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With the Dictionary of the Old Testament: Prophets, IVP’s Black Dictionary series completes its coverage of the Old Testament canonical books. A true compendium of recent scholarship, the volume includes 115 articles covering all aspects of Isaiah, Jeremiah, Ezekiel, the Twelve, and Daniel. Each book’s historical, cultural, religious, and literary background is thoroughly covered, alongside articles on interpretation history and critical method. Pastors, scholars, and students will find this an essential resource for their Old Testament studies.

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Key Features

  • Includes 115 articles covering the Old Testament prophets
  • Contains materials ideal for students, teachers, and pastors
  • Covers each book’s historical, cultural, relgious, and literary background

Top Highlights

“To that end, the study group produced the following working definition: ‘a genre of revelatory literature with a narrative framework, in which a revelation is mediated by an otherworldly being to a human recipient, disclosing a transcendent reality which is both temporal, insofar as it envisages eschatological salvation, and spatial insofar as it involves another, supernatural world’ (J. Collins 1979, 9).” (Page 36)

“The book of Jonah is unusual among the prophets because it recounts a story about the prophet himself rather than mainly preserving the words that he preached.” (Page 455)

“Originally referring primarily to someone anointed by Yahweh into a specific role as a prophet, priest or (especially) king, the term messiah is also applied more widely to cover a hoped for redeemer figure who emerges in the OT and whom Christians affirm finds fulfillment in Jesus.” (Page 537)

“Within scholarship, the term apocalypse typically refers to a specific literary genre that employs prophecies and *visions concerning the end of time.” (Page 36)

“The prophets employ the specter of the Day of the Lord to offer both warning and hope, announcing both disaster and *salvation.” (Page 132)

Praise for the Print Edition

This eighth volume in the Black Dictionary series continues to provide up-to-date, accessible scholarship in the tradition established by the prior volumes. As has consistently been done in previous volumes, the editors have assembled a stellar cast of contributors to acquaint the reader with information necessary to the understanding of the prophets and the prophetic literature, as well as to the hermeneutical issues and to the conversations current in scholarship. The strength of this and the other volumes in the series is that, while they provide important introductory material, they also offer the reader a remarkable depth that allows a mature and nuanced understanding of the subject matter, thereby surpassing other dictionaries, surveys, and even commentaries. Every pastor and scholar should not only add this to their library but should keep it ready to hand for constant use.

John Walton, professor of Old Testament, Wheaton College

The advantage of the Dictionary of the Old Testament: Prophets is focus. Attention is paid in a sustained way to the prophets as a specific literary collection, and the reward is integration and mutual illumination across these varied witnesses. The volume deals with older questions of history, method, and culture, and newer concerns with hermeneutics, canon, and theological significance. History of interpretation is also provided. This up-to-date resource will prove useful both in the classroom and in the scholarly discussion.

Christopher R. Seitz, research professor of biblical interpretation, Wycliffe College, University of Toronto

IVP’s ‘Black Dictionaries’ are renowned as a primary resource for serious study of the Bible. The volume on the prophets brings the coverage of the Old Testament canon to completion. Boda and McConville have gathered an exceptional group of both senior and younger contributors who have maintained the superior quality of the articles that has characterized the previous volumes. The scope of the articles is comprehensive, their content profound. All the articles give an up-to-date description of the state of the art on a particular topic, and many make new important contributions. I highly recommend this volume for all students of the Bible, in particular students, clergy, and scholars.

Tremper Longman III, Robert H. Gundry Professor of Biblical Studies, Westmont College

The Dictionary of the Old Testament: Prophets completes IVP’s Dictionary of the Old Testament with a rich and comprehensive volume on a part of Scripture that intrigues many people. Combining careful research with readability, this is an excellent addition to the libraries of all who wish to learn more about the Bible. Students and pastors in particular will want to make it their first point of reference when working on the prophetic books.

—Nathan MacDonald, research team leader, Göttingen University

  • Title: Dictionary of the Old Testament: Prophets
  • Authors: Mark J. Boda, J. Gordon McConville
  • Series: IVP Dictionary of the Old Testament
  • Publishers: IVP Academic, Inter-Varsity
  • Print Publication Date: 2012
  • Logos Release Date: 2013
  • Pages: 966
  • Era: era:Contemporary
  • Language: English
  • Resources: 1
  • Format: Digital › Logos Research Edition
  • Subjects: Bible. O.T. Prophets › Dictionaries; Bible. O.T. › Dictionaries; Prophets › Dictionaries
  • ISBNs: 9780830895830, 0830895833
  • Resource Type: Encyclopedia
  • Metadata Last Updated: 2023-07-24T20:35:49Z

About the Editors

Mark J. Boda is professor of Old Testament at McMaster Divinity College in Hamilton, Ontario, Canada.

J. Gordon McConville is professor of Old Testament theology at the University of Gloucestershire in Cheltenham, England. He is the author of several books and studies on Old Testament topics, including Law and Theology in Deuteronomy, the Two Horizons Commentary: Joshua, and more.


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