Staff Pick – All the Men of the Bible

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In fifth grade my parents purchased a multi-volume encyclopedia, as many parents did in the pre-Internet era, to help out with my homework.  My homework would suffer because as I flipped through the pages searching for the topic of a report my teacher had assigned, I would inevitably be sidetracked by more interesting articles I encountered on the way. This is a habit I have never been able to kick.

Working here at WORDsearch, I am surrounded by books that elicit the same reaction. While checking for errors in the OCR process, I will inevitably be tempted to stop and read an interesting passage, and I have to tear myself away to focus on the task at hand. One of the books that tested my self-control happened to be one of my favorites, Herbert Lockyer’s All the Men of the Bible.

As the title suggests, this book lists all the men appearing in the Bible, and it is a very extensive list. The reason why Lockyer wrote this book to include all the men, even the ones mentioned only once, was because, as he states in the first chapter, “…the Bible is the inspired Word of God, even these uninteresting lists of names were written for our learning, and if properly studied they [will] yield remarkable results.”

All the Men of the Bible is like a cross between a dictionary and an encyclopedia. Each entry starts conventionally enough with a pronunciation guide and the meaning of the man’s name, such as Amos, which means “burden bearer” or “one with a burden.” The names are sometimes shared among more than one man, such as the five individuals named Asaph.  But Lockyer wrote this book to be more than a dictionary with concise definitions, and he used his education and extensive experience as a pastor to bring together all the fragments of information scattered throughout the Bible in order to create a complete portrayal for each man.

Browsing through the entries, the reader’s eye may be caught by the story of Mnason, an old disciple who gave Paul and his followers lodging. Mnason is given only the briefest of mentions in the Bible, but Lockyer became a storyteller, and wove together information drawn from the Bible and his knowledge of biblical history, and was able to create a compelling image of the man. Now we are able to see him as a living person, someone who contributed materially to the spread of the Gospel.

Where this book really shines is when there is more information to work with. Under Asahel, of which there are four different men who share this name, the fourth is described as the youngest son of David’s sister, and whose story is given the interesting subtitle of The Man Who Died in His Boots. We learn of his family background, that he was known for his “fleetness of foot,” was a courageous officer in David’s army, and that his ambition contributed to his death.

Whenever possible, Lockyer shows how the story of each man illustrates the teachings of the Bible, and he points out how to use them as the basis of study group discussions or sermons. This, along with careful citations of his information sources, makes the book a valuable resource and an excellent addition to anyone’s library.

David Henderson is an OCR technician at WORDsearch. He is happily married and enjoys spending time with his family and friends in the great outdoors, the great indoors and anywhere in between.

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the_all_seriesHave you heard about The All Series? It’s a magnificent 10-volume reference tool for preachers and students of the Bible and it’s quite unlike anything else you have in your digital library. This is a new release that has been carefully formatted for use in your WORDsearch library. I think you’ll be amazed by the value it brings to your studies of God’s Word. Our list price for this set is $119.50, but, for a limited time, you can enjoy our introductory sale price of just $99.95Click here to learn more or download this package now. Or, call us at 1-800-888-9898 and mention special offer 6839.

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Dr. Herbert Lockyer had an interesting idea. Lockyer dreamed of a reference volume that would explore All the Men of the Bible. It turned out that there are over 3,000 men who are mentioned in the Bible. Lockyer covered each one of them in the depth that each deserved, from Aaron to Zurishaddai. But this is more than just an encyclopedia of Bible names. Lockyer went deeper with additional sections covering unnamed men of the Bible, such as:The Hypocrites, the Wise Men, the Rich Young Ruler, the Good Samaritan and so on.

All the Men, Women, Promises, Prophecies and Parables of the Bible, and More!

Dr. Lockyer labored for decades, producing one volume after another with a laser-like focus on everything the Bible has to say about a given subject or theme. This bundle includes:

  • All the Apostles of the Bible
  • All the Prayers of the Bible
  • All the Promises of the Bible
  • All the Parables of the Bible
  • All the Divine Names of the Bible
  • All the Doctrines of the Bible
  • All the Miracles of the Bible
  • All the Men of the Bible
  • All the Women of the Bible
  • All the Messianic Prophecies of the Bible

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You will quickly discover that WORDsearch makes The All Series far more useful and valuable than the author ever intended. Any time you are studying a passage of Scripture that deals with man, woman, apostle, doctrine, divine name, miracle, prophecy, parable, prayer or promise, WORDsearch can instantly assemble the exact information you want from this massive collection of detailed studies. What sermon, lesson or study wouldn’t benefit from thetreasures stored in this collection?

Fascinating Facts That You’ll Love Finding

Did you know the Bible records over 650 definite prayers? And that doesn’t even include the150 Psalms, each of which is a prayer. Furthermore, no fewer than 450 of those prayers have a recorded answer. All this is covered in detail in All the Prayers of the Bible.

In All the Promises of the Bible, you’ll discover the Bible records 7,487 promises that God made to man and 290 promises that man made to God. I find this interesting, and when you get deep into this volume, you will see the reason.

Material That Is Suitable for Preaching & Teaching

Dr. Lockyer was a preacher, and his work shows great respect to those who preach and teach. You’ll notice that he often alliterated chapters because he knew the lessons would be preachable. For example, in the volume All the Miracles of the Bible, Lockyer offers these additional essays:

  • The Definition of the Term “Miracle”
  • The Design of Miracles
  • The Description of Miracles
  • The Doers of Miracles
  • The Distribution of Miracles
  • The Division of Miracles
  • The Disappearance of Miracles
  • The Denial of Miracles
  • The Defense of Miracles

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