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About the Author

Leland Ryken (Ph.D., University of Oregon) is Clyde S. Kilby Professor of English at Wheaton College in Wheaton, Illinois. He is the author of more than one hundred published articles and essays, and he has written, edited or contributed to more than twenty-five books. His books include The Word of God in English: Criteria for Excellence in Bible Translation (Crossway), The Christian Imagination: The Practice of Faith in Literature and Writing (Shaw), Dictionary of Biblical Imagery (InterVarsity Press), The Discerning Reader: Christian Perspectives on Literature and Theory (Baker) and A Complete Literary Guide to the Bible (Zondervan).

James Wilhoit is Scripture Press Professor of Christian Education at Wheaton College in Wheaton, Illinois. He is the author of Spiritual Formation as if the Church Mattered, coeditor of the Dictionary of Biblical Imagery (IVP Academic) and coauthor, with Leland Ryken, of Effective Bible Teaching.

Tremper Longman III (PhD, Yale University) is Robert H. Gundry Professor of Biblical Studies at Westmont College in Santa Barbara, California. He is also Visiting Professor of Old Testament at Seattle School of Theology and Psychology and adjunct of Old Testament at Fuller Theological Seminary. He lectures regularly at Regent College in Vancouver and the Canadian Theological Seminary in Calgary. Longman is the author or coauthor of over twenty books, including How to Read Genesis, How to Read the Psalms, How to Read Proverbs, Literary Approaches to Biblical Interpretation, Old Testament Essentials and coeditor of A Complete Literary Guide to the Bible. He and Dan Allender have coauthored Bold Love, Cry of the Soul, Intimate Allies, The Intimate Mystery and the Intimate Marriage Bible studies.
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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 1058 pages
  • Publisher: InterVarsity Press; 1st edition (November 2, 1998)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0830814515
  • ISBN-13: 978-0830814510
  • Product Dimensions: 7 x 2.3 x 10 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4.6 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (43 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #88,106 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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I love to study God's written Word and I have found this to be very helpful.
Gloria
He uses story and all its literary conventions to present situations to which our human spirits can relate and experience the lessons therein.
Marcia L. Moston
This is a very extensive, yet concise topical dictionary that explores the countless metaphors and images so prevelant in the Bible.
C. Stubblefield

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84 of 84 people found the following review helpful By Gontroppo on June 19, 2002
Format: Hardcover
This is a terrific book. It is different from any other biblical studies resource I have seen. It covers ground that is not really treated in such depth in other aids.
You do still need to use standard bible dictionaries and commentaries, in my opinion. But, used in conjunction with them, it is going to really open up the Bible for you.
I am disappointed that the editors decided that they would not let you know who wrote the various articles. Their argument is that their editorial work has not left the research done by the various contributors unchanged, and that it would be misleading to append a given contributor's name to an entry, when they have often extensively revised that entry. I feel they should have let us know about their editorial work, AND shown the contributors' names at the end of each entry.
The articles dealing with the imagery in each biblical book are very helpful. Here is an example of what you will find:
The article on Colossians gives some insights into the purpose of Paul's letter, the image of the cosmic Christ, the motifs of knowledge and fullness in Colossians and the metaphorical use of circumcision.
Many of the images referred to in each article on Bible books are also given more in-depth treatment in individual articles.
This book is one of the most interesting aids to biblical study I have seen. Highly recommended.
If you would like to purchase the work at a bargain price, Amazon also sells the Essential IVP Reference Collection CD ROM, which contains this great work, and 17 other helpful biblical resources. In some ways, the electronic version is more useful than the book.
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33 of 36 people found the following review helpful By C. Stubblefield on February 1, 2003
Format: Hardcover
This is a very extensive, yet concise topical dictionary that explores the countless metaphors and images so prevelant in the Bible. It is amazing how much God used symbolism to represent Himself or His promises, and most people (including the OT Jews) never caught it.
One point of interest to me was the meaning behind the lampstand God had Moses contruct. Most people overlook the details God gave concerning it's construction and what it referred to, but not this book...
If you are a fan of the IVP series that includes such volumes as "Dictionary of Jesus and the Gospels," "Dictionary of the Later New Testament & Its Developments," "Dictionary of Paul and His Letters," you will thoroughly enjoy this reference book.
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62 of 75 people found the following review helpful By Christopher C. Alsruhe on October 18, 2000
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Put your commentaries at the bottom of the pile. Put your study Bibles (God's Word with man's opinions presumptiously slipped in with it) with your commentaries. Here is a book that uses the Bible to interpret the Bible (which commentaries rarely do). This book is an objective approach to Bible interpretation, using scriptures throughout the Bible in their context to determine the meaning of Bible words as the Bible defines them--Scripture defining Scripture. The book deals with figures of speech, figures of association, metonymy, synechdoche, metaphors and similies, cultures, writing techniques, and far more. It is written clearly and concisely, with much detail. It reads dynamically and even devotionally. It is written at a level for any person who wants to study the Bible seriously and correctly without being a heavy theological work. This book is not written as a commentary on Bible texts, but is a resource to help you let the Bible be it's own commentary. When I use this book which, again, uses scripture to explain scripture, I rarely use a commentary. With this book, I can study the Bible on my own (which is what God primarily intends) and use the book as a scripture resource to help determine what concepts are imbedded in the text by the use of certain words and writing techniques. Commentaries are okay when one gets stuck in their thought processes or when they need a nudge of what a text may be saying. Commentaries can help us think in new directions and think "out of the box." But commentaries must only be used to spur one on. They must not be used to just lift an answer from someone and just blindly use it, thus taking the easy way out and putting blind trust in someone else just because they have an education. But this dictionary isn't a commentary.Read more ›
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15 of 17 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on August 20, 2002
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As the previous reviews suggest, if you wish to own only one Bible dictionary or commentary, do get this book. This volume covers all aspects of the Bible and presents informative articles/entries on almost all conceivable Biblical topics. A fine reference for the average person as well as for the Bible scholar, preacher, Sunday school teacher, etc. A wonderful work!
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24 of 29 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on February 8, 1999
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So often we are limited in our inspiration from the Bible because of following only the literal meanings of its stories, passages and admonitions. By understanding the symbolical meanings we can go higher in our inspiration. This book helps to do just that. For example, Ephesians 6:10-17 would be ridiculous if taken literally, but taken spiritually it is powerful and uplifting.
Great job IVP. My only complaint is this should have been sold in two volumes with larger type and more words to explore!!!
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Jeff Smith on January 24, 2011
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I just received this book last month and it is already one of my favorite resources for Bible study. You can look up information by topic or scripture reference. The writers do a great job of connecting topics throughout the bible. For example, if you want to know the significance of Jesus using bread to represent his body, just look up bread and the article gives you a complete picture of the use and importance of bread throughout the bible. Great book! I highly recommend it.
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