Dictionary of Biblical Imagery
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This unique reference offers an encyclopedic exploration of topics not found in ordinary Bible dictionaries, including images, symbols, motifs, metaphors, and literary patterns of the Bible. With its right-brain (rather than left-brain) approach, this warm and creative study resource examines the artistic expressions that fascinate and puzzle Christians. A great resource for Bible study, teaching, and preaching. The 1999 Christianity Today "Book of the Year." 996 pages, hardcover from InterVarsity.

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Format: Hardcover
Number of Pages: 996
Vendor: InterVarsity Press
Publication Date: 1998
Dimensions: 10 X 7 X 2 (inches)
ISBN: 0830814515
ISBN-13: 9780830814510

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Publisher's Description

A Christianity Today 1999 Book of the Year! Every reader of the Bible has encountered the powerful, comforting and sometimes puzzling imagery of Scripture. These concrete pictures with their hidden force have struck sharp and lasting impressions on our minds. Their imprint has etched itself on the language and grammar of Christian faith and Western culture. Why then do traditional Bible dictionaries and reference works offer so little help to explorers of the Bible's galaxy of verbal pictures? They excel in describing the climate, borders and location of Galilee or Sinai. But they are often blind to the artistic expressions and deaf to the musical meanings that echo from within the world of the biblical text. The Dictionary of Biblical Imagery is the first contemporary reference work dedicated to exploring the images, symbols, motifs, metaphors and literary patterns found in the Bible. More than that, it examines the Bible's universal archetypes or master images--including the plot motifs and character types that recur throughout life, literature and the Bible. This unique dictionary explores the dazzling variety in which the Word of God comes dressed in clothes of everyday life. It traces the trail of images from Eden to the New Jerusalem. It captures the plotted patterns of biblical narrative. It surveys the imaged texture of each book of the Bible. In short, The Dictionary of Biblical Imagery is an inviting, enlightening and indispensable companion to the reading, study, contemplation and enjoyment of the Bible.

Author Bio

Leland Ryken (Ph.D., University of Oregon) is Clyde S. Kilby Professor of English at Wheaton College in Wheaton, Illinois. He is the author of more than one hundred published articles and essays, and he has written, edited or contributed to more than twenty-five books. His books include (Crossway), (Shaw), (InterVarsity Press), (Baker) and (Zondervan). James Wilhoit is Scripture Press Professor of Christian Education at Wheaton College in Wheaton, Illinois. He is the author of , coeditor of the (IVP Academic) and coauthor, with Leland Ryken, of . Tremper Longman III (PhD, Yale University) is Robert H. Gundry Professor of Biblical Studies at Westmont College in Santa Barbara, California. He is also visiting professor of Old Testament at Seattle School of Theology and Psychology and adjunct of Old Testament at Fuller Theological Seminary. He lectures regularly at Regent College in Vancouver and the Canadian Theological Seminary in Calgary. Longman is the author or coauthor of over twenty books, including and coeditor of He and Dan Allender have coauthored and the Intimate Marriage Bible studies.

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  1. 5 Stars Out Of 5
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    April 14, 2012
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    Quality: 5
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    Meets Expectations: 5
    Deborah Tollstrup,

    Unger's Bible Dictionary and Handbook DO contain slanted theology. In fact, it is erroneous slanted theology of Dispensationalism. "Replacement" theology is incorrect. It is "expansion" theology, and Expansion/Reformed theology is the ONLY biblical theology. Try reading Romans 11 and pay VERY close attention to what Paul is saying. Compare it to what he says in Romans 2 and 9 and Galatians 3 and Ephesians 2. He divides national Israel into two--believing and unbelieving. Romans 2 says "He is not a Jew who is one outwardly" while Romans 9 says "Not all who are descended from Israel belong to Israel." THEREFORE, the unbelieving Jews (the broken off branches) are NOT true Jews NOR do they belong to Israel. Jesus is the TRUE Israel and whoever is in Him are TRUE children of Abraham (Gal. 3). Romans 11 makes it clear that Gentiles who believe (you and me) are grafted IN WITH the believing Jews, who ARE true Jews and ARE true Israel. We are grafted INTO Christ, INTO Israel, and INTO Abraham. THEREFORE, we (Gentile believers) are TRUE Jews and TRUE Israel because the TRUE Israel is the church and the TRUE church is Israel. THEREFORE, we see EXPANSION theology, of which the Old Testament prophets prophesied by the Gentiles INCLUSION.

    Dispensational theology is less than 200 years old and is nothing more than revived Judaism. It reads the Bible the same way the Pharisees did, which, if one pays close attention, Jesus is CONTINUALLY rebuking and correcting their interpretation of Scripture. Dispensational theology CANNOT be found in or supported by the Bible ANYWHERE.

    This book shows you the many pictoral images used throughout Scripture, of which we find the book of Revelation teeming with. In order to rightly understand Scripture, you need to rightly understand these images. Dispensationalists claim to interpret the Bible "literally," but they only do so when it suits them. Anything that should clearly be taken literally, they explain away. The things they try to take literally make absolutely no sense (especially when scripture is compared to scripture), yet they don't care. This book is well needed to teach people to rightly interpret the Bible rather than isolate verses and try to force an erroneous theology onto them when the full context doesn't support such a thing.
  2. 1 Stars Out Of 5
    August 28, 2010
    That this book was a Christianity Today's "book of the year" is enough to be suspicious of it. That, combined with the haughtiness of the seminary student reviews pretty much confirms its a bad choice. By all means, get an original Haley's Handbook or anything my Unger instead.
  3. 5 Stars Out Of 5
    June 23, 2010
    I bought this book as a reference tool for my master level Christian studies courses. good info, well written, and will be useful for literature courses as well. Good buy too.
  4. 5 Stars Out Of 5
    December 8, 2009
    Julia Holloman
    I enjoy the symbolism this reference offers. It helps to put into context the meaning of biblical pictorial language. Gaining understand and insight helps me apply spiritual principles to everyday living . This has become one of my favorite resources.
  5. 5 Stars Out Of 5
    January 6, 2009
    This is an excellent research and reference tool useful to begin study on a particular symbol, metaphor, type, or image used in the Bible. Since the Bible is filled with imagery of all sorts, this book is helpful for understanding its use throughout the whole of Scripture. Although the editors state that the target audience is the layperson, I have found it a good beginning point even for more scholarly research. It is also useful for supplying historical-cultural background information on biblical images. For the preacher or teacher, it is a helpful resource to better understand a particular image and to illuminate a sermon or teaching. As with all the reference tools in the IVP Dictionary Series, I would highly recommend this book to anyone wanting to build their personal Biblical reference library.
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