Release Date: March 20, 2018
Publisher: Baker Books
Genre: Non-Fiction / Theology / Bible Study & Reference
About the Book:
When it comes to the realm of biblical studies, students of the Bible are often overwhelmed, both with the sheer volume of information and with all of the unfamiliar terms, concepts, and topics. Like any other field of study, the serious study of the Bible has developed a specialized vocabulary. The key terms in this important field are defined in The Compact Dictionary of Biblical Studies. It provides clear, concise, and accurate definitions to help students of the Bible make sense of the specialized language of biblical studies.
I took several Biblical Studies courses while I was in college so “The Baker Compact Dictionary of Biblical Studies” was an interest of mine to check out. The dictionary is small and compact so it makes toting it around quite easy.
The authors are well-known professors who teach Biblical studies so they put this little dictionary together of topics that they expect their students to learn. This is a useful tool for academics, pastors, scholars, and laypeople who wish to know more.
Sometimes when I’m studying the Bible, I want to know who a certain person or tribe was and this handy little dictionary has that. The authors take it one step further by also including many well-known scholars as well. They don’t just simply give a definition either. They give you short explanations why a topic is debated over.
Although, I was surprised to see people such as Martin Luther, John Calvin, Jonathan Edwards, and John Wesley’s works weren’t mentioned at all.
Overall, I would recommend this to anyone who desires to learn.
Disclaimer: I received a copy of this book from the publisher for my honest review, which I have given. I was not required to write a positive review and have not been compensated for it in any way. All opinions expressed are my own.
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About Tremper Longman III:
Tremper Longman III (Ph.D., Yale University) is Distinguished Scholar of Biblical Studies at Westmont College in Santa Barbara, California. Before coming to Westmont, he taught at Westminster Theological Seminary in Philadelphia for eighteen years. He has authored or coauthored more than thirty books, including An Introduction to the Old Testament, How to Read Proverbs, and commentaries on Genesis, Job, Proverbs, Ecclesiastes, Song of Songs, Jeremiah and Lamentations, and Daniel.
About Mark L. Strauss:
Mark L. Strauss (Ph.D., University of Aberdeen) is University Professor of New Testament at Bethel Seminary. He is the author of several books, including Distorting Scripture? The Challenge of Bible Translation and Gender Accuracy and Four Portraits, One Jesus: An Introduction to Jesus and the Gospels. His professional associations include the Evangelical Theological Society, the Institute for Biblical Research, and the Society of Biblical Literature. He lives in California.