Meredith’s Book Of Bible Lists: A One-Of-A-Kind Collection Of Bible Facts Presented In List Form, by J.L. Meredith
This book is not the sort of book that most people would enjoy reading, but it makes for an immensely worthwhile reference for someone who appreciates odd facts about the Bible . This book is an especially worthwhile resource for one particular purpose that may not be the case for many others, so it is worthwhile to point it out ahead of time. For those who are part of the Graduate Club based, there is a speech assignment called the trivia speech, and this book is tailor made for that kind of assignment. Now, some readers will need no such inducement to read a well-researched and thoughtfully organized collection of biblical trivia, which appears to live up to its claim of being one of a kind, at least as far as I know. As the Bible is itself a popular book to read, it should be of little surprise that it would be enjoyable to read and full of thoughtful lists that prompt thought on the part of the reader because of the context that they are a part of.
The contents of this book are Bible lists, the nearly 300 pages that it takes for the author to go through nearly 223 separate lists divided into 20 different categories: commandments, promises, New Testament proverbs and facts, supernatural events, word power, books, people, sex, characteristics, love, God’s gifts to men, sin, lies, miracle workers and their deeds, numbers, flora and fauna, names, Bible treasures, ships and other floating objects, and other miscellaneous lists. As is often the case, this book gains a lot of power simply by combining different elements together and putting them in the same context. And it is that skill, the fact that so much can be gained by the skill of putting different elements in the right context, that is so readily abundant here. For example, the author manages to glean five facts from a single shipwreck in one list, provide useful facts about the longest and shortest books and chapters of the Bible as well as each testament individually, and even manages to provide some useful lists from the wisdom of Agur , and a lot more.
The question for the reader is whether this book will be enjoyed on its own terms as a thoughtful and useful reference from those who are not used to gaining information of interest from such works. There is no narrative here to be found. The book lives up to its title–it is a book of lists. Sometimes the lists are given a lot of context, but sometimes the list itself provides the necessary context through its organization. Among the more intriguing lists is the list of the names of men and women in the Bible, along with a short version of their meanings. It is a worthwhile task to try to find the biblically based names of friends or family members and see what they mean, as there will likely be quite a few surprises. I know there were for me. This is a book where the back cover text is achieved–the facts are stimulating, informative, and often surprising, the information included is significant and often unexpected. This is a worthwhile book, and it deserves its praise and popularity, to the extent that one person I know ended up with two copies of the book because it caught his interest again after having already obtained it earlier.
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