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Who's Who in the Jewish Bible

Authored by David Mandel

Publication Year: 2007

In this fitting companion to the JPS Tanakh, David Mandel has undertaken the enormous task of cataloging every character in the Hebrew Bible. From Aaron to Zurishaddai, this comprehensive biographical dictionary gives readers the opportunity to get up close and personal with everyone named in the Bible--its patriarchs, matriarchs, and prophets, warriors and peacemakers, holy men and sinners, heroes and villains. Arranged in an encyclopedic A to Z format, Who's Who in the Jewish Bible is much more than a catalog of names. It contains detailed biographical information as well as fascinating facts and intriguing stories, written in a contemporary narrative style, about all the Bible's characters. Each entry also includes the origin and meaning of the name, the dates he or she lived (if known), and the person's first appearance in the Bible by book, chapter, and verse. Who's Who in the Jewish Bible is the most thorough and comprehensive book of its kind and an invaluable reference for students, teachers, rabbis, and anyone interested in knowing more about the people of the Hebrew Bible. Those who search for a name in the Bible, whether well–known or obscure, will be rewarded with well-organized information that will add new meaning and enjoyment to their reading.

Published by: Jewish Publication Society

Title Page, Copyright, Dedication

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pp. ix-x

The Bible is today, and has been for 2,000 years, the cardinal text for Judaism and Christianity. Its stories and characters have greatly influenced Western culture and civilization. Often, many of the elements of a single biography are widely separated in the Bible, distributed across great stretches of text. This book brings together, in a narrative ...

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Method of Presentation

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pp. xi-xii

The biographical entries are arranged alphabetically by name. If two or more people share the same name, the entries are ordered and numbered according to their first appearance in the Bible. The name of the person is shown on the first line of each entry, accompanied ...

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Names in the Bible

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pp. xiii-xiv

During the biblical period there were no family names. A man was identified by his name followed by his father's name, as for example, Jonathan son of Saul, a format that is followed in this book. This tradition is still followed in our own days when people in the synagogue are called to the the Torah by their names and the names of ...

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pp. xv-xx

The dates in this list—up until the division of the kingdom—are based on the internal biblical chronology (e.g., Exodus 12:40) and on estimates, some of them approximations, made by archaeologists and scholars. ...

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Who's Who in the Bible

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pp. 1-420

Aaron, the first High Priest, was the founder and ancestor of the Israelite priesthood. His mother, Jochebed, the Egyptian-born daughter of Levi, married her nephew Amram son of Kohath and gave birth to three children: Miriam, the eldest, Aaron; and Moses, ...


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pp. 421-422

E-ISBN-13: 9780827610293
Print-ISBN-13: 9780827608634

Publication Year: 2007