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Alive, authentic, and utterly unpredictable, the people and personalities of the Bible are not the two-dimensional figures of Sunday school flannel boards but the living, breathing, animated human beings who participated in God's grand story. They loved, worked, and worshiped. They married, mourned, and manipulated. They murdered, betrayed, and begged God for forgiveness. In short--they are ...
Alive, authentic, and utterly unpredictable, the people and personalities of the Bible are not the two-dimensional figures of Sunday school flannel boards but the living, breathing, animated human beings who participated in God's grand story. They loved, worked, and worshiped. They married, mourned, and manipulated. They murdered, betrayed, and begged God for forgiveness. In short--they are us.
The Biographical Bible offers you an engaging overview of Scripture through the lens of the fascinating people who populate its pages. Through insightful reflections on the lives of over eighty individuals, this unique book captures the essence of these colorful characters, warts and all. The perfect companion to personal or group Bible study, and also endlessly entertaining, this lively narrative brings the Bible to life as no other book does.
Come along on this chronological tour. Far from being ancient and irrelevant, these stories are timely, provocative, and most of all, illuminating.
Ruth A. Tucker (PhD, Northern Illinois University) has for more than three decades taught at colleges and seminaries, including Trinity Evangelical Divinity School and Calvin Theological Seminary. She is the author of many books, including From Jerusalem to Irian Jaya, Walking Away from Faith, and Parade of Faith: A Biographical History of the Christian Church. Tucker lives with her husband, John Worst, in Grand Rapids, Michigan. Find out more at www.ruthtucker.com.
Posted January 7, 2014
The Biographical Bible: Exploring the Narrative from Adam and Eve to John of Patmos was probably one of the most interesting Bible reading experiences I have ever embarked on. I found this book to be both engaging and informative, but it was also unusual.
The Positives:- It offered a chronological approach to Bible review.- It cited several references and statements of assessment from prominent books and theologians throughout.- It included maps and pictures so that the reader might be able to better comprehend an introduced subject matter. - Topics of narrative discussion included familiar and less familiar subjects.- The author provided a condensed summary at the end of each section.- Further reading indications were noted per chapter.- The outline was attention-grabbing.(Iloved the way Tucker broke down her "talking points.")- The sections containing the notes and index were quite thorough.
The So So's:- The book had a bit of a contemporary voice mixed with the historical.- The e-reader format... This was a lot of information to digest. (Reader options need to be strongly considered on the whole.)
The Negatives:- While the author initially indicated that she stayed pure and authentic with her presentation of material, I found this to be somewhat of a stretch. Even from the beginning, I could not help but hear her voice, her thoughts, and her take on matters. This remained the case throughout the material.- The injection of the humorous tones in the reading was not to my liking. I found it to be corny at times.- It seemed that many presumptions were made as it related to the whys of what someone may have done. I felt that this was confusing and that it might very well lead someone astray on their quest to understand Bible figures.
Other: - Personally, I would have liked to have direct Scripture references per chapter to go along with the discussed subjects as they were introduced. Even with a narrative approach to the Bible, this could be a plus for anyone intent on studying Bible material. It was tedious going from front to back in terms of the notations. This might be easier to manage with a copy in hand, but for an e-reader, it was not fun.
All in all, I liked this book. I could see myself using it as a quick reference for a brief overview on a particular man or woman from the Bible. Whether or not I would recommend it to others is still under review.
Rating: 3.5/5Recommend: TBDBookshelf Worthy: Still under considerationOptions: Quick reference resourcePreference: Softcover versus e-copy or hardcover
A complimentary e-copy of this title was provided to me by the publisher in exchange for an honest review. The words I have shared are my own constructive critique. I was neither compensated for this review, nor was I expected to give a positive review.