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T H E Q U A RT E R - M I L L I O N C O P Y B E S T S E L L E R — N O W U P D AT E D A N D E X PA N D E D !

Here’s the fast and easy way to learn about the fascinating people and places in your Bible. This handy reference is a perfect Bible companion—a great tool written in everyday language, accurate in scholarly detail, illustrated with beautiful photographs, paintings, and maps. Find out for yourself: ✥ What grandmother murdered her family so she could rule the Jewish nation? (page 49) ✥ Who committed a sin so terrible that Joshua executed the man’s entire family? (page 276) ✥ Which disciple did Jewish leaders call “scum”? (page 310) ✥ Why was Enoch unlike the rest of us? (page 129) ✥ Which prophet married a prostitute? (page 198) ✥ Who had a bed more than 13 feet long? (page 356) ✥ Which Iraqi town was once the New York City of its day? (page 451) Who’s Who and Where’s Where in the Bible 2.0 is packed with more than 500 entries to enrich your understanding and inspire you to deeper study. You’ll want to keep it right next to your Bible!

STEPHEN M. MILLER is a seminary-educated journalist and freelance writer. His original Who’s Who and Where’s Where in the Bible won the Retailer’s Choice Award as best nonfiction book of the year. The Bible: A History won best nonfiction book of the year in England. U.S. $19.99

ISBN 978-1-61626-863-3 51999 EAN 9 781616 268633 BRGN / Religion / Biblical Reference / General


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The bath that King David saw Bathsheba take wasn’t just any bath. It was a ritual cleansing after her monthly period. That means she was fertile, a fact David discovered a few weeks later.

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In Daniel’s big scene, he spends the night in a pit with lions who look but don’t touch.

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Egypt is a big chunk of land about half the size of the American Midwest. But its only livable territory is about a 10-mile-wide (16 km) stretch of green trailing the Nile River.

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Egyptians pause for a portrait at Luxor Temple in what used to be Thebes, capital of ancient Egypt.

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Paul spent three years in Ephesus, a port city connected to the ocean by a river. When the river silted up, the city died.

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A bone valley comes to life in Ezekiel’s most famous vision. The reanimated bodies are a symbol of what God plans to do for the exiled Jewish people: bring them back to life.

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“Herod the Great” isn’t a title his wife Mariamne would have used to describe him after he ordered her executed. He killed her and two of their sons because he suspected they were plotting a coup against him.

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CAESAR’S OPINION OF HEROD “I would rather be Herod’s pig than his son!” That’s what Caesar Augustus said, according to Roman writer Macrobius, living in the AD 400s and apparently drawing on historical records. What made the line funny was that it was true. As at least a marginally practicing Jew, Herod never would have ordered a pig butchered—pork wasn’t kosher. But he ordered three of his sons executed.

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The Western Wall, also called the Wailing Wall, is the most sacred site for Jews. It’s all that’s left of their temple, which Romans destroyed in AD 70. The massive rocks once served as a retaining wall to hold up the side of the hill. The temple sat on top.

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Kidron valley between the Jerusalem ridge (left) and the Mount of Olives ridge in the distant background.

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Samuel’s spirit responds to a medium’s call to life. It’s bad news for King Saul. Samuel says the king will be joining him shortly in the place of the dead.

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T H E Q U A RT E R - M I L L I O N C O P Y B E S T S E L L E R — N O W U P D AT E D A N D E X PA N D E D !

Here’s the fast and easy way to learn about the fascinating people and places in your Bible. This handy reference is a perfect Bible companion—a great tool written in everyday language, accurate in scholarly detail, illustrated with beautiful photographs, paintings, and maps. Find out for yourself: ✥ What grandmother murdered her family so she could rule the Jewish nation? (page 49) ✥ Who committed a sin so terrible that Joshua executed the man’s entire family? (page 276) ✥ Which disciple did Jewish leaders call “scum”? (page 310) ✥ Why was Enoch unlike the rest of us? (page 129) ✥ Which prophet married a prostitute? (page 198) ✥ Who had a bed more than 13 feet long? (page 356) ✥ Which Iraqi town was once the New York City of its day? (page 451) Who’s Who and Where’s Where in the Bible 2.0 is packed with more than 500 entries to enrich your understanding and inspire you to deeper study. You’ll want to keep it right next to your Bible!

STEPHEN M. MILLER is a seminary-educated journalist and freelance writer. His original Who’s Who and Where’s Where in the Bible won the Retailer’s Choice Award as best nonfiction book of the year. The Bible: A History won best nonfiction book of the year in England. U.S. $19.99

ISBN 978-1-61626-863-3 51999 EAN 9 781616 268633 BRGN / Religion / Biblical Reference / General


Who's Who & Where's Where in the Bible