Dictionary of the Old Testament: Prophets


2013 ECPA Book Award finalist!

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 "minor prophets" and Daniel. Each book's historical, cultural, religious and literary background is thoroughly covered, alongside articles on interpretation history and ...

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2013 ECPA Book Award finalist!

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 "minor prophets" 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 a deep resource for their Old Testament studies.

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Editorial Reviews

Richard E. Averbeck
"This is a landmark volume on the prophets written by serious scholars intimately familiar with the topics on which they have written. It will serve as a marvelous starting point for much classroom teaching on the prophets as well as for study, research and writing. The bibliographies are incredibly useful and up to date. The articles themselves are well-written and current on the most recent developments in scholarly opinion across the spectrum of historical-critical and theological schools. This volume, like the others in the series, is a treasure trove of good and reliable information."
Tremper Longman III
"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."
Nathan MacDonald
"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."
T. Desmond Alexander
"Providing a comprehensive survey of current scholarly opinions on the prophetic books of the Old Testament, Dictionary of the Old Testament: Prophets will be an invaluable resource for both scholars and students for years to come. Drawing together a team of experts--many of whom are highly respected international scholars--Boda and McConville have produced a collection of essays that reflect the dynamic nature of academic research on the Bible today. In the ever-expanding and constantly changing field of biblical studies, this volume can be relied upon to provide a rich reservoir of relevant information in an easily accessible format."
Sandy Richter
"I look forward to the publication of the Dictionary of the Old Testament: Prophets with great expectation. The series has already proven itself a wonderful resource for student and professor alike--the range of articles, updated information and high view of Scripture all make these volumes a valuable addition to my shelf. I am confident that the work done by McConville and Boda in the current volume will be the same."
Christopher R. Seitz
"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, methodand 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."
John Walton
"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."
Library Journal
This volume completes the publisher's series of highly acclaimed, moderate-evangelical Bible dictionaries, familiarly called the Black series. Lengthy articles (115 in all) cover the significant prophetic books, but also concepts (evil, honor and shame, justice, exile, social-scientific approaches, women, editorial/redaction criticism, Israelite history, etc.). Of particular interest might be articles on "Conversation Analysis" and "Intertextuality," examples of old and new-form criticism of Micah (unfortunately not cross-referenced after the "Book of Micah" article), sections on discernment in "Hermeneutics" and the "True and False Prophecy" articles; and the "Ways Forward" or trends in scholarship sections that follow some articles. Entries on the historical interpretation of five major books illuminate the changing theological landscape. The writing is generally clear, if dense, and sensitive to translation issues, and cross-references and extensive bibliographies follow each article. Although some introductory material is provided, in-depth entries assume that readers are knowledgeable, and the indexes, that they are experts. There is no article or subject-index entry for Deborah, Huldah, or Miriam, for example: users need to know which chapter of which book in the scripture-index will reference that person. Also, the overall set-organization can be a bit confusing; despite their distinctive prophetic roles, Samuel and Elijah, for instance, do not figure prominently in this but in a previous historical volume, and this work lacks an entry on the political tension between prophets and kings. VERDICT Libraries with a significant clientele interested in theological studies will definitely want this work; the previous volumes are highly regarded among scholars in the relevant disciplines. General libraries have far less need of it, as the articles address a specialized audience.—Patricia D. Lothrop, St. George's School, Newport, RI
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780830817849
  • Publisher: InterVarsity Press
  • Publication date: 5/17/2012
  • Series: The IVP Bible Dictionary Series
  • Pages: 992
  • Sales rank: 621,810
  • Product dimensions: 7.00 (w) x 10.10 (h) x 2.30 (d)

Meet the Author

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 (JSOT Press), Time and Place in Deuteronomy (with J. G. Millar, JSOT Press) and Judgment and Promise: An Introduction to the Book of Jeremiah (Apollos).

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Table of Contents

How to Use This Dictionary
List of Contributors
Dictionary Articles
Scripture Index
Subject Index
Articles Index

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