A number of works, both books and magazines, have
been consulted in the preparation of this book. To simplify the presentation, I
have generally avoided direct quotations in the main body of the text. However,
the Notes at the end — arranged by chapter — give all the relevant
sources. And Chapter 11 may be consulted for further useful material on many of
the subjects only briefly touched upon in this book. Various Bible versions are
cited throughout, rather indiscriminately, as seemed most suitable. These
include the AV, RV, RSV, NEB, and NIV.