A Concise Dictionary of the Bible and Its Reception Interpretation  -     By: John Sawyer
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A Concise Dictionary of the Bible and Its Reception Interpretation

Westminster John Knox Press / 2004 / Paperback

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This dictionary not only identifies terms and biblical figures but examines them from the perspective of "reception history"-the history of the Bible's effect on its readers. Biblical books, passages, and characters certainly played important roles in the history of Judaism, Christianity, and Islam, but they also influenced other religious traditions, preachers, writers, poets, artists, and filmmakers. The study of such cultural effects of the Bible is an emerging field, and this work promises to open new avenues of exploration.

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Format: Paperback
Number of Pages: 295
Vendor: Westminster John Knox Press
Publication Date: 2004
Dimensions: 9 X 6 X 1 (inches)
ISBN: 0664223389
ISBN-13: 9780664223380

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This dictionary not only identifies terms and biblical figures but also examines them from the perspective of "reception history"--the history of the Bible's effect on its readers. Biblical books, passages, and characters certainly played important roles in the history of Judaism, Christianity, and Islam, but they also influenced other religious traditions, preachers, writers, poets, artists, and filmmakers. The study of such cultural effects of the Bible is an emerging field, and this work promises to open new avenues of exploration.

Author Bio

John F. A. Sawyer is an Old Testament scholar who is the author of numerous books, including The Fifth Gospel: Isaiah in the History of Christianity, Prophecy and the Biblical Prophets,and a two-volume commentary on Isaiah published by WJK.

Endorsements

“A fascinating collection of information on the Bible and its afterlife; I couldn’t stop reading it.” — John Goldingay, Fuller Theological Seminary

“A welcome departure from the tendency of dictionaries of the Bible to focus exclusively on the world of the Bible. The articles are succinct, informed, and reflect a broad knowledge of the people, movements, and institutions that have been influenced by the Bible.” — David E. Aune, University of Notre Dame

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    How to find out if reception history is for you
    August 31, 2013
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    A well-written and readable book with a succinct and very useful introduction. It is probably best approached as a taster to see whether Reception History and associated studies in recent times is for you. Barely no article is more than a page long so there is no opportunity for either the reader or the writer to get their teeth stuck into any particular subject. Anyone having a larger modern biblical or theological dictionary will have most of the information in it already whilst those who are into reception history and the like will know most of what it says about this specialism already . In a way the writer undertakes to do two jobs at once. Take for example the entry on The Epistle to the Romans; the first two thirds is a brief summary of the letter itself (the like of which could be found in many other places) whilst the last third mentions its role in church controversies down the centuries and its use in a couple of Bach motets and Handel's Messiah. Perhaps it could be a Christmas stocking filler for your more cultured friends. I personally was left with a yearning for more, having read at least a fifth of it, and can not wait to clap my eyes on Coggins and Houlden's Dictionary of Biblical Interpretation and the like.
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