Livingston, Ala. (PRWEB) October 03, 2013
Richard R. Losch gives all Bible students and readers a valuable means of orienting themselves to the Biblical world and its cultural (and physical) geography with All the Places in the Bible. Losch has discovered that “understanding…the places involved often adds a whole new meaning to the stories and events…” of the good book. Furthermore, he says that “the background…and history…of a place either helps to make sense of an otherwise rather enigmatic situation or enriches and fleshes out a statement or event.”
All the Places in the Bible will connect readers to the local histories of the Near and Middle East, of a richly detailed world where ancient and subsequent civilizations played out and the drama of early human history still resounds in the customs and cultures of its modern day descendants. In other words, the author makes the Biblical places comes alive, taking them, among other places, through Jerusalem in its many eras–from its being “the heart of Jewish thought” before Roman times to its existing only “as a pile of rubble and a longing memory” after its destruction in 70 CE, as Rome continued to take its historical destiny by the hand and was “the center of the world.”
The Bible, of course, follows the historical and philosophical foundations of Christianity; follows its fathers, its trials, its spread and, by consequence, its establishment as the fountain of Western civilization and culture; as well as follows its rise as the pre-eminent political and religious power for nearly two millennia. Losch gives readers the spirit of the sere and beautiful landscapes that gave birth to a truly amazing religious estate. It is both a lesson in the humility of beginnings and the romance of the human spirit transcending great odds–how and why does the eclectic events, places and diverse people (refer to this book’s companion volume, also by the author, All the People in the Bible, Eerdmans 2008) in the Bible still have a powerful voice today? By letting readers visit All the Places in the Bible, Richard Losch enlightens by illustrating how unique and long-lasting world phenomena are predicated on the fundamental factors of geography, history and culture, which aid in the molding of powerful faith and vision.
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About the Author
Richard R. Losch lives in Livingston, Alabama. He is the Rector Emeritus of St. James’ Episcopal Church, and is a retired professor of statistics at the University of West Alabama. He was ordained an Episcopal priest in 1960, and has taught and served parishes in Connecticut, Massachusetts, North Carolina and Alabama. He is the author of several books, the most recent being All the People in the Bible (Eerdmans, 2008), of which this book is a companion.
All the Places in the Bible * by Richard R. Losch
An A–Z Guide to the Countries, Cities, Villages, and Other Places Mentioned in Scripture
Publication Date: May 23, 2013
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