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Money at its Best: Millionaires of the Old Testament

In Judeo-Christian culture there is a longstanding tradition of seeing material wealth as the manifestation of God's blessing. This tradition is amply reflected in the Bible . For example, Deuteronomy 28:1, 11 expresses God's promise of prosperity for those who obey his commandments: "If you fully obey the Lord your God and carefully follow all his commands . . . the Lord will grant you abundant prosperity." A key requirement for this prosperity, however, is proper use of the blessings God has provided. Deuteronomy 15:10-11 says, "Give generously . . . and do so without a grudging heart; then because of this the Lord your God will bless you in all your work and in everything you put your hand to."

The purpose of the series Money at its Best: Millionaires of the Bible is to examine the lives of key figures from Biblical history, showing how these people blended their faith in God with their wealth or privileged positions in order to make a difference in the lives of others. Each book in this series weaves stories from the Bible with legends a plausible account of the subject's life. These portraits are fleshed out by 35 to 60 full-color illustrations, including pictures of or folk tales, other scriptural sources, and modern archaeological research to create artifacts and paintings of religious scenes from Rembrandt, Michaelangelo, and other great artists. Each book includes resources for further study, as well as a detailed index.

12 volumes
, 2009
12 & up
7th & up
6 1/2 x 9 1/4 inches
Abraham and Sarah
by Denise Renee Barberet

Hardcover Available
The lives of Abraham and Sarah provide one of the Bible's greatest examples of faith. At an advanced age, Abraham and Sarah left their comfortable home to venture into an unknown land, trusting in God's promise that He would protect and bless them. Their faith is rewarded, as God enriches Abraham and Sarah during their travels. More importantly, God grants Abraham and Sarah a son, Isaac, whose descendants will establish two of the world's major religions, Judaism and Christianity.

Daniel
by Cheryl Paden

Hardcover Available
As a youth, Daniel was captured by the army of Babylon, exiled to a foreign land, and forced to serve in King Nebuchadnezzar's court. Daniel's wisdom, integrity, and trust in God earned him a position of power as he served the king. But even when Daniel's wealth and prestige were threatened, he remained steadfastly faithful to God. The Lord rewarded Daniel for his faith, protecting him from those who would do him harm. Daniel provides an excellent example of a person who consistently lived his life in a way that honors God. Millionaires of the Bible Series The series Money at its Best: Millionaires of the Bible examines the lives of key figures from biblical history. The books in this series draw on the Bible and other religious writings, as well as on legends, folktales, and the work of modern scholars, to show how each of the people profiled used his or her wealth or privileged position in order to make a difference in the lives of others.

David
by Zachary Taylor

Hardcover Available
The Bible describes King David as "a man after God's own heart," and his reign is considered the golden age of ancient Israel. David unified the 12 Hebrew tribes, established a powerful central government, expanded Israel's borders through a combination of diplomacy and military conquest, and laid the foundations for an Israelite monarchy that would endure for centuries. David was far from perfect, however; his fits of temper and sinful behaviors often resulted in tragic consequences. But David's weaknesses, and his trust in the Lord, demonstrate the power of God's forgiveness. King David continues to be a source of fascination and inspiration 3,000 years after his death.

Esther
by Steve Woodruff

Hardcover Available
Esther, the main character in the story contained in the biblical book of Esther, is a young Jewish maiden who rises to fame, wealth, and glory in ancient Persia during the days of King Ahasuerus (Xerxes). Her beauty sets her apart from other young women in the king's harem, and the king chooses her to be his queen. From this privileged position, Esther has an opportunity to save the Jewish community in Persia from the machinations of the king's evil grand vizier. Her success is celebrated each year in the joyous Jewish festival of Purim.

Jacob
by Benjamin T. Hoak

Hardcover Available
Struggle is a constant theme of Jacob's life, but he survives and learns to live according to the promises God has given to him. As Jacob learns to channel his energies toward what God wants for him rather than what he wants for himself, God blesses him in an earthly manner. Jacob becomes wealthy beyond the dreams of most people, with flocks and herds beyond measure. But Jacob's story is not just about one man; it is also about his children and their descendants, who produce a great nation called Israel.

