Meredith’s Book of Bible Lists

This is a review of Meredith’s Book of Bible Lists: a One-of-a-Kind Collection of Bible Facts Presented in List Form.

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Bethany House Publishers (1980)
(Remake with Book 1 + Book 2 – 2009)
Bible-Indexes

Summary: With over 200 separate lists in under twenty distinct categories this index contains lots of bible facts in list format from obvious ones like The Ten Commandments to People Who Were Supernaturally Struck Blind to Six Women in the Bible Who Had More Than One Husband.

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Book of Bible Lists

When I found this old book at a thrift store I was excited because who doesn’t love to read lists? I’m trying to get to know the Bible better and I thought this would be a fun way to learn more facts over and above the Bible studies I do.

A Problem…

In theory this is a good book but I feel there was one big problem. This would not be a problem for everyone but it was for me. The scriptures listed are from the King James Bible (KJV). It might be more accurate than other versions but let’s be real, it’s really hard to understand.

While the KJV is fine for certain scripture such as shorter ones and ones giving specific commandments or promises, when we are talking about longer passages, stories of things that happened and detailed explanations it was a big problem. I was so lost I just skipped big sections because what’s the point.

Learning Cool Facts

So while I wish they would redo this book in NIV or NASB I did learn some interesting things:

  • there were TWO prophets who ATE books
  • There are 14 Non-Biblical books mentioned in the bible (and they are listed of course)
  • what the ten things you can do about sin are
  • Joash was seven years old when he became king of Judah!
  • The longest book in the New Testament is Luke (1151 verses)
  • the shortest verse in the Bible is Jesus Wept (John 11:35)
  • In round numbers the total number of words in the Bible is 845,000 (the KJV at least)

Looking for Biblical Name Ideas?

This book can help with that too. It has a list of all the men and female names in the Bible (separately). This could come in handy if you are looking for a Biblical name for a new child. The meaning of the name is included.

A Remake

There is also a second book: Meredith’s Second Book of Bible lists. In 2009 the books were combined into one book.

 

About Kathleen

I've been a nonfiction lover for as long as I can remember. I love children's nonfiction as well and love to share my knowledge and the books I gained them from, with the world. I wish more people would give nonfiction a chance.

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