Dictionary of the Old Testament Prophets: A Compendium of Contemporary Biblical Scholarship
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With the Dictionary of the Old Testament: Prophets, IVP's Bible Dictionary series completes its coverage of the Old Testament canonical books. A true compendium of recent scholarship, the volume includes 115 articles covering all aspects of Isaiah, Jeremiah, Ezekiel, the twelve "minor prophets" and Daniel. Each book's historical, cultural, religious and literary background is thoroughly covered, alongside articles on interpretation history and critical method. Pastors, scholars and students will find this a deep resource for their Old Testament studies.

  • Fourth Old Testament volume in IVP's Bible Dictionary series
  • 115 articles covering all aspects of Isaiah, Jeremiah, Ezekiel, the twelve "minor prophets" and Daniel
  • Over 90 contributors, including well known experts in the prophets
  • Coverage of each prophetic book, including separate articles on history of interpretation and key methods of interpretation
  • Numerous articles on theological themes and literary motifs
  • Full coverage of the literary dimensions of the prophets
  • Well rounded treatments of Israelite prophecy and its ancient Near Eastern context
  • Up-to-date bibliographies

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Format: Hardcover
Number of Pages: 966
Vendor: IVP Academic
Publication Date: 2012
Dimensions: 10.00 X 7.00 (inches)
ISBN: 0830817840
ISBN-13: 9780830817849
Series: IVP Bible Dictionary

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Author Bio

Mark J. Boda (PhD, University of Cambridge) is professor of Old Testament at McMaster Divinity College and professor in the Faculty of Theology at McMaster University, Hamilton, Ontario. He is the author of numerous books, including and , a commentary on 1 & 2 Chronicles, and studies of Haggai, Zechariah and Malachi. He is coeditor of the (3 volumes). J. Gordon McConville is professor of Old Testament theology at the University of Gloucestershire in Cheltenham, England. He is the author of several books and studies on Old Testament topics, including (JSOT Press), (with J. G. Millar, JSOT Press) and (Apollos).

Editorial Reviews

"Libraries with significant clientele interested in theological studies will definitely want this work; the previous volumes are highly regarded among scholars in the relevant disciplines."
"The immense value that any of the volumes in the Black Dictionary series hold to those engaged in critical study of the Bible is certainly reflected in the current offering, and in instances of repeated articles from previous volumes, one of course will find the most up to date research and references. Boda and McConville have done a marvelous service to the ever-changing and expanding field of study in the OT, and the Dictionary of the Old Testament: Prophets belongs on the shelves of libraries and studies of anyone engaged in the area."
"Providing a comprehensive survey of current scholarly opinions on the prophetic books of the Old Testament, Dictionary of the Old Testament: Prophets will be an invaluable resource for both scholars and students for years to come. Drawing together a team of experts--many of whom are highly respected international scholars--Boda and McConville have produced a collection of essays that reflect the dynamic nature of academic research on the Bible today. In the ever-expanding and constantly changing field of biblical studies, this volume can be relied upon to provide a rich reservoir of relevant information in an easily accessible format."
"I look forward to the publication of the Dictionary of the Old Testament: Prophets with great expectation. The series has already proven itself a wonderful resource for student and professor alike--the range of articles, updated information and high view of Scripture all make these volumes a valuable addition to my shelf. I am confident that the work done by McConville and Boda in the current volume will be the same."
"The advantage of the Dictionary of the Old Testament: Prophets is focus. Attention is paid in a sustained way to the Prophets as a specific literary collection, and the reward is integration and mutual illumination across these varied witnesses. The volume deals with older questions of history, method and culture, and newer concerns with hermeneutics, canon and theological significance. History of interpretation is also provided. This up-to-date resource will prove useful both in the classroom and in the scholarly discussion."
"This eighth volume in the Black Dictionary series continues to provide up-to-date, accessible scholarship in the tradition established by the prior volumes. As has consistently been done in previous volumes, the editors have assembled a stellar cast of contributors to acquaint the reader with information necessary to the understanding of the prophets and the prophetic literature, as well as to the hermeneutical issues and to the conversations current in scholarship. The strength of this and the other volumes in the series is that, while they provide important introductory material, they also offer the reader a remarkable depth that allows a mature and nuanced understanding of the subject matter, thereby surpassing other dictionaries, surveys and even commentaries. Every pastor and scholar should not only add this to their library but should keep it ready to hand for constant use."
"I warmly recommend the Dictionary of the Old Testament: Prophets to all serious students of the prophetic literature. This dictionary is amazingly rich and resourceful, combining large quantity with high quality, advanced research with accessibility and readability."
" DOTP is an excellent resource for the study of the prophetic literature. . . . Preachers as well as scholars who read DOTP will grow in exegetical and theological awareness."
"The DOTP presents an up to date, reliable, scholarly introduction to issues of relevance for those interested in studying the prophetic books. It contributes a range of perspectives and a precision of focus that make it a valuable asset to personal or professional study."
"The dictionary is remarkably comprehensive and up-to-date and should provide a source of reference for many years. It is a book that is to be heartily recommended."
"The IVP Dictionary of the Old Testament: Prophets is an excellent reference tool and, along with the rest of the Black Dictionary series, belongs on the shelf of every serious student of the Bible."
". . . the articles are thoroughly researched, well-organized, and clearly written. . . . The bibliographies following the articles on the major prophets should be especially useful to researchers, biblical scholars, and informed laypeople. Recommended."
"I highly recommend this volume, along with the other three, as providing some of the best starting points as summaries for the various issues and Old Testament Theology topics on the books of the prophets."
"IVP's 'Black Dictionaries' are renowned as a primary resource for serious study of the Bible. The volume on the Prophets brings the coverage of the Old Testament canon to completion. Boda and McConville have gathered an exceptional group of both senior and younger contributors who have maintained the superior quality of the articles that has characterized the previous volumes. The scope of the articles is comprehensive, their content profound. All the articles give an up-to-date description of the state of the art on a particular topic, and many make new important contributions. I highly recommend this volume for all students of the Bible, in particular students, clergy and scholars."
"The Dictionary of the Old Testament: Prophets completes IVP's dictionary of the Old Testament with a rich and comprehensive volume on a part of Scripture that intrigues many people. Combining careful research with readability, this is an excellent addition to the libraries of all who wish to learn more about the Bible. Students and pastors in particular will want to make it their first point of reference when working on the prophetic books."

