Reviews by Lee O'Kelley
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 ...
"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.
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