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Who would steal a Bible? Among the stunning and enlightening nuggets you'll find in this one-of-a-kind fact-book is that the Bible is the most frequently shoplifted book in the world. If you think that's surprising, wait till you read the other 1,000.

1001 Surprising Things You Should Know about the Bible is packed with unusual, unfamiliar, and quirky details about the Book of Books that you won't find in scholarly or theological examinations....
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Overview

Who would steal a Bible? Among the stunning and enlightening nuggets you'll find in this one-of-a-kind fact-book is that the Bible is the most frequently shoplifted book in the world. If you think that's surprising, wait till you read the other 1,000.

1001 Surprising Things You Should Know about the Bible is packed with unusual, unfamiliar, and quirky details about the Book of Books that you won't find in scholarly or theological examinations. It provides thoughtful and entertaining answers to questions you never knew you had: Why weren't there any vowels in the original Old Testament? Who first translated Hebrew scriptures into Greek? Which Bible verses were "turned" into a hit song in the 1960s? How was William Shakespeare honored in the first printing of the King James Version? Which everyday words and phrases come straight from the Bible?

You'll discover striking similarities between Moses and Jesus, notable differences between Old Testament and New Testament miracles, and hundreds of facts about the ancient world in which biblical events took place. Whether you're in love with history, looking for great openers for a sermon or speech, or eager to learn more about the best-selling book ever, 1001 Surprising Things You Should Know about the Bible is for you!

Jerry MacGregor, Ph.D., is a literary agent for Alive Communications and the author of several books. A former pastor and seminary professor, he lives in Colorado with his family.

Marie Prys is a freelance writer and editor. A history buff and graduate of Dordt College, she lives in the Pacific Northwest with her husband and daughter. Prys and MacGregor are co-authors of 1001 Things You Should Know about God and 1001 Thing You Should Know about Christianity.
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  • ISBN-13: 9780801064241
  • Publisher: Baker Publishing Group
  • Publication date: 10/28/2002
  • Pages: 224
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.58 (h) x 0.57 (d)

Table of Contents

Introduction 9
Part I How the Bible Came to Be
1. About the Bible 13
2. Nuts and Bolts 17
3. How the Bible Reads 21
4. The Missing Part--the Apocypha 25
5. The Bible into Translation 28
6. Funny and Fresh Takes 33
7. Famous Words and Phrases 36
8. Strange and Amazing Facts 43
9. Famous Quotes 47
Part II The Whole Story
10. The Old Testament Books 53
11. In the Beginning 62
12. Early Israel 68
13. The Israelite Adventure 76
14. Poetry of Kings 83
15. Prophets Speak 90
16. The New Testament Writings 101
17. A Savior, Which Is Christ the Lord 109
18. Miracles of Amazing Proportions 119
19. Speaking in Pictures 128
20. A Church Begins 136
Part III Bible Times and Trivia
21. The Bible Lands 145
22. Festivals and Holidays 151
23. Family Life 154
24. Manners and Customs 160
25. Culture Shock between the Ages 181
26. Angels in the Bible 185
27. The Animal Kingdom 190
28. The Plant Kingdom 197
29. Music in the Bible 203
30. Symbols 206
31. Bible Trivia 208
Bibliography 216
Index 218
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