Essential Figures in the Bible


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Jason Aronson
Publish Date
September 14, 2012
6.2 X 0.9 X 9.1 inches | 1.05 pounds

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About the Author

Ronald L. Eisenberg is a Professor of Radiology at Harvard Medical School and on the faculty at Beth Israel Medical Center in Boston. Dr. Eisenberg has been awarded Masters and Doctoral degrees in Jewish Studies from Spertus Institute in Chicago and has published six critically acclaimed books on Jewish topics, including The Jewish World in Stamps (Schreiber, 2003), The JPS Guide to Jewish Traditions (Jewish Publication Society, 2004), The 613 Mitzvot (Schreiber, 2005), Dictionary of Jewish Terms (Schreiber, 2008), and What the Rabbis Said (Praeger, 2010). He has authored more than 20 books in his medical specialty and is also a non-practicing attorney.


Ronald Eisenberg has done it again. Here, as in previous books such as The 613 Mitzvot and Dictionary of Jewish Terms, he continues to help those who seek to understand Judaism gain entry into the rich world of Jewish tradition. From Aaron to Zipporah, this book provides concise yet highly informative descriptions of all the men and women in the Hebrew Bible who are essential to the understanding of the biblical narrative. A physician by profession, Eisenberg reminds me of the famous Jewish physician Maimonides, who helped the Jews of his time understand the complexities of their heritage.--Mordecai Schreiber, author of Hearing the Voice of God: In Search of Prophecy
Although Essential Figures in the Bible and Essential Figures in the Talmud were not published as a set, they complement one another nicely. The first presents information on roughly 250 individuals named in the Bible whom Eisenberg considers most important to understanding the text. Though useful, this tool is highly selective....And it is important to note that Bible here refers to the sacred texts of Judaism, known to Christianity as the Old Testament without the books of the Apocrypha. These A-Z volumes are concise and informative and are recommended for theological and research libraries as well as academic and large public libraries with extensive Judaica collections.--Booklist
[Essential Figures in the Bible] is thorough and gives readable accounts of around 250 of the major figuresThis book will be very useful in any place where religious and Biblical studies take place. . .[T]his volume is one that wins out. Its content will remain timely, and the slim pocket-sized volume will make this a useful one to have around for quick reference, knowing that the research on which it is based is reliable and duly well referenced. It would be a useful addition to the stock of specialist and larger general reference libraries.--Reference Reviews