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img988Of late, the press surfaces with a number of predictions made many decades ago by Isaac Asimov (1920-1992) about the things we will live and work with in this century.

All of this comes from a writer and scientist who wrote over 500 books, countless articles and who offered explanations of various sciences as a Professor of Biochemistry at Boston University. What fascinates me more than anything else about Asimov are not his science fiction books which are at the very top of that branch of fiction, but his enormous interest in other literature and other subjects. Asimov and other writers such as Robert Heinlein and Arthur C. Clarke may have broadened our minds with a look to the future, but Asimov did more for religion than a lot of writers in spite of his claims to be an atheist.

He in essence in his book Asimov’s Guide to the Bible made a dictionary/encyclopedia of Biblical places and terms in chronological order that shows an enormous erudition in religion, geography and a great amount of multiple source checking in different languages. It is impossible to believe in “nothingness” and write about the most published book in all of history, completely unattached to the subject matter.

Seven different editions were published over time, the last one is two volumes in one with over 1300 pages published in 1981. I am still reading my copy every once in a while, and come away utterly amazed! If you are a minister, preacher, bible coach in any Christian faith, then you owe it to yourself and your community to be able to answer some of the questions about the bible.

I will guarantee, you will find facts and answers here. Asimov does not discuss his view on religion in this book but explains a historical context in simple terms.