Friday, January 10, 2014

National Geographic's Who's Who in the Bible by Jean-Pierre Isbouts A REVIEW

NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC’S WHO’S WHO IN THE BIBLE: Unforgettable People and Timeless Stories from Genesis to Revelation (ISBN: 9781426211591;

Written by best-selling author Jean-Pierre Isbouts, Who's Who in the Bible is the ultimate reference guide to the men and women in the Bible, featuring more than 2,000 entries spanning Genesis to Revelation.

From the author of In the Footsteps of Jesus and The Biblical World comes a vibrant family reference that brings to life the fascinating characters of the Old and New Testatments of the Bible. From the fall of Adam and Eve to Judas' betrayal of Jesus, the key events of the Bible are expressed through the lives of hundreds of people. Told through exquisite art and artifacts, intriguing sidebars, and unique family tree features, this illuminating volume tells the stories of Biblical characters and highlights their greater meaning for mankind. Illustrated with lavish color photography and exquisite historical artwork, this reference runs chronologically, with each person listed by order of appearance.

a vibrant family reference that brings to life the fascinating characters of the Old and New Testaments written by JEAN-PIERRE ISBOUTS, the bestselling author of “In the Footsteps of Jesus” and “National Geographic’s The Biblical World: An Illustrated Atlas.”
From the fall of Adam and Eve to Judas's betrayal of Jesus, the key events of the Bible are expressed through the lives of hundreds of people. Each of the five chapters begins with a comprehensive historical overview that sets the stage for the events and characters that follow and detail the political and historical forces at play in the events described. This overview is augmented with award-winning maps, stunning National Geographic photographs that lend the text a sense of place, a time line that places the events in context. The chapters end with a comprehensive alphabetical directory of the characters that appear in that part of the Bible.

Hardcover: 384 pages
Publisher: National Geographic (November 5, 2013)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1426211597
ISBN-13: 978-1426211591
Product Dimensions: 10.9 x 9.4 x 1.3 inches
Shipping Weight: 3.8 pounds

Dr. Jean-Pierre Isbouts is a humanities scholar and graduate professor at Fielding Graduate University in Santa Barbara, California. He has published widely on the history of Judaism, Christianity and Islam. His website is

 This is a very beautiful book with exquisite art from artists such as Rembrandt and Michelangelo to name a few with very informative maps and family trees.
  It goes from Genesis to Revelation telling of the good and evil people in the Bible.
 I like the alphabetical listings of all the people in each book. It tells you their parents, siblings, spouse and children. What they did in the Bible.
  It is full of liberal views and some information is wrong the time lines and about who wrote some of the books.
  If you know your Bible this is a very nice book to have, but if you are a young Christian and don’t know the Bible well you shouldn’t believe everything you read here. It's looked at through a lens of history and science, but not God's story and plan for mankind.
This is taken at a non-denominational perspective and does not be consistent with  any particular theological direction. So you know it is from a Science view and not something that is believed.
  I believe that the author thinks of this as a story and not as fact. Not much is mentioned about Jesus.
  So I will recommend this book only to those who know their Bible and can see the right and wrong written in these pages.

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Free copy from Media Masters Publicity and National Geographic for the purpose of review. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission's 16 CFR, Part 255

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