An excellent scholarly resource for Bible College students or those involved in serious critical studies. If you are just wanting to know who somebody is - there are other Bible Dictionaries. If you really want to deal with Pentateuch studies - get this book.
This reference work is truly a blessing to all those who love the inside story behind the text. IVP has outdone themselves on the momumental first volume. I have the New testament set and rushed to this volume based on the indeptness of the others. I was not disappointed, and neither will you if you are a devout student of the Bible.