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Publication Date: 2010
Merrill C. Tenney was professor of theological studies and dean of the Graduate school of Theology at Wheaton College, where he taught from 1944 to 1982. In addition to teaching New Testament and Greek, he was the general editor of the Zondervan Pictorial Bible Dictionary, served on the original translation team for the New American Standard Bible, and wrote several books. Tenney was an advocate of fundamentalism and a second president of the Evangelical Theological Society. He was born in Massachusetts and received his education from Nyack Missionary Training Institute, Gordon College of Theology and Missions, Boston University, and Harvard University. He and his wife Helen and two sons.
Moisés Silva taught biblical studies at Westmont College, Westminster Theological Seminary, and Gordon-Conwell Seminary. He is the author or coauthor of eight books and the revising editor of the Zondervan Encyclopedia of the Bible.
CliffPortland, ORAge: 45-54Gender: male1 Stars Out Of 5Ebook As Dictionary = disasterOctober 30, 2011CliffPortland, ORAge: 45-54Gender: maleQuality: 5Value: 1Meets Expectations: 1I'm giving this series a bad review in order to wake up the publishers. First, ZEB is an excellent resource. It was exciting to see them revise the original. It was equally exciting to see an ebook version of all five volumes; if done right, each volume is worth the price for its portability.
I think I purchased the original ZPEB in 1984 and was a main go-to reach when reading my bible. I enjoyed the fact that it was a 'pictorial' dictionary/encyclopedia which made it a page-turner for me (anyone who enjoys the serendipity of paging through a britannica knows how much fun these types of reference are).
So, I have no problem with ZEBrev. In fact, I applaud its coming and will probably invest in the hardback edition.
But, I was so happy to see the ebook version, too. I had to purchase a volume and see for myself (as many will attest, ebooks and how publishers manage the book's content is dodgy at best).
Two things are deal-breakers for me investing in all 5 volumes:
1) Images: There is an unevenness in how images are treated. Some are small; some large. It would appear that Zondervan is appealing to the smartphone industry when handling images. But for anyone using his/her computer, tablet, netbook, etc., the size of the images are a letdown. No matter how good it is, electronic imaging is not print; the former needs more information to see sufficient detail.
2) Here - effectively - is the reason I can't deal with the ebook version of ZEB: the Table of Contents. Volume One is A to C in content. The size of the volume? On a 7-inch ereader, font set to 'small': 1945 pages.
The TOC, outside of links to abbreviations, list of authors, etc., has only three (3) entries for managing the alphabetic content of this tome: 'A', 'B', and 'C'. There are no other options for looking up any entries; one must go to the beginning of each alpha and start paging through (or 'guess-timating' what page an entry is on) to get to an entry.
The search capabilities of the hardware is no solution. For example, if I want to look up 'christian', I search for it; the problem is that it will not retrieve the dictionary entry but will get every instance where the word 'christian' is found in the entire volume. Good grief!
I am absolutely stupified over this. It's up to the publisher (Zondervan) to supply a list of dictionary entries for each alpha. There's absolutely no excuse for this. It makes using the ebook version of ZEB an unnecessary chore; a waste of time. It just freaks me out they would do this to the user experience. Literally, by the time I find an entry I've forgotten why I was looking it up in the first place!
I hope I've been clear regarding what is overtly wrong with this ebook. Zondervan gave no thought regarding how their product is used and how that translates when managing content on an ereader, smartphone, tablet, or computer. It is an incredible waste of time to use as an electronic document.
There's no way I would recommend the ebook version of ZEB. The encyclopedia itself is excellent; I'd be happy to own the revision in hardback. But, until they re-issue the ebook and give the user a list of entries (in a relevant place in the document; e.g. at the beginning of each alpha entry), I won't be purchasing the electronic version from here on out.
Very unfortunate inasmuch as I respect the work that has gone into creating these volumes.