The Dictionary of Deities and Demons in the Bible is the single major work of reference on the gods, angels, demons, spirits and semi-divine heroes whose names occur in the biblical books. First published in 1995 and chosen by Choice as Best Reference Work of 1996, it is now republished in a new extensively revised edition. 30 entries appear for the first time in the new edition, while more than 100 others have been brought up to date with the latest state of research. Arranged in the order of the Latin alphabet, the more than four-hundred names are those found in the books of the Hebrew and the Greek Bible, Old and New Testament, including the Apocrypha. There are entries on divine names recognized as such by the biblical authors; divine names in theophoric toponyms and anthroponyms; secular terms which occur as divine names in neighbouring civilizations; conjectural divine names, at times based on textual emendation, proposed by modern scholarship; and humans who acquired a semidivine status in tradition.
Some 100 scholars from throughout the world contributed to this fat reference describing the gods, angels, demons, spirits, and semi-divine heroes whose names occur in the scriptures, Hebrew and Greek, including the apocrypha, which of course is where the really wild stories are anyway. The articles discuss the meaning of the deity's name, its religio-historical background, relevant biblical passages, and current bibliographical information. An example of the thoroughness is the entry on Bastet, an Egyptian goddess whose name was part of the original Egyptian name of the town Pibeseth, mentioned in Ezekiel. Entries for broad concepts like Saviour describe the attributes and attributions different peoples gave it. The first edition was published in 1995. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)