Edited by Bill T. Arnold and Hugh G. M. Williamson, the Dictionary of the Old Testament Historical Books is the second volume in IVP's award-winning and ground breaking Old Testament dictionary series. This volume picks up where the Dictionary of the Old Testament: Pentateuch left off--with Joshua and Israel poised to enter the land--and carries us through the postexilic period.
Some of the most critical interpretive, theological, and historical matters are brought to the forefront by this section of the Bible, and therefore by this dictionary. In addition to the major fields just noted this volume provides articles on architecture, various ancient near eastern societies and their cultures, social interaction, economy, textual concerns, scribal traditions, the nature of both the Bible's history the historians who recorded it for posterity. Moreover, ample concern is given to issues in linguistics with a strong emphasis on issues in Hebrew and Aramaic. Each biblical book is treated in detail, and the pertinent issues from each appropriately illuminated in order to establish reading competency in the biblical text.
As with all volumes in this series, the Dictionary of the Old Testament Historical Books is a critical and unique resource for both scholars and pastors. Its scope is unmatched by any other reference work on the market. Very useful for historical research, exegesis, and sermon/lesson preparation.
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Review 1 for Dictionary of the Old Testament Historical Books: A Compendium of Contemporary Biblical Scholarship
Date:September 23, 2008
This book is full of information on Christian views and beliefs. It is great to see where ministers come up with their sermon notes and how their thinking is guided/mislead at times. I do not agree with all of what the books say, at least I question certain theories. I do, however, like to know how some ministers may think.
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Review 2 for Dictionary of the Old Testament Historical Books: A Compendium of Contemporary Biblical Scholarship
InterVarsity Press has done it again! Another outstanding reference book. Hundreds of questions are cleared up.With the culture and life setting of Ancient Israel long gone, this Dictionary helps to fill in the many gaps in our knowledge and understanding of the time, so we can better understand what the original writers were saying and why the said it.If you desire to better understand God's Word, this book will be a big help. As will the other volumes in this series:Dict. on the OT PentateuchDict of NT BackgroundDict. of Jesus and the GospelsDict. of Paul and His LettersandDict. of the Later NT and It's DevelopementsEach is outstanding in it's feild!