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Product Details

  • Series: IVP Bible Dictionary
  • Hardcover: 992 pages
  • Publisher: IVP Academic (May 17, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0830817840
  • ISBN-13: 978-0830817849
  • Product Dimensions: 7 x 2.2 x 10 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #113,253 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"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." (Richard E. Averbeck, professor of Old Testament and Semitic languages, Trinity Evangelical Divinity School)

"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." (Tremper Longman III, Robert H. Gundry Professor of Biblical Studies, Westmont College)

"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." (Nathan MacDonald, reader in Old Testament at the University of St. Andrews, research team leader at Göttingen University)

"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." (T. Desmond Alexander, senior lecturer in biblical studies and director of postgraduate studies, Union Theological College, Belfast)

"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." (Sandy Richter, professor of Old Testament, Wesley Biblical Seminary)

"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, method and 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." (Christopher R. Seitz, Research Professor of Biblical Interpretation, Wycliffe College, University of Toronto)

"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." (John Walton, professor of Old Testament, Wheaton College)

About 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).

Customer Reviews

Easy to read format.
John K Cairns Jr
A whole generation of great biblical experts are found here in one place, bringing us the most up-to-date scholarship and research on a huge amount of subjects.
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An excellent aid for the student or teacher of Old Testament prophets.
michael unthank

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13 of 17 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer VINE VOICE on September 6, 2012
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In a 20-year period InterVarsity Press has produced a top notch series of dictionaries on the Old and New Testaments. The series of large volumes in black have been completed with the latest volume just out, dealing with the prophets and prophetic writings. So now we have eight magnificent volumes available, and this really is a superb set.

They are a must addition to any serious theological library. Many hundreds of expert articles penned by leading OT and NT scholars, theologians, historians, and Bible scholars are laid out over many thousands of pages. All the important issues you may wish to study are found in these terrific volumes. Let me lay them out here in biblical order, with authors, date, and page numbers:

-Dictionary of the Old Testament: Pentateuch. David W. Baker and T. Desmond Alexander, eds., 2002, 954pp.
-Dictionary of the Old Testament: Historical Books. Bill Arnold and H.G.M. Williamson, eds., 2005, 1060pp.
-Dictionary of the Old Testament: Wisdom, Poetry and Writings. Tremper Longman and Peter Enns, eds., 2008, 967pp.
-Dictionary of the Old Testament: Prophets. Mark Boda and J. Gordon McConville, eds., 2012, 965pp.
-Dictionary of Jesus and the Gospels. Joel Green, Scot McKnight and I. Howard Marshall, eds., 1992, 934pp.
-Dictionary of Paul and His Letters. Gerald Hawthorne, Ralph Martin and Daniel Reid, eds., 1993, 1038pp.
-Dictionary of Later New Testament and Its Developments. Ralph Martin and Peter Davids, eds., 1997, 1289pp.
-Dictionary of New Testament Background. Craig Evans and Stanley Porter, eds., 2000, 1328pp.

That is some 8535 pages worth of hard core theological and biblical material.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Rev. Viktor J. Toth on December 13, 2012
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This book is for those who want to have a deeper scholarly look into the world of the Old Testament prophets and prophecies. It is a collection of essays from the world foremost scholars on this subject. There is a bibliography after every essay which helps if one wants to do more research. Although this volume is part of the “Black Dictionary” series, it is an independent lexicon just on the subject. This book is a little bit pricey, but worthy of its price.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Wilrens Hornstra on August 12, 2014
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Since I have read the entire work for my personal blog (where I have extensively discussed this book in a series of longer posts), I thought I should do a short review here as well. I have hesitated between giving it two or three stars. In the end, I opted for three, since the subtitle (only included on the cover) does warn that this is a "Compendium of Contemporary Biblical SCHOLARSHIP" (emphasis added), which is not the same as an expanded Bible dictionary. Many articles include an overview of at least the more important or influential scholarship on their particular topic - however flawed the respective scholarly view turned out to be eventually. And if that is what you want, you may be happier with this dictionary than I was.

For evangelical readers like myself, however, I would only give this two stars. Here is my angle on this.

First, I came looking for something that is helpful in preparing teaching or Bible study. This it is not. I won't often go back to this volume for my lecture preparation. I do use and enjoy the NT volumes in this series (so mine is not a case of anti-intellectual bias or rejection of scholarship as such). For this reason, I actually looked forward to this volume (this is why I wanted to read it), but I am disappointed.

Second, I expect something that is legible and comprehensible for non-experts. This, too, it is not. The style and the level of writing are usually highly academic and difficult to read. Too often, an article presupposes quite a bit (how many readers know what semiotics or post-structuralism is?). In fact, it has made me wonder what the intended audience for this book is. For the biblical scholar it probably offers too little, for many others too much may be unintelligible.
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By michael unthank on January 21, 2014
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An excellent aid for the student or teacher of Old Testament prophets. Extremely complete, readable, plenty of sources. Get the hardback for sure.
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It helps us get more abundant and accurate information about the Bible including backdrops etc and provides us with recent biblical scholarship.
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By lefmun on August 12, 2013
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This is a must-have for students, pastors and everyone interested in getting to know the OT Prophets. The articles are academic, and the bibliography in each article points to more helpful resources for those interested in a particular topic. I highly recommend it.
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