraduates are learning the Bible as literature. huge in scope and written specifically for prime college scholars and basic readers, this encyclopedia surveys the cloth tradition, customs, and ideology of the biblical global via greater than two hundred alphabetically prepared entries at the instruments, animals, meals, behavior, legislation, professions, and peoples of the Bible. incorporated are such entries as:

  • Afterlife
  • Agriculture
  • Angels
  • Chariots
  • canines
  • Embalming
  • homes
  • Locusts
  • Moloch
  • Proverbs
  • Sacrifice
  • Vineyards
  • conflict
  • Witchcraft
  • and plenty of extra. each one access offers definitions; scriptural references; etymological, historic, and archaeological details; and, while attainable, a dialogue of the relevance of the subject to fashionable readers. The encyclopedia covers the peoples who have been part of biblical lifestyles: the Essenes and Pharisees, the scribes and monks, the acquaintances and enemies, and the nice powers that enslaved them. furthermore, it explains a few of the significant occasions in Israel's heritage, the accredited idea of cosmology and climate, and the typical realizing of many info from the production to Armageddon. beneficial properties and merits:
  • comprises greater than 2 hundred alphabetically prepared entries.
  • presents various illustrations.
  • Entries cite works for additional interpreting.
  • bargains a specific, normal bibliography.
  • includes a number of discovering aids, together with lists of entries, cross-references, and a close index.
  • Illuminates lifestyle in biblical instances.
  • helps the literature curriculum through assisting scholars comprehend the valuable textual content of the Western culture.
  • helps the heritage curriculum through the use of the bible to discover the customs and cultures of the biblical international.
  • Fosters an appreciation for the Judeo-Christian historical past.
  • Assists basic readers in studying in regards to the foundations of Judaism, Christianity, and Western civilization.
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    Amen (Mark 3:28; John 21:18) The word amen, meaning “May it be so,” “surely,” or “truly,” was used in the Old Testament as a liturgical formula by the congregation to assert the validity of an oath or curse. It also served to underscore a benediction or a doxology. It might occur at either the beginning or the end of a statement. In the recorded statements of Jesus, it is usually translated as, “truly, truly,” indicating that the words that follow are authoritative. In the New Testament Church, following the pattern of the Lord’s Prayer, it was regularly used to conclude the prayer—as a confirmation, by either the person praying or the congregation.

    G. Ernest Wright notes that they were considered “giants” in comparison with the smaller Israelites (Wright 1957, 37). Among the discoveries at Mari were more than 20,000 clay tablets. The king’s palace, with its nearly 300 rooms, covered more than 15 acres. The 17 Anathema Amorites had a system of writing and a system of law that drew from the peoples around them. These early developments were probably enhanced by their regular trading with other cultures. Like the others who invaded Babylon, the Amorites came to accept the patron deity of that country, Marduk.

    Gradually they reverted to adult effeminate forms and accumulated the long hair and splendid flowing robes of the classical Victory, and finally even gained musical instruments. 22 Animals (Harold Osborne 1970, 45–46). They were pictured in white linen garments, barefoot, and shining. Although wings were not always mentioned in scriptural descriptions, artists settled on the idea that wings were symbols of the angels’ divine missions, picturing them as birdlike, while devils might have wings more like bats, along with tails, horns, and pitchforks they used to torment the wicked.

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