Dictionary of the Old Testament Historical Books: A Compendium of Contemporary Biblical ScholarshipEdited by Bill T. Arnold & H.G.M. WilliamsonInterVarsity Press / 2005 / Hardcover$39.99 Retail:4 Stars Out Of 5 3 Reviews
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The Geeky Calvinist4 Stars Out Of 5Worth WhileJune 21, 2018The Geeky CalvinistQuality: 4Value: 4Meets Expectations: 4In 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 Bill T. Arnold and H.G.M. Williamson, the books of the Historical Books, 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 the book of Judges. 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, editor's Arnold and Williamson do a phenomenal job of eating the reader in their understanding of the work of the Historical Books. 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.
Raydene Nash3 Stars Out Of 5September 23, 2008Raydene NashThis book is full of information on Christian views and beliefs. It is great to see where ministers come up with their sermon notes and how their thinking is guided/mislead at times. I do not agree with all of what the books say, at least I question certain theories. I do, however, like to know how some ministers may think.
Steve5 Stars Out Of 5December 13, 2005SteveInterVarsity Press has done it again! Another outstanding reference book. Hundreds of questions are cleared up.With the culture and life setting of Ancient Israel long gone, this Dictionary helps to fill in the many gaps in our knowledge and understanding of the time, so we can better understand what the original writers were saying and why the said it.If you desire to better understand God's Word, this book will be a big help. As will the other volumes in this series:Dict. on the OT PentateuchDict of NT BackgroundDict. of Jesus and the GospelsDict. of Paul and His LettersandDict. of the Later NT and It's DevelopementsEach is outstanding in it's feild!
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