The New Interpreter’s Dictionary of the Bible in five volumes provides the best quality in contemporary biblical scholarship on a comprehensive range of topics, including the Old and New Testaments, the Deuterocanonical books, and contextual studies of the ancient Near East, the Greco-Roman worlds, and their literatures. The dictionary contains maps, charts, and illustrations to further clarify the written material. The biblical text used is the NRSV translation.
A diverse group of 900 scholars from 40 countries have contributed 7,100 fresh new articles with 8,400 entries including persons, places, things, theological concepts, and much more. These contributors were selected by the editorial board for their expertise in their field and for the quality of their scholarship in publication. Special care was taken to select authors who could provide a variety of perspectives from different theological traditions (Protestant, Catholic, Jewish), diverse theological trajectory (conservative and liberal), and from the social locations of gender, ethnicity, and race.
Topics are listed in alphabetical order from A–Z and evenly divided among the five volumes. The main entry includes a pronunciation guide. Hebrew and Greek origins of the entry follow, with transliteration. Longer articles contain an introduction that summarizes the topic and include a helpful outline to guide the reader. Articles conclude with a short bibliography and cross references to related articles. In each definition, authors strive to incorporate as many biblical instances of the term as possible in the given amount of space, and to discuss the theological, social, or ecclesial implications of the topic, so that the definitions are practical aids to the tasks of preaching, teaching, and study of the Bible.
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“The pronunciation is a scholarly reconstruction based on Greek transcriptions of the name. See GOD, NAMES OF; LORD.” (Volume 5, Page 945)
“While the exact enumeration varies, one usually finds included within such lists: 1) fasting as an act of MOURNING the dead, 2) fasting as an act of penitence, 3) fasting as an auxiliary to PRAYER, and 4) fasting as a preparation for encountering the divine.” (Volume 2, Page 432)
“Matthew’s version, with its incipient liturgical elaboration, soon became the preferred text in the ancient church. The DIDACHE adopted Matthew’s text with minor variation of a few words, changing their number (‘heaven,’ ‘debt’) and tense (‘forgive’), and may have started another liturgical rendition by adding a doxology ‘for yours is the power and the glory forever’ (8:2).” (Volume 3, Page 691)
“Nard has an intense, warm, musky odor that is described as an erotic perfume in Song 1:12–13 suitable to entice one’s lover in a similar fashion to a bag of myrrh worn around the neck.” (Volume 4, Page 222)
“Taken as a whole, however, these images tend to congregate around five spheres of public life in antiquity: the court of law (e.g., justification), the world of commerce (e.g., redemption), personal relationships (e.g., reconciliation), worship (e.g., sacrifice), and the battleground (e.g., triumph over evil).” (Volume 1, Page 346)
The New Interpreter’s Bible Dictionary combines the latest biblical scholarship with the practical needs of pastors, teachers and students in a way that will deepen their understanding and enliven their experience of the living Word in Scripture.
—Rev. Jim Harnish, Hyde Park United Methodist Church, Tampa, Florida
I’m looking forward to The New Interpreter’s Bible Dictionary so I may continue with the work of the church. I’ve read many articles already, and it is very helpful when you are working on a sermon, a presentation, or preparing for a Bible study class.
—Rev. Evelene “Tweedy” Navarrete-Sombrero, Holbrook United Methodist Church, Holbrook, Arizona
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