Edwin M. Yamauchi, Marvin R. WilsonHendrickson Publishers / 2017 / HardcoverOur Price$65.994.5 out of 5 stars for Dictionary of Daily Life in Biblical & Post-Biblical Antiquity, One-Volume Edition. View reviews of this product. 6 Reviews
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John M KightMichiganAge: 25-34Gender: Male5 Stars Out Of 5More Comprehensive than AYBD and ISBE!!January 26, 2018John M KightMichiganAge: 25-34Gender: MaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5The landscape of specialized biblical and theological dictionaries seems to experience continual growth year-by-year. These dictionaries generally boast more focused and detailed attention on content and tend to provide a more unique product as an end goal. The level of usefulness of these types of dictionaries can vary greatly depending on the academic or personal interest of the reader, as well as the specializations of the contributing roster. Still, because of the distinctive qualities of such works the price-point is generally out of reach for most consumers. The intersection of such usefulness and availability is tellingly rare in this distinctive reference genre, and thus when it is clearly observed attention should be widely merited.
Originally published as four paperback volumes, The Dictionary of Daily Life in Biblical and Post-Biblical Antiquity edited by Edwin M. Yamauchi and Marvin R. Wilson has now arrived as a single-volume resource lodged in a beautiful hardcover binding. DDL is a landmark resource in the field of biblical studies. It truly is one of those unique cases, like that mentioned above, where the usefulness and availability of the resource intersect at almost every point. This new single-volume edition is jam-packed with both valuable and vital information for understanding the biblical world of the Old Testament and the New. Furthermore, the sheer affordability of DDL should almost guarantee that the intentions of the editors and contributors can be enjoyed by both scholar and interested laity alike.
DDL contains a number of important and unique articles related to the domestic life, technology, culture, laws, and religious practices of the ancient world. While other top-tier multi-volume dictionaries (Anchor Yale Bible Dictionary, International Standard Encyclopedia of the Bible, etc.) may interact with similar themes and topics as DDL, it would be rare to see them interacting with the same level of detail as DDL, and certainly not in the same helpful format. This complete one-volume edition of DDL includes the same content from the four-volume set, including exhaustive essays unparalleled in other major dictionaries. For example, the DDL article on Abortion is near twice the length of that found in AYBD. The DDL article on dancing is nearly seven times the length of that found in ISBE-an article not even found in AYBD. There is a fascinating 20-page article on Death & Afterlife, as well as a 23-page article on Human Sacrifice. By comparison, ISBE has an article on Human Sacrifice that is roughly 3-pages, and AYBD doesn't have such article at all. Other relevant and noteworthy articles include Incense, Nursing and Wet Nursing, Marriage, Names, Oaths & Vows, Wild Animals and Hunting, Same-Sex Relations, and Slavery.
The strong points of DDL are discovered in at least three major benefits for the reader. First, the sheer scope and comprehensive nature of each article is unique even among some of the other major, top-tier dictionaries (as noted above). So, while other works may occasionally have similar articles as DDL, they are generally much briefer in scope than that offered in DDL. Second, the organization of each article cultivates a much broader comprehension of the subject matter discussed. Each article opens with a brief summary, followed by six major sections: (1) The Old Testament, (2) The New Testament, (3) The Ancient New Eastern World, (4) The Greco-Roman World, (5) The Jewish World, and (6) The Christian World. Thus, DDL tends to trace the topic of discussion much further (approximately 2000 BC to AD 600) and across a broader scope of cultural boundaries. Lastly, each article concludes with a healthy and up-to-date bibliography that is intentionally curated to catapult the curious reader in the right direction-something that is certain to awaken excitement in fellow bibliography lovers.
The Dictionary of Daily Life in Biblical and Post-Biblical Antiquity is a phenomenal achievement in the field of biblical studies. Edwin M. Yamauchi and Marvin R. Wilson have helpfully gathered together some of the most important information about the ancient world and packaged it in such a way to make it accessible and understandable to the average reader. From the far-reaching scope of the articles to the comprehensive exploration therein, DDL is a useful and affordable resource that merits immediate attention from any serious student of the Bible. I couldn't think of a better reason to invest in this resource today. This is a resource you will use and consult often.
brenda white5 Stars Out Of 5Dictionary of Daily Life Four Volume set by Edwin M. Yamauchit and Marvin R WilsonJanuary 23, 2017brenda whiteQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5These books are fantastic. Easy reading for a lay person. Each topic broken down in five easy to read sections. More books of resources are at the end of EACH TOPIC, as well as cross referenced to other topics.
The five sections make it easy to read at short periods of time, or in my case, reading for four hours while having treatments at the hospital.
Great information for teachers, but happy to find something chock full for easy reading.
Jimmy ReaganLeesville, SCAge: 45-54Gender: male5 Stars Out Of 5Outstanding Set!December 21, 2016Jimmy ReaganLeesville, SCAge: 45-54Gender: maleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5Finally, this wonderful set is complete in four volumes. It took years to put together and the volumes have been released over the course of a couple years or so, but now this fun resource edited by the outstanding scholars Edwin Yamauchi and Marvin Wilson is available to us.
Why secure this set compared to so many others on the market? It's really two things: 1) the unique approach, and 2) the valuable, scholarly, and well-written entries.
This dictionary did not limit itself to Bible words only, but to subjects as they occur to us. The value there is making accessible Bible times in a way that overcomes our cultural biases. Think of something that you would really like to know and I suspect you will find an entry on it.
You may read a line that you disagree with, but there's enough depth to really wrestle with the subject. Bibliographies will chart you a course for further study, though I doubt you will need it.
This set isn't designed as a visual resource as is the current rage, but the text here will teach what you are really looking for.
This set is in paperback (it can hold its own with its big hardback competitors too) and so its retail price is much more in line with what an individual student might pay. Those other sets only end up in libraries.
I guarantee you will enjoy and learn from this set!
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Fr TimothySacramento, CAAge: 55-65Gender: male5 Stars Out Of 5Dictionary of Daily LifeJune 29, 2018Fr TimothySacramento, CAAge: 55-65Gender: maleQuality: 4Value: 5Meets Expectations: 4This is a very helpful one volume conservative and scholarly compendium of information on everyday life. I think the only drawback is that there are not enough pictures. There are some pictures. The articles are great.
justmeFort Bragg, CaAge: 55-65Gender: female5 Stars Out Of 5dictionary of daily lifeFebruary 21, 2017justmeFort Bragg, CaAge: 55-65Gender: femaleQuality: 4Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5great read for a layperson, as well as a simple help for a bible study. Happy I purchased this.
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