1001 Surprising Things You Should Know About the Bible

by Glen H. Jones

Both novice and experienced Bible readers will be surprised at the wealth of information in this book. Much of the book contains comments on Bible people, events, and places. For example, the forbidden fruit that Eve ate and gave to Adam was not an apple (at least the Bible does not say it was). The word "Adam" is a Hebrew word meaning "man." That word in turn was taken from another Hebrew word, adamah, which means "ground." You will also gain some information on the Nephilim (Gen. 6:5-8). Many modern phrases have their origin in the Bible: "doubting Thomas," "a wolf in sheep's clothing," "the salt of the earth," "taking a sabbatical," " the apple of my eye" and "like a lamb to the slaughter." All these expressions and many more are found in the Bible. Chapter 6 gives the strange popular nicknames of some Bibles that have been published over the years: the Bug Bible (1535), the Breeches Bible (1560), the Vinegar Bible (1717), the Ears to Ears Bible (1810) and the Murderer's Bible (1801). These Bibles earned their sobriquets because of some rather strange mistranslations. In Chapter 27 the authors provide interesting information on cattle, donkeys, horses, camels, locusts, fleas, flies, gnats, foxes, pigs, ravens, and crows. They even venture a definition for the word "behemoth" (Job 40). Was this a hippopotamus or was it something else? The reader will also find helpful information on the parables of Jesus in Chapter 19. What was the meaning of the parable of the sheep and goats? Or the parable of the new wine in old wineskins? Or the parable of the mustard seed? Or the parable of the workers in the vineyard? Another chapter (24) deals with Jewish clothing, including tunics, coats and headgear. Did men and women wear jewelry? What about hair and beard length? Did men and women wear the same style clothing as some moderns?
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