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  1. The Geeky Calvinist
    4 Stars Out Of 5
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    March 16, 2018
    The Geeky Calvinist
    Quality: 4
    Value: 4
    Meets Expectations: 4
    In a pastor or a Scholars Library, usually the first Works purchased or commentaries, followed by practical works with only a second thought towards biblical dictionaries and encyclopedias. This could not be a worse process of thinking, for dictionaries specifically those produced in the series titled, the IVP Bible Dictionary series, for this is a top-notch and needed addition to a basic pastor set of works as well as a scholars library.

    I was first introduced to this series in seminary, and have found them deeply insightful and for the most part theologically sound and great aides in understanding complex parts of scripture. In this work, the dictionary of the Old Testament prophets, edited by Mark J. Boda & J. Gordon McConville, the books of the prophets, both minor and major, are explored with specific Focus on various imagery and interpretation.

    This work has a truly wide scope in explaining views that are out in the world, both Orthodox an unorthodox as well as types of criticism, tradition and interpretation, and various hermeneutical issues which need to be addressed. I specifically found those dealing with textual criticism and motifs to be quite enjoyable and insightful in my teaching of one of the Minor Prophets. Wow it is highly scholarly, this work will be of use to a pastor who has some foundations in studying that of views that differ with his or with views that would broaden his horizons.

    Well I have said that I give her with a few views in this work specifically that of the feminist interpretation of scripture, editors Boda and McConville do a phenomenal job of eating the reader in their understanding of the works of the prophets. I therefore recommend this as a purchase to both pastors and Scholars if they have the money to purchase this what can be expensive volume in the phenomenal, IVP Bible dictionary series. You will not be disappointed.

    I received this work from IVP Academic, for the purpose of an unbiased review.
  2. Jimmy Reagan
    Leesville, SC
    Age: 45-54
    Gender: male
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    A Quality Dictionary!
    December 14, 2017
    Jimmy Reagan
    Leesville, SC
    Age: 45-54
    Gender: male
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    The Dictionary of the Old Testament Prophets is another of IVPs successful black dictionaries. Its edited by two respected scholars: Mark Boda and J. Gordon McConville. It is, perhaps, one of the most helpful of these black dictionaries because the prophets are clearly one of the trickiest genres. Though some of the entries are clearly aimed at those in major scholarly study, any Bible student could find much to glean from in this volume.

    For first-time users theres a guide at the beginning explaining how to use this dictionary as well as a list of abbreviations. If you scan the list of contributors, you will see several highly respected scholarly names.

    The dictionary approaches an incredible array of subjects in alphabetical order. You will be hard-pressed to think of a term, even an obscure scholarly term, that affects prophetic study, and not find it in this volume. Additionally, you will have the equivalent of a scholarly introduction such as you would find in a major commentary on every prophetic book of the Old Testament. Most of the main issues will be covered such as structure, composition, and theology.

    For example, look at the article on marriage and divorce. You will have a discussion of the practice of each in Israel, what it could be used as a metaphor for, and how it was used in various prophetic books. Its really fascinating!

    Some of the contributors will reach more critical conclusions that Im comfortable with, but the scope of this volume makes it a winner. Im not aware of any real competitor to it, and I highly recommend it.

    I received this book free from the publisher. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commissions 16 CFR, Part 255.
  3. Fr Timothy
    Sacramento, CA
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    Gender: male
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    Another great reference work from IVP.
    November 25, 2016
    Fr Timothy
    Sacramento, CA
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    Gender: male
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    IVP consistently produces very fine broadly conservative biblical reference tools. I bought this one because I am teaching an adult course in the Minor Prophets, and I can tell already that I will be turning to this on a weekly basis. Good depth of analysis. Excellent topical choices.
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