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"Every student serious about pursuing biblical studies and every pastor committed to solid exegetical work should keep a copy of this indispensible volume within arm's reach." (Luke Lin, Koinonia)

"Editors Longman and Enns have assembled a truly outstanding team of both senior and junior scholars who present up-to-date research with current bibliographies on all the major issues confronting the interpreter of these important books. If you are only going to buy one encyclopedic dictionary on the Bible, this is the one I would recommend." (Paul J. Kissling, SCJ, Spring 2009)

"Authors and editors have taken great care to make the articles both scholarly and readable, and one can say that they have succeeded in producing a work that supplements all existing biblical reference works." (International Review of Biblical Studies, 2008-2009)

"This useful addition to this series of dictionaries provides an excellent resource for students and others who require an accessible overview of the study of biblical books and general topics in the wisdom and poetry category." (J. McKeown, Journal for the Study of the Old Testament, 2009)

"Students and professors of Scripture have, in this volume, a precious and incredibly up-to-date resource." (James Chukwuma Okoye, Catholic Library World, March 2010)

"The Dictionary offers a lot of helpful, accessible material at a reasonable price." (Charles Telfer, Mid America Journal of Theology, 2009)

"A beautiful accession to the series, and its price is unbelievable!" (P.C. Beentjes, International Journal in Philosophy and Theology, 70, 2009)

"The volume covers much ground and covers it well. Well worth the price for any layperson, student, or scholar who wishes to engage the varied corpus that this dictionary covers." (Scott C. Jones, The Catholic Biblical Quarterly, 71, 2009)

"An excellent resource for students and others who require accessible overview of the study of biblical books and general topics in the wisdom and poetry category." (J. McKeow, Journal for the Study of the Old Testament, 33.5, 2009)

"This Dictionary should be in the collection of any library covering Biblical studies regardless of religious affiliation. Once again IVP has done the scholarly community a great service." (Philosophy and Religion, Vol. 23, No. 5, 2009)

"Worth a read as it is up to date and gives a flavour of recent studies in wisdom literature." (The Revd Dr Derek J Fraser, The Baptist Times, March 26, 2009)

"This useful addition to this series of dictionaries provides an excellent resource for students and others who require an accessible overview of the study of biblical books and general topics in the wisdom and poetry category." (J. McKeown, Journal for the Study of the Old Testament, 33.5, 2009)

"As in preceding volumes, a long article is devoted to each biblical book; this dictionary, however, also contains an article focusing on each book's ancient Near Eastern background and history of interpretation. An impressive work of reference." (Margaret Daniels, Methodist Recorder, July 2, 2009)

"A compendium of contemporary biblical scholarship with the inclusion of the contributed effort of the best scholars and critics in their respected fields. A great achievement, comprehensive in scope and provides substantial insights in understanding the text and world of the Old Testament. This is an outstanding text, an indispensable reference for individuals working in the discipline of Biblical Studies. It is unimaginable that students and scholars, and even interested laymen of the Hebrew Bible would defer the purchase of a reference copy of this volume." (Celucien Joseph, Christ, My Righteousness (christmyrighteousness9587.wordpress.com), May 18, 2009)

"A series whose every volume is worth waiting for and worth owning. Written in a scholarly but accessible style. Very highly recommended." (James A. Cox, Reviewer's Bookwatch, March 2009)

"This volume on wisdom, poetry, and writings covers over 100 topics like acrostic poetry, Old Testament ethics, Psalms of lament, Messiah, retribution, rhetorical criticism, and worship. The articles are scholarly but accessible and unintimidating. Both pastors and laymen will be able to profit from this dictionary without having to know or read Hebrew." (David Wenkel, Christian Library Journal, April 2009)

"Having access to recent contemporary scholarship on the biblical canon in a dictionary format is extremely helpful to professors, graduate students, upper level undergraduate students, and informed members of the public with an interest in remaining au courant with the best of recent thinking on biblical issues. IVP Academic Press is publishing such a series of dictionaries on the entire biblical canon in a number of volumes. It is a series whose every volume is worth waiting for and worth owning. The seventh volume examines the Wisdom, Poetry and Writings sections of the Hebrew Bible. It is written in a scholarly but accessible style. Very highly recommended." (Pius Charles Murray, The Midwest Book Review, April 2009)

"[A] must have for anyone who wishes to do in-depth Bible study." (Johnny Cisneros, Bible Study Magazine, November/December 2008)

"Whatever your academic standpoint, at 1,000 pages this volume will need to be a to-hand resource for anybody working on the field of Wisdom, Poetry or Writings. I am very glad to have [this book] on my shelf and I will make regular use of it." (Chris Tilling, Chrisendom (christilling.de/blog/ctblog.html), September 20, 2008)

"Not only is this a very attractive dictionary, but it is also chock-full of the technical data a researcher requires. Each article is clearly outlined, long enough to adequately cover the subject, and short enough to be read in one sitting. It must also be mentioned that these articles are not limited to either lexical, exegetical, historical or theological matters; but rather to all of these matters." (Jason Button, Sharper Iron (sharperiron.org), September 11, 2008)

"The contributors have done a fine job of presenting a balanced and scholarly overview of the various topics, although there is a slant toward a Christian interpretation. This dictionary is an excellent choice for just about any public, church, or academic library, as well as for specialty theological collections." (Library Journal, October 2008)

