Several recently published handbooks, encyclopedias and dictionaries offer fresh perspectives and plenty of helpful information for readers of the Bible. Here’s a selection of reference works from the editors of BR.
Who’s Who in the BiblePeter Calvocoressi (New York: Penguin, 2000) 200 pp. 70 color, 71 b-&-w illus., $19.95 (paperback)
The Bible presents a daunting cast of characters, numbering in the thousands. Peter Calvocoressi’s fairly straightforward directory contains biographies of more than 450 members of this cast. Since Calvocoressi does not mine the historical and archaeological record for additional details, the information for his biographies comes almost exclusively from scripture. Yet each entry is vivid and succinct—a deftly executed résumé of family history, personal experience and, where applicable, enduring claims to fame.