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The Prologue sets the scene by giving a simple description of the topography and climate in Israel, so that readers – wherever they are – may get a sense of what the place is like. The following chapters cover topics such as the creation of birds; bird migration; Job's birds; birds and Jesus; and singing and nesting birds. Some species are written about in detail. Others, especially those whose identity is disputed, get less attention. Birds are mentioned repeatedly in the Bible. They play a big role in illustrating the authors' intentions and in describing the characters in the stories. Illustrated with exquisite watercolours, Birds of the Bible reveals the significance and identity of all of the birds in the Old and New Testaments.
Peter Goodfellow is a Methodist Local Preacher, has been a keen birdwatcher since he was a boy, and was a teacher till he retired – he's put all three parts of himself together in this book. He is also the author of a number of several successful birdwatching guides and Avian Architecture which won the 2011 Prose Award from the Association of America Publishers.