"This volume in the acclaimed InterVarsity Press Bible dictionaries will serve to further enhance the reputation of the series. Longman and Enns have brought together a great team of authors to cover wisdom, poetry and writings of the Old Testament. This volume is comprehensive and up to date as, for example, the articles on history of interpretation and intertextuality indicate. This volume will be an invaluable resource for students, pastors and scholars as they seek to hear God's address through these biblical books. The Wisdom and poetic books have not always received the attention they deserve, and this volume will play a significant role in addressing that imbalance. Highly recommended!" (Craig Bartholomew, H. Evan Runner Professor of Philosophy and Professor of Religion, Redeemer University College, Ontario, Canada)

"At last, a fully comprehensive, fascinating compendium of information about Psalms, Wisdom literature and other writings of the Old Testament! From characters such as Ruth to major Wisdom books such as Job, from scholarly method to major theological themes, this volume gives us articles of real depth and substance. Its broad and thorough remit includes contributions on Jewish and Christian tradition, festival worship, ancient Near Eastern background and Hebrew language from a range of highly qualified experts in the field. An essential reference book for all serious-minded students of the Hebrew Scriptures." (Katharine J. Dell, Senior Lecturer in Old Testament Studies, University of Cambridge)

"A stellar cast of younger and senior scholars has put together a handbook for the study of the writings of the Old Testament. While one will find easy access to the expected and necessary basic information on the various books of wisdom and poetry, there will be some interesting surprises for readers as the authors take up theological, rhetorical, metaphorical and sociological dimensions of this literature. An important sign of the times is the fact that for each biblical book, major attention is given to the history of its interpretation." (Patrick D. Miller, Professor of Old Testament Theology Emeritus, Princeton Theological Seminary)

From the Publisher

* Third Old Testament volume in InterVarsity Press's celebrated Black Dictionary series
* 148 articles covering all aspects of Job, Psalms, Proverbs, Ecclesiastes, Song of Songs, Lamentations, Ruth and Esther
* Over 90 contributors, many of them experts in this literature
* Coverage of each biblical book, including separate articles on ancient Near Eastern background and the history of interpretation of each book
* Full coverage of literary dimensions of poetry and prose
* Well-rounded treatments of Israelite wisdom and Wisdom literature
* Up-to-date bibliographies
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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 991 pages
  • Publisher: IVP Academic (July 6, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0830817832
  • ISBN-13: 978-0830817832
  • Product Dimensions: 7 x 2.2 x 10 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3.8 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #339,626 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Dr. Peter Enns (PhD, Harvard University) is Abram S. Clemens professor of Biblical Studies at Eastern University, St. Davids, PA. He has taught courses at several other institutions including Harvard University, Fuller Theological Seminary, and Princeton Theological Seminary. Enns is a frequent contributor to journals and encyclopedias, and is the author of several books, including, The Bible Tells Me So: Why Defending Scripture Has Made Us Unable to Read It (HarperOne), The Bible and the Believer: How to Read the Bible Critically and Religiously (with Marc Brettler and Daniel Harrington, Oxford University Press), Inspiration and Incarnation: Evangelicals and The Problem of the Old Testament (Baker), and The Evolution of Adam: What the Bible Does and Doesn't Say about Human Origins (Baker).

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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By LOTR Librarian on August 29, 2008
Format: Hardcover
This is the third volume in the Dictionary of the Old Testament series put out by IVP, and covers Job, Psalms, Proverbs, Ecclesiastes, Song of Songs, Lamentations, Ruth and Esther in 148 articles and nearly 1,000 pages.

Bible college and Seminary students in particular may find the following articles of use/importance: Ernest Lucas's discussion of Wisdom theology (p. 901-12); Marvin Sweeney's survey of form-critical approaches to the Wisdom literature (p. 227-41); Peter Enns' entry on the Book of Ecclesiastes, with its firm insistence that Qohelet's thought cannot be aligned with any conventional biblical teaching (p. 121-32); and an article on "Chaos and Death" by Frederick J. Mabie (p. 41-54).

An essential volume for bible college students, seminary students, professors, and theological and church libraries. Recommended!
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9 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Jay Matthews on March 20, 2010
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Any work of this type will necessarily have strengths and weaknesses, and, for the most part, this dictionary is strong. It contains a wealth of knowledge, presents multiple viewpoints in the articles, and contains very helpful bibliographies for further studies. However, the positions are often lop-sided, both because many of the authors often present their own positions uncritically and because the vast majority of contributors could be considered conservative Evangelicals. This is great if one is a conservative Evangelical (such as myself) but it is disheartening for students and scholars wishing to engage with a broader academic setting. That is not say that other viewpoints are ignored or misrepresented - to the contrary, the presentations are often balanced and as comprehensive as space allows - but that the conclusions are generally given before the argument and some important questions are left unasked. Overall, though, this is an excellent resource and certainly worth adding to a personal library for ready reference.
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An excellent aid for the student or teacher of Old Testament poetry. Extremely complete, readable, plenty of sources. Get the hardback for sure.
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By Amazon Customer on September 24, 2013
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Not for the faint in heart but if you really want to do dome serious bible study, this series is a great addition to your library.
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The definite Biblical reference set of modern scholarship.

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By Amazon Customer on June 30, 2015
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This is a great reference book, I used this often. thank you - product was shipped on time
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Did not want to read another book, but this one was cool!
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