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.
Been using this since 2003, it has greatly enhanced my understanding of the Bible. The authors painted stories with words, the imagery explained in this Book is far better than anything I have ever heard.
Overall this dictionary is very useful. Well written, clear, and biblically sound as far as I have read. I have found it very useful and helpful over the years and would recommend it without reservation to just about anyone.
I purchased this book BECAUSE of the wonderful reviews; however, I have found it very uninspired and uninspiring. Descriptions of biblical stories are dry to say the least. I personally would NOT recommend this to any serious Bible student who really wants to know God.