Anyone new to the field of biblical studies will quickly feel inundated by the onslaught of terminology and jargon that permeates books and articles. While many study and read the bible on their own and in small groups, the next step into the academic domain of bible study introduces an entirely different world to navigate. Names of important scholars from history are referenced regularly, words like ‘autograph’ seem to have a different meaning than in everyday life, and every once in a while a German word like ‘leitmotiv’ inexplicably appears. The The Baker Compact Dictionary of Biblical Studies provides a convenient and compact means tool for navigating the sometimes challenging geography of biblical studies.
Helping students and event established scholars understand the lay of the land without getting bogged down in the details, this dictionary is an accessible and essential tool for anyone curious about serious Bible study. Gain a useful overview of numerous figures of speech in the Bible; understand the differences among the wide number of English Bible translations. With this handy dictionary, an impressively large repository of terminology and information is readily available at your fingertips in a convenient size. The definitions of terms are long enough to provide important details, while being brief enough to read in just a quick minute.
The Baker Compact Dictionary of Biblical Studies is exactly that—a nice, handy, quick reference to technical terms, literary concepts, key people, and important topics tied to biblical studies. These categories of discussion often float in the underbrush of interpretation. This dictionary makes those elements accessible to those who want to know about them. This is a great supplement and starting place for giving depth to the historical and interpretive backdrop to your study of the Bible.
—Darrell L. Bock, Dallas Theological Seminary
[This is] an ideal source for students of Scripture. If one has questions about the impact of a famous scholar (such as Marcion), or the meaning of a technical term (redaction criticism), or the meaning of a strange word (Qoheleth), this dictionary provides quick and handy definitions and explanations
—Thomas R. Schreiner, Southern Baptist Theological Seminary
Biblical studies literature requires a specialized dictionary. And this is precisely what Longman and Strauss have put together. This dictionary will prove to be of tremendous help to students, pastors, and teachers as they consult the rich resource materials available in biblical studies.
—Clinton E. Arnold, Biola University
In the Logos edition, this volume is enhanced by a world-class set of research and study tools. . Important terms link to dictionaries, encyclopedias, and a wealth of other resources in your digital library. Perform powerful searches to find exactly what you’re looking for. Take the discussion with you using tablet and mobile apps. With Logos Bible Software, the most efficient and comprehensive research tools are in one place, so you get the most out of your study.
Tremper Longman III (PhD, Yale University) is Distinguished Scholar and Professor Emeritus of Biblical Studies at Westmont College in Santa Barbara, California. Before coming to Westmont, he taught at Westminster Theological Seminary in Philadelphia.
Mark L. Strauss (PhD, University of Aberdeen) has a passion for teaching the Bible and has taught principles for reading and applying the Bible to students in undergraduate, graduate, and church settings. He is professor of New Testament at Bethel Seminary.