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The Illustrated Dictionary and Concordance of the Bible

by Geoffrey Wigoder, Geoffrey Wigoder (Author)

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This valuable reference work helps readers of all faiths understand fully the message and meaning of the Bible. Comprehensive and magnificently illustrated, it brings to life the world of the Old and New Testaments. Its clear, concise, informative entries identify and explain virtually every name in the Bible-the names of people, plants, animals, places, rituals, feast days, key concepts, and much more.

Prepared by a team of distinguished U.S. and Israeli scholars and based on the latest biblical and archeological research, this book serves both as a dictionary and a concordance.


The book provides authoritative definitions of some 3,500 biblical terms and explains the meaning and significancehistorical as well as scriptural-of each one. In addition to names of major figures, sites, and objects, this volume covers important families, tribes, dynasties, kings, priests, cities, and entire civilizations-from Assyria and Mesopotamia to Greece, Rome, and Egypt. And such fundamental concepts as Atonement and Resurrection are given separate entries.


With this volume it's easy to locate where in any book of the Bible the entry name is mentioned. The citations are set in bold, easy-to-read type and are printed in wide margins for quick reference. The ILLUSTRATED DICTIONARY & CONCORDANCE OF THE BIBLE is a valuable, attractive companion to biblical study or research; it stands alone as a combined source of information and index of key names.

The 1,500 full-color illustrations include photographs of biblical sites, flora, and fauna; and reproductions of classic paintings, drawings, prints, mosaics, frescoes, and scriptural fragments, each fully captioned and linked to the text. The text is based on the New King james Version of the Bible.

Designed for students, clergymen, scholars, indeed for anyone in any religious
tradition, the ILLUSTRATED DICTIONARY & CONCORDANCE OF THE BIBLE is a much needed resource that will enrich your
knowledge and appreciation of the Bibleas literature, as history, and as testimony of faith.

About the Editors

GEOFFREY WIGODER (General Editor) received his D. Phil. from Oriel College, Oxford. Among many scholarly accomplishments he was editor-in-chief of the Encyclopedia Judaica, editor with Cecil Roth of the New Standard Jewish Encyclopedia, and editor of A Dictionary of Christian-Jewish Dialogue.

SHALOM M. PAUL (Editor, Old Testament) received his Ph.D. from the University of Pennsylvania. Professor of Bible at the Hebrew University, Jerusalem, he has also taught Bible at the Jewish Theological Seminary in New York, Spertus College in Chicago, the University of California at San Diego, and Tel Aviv University. He was editor of The Bible and Civilization and Biblical Archeology. Among his publications are Studies in the Book of the Covenant in the Light of Cuneiform and Biblical Law and many scholarly articles on the Bible and the ancient Near East.

BENEDICT I VIVIANO, O.P. (Editor, New Testament received degrees in philosophy and theology from the Aquinas Institute, River Forest, Illinois; the Pontifical Biblical Institute, Rome; and Duke University. He has written extensively and is currently professor of New Testament at the Ecole Biblique, Jerusalem.

EPHRAIM STERN (Editor, Biblical Archeology) received his Ph.D. from the Hebrew University, Jerusalem, where he is a professor of archeology. The author of many articles and three books, he has directed excavations of such sites as Tel Mevorakh and Tel Dor, and has participated in many others such as Hazor, Masada, and Beersheba.

This magnificently illustrated guide brings to life the world of the Old and New Testaments. Prepared by distinguished scholars and designed for readers of all faiths, the ILLUSTRATED DICTIONARY & CONCORDANCE OF THE BIB E ...

+ Gives concise, authoritative definitions of biblical terms and identifications of biblical people -3,500 names.

+ Covers persons, families, dynasties, tribes, sites, cities, animals, plants, rituals, and more.

+ Identifies and explains the meaning and significance of each name.

+ Locates every citation of each name in books of both the Old and the New Testaments.

+ Features 1,500 full-color photographs and other illustrations.

Easy to use and representing the finest in contemporary biblical and archeological scholaship, this volume is an important and valuable resource that will enrich your understanding and appreciation of the Bible.

Jacket illustration: The bitter waters of Marah (detail from a 13th-century French Bible). The Pierpont Morgan Library, New York

Jacket design: Michael Gruber
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