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Eerdmans Dictionary of the Bible
HARDCOVER; Published: 10/23/2000
ISBN: 978-0-8028-2400-4
1480 Pages
Trim Size, in inches: 6.125 x 9.25

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The Eerdmans Dictionary of the Bible gathers nearly 5,000 alphabetically ordered articles that thoroughly yet clearly explain all the books, persons, places, and significant terms found in the Bible. The Dictionary also explores the background of each biblical book and related writings and discusses cultural, natural, geographical, and literary phenomena--matters that Bible students at all levels may encounter in reading or discussion.

Nearly 600 first-rate Bible authorities have contributed to the Eerdmans Dictionary of the Bible. Intended as a tool for practical Bible use, this illustrated dictionary reflects recent archaeological discoveries and the breadth of current biblical scholarship, including insights from critical analysis of literary, historical, sociological, and other methodological issues. The editorial team has also incorporated articles that explore and interpret important focuses of biblical theology, text and transmission, Near Eastern archaeology, extrabiblical writings, and pertinent ecclesiastical traditions--all of which help make the Eerdmans Dictionary of the Bible the most comprehensive and up-to-date one- volume Bible dictionary on the market today.

Features of the Eerdmans Dictionary of the Bible:

  • Nearly 5,000 entries explain every book, person, place, significant event, and distinctive term or expression found in the Bible
  • Written by nearly 600 respected authorities in the field of biblical scholarship
  • Includes 112 informative charts and photos and a 12-page section of color maps
  • Supplementary aids include lists of abbreviations, pronunciation guide, transliteration key, and concise bibliographies to guide further research
  • Entries cover the Deuterocanonicals as well as the Hebrew and New Testament scriptures
  • Based on the New Revised Standard version of the Bible, with attention given to alternate readings in other major translations
Academy of Parish Clergy, Top Ten Books of the Year (2001)
Choice Magazine, Outstanding Academic Book (2001)
American Library Association, Outstanding Reference Source by the Reference and User Services Association (2002)
Stone-Campbell Journal
"This volume is essential for every college library, and it would be a helpful tool — as helpful as any other one-volume Bible dictionary — on the desks of teachers and students of the Bible."
Joseph A. Fitzmyer
"The Eerdmans Dictionary of the Bible is a new and outstanding one-volume companion to the Bible that every serious reader of the written Word of God should welcome. Editor-in-chief David Noel Freedman, along with a dozen well-known consulting editors and about 600 contributors, has made this dictionary an extraordinary compilation of data about the biblical books and their archaeological, geographical, and historical backgrounds. Many of the articles give good leads to further reading on the topics they discuss. Highly recommended for pastors, teachers, college and graduate students, and general readers."
Patrick D. Miller
"Comprehensive, dependent upon scholars who themselves often represent the most up-to-date scholarship on the topics they treat, and filled with rich treatments of large and important topics as well as the lesser names and places that any such book has to include, Eerdmans Dictionary of the Bible is as good as one can expect from a one-volume Bible dictionary."
Elizabeth Achtemeier
"There are several reliable Bible dictionaries on the market. For reasons of space, none of them is exhaustive. But this is a fine addition that sets forth a vast amount of data useful to any Bible reader. Perhaps its distinctiveness lies in its frequent supply of theological material along with its scholarly and critical information."
Peter Machinist
"In a sea of Bible dictionaries, the Eerdmans is a standout. It may just be the most comprehensive and wide-ranging of the one-volume dictionaries available. It more than fulfills editor David Noel Freedman's promise to provide 'a rapid-response reference work' that covers, in each of its entries, all the basic data, together with a concise, balanced, and up-to-date orientation to the issues. Indeed, a number of its articles offer fresh and authoritative, even provocative assessments by leading scholars in their fields. This is a dictionary that all serious readers of the Bible will want constantly by their side."
The Bible Today
"Superb. . . As the number of fine one-volume dictionaries continues to increase, this will certainly stand in the front rank of those which will be most useful to pastors, students, and scholars alike."
Walter Brueggemann
"The quality of scholarship in this dictionary is superb, with contributions from the most senior scholars in the field and from some of the rising young scholars who will greatly impact the field. . . . There is no doubt that this dictionary will take its place as the most valuable and most used among those currently available."
Review & Expositor
"Overall the Eerdmans Dictionary of the Bible is an excellent dictionary resource. For an audience seeking a guide to define terms, persons, and places, and a host of other issues in the Bible and its context, the EDB will serve extremely well. In its compact format it presents a wealth of up-to-date information that can assist beginning and basic questions related to the Bible."
Currents in Theology & Mission
"This is the latest and now the best of the one-volume Bible dictionaries and should be a standard in church libraries."
Library Journal
"Far surpasses such comparable works as The HarperCollins Bible Dictionary and New Bible Dictionary in the number of contributors and of articles, and it ranges more broadly across the theological spectrum. Up-to-date, comprehensive, and well written, the EDB is highly recommended."
Richard N. Ostling, Associated Press
"Any serious Bible reader should own one of these one-volume mini-encyclopedias, and Freedman's entrant in this competitive field looks promising."
"This highly useful compilation reflects current scholarly opinion on a vast variety of biblical topics and is characterized by thoroughness and clarity. . . A marvelously thorough resource, of great use in both academic and public libraries."
Wisconsin Lutheran Quarterly
"This volume should be considered by pastors who are looking for a high-quality, up-to-date, one-volume Bible dictionary."
The Expository Times
"Splendid in scope, reliable on facts, clear and easy to use."
Theological Book Review
"The dictionary will be an invaluable tool for theological students and deserves a place in all theological libraries. It will also whet the appetite of the general reader for further biblical, theological and historical research."
Bibliotheca Sacra
"The breadth of entries, the level of scholarship, as well as the helpful pictures, charts, and color maps make this an excellent choice for a one-volume Bible dictionary."
Catholic Library World
"This is a major new biblical dictionary by reliable biblical scholars. It is ecumenical in its treatment of recent biblical scholarship which deals with biblical theology, text, transmission, extra-biblical and church traditions. It is recommended for all academic and public libraries?especially libraries supporting programs of religion, seminary, theology, and religious studies. This is a work pastoral ministers, preachers of the word, teachers and students of the Scriptures and theology would find handy and helpful. The price is very reasonable for a work of this quality and depth. It is highly recommended. "
"Ideal both for 'spot' reference and for opening up areas for further study. . . It is a valuable resource for students, pastors, professors, editors and all who study the Bible in a serious way. . . The authors present an enormous amount of information reliably and concisely."
Trenton Times (New Jersey)
"An important reference tool for reading and studying the Bible... Cultural, natural, geographical and literary phenomena are examined in a way that is accessible to Bible readers of all levels."
Wisconsin State Journal
"A truly helpful addition to your library."
Review of Biblical Literature
"Eerdmans Dictionary fulfills the need for a one-volume dictionary about as well as can be done. . . Friendly, helpful, and well worth the investment."
Church & Synagogue Libraries
"Here's a new Bible dictionary for a new century for reading, reference and study. . . Recommended for all congregational libraries."
Society for Old Testament Study Booklist
"Thanks in particular to the bibliographies, this will be a useful reference tool of first resort. "
Liturgical Ministry
"This volume would be very handy for homily preparation and for anyone in a parish who might be teaching a Scripture course. It would also be useful for RCIA facilitators. Strongly recommended!"
Internationale Zeitschriftenshau f?r Bibelwissenshaft und Grenzgebiete
"Both editor and publisher deserve to be congratulated on this fine work."