Job
by Cameron Davis

Hardcover Available
Why do innocent people suffer? This is the universal question posed in the story of Job. Blessed with great wealth and a loving family, Job was considered the richest man in the East-until the day that everything he had was taken away. But Job continued to praise God, even as he sought to understand the mystery of suffering and of God's divine grace. Job's story demonstrates that wealth does not reside solely in possessions. Even after his devastating losses, Job maintains his piety and integrity. Through the character of Job, we get a true understanding of the term patience and the proverb "wait on the Lord."

Joseph
by Benjamin T. Hoak

Hardcover Available
The account of Joseph, son of the Old Testament patriarch Jacob, is compelling because of the enduring themes of integrity, forgiveness, and faith that echo through the dramatic highs and lows of Joseph's life. Betrayed by his brothers, sold into slavery, falsely imprisoned, and then miraculously elevated to a position of wealth and power over all the land of Egypt-Joseph knew what it was to look deep into the darkest hour of the soul and still have hope. In doing so, he preserved the life of the infant nation of Israel and left a legacy of righteousness that resounds through three major world religions.

Moses
by Dorothy Kavanaugh

Hardcover Available
Moses is a major figure in Judaism, and one whose teachings have been respected by many other cultures. The Ten Commandments and other laws that Moses received from God on Mount Sinai helped to form the moral and legal framework for our modern civilization. Moses is the archetype of a great leader. He is driven by God's higher purpose, but at the same time he tries to protect members of his community from divine wrath. Throughout his life, Moses worked not to enrich himself at the expense of others, but to help all people to prosper. Millionaires of the Bible Series. The series Money at its Best: Millionaires of the Bible examines the lives of key figures from biblical history. The books in this series draw on the Bible and other religious writings, as well as on legends, folktales, and the work of modern scholars, to show how each of the people profiled used his or her wealth or privileged position in order to make a difference in the lives of others.

Noah
by Steve Woodruff

Hardcover Available
Noah is a biblical figure who is familiar to nearly everyone. Jews, Christians, and Muslims consider him the hero of the Great Flood, when God destroyed His creation. Because of Noah's righteousness, he and the members of his family were saved from the flood. Thanks to Noah's virtue and trust in the Lord, humans received a second chance. When the waters receded, Noah and his family inherited the entire Earth and all its bounty. The story of Noah provides modern readers with valuable lessons about the importance of faith in God and the requirements of human stewardship over His creation

Samson
by Denise-Renee Barbaret

Hardcover Available
Places the life and accomplishments of Samson in the context of his times, attempts to determine the historical basis of his story, and describes how he fought the Philistines, was defeated and captured, but eventually brought down their temple.

Solomon
by Jennifer Vance

Hardcover Available
King Solomon is considered one of the wealthiest kings in history, as well as one of history's wisest rulers. During his 40-year reign, Solomon built Israel into a regional power and established diplomatic relationships that brought peace to the region. However, at the end of his life Solomon became corrupted by pride and power. His moral decay led to the division of his kingdom, and sowed the seeds for Israel's eventual destruction. The story of Solomon demonstrates the impact that the actions and decisions of one person-whether good or bad-can have on others.

Wealth in Biblical Times
by Rose Zedeker

Hardcover Available
Wealth in Biblical Times covers a subject seldom associated with this ancient era-money. Bible verses not only indicate that wealthy people lived during this time, they also describe the rules that applied to good stewardship of their fortunes, God gave these men and women abundance and expected their trust and obedience in return. This book includes the stories of several figures who lived in Biblical times, including Joshua, Isaac, Deborah, Gideon, Ruth, and the Queen of Sheba. It shows how they managed their wealth or their privileged positions in order to help their communities. Millionaires of the Bible Series. The series Money at its Best: Millionaires of the Bible examines the lives of key figures from biblical history. The books in this series draw on the Bible and other religious writings, as well as on legends, folktales, and the work of modern scholars, to show how each of the people profiled used his or her wealth or privileged position in order to make a difference in the lives of others.




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