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All the People in the Bible: An A–Z Guide to the Saints, Scoundrels, and Other Characters in Scripture

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A comprehensive gathering of persons found in the Bible, including the Apocrypha, All the People in the Bible really delivers on its title: literally all of the Bible's characters appear in this fascinating reference work. From the first article on Aaron to the final entry on Zophar, Richard Losch details each person in a lively narrative style.

The bulk of the book consists of Losch's A–Z articles covering the familiar and the not-so-familiar figures in Scripture. Names of people who are found only in genealogies or who had no significant effect on history are included solely in the alphabetical listing starting on page 452. That listing, “All the People in the Bible and Apocrypha,” includes pronunciations, brief identifications, and biblical references. Persons covered in greater detail in the main part of the book are identified in bold print.

Losch's intriguing look at all the people in the Bible is anything but a dry reference work. This is a book to dip into and enjoy over and over.

All the People in the Bible
An A–Z Guide to the Saints, Scoundrels, and Other Characters in Scripture
• Author: Richard R. Losch
• Publisher: Wm. B. Eerdmans (2008)

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April 9, 2019  | 12:49 PM   |    Okay (3)
"So, what's the point?"

In trying to decide if I should buy this volume, I found myself asking this question. The people mentioned in the Scripture are mentioned NOT because they were interesting characters – people we'd perhaps like to know – who have had interesting things said about them. They show up only because they draw attention to the Person and Work of Christ Jesus – either anticipating Him or manifesting the need for His Work on behalf of sinners.

One possible danger of a book such is that it's a subtle invitation to read the Bible as if it were a copy of PEOPLE magazine or an episode of TMZ. Sorry, it's not. And yet, we today want it to be. I recall one pastor loving to say, "People are God's priority." Well, actually not so. "GOD is God's priority. That's why everyone other than Christ Jesus is a "bit player" in Scripture.

If, in the context of your study of Scripture, you think you need some info on a particular person – understood, go get it. Just put on your "big-boy ...
"So, what's the point?"

In trying to decide if I should buy this volume, I found myself asking this question. The people mentioned in the Scripture are mentioned NOT because they were interesting characters – people we'd perhaps like to know – who have had interesting things said about them. They show up only because they draw attention to the Person and Work of Christ Jesus – either anticipating Him or manifesting the need for His Work on behalf of sinners.

One possible danger of a book such is that it's a subtle invitation to read the Bible as if it were a copy of PEOPLE magazine or an episode of TMZ. Sorry, it's not. And yet, we today want it to be. I recall one pastor loving to say, "People are God's priority." Well, actually not so. "GOD is God's priority. That's why everyone other than Christ Jesus is a "bit player" in Scripture.

If, in the context of your study of Scripture, you think you need some info on a particular person – understood, go get it. Just put on your "big-boy pants" and get out a real Bible "dictionary", such as THE NEW BIBLE DICTIONARY. Or even better, THE INTERNATIONAL STANDARD BIBLE ENCYCLOPEDIA. Reading helpful material may cause your brain "to sweat a little" ... especially if you have ADD, as do I. But, in the long run, you'll be the better student for it.