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By Nancy M. Tischler

The Bible is the principal textual content of Western civilization, and an realizing of it's important to the research of worldwide historical past and tradition. additionally, a growing number of highschool and school scholars are learning the Bible as literature. enormous in scope and written specially for prime institution scholars and basic readers, this encyclopedia surveys the fabric tradition, customs, and ideology of the biblical global. integrated are greater than two hundred alphabetically prepared entries at the instruments, animals, meals, conduct, legislation, professions, and peoples of the Bible. each one access offers definitions; scriptural references; etymological, old, and archaeolgical details; and, while attainable, a dialogue of the relevance of the subject to trendy readers. Entries contain cross-references and cite works for extra analyzing, and the encyclopedia is generously illustrated.

The Bible is the primary textual content of Western civilization, and an figuring out of it will be significant to the examine of global background and tradition. furthermore, a growing number of highschool scholars and undergraduates are learning the Bible as literature. huge in scope and written in particular for prime tuition scholars and normal readers, this encyclopedia surveys the fabric tradition, customs, and ideology of the biblical international via greater than two hundred alphabetically prepared entries at the instruments, animals, meals, conduct, legislation, professions, and peoples of the Bible.

Each access presents definitions; scriptural references; etymological, historic, and archaeological info; and, while attainable, a dialogue of the relevance of the subject to trendy readers. The encyclopedia covers the peoples who have been part of biblical lifestyles: the Essenes and Pharisees, the scribes and clergymen, the buddies and enemies, and the nice powers that enslaved them. additionally, it explains a number of the significant occasions in Israel's historical past, the permitted thought of cosmology and climate, and the typical knowing of many information from the production to Armageddon.

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40:2). The Jews saw wealth as a loan from God, on which the poor have a claim. Along with fasting and prayer, almsgiving was a central expectation of the pious Jew. The apocryphal story of Tobit is a lesson in almsgiving and the benefits derived from generosity of the spirit. Although few beggars are mentioned in the Bible, the disabled who languished around the Pool of Bethesda or near the city gates or the Temple were probably beggars who appealed to Jesus for healing as they had appealed to others for money.

God’s love for them was marked by his specific admonition to Noah to preserve them (Gen. 7:2–3) and to lead them into the ark two by two. Birds served as Noah’s spies: Noah first sent out a raven to look for dry land, but the dove was the one that returned 24 Animals with the “freshly plucked olive leaf” (Gen. 8:11). The final dove did not return. To celebrate the salvation from the flood over all the earth, Noah built an altar and offered up a burnt offering of “every clean animal and every clean bird” (Gen.

Although few beggars are mentioned in the Bible, the disabled who languished around the Pool of Bethesda or near the city gates or the Temple were probably beggars who appealed to Jesus for healing as they had appealed to others for money. ” (Mark 10:21). The giving of alms was considered all through Scripture as a sign of a righteous man. In the early Christian community, the distribution of alms was specifically assigned to the deacons (Acts 4:32, 34). Widows and orphans were among those most often mentioned as having special needs for such attention.

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