A word about the book, from Steve:
This isn’t your normal Bible dictionary.
It’s your Bible dictionary on training wheels.
Try not to feel intellectually insulted.
I do occasionally use big words. Intellectually requires two hands to count the syllables.
This is a Bible dictionary especially for Bible newcomers. Lifers can read it, too. I’m okay with that. But as I wrote the entries, I didn’t give one snapping synapse of energy to what life-long Christians might want to read. There are wonderful Bible dictionaries for them, mini encyclopedias packed full of details both interesting and boring.
I didn’t figure Bible newbies needed another one of those.
What I figure they do need is some basic Bible info that’s fast-paced, fun to read, and hard to put down. Info about Bible-time people, places, customs, sharp objects, and anything else in Scripture that raises an eyebrow or drops a jaw.
Here’s a Bible dictionary for people who hate Bible dictionaries: With its fast-paced writing and gorgeous pictures, you’ll wonder why more Bible reference books don’t read like a magazine. Stephen M. Miller’s Illustrated Bible Dictionary is the latest project from best-selling author Stephen M. Miller, who combines solid Bible scholarship with a compelling journalistic writing style. From Aaron to Zorah (Samson’s hometown), here are some 1,400 entries on Bible people, places, things, customs, and ideas—all written for optimal clarity and enjoyment. This is a readable reference you’ll want to consult over and over again.
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