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Critical Companion to the Bible
  • Authored by: Martin H. Manser, David Barratt, Pieter J. Lalleman, and Julius Steinberg
  • From the Series: Critical Companion to
  • Trim Size: 7-3/8 x 9-1/4
  • ISBN-10: 0816070652
  • ISBN-13: 978-0-8160-7065-7
  • Status: In Stock
  • List Price: $75.00
  • Imprint: Facts On File
  • Published: 05/01/2009
  • Dewey Number: 220
  • Reading Level: Grades 9 and up
  • Pages: 496


The Bible is one of the masterpieces of world literature. It is the most widely distributed of all books and contains some of the world’s greatest writing—from the songs of praise in Psalms to the great stories in the book of Genesis.

Critical Companion to the Bible examines the Bible as a work of literature, focusing on its language and verbal structures and on the imaginative quality of its thought. This invaluable resource is an essential addition to high school and college literature and religion classes.

Critical Companion to the Bible is a comprehensive guide to this endlessly fascinating book.

Coverage includes:

  • An essay entitled "Reading the Bible," providing an overview of the various approaches critics have taken to interpreting the Bible and of the historical development of the biblical canon
  • In-depth alphabetical entries—each containing a synopsis, a commentary section, and subentries on the main figures—on all the books of the Bible
  • Alphabetical entries on important people, places, concepts, and topics related to the Bible
  • Appendixes, including a list of the books of the Bible as categorized by different faiths; a chronology; and a list of important secondary resources, including scholarly Web sites.


Black-and-white illustrations. Maps. Index. Appendix. Bibliography. Cross-references. Chronology. Web sites.

About the Author(s)

Martin H. Manser has been a professional reference book writer and editor since 1980. He is the author of The Facts On File Guide to Good Writing; The Facts On File Guide to Style; The Facts On File Dictionary of Allusions; The Facts On File Dictionary of Foreign Words and Phrases, Second Edition; and The Facts On File Dictionary of Proverbs, Second Edition. His other books include the Zondervan Dictionary of Bible Themes, Macmillan Dictionary of the Bible, and Learner’s Dictionary of English Idioms.

Associate editor David Barratt was for many years Senior Lecturer in English at Chester College, now the University of Chester in England. He has also taught in Pakistan and the United States. He is the author of Narnia: C.S. Lewis and His World.

Associate editor Pieter J. Lalleman is currently Academic Dean and tutor of New Testament at Spurgeon's College in London, England.

Associate editor Julius Steinberg teaches at the Seminary of the German Free Evangelical Churches in Ewersbach, Germany and at the Protestant Theological Faculty in Leuven, Belgium. His main area of study is the literary approach to Old Testament theology.

Reviews and Awards

"...a clearly written and concise overview..."

American Reference Books Annual

"...the clarity and succinctness of each entry is well suited for high school classes, lower-level college literature courses, or any reader beginning an exploration of the Bible as literature. Recommended."


"Depth, breadth, objectivity, and clarity distinguish this fine guide to a literary study of the Bible...Scholarly but unpretentious, this judicious guide to a literary interpretation of the Scriptures is a solid addition to the series."

School Library Journal

"For the price, this reference provides an excellent introduction to not just the literary but also the theological studies of the Bible...suitable for public, academic, church, and synagogue libraries."


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