Item description for 1,001 More Things You Always Wanted To Know About The Bible by J. Stephen Lang...
Overview The author of The Complete Book of Bible Trivia returns with another collection of fascinating bible facts about the personalities, events, and locations found in the text. Original.
The Bible has inflamed the hearts of poets and martyrs, spawned revolutions and reformations, and influenced cultures and personal lives in sometimes small, sometimes dramatic ways. With a teacher's wit and knowledge, bestsellling author J. Stephen Lang again turns to the Bible and navigates more of its immense treasures in his easily accessible and informative style in "1,001 More Things You Always Wanted to Know About the Bible."
You will discover answers to the questions and curiosities you have always harbored about the Bible and its influence but perhaps felt you should already know. A joy to browse and reference, this fascinating book is sure to satisfy an inquirer's mind and spark further study of the Bible.
Test your knowledge of Bible trivia:
In a famous folk legend, who found the "true cross" of Christ on a pilgrimage to Jerusalem?
In 1952, what new Bible translation caused heated opposition?
Who established Sunday as "The Lord's Day"?
Who wore girdles in Bible times?
What favorite children's song did Anna Bartlett Warner write?
What is the "mercy seat"?
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Studio: Thomas Nelson
Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 8.48" Width: 5.58" Height: 1.22" Weight: 1.41 lbs.
Release Date Feb 13, 2001
Publisher Thomas Nelson
ISBN 0785267905 ISBN13 9780785267904
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More About J. Stephen Lang
J. Stephen Lang is the author of more than 20 books, including The Complete Book of Confederate Trivia (White Mane, 1996) and Drawn to the Civil War (John F. Blair, 1999), a collection of mini-biographies of key Civil War figures. Mr. Lang holds an M.A. in communications from Wheaton College, Wheaton, Illinois. Formerly a book editor and publications manager, he is now a full-time writer. He lives in Seminole, Florida.
J. Stephen Lang currently resides in Seminole, in the state of Florida.
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Reviews - What do customers think about 1,001 More Things You Always Wanted To Know About The Bible?
Good book of Bible facts, but with some mistakes May 5, 2008
This was an enjoyable book. There are 1001 facts relating to the Bible. There is even a chapter about famous people and their attitudes toward the Bible. Some, like Thomas Jefferson and Voltaire, had a less than reverent feeling toward the canon.
There are also chapters about famous men and women from the Bible, and a synopsis of some of the more notable stories.
There are some mistakes. The entry on "The Rapture" uses the Matthew text of "one will be taken and the other left," though a careful study of the context will reveal that this is not a rapture text. It is about someone being taken for judgment and the other being left on earth to enter the kingdom.
Some entries are anemic, barely giving enough data to convey a well rounded view of a person, place or thing.
This book was also poorly edited, as there are typos and misspellings on many pages. I also wonder how helpful the book could be as an encyclopedic resource, since it isn't exhaustive and because not everything is easy to find.
But on the whole, this is a fun book. I learned a lot of facts that I didn't know before, and it is interesting enough where a person could sit and read the book straight through in a week's time.
My Kind of Bite-Size Book Dec 27, 2004
Maybe I've spent too much time playing video games and surfing the Net, so yeah, I'll admit I just can't read through a long book any more. But I can handle one like this, 1,001 items that are mostly one paragraph each, all connected in some way with the Bible. I expected there would be items dealing with the people and places in the Bible, and there are, but there are chapters dealing with movies about the Bible, songs, art works, even words and phrases that are rooted in the Bible. I guess the author figured most of us aren't even aware that we use 'Bible language' all the time without realizing it, and he was right, at least in my case. Anyway, it's written with a kind of light tone and it isn't boring, and I wish there were more of these bite-size books around.
Too many errors, off topic, too low-brow Jul 7, 2003
This book is a very easy read. It would be perfect for air or train travel where it would be difficult to concentrate because of noise or other conditions. Unfortunately the book 1) has many substantive errors 2) treats difficult subjects in a cursory manner 3) includes entries which are entirely unrelated to the Bible 4) betrays Lang's personal views at the expense of objectivity.
For those who want a readable but much more scholarly approach to the Bible in a question and answer format, I highly recommend the work of the late Father Raymond Brown.
Stephen Lang's book has many errors of substance, such as one entry where he says consubstantion is a memorial while transubstantiation is the actual physical presence of Christ in the bread and wine. Actually both consubstantion and transubstantiation assert the physical presence of Christ, but consubstantiation asserts the presence of Christ is present simultaneously with the real physical presence of the wine and bread. The theories of Christ's presence in the bread and wine of communion are 1) no presence, it's just a memorial 2) a spiritual presence 3) consubstantiation - the real presence of Christ alongside the real presence of the bread and wine 4) transubstantiation - just the real presence of Christ (the wine and bread are transformed physically into Christ). These are very important differences because they relate to the inability of Christians of different denominations to take part in each others' communion sacraments, and the possibility of the different denominations to become one Church.
Save yourself some disappoint and either get this book from your local library or buy a better book such as Raymond Brown's.
More Than I Expected Apr 9, 2003
Some books are disappointments, but this one actually gave me more than I expected. I figured it would include a lot of interesting factoids about people and places in the Bible. But it also gives some really fascinating info about how the Bible has affected language, art, literature, movies, etc. I was really intrigued by the section about familiar phrases that (to my surprise) are found in the Bible. I also had not realized how many movies had been based on the Bible, not to mention the many world-famous authors whose books were in some way based on the Bible. This was a real education not just about the Bible, but about culture too.
A Fun Read, and a Good Education Mar 22, 2003
My family members and friends know I like "browsy" books I can take to the beach or while I'm waiting at the doctor's office. This is the "browsiest" book I've ever had, and a lot of fun--1,001 items all relating to the Bible, talking about its notable people and places, and also all kinds of pop culture things like movies, books, songs, words and phrases, anything related to the Bible. Each of the 1,001 is brief, just one paragraph, sometimes 2 or 3. It is very "bite-size," which I think is great. One thing I liked about it also is that it isn't preachy, just a lot of good information. However, my church's pastor told us he uses tidbits from this book to liven up his sermons at times. I think Sunday school teachers could use it the same way.