Dictionary of the Old Testament: Wisdom, Poetry & Writings: A Compendium of Contemporary Biblical Scholarship - eBook
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2009 Christianity Today Merit Award winner!
2009 Evangelical Christian Publishers Association (ECPA) Christian Book Award winner!

The Old Testament books of wisdom and poetry carry themselves differently from those of the Pentateuch, the histories or the prophets. The divine voice does not peal from Sinai, there are no narratives carried along by prophetic interpretation nor are oracles declaimed by a prophet. Here Scripture often speaks in the words of human response to God and God's world. The hymns, laments and thanksgivings of Israel, the dirge of Lamentations, the questionings of Qohelet, the love poetry of the Song of Songs, the bold drama of Job and the proverbial wisdom of Israel all offer their textures to this great body of biblical literature. Then too there are the finely crafted stories of Ruth and Esther that narrate the silent providence of God in the course of Israelite and Jewish lives.

This third Old Testament volume in InterVarsity Press's celebrated IVP Bible Dictionary series offers nearly 150 articles covering all the important aspects of Job, Proverbs, Ecclesiastes, Psalms, Song of Songs, Lamentations, Ruth and Esther. With over ninety contributors, this volume maintains the quality of scholarship that students, scholars and pastors have come to expect from all volumes in this series. Coverage of each biblical book includes an introduction to the book itself as well as separate articles on its ancient Near Eastern context and its history of interpretation. Additional articles amply explore the literary dimensions of Hebrew poetry and prose, including acrostic, ellipsis, inclusio, intertextuality, parallelism and rhyme. Furthermore, there are well-rounded treatments of Israelite wisdom and wisdom literature, including wisdom poems, sources and theology. A wide range of interpretive approaches is canvassed in articles on hermeneutics, feminist interpretation, form criticism, historical criticism, rhetorical criticism and social-scientific approaches.

The Dictionary of the Old Testament: Wisdom, Poetry & Writings is sure to command shelf space within arm's reach of any student, teacher or preacher working in this portion or any area of biblical literature. Leading OT scholars Tremper Longman III and Peter E. Enns edit this collection of 148 articles by 90 contributors.

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  • Third Old Testament volume in InterVarsity Press's award-winning and groundbreaking Bible Dictionary series
  • 148 articles covering all aspects of Job, Psalms, Proverbs, Ecclesiastes, Song of Songs, Lamentations, Ruth and Esther
  • Over 90 expert contributors
  • Coverage of each biblical book, including separate articles on ancient Near Eastern background and the history of interpretation of each book
  • Full coverage of literary dimensions of poetry and prose
  • scholarly treatments of Israelite wisdom and Wisdom literature
  • Comprehensive Up-to-date bibliographies

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Format: DRM Free ePub
Vendor: IVP Academic
Publication Date: 2010
ISBN-13: 9780830867387
Series: IVP Bible Dictionary

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  • 2009 Christianity Today Merit Award winner
  • 2009 ECPA Gold Medallion (Bible Reference & Study)
The Old Testament books of wisdom and poetry carry themselves differently from those of the Pentateuch, the histories or the prophets. The divine voice does not peal from Sinai, there are no narratives carried along by prophetic interpretation nor are oracles declaimed by a prophet. Here Scripture often speaks in the words of human response to God and God's world. The hymns, laments and thanksgivings of Israel, the dirge of Lamentations, the questionings of Qohelet, the love poetry of the Song of Songs, the bold drama of Job and the proverbial wisdom of Israel all offer their textures to this great body of biblical literature. Then too there are the finely crafted stories of Ruth and Esther that narrate the silent providence of God in the course of Israelite and Jewish lives. This third Old Testament volume in InterVarsity Press's celebrated "Black Dictionary" series offers nearly 150 articles covering all the important aspects of Job, Proverbs, Ecclesiastes, Psalms, Song of Songs, Lamentations, Ruth and Esther. Over ninety contributors, many of them experts in this literature, have contributed to the Dictionary of the Old Testament: Wisdom, Poetry & Writings. This volume maintains the quality of scholarship that students, scholars and pastors have come to expect from this series. Coverage of each biblical book includes an introduction to the book itself as well as separate articles on its ancient Near Eastern background and its history of interpretation. Additional articles amply explore the literary dimensions of Hebrew poetry and prose, including acrostic, ellipsis, inclusio, intertextuality, parallelism and rhyme. And there are well-rounded treatments of Israelite wisdom and wisdom literature, including wisdom poems, sources and theology. In addition, a wide range of interpretive approaches is canvassed in articles on hermeneutics, feminist interpretation, form criticism, historical criticism, rhetorical criticism and social-scientific approaches. The Dictionary of the Old Testament: Wisdom, Poetry & Writings is sure to command shelf space within arm's reach of any student, teacher or preacher working in this portion of biblical literature. Tremper Longman III and Peter E. Enns edit this collection of 148 articles by 90 contributors on Job, Psalms, Proverbs, Ecclesiastes, Song of Songs, Lamentations, Ruth and Esther.

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  1. CJ
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    DICTIONARY OF THE OLD TESTAMENT (Wisdom, Poetry)
    December 2, 2016
    CJ
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    Extremely in-depth in analysis on the Wisdom Books in the OT including also Ruth, Esther, Lamentations.

    Reader will learn things in the Wisdom Books he or she could not get in any other way unless they

    have taken a formal seminary course. If one is going to preach or teach from the Wisdom Books in the OT,

    then he or she must have this reference source at their fingertips. Just simply indispensable as a tremendous

    source of knowledge on the Wisdom Books in the OT. Don't preach or teach without it!
  2. Jimmy Reagan
    Leesville, SC
    Age: 45-54
    Gender: male
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    Great Reference Volume
    May 31, 2016
    Jimmy Reagan
    Leesville, SC
    Age: 45-54
    Gender: male
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    This volume is another of the massive volumes in IVPs Black Dictionary series. It upholds the quality this series is known for. Edited by Tremper Longman and Peter Enns, with Longman particularly known for his work in Wisdom Literature, and hosting a long list of competent authors, this dictionary is one of the most important works on the Wisdom books available today.

    Beyond the usual suspects of Job through Song of Solomon, this dictionary covers the Megillot, which adds Ruth, Lamentations, and Esther to the information covered. The audience written to is clearly a scholarly one, but pastors and teachers can glean much even if they feel the need to skip a few paragraphs in some articles.

    Each of the books are covered in as in-depth fashion as a major commentary. Actually, more information than is covered in many of them will be found. The one on Psalms covered most every issue on the Book of Psalms that could be imagined. Some of the history of interpretation including the wave of form criticism that Psalms has faced is covered even if it beyond what many of us thinks is important. On the other hand, the ways certain psalms are categorized was very enlightening.

    I read other articles on a variety of subjects and found them helpful. For example, I read the article on Ahasuerus from the Book of Esther and found it fascinating. There are many other such articles.

    This is a fine reference volume to have on hand and I 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. Paul Burgess
    4 Stars Out Of 5
    Wisdom Dictionary is great
    November 13, 2010
    Paul Burgess
    Quality: 4
    Value: 4
    Meets Expectations: 4
    This book should be in every Theology students library, I recommend it as a good resource
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