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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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
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.