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Eerdmans Dictionary of the Bible Hardcover – October 23, 2000

ISBN-13: 978-0802824004 ISBN-10: 0802824005 Edition: 0th

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  • Hardcover: 1425 pages
  • Publisher: William B. Eerdmans Publishing Company (October 23, 2000)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0802824005
  • ISBN-13: 978-0802824004
  • Product Dimensions: 9.5 x 7.6 x 2.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (32 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #192,350 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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A useful companion for scholars, students, and anyone seeking to learn more about the Bible, Eerdmans Dictionary of the Bible presents a comprehensive critical approach to reading and studying that is detailed and easy to use. Replete with 134 illustrations, 16 color maps, and nearly 5,000 alphabetically ordered articles compiled from 600 sources, this reference offers an excellent core of up-to-date knowledge. The density of each entry is impressive; explanations of historical questions, canonical criticism, and cultural settings are rich and informative. The length of each entry is proportional to the subject. For example, the entry for Dead Sea Scrolls comprises four small-print pages and explores matters such as the discovery, physical description, biblical context, and relation to Judaism, while the definition for Consecrate is nicely contained within one sentence. While most Bible concordances exhaust definitions and descriptions, this single-volume dictionary is intended as a practical "rapid-response reference work" for reading and studying the Bible. Nevertheless, it supplies ample information regarding books (including Apocryphal), persons, places, events, and definitions in a succinct manner. The text is based on the New Revised Standard Bible except where otherwise noted, and bibliographical sources are peppered throughout. --Jacque Holthusen

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With this new dictionary (EDB), Freedman (Hebrew biblical studies, Univ. of California, San Diego) repeats the success of his Anchor Bible Dictionary (ABD) on a smaller scale. Like the ABD, this one-volume dictionary includes contributions from an international, interconfessional team of nearly 600 established and up-and-coming scholars. Around 5000 articles treat the books of the Bible (including the Apocrypha, or Deuterocanonicals) and the persons, places, and many of the significant terms found in them. There are also entries for related subjects, such as noncanonical writings and terms one will encounter in the secondary literature (for example, "Elohist" and "Hebrew, Biblical"). In fact, though it is less detailed, this work covers much the same ground as the ABD. It far surpasses such comparable works as The HarperCollins Bible Dictionary (LJ 2/15/97) and New Bible Dictionary (InterVarsity, 1996. 3d ed.) 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. However, because Freedman only partially achieves his goal of providing "balanced discussions reflecting different viewpoints," it should join the aforementioned dictionaries rather than supplant them.ACraig W. Beard, Univ. of Alabama Lib., Birmingham
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Highly recommend to others studying the Bible.
Yolanda Lina Ortiz
For a one-volume dictionary (as opposed to the New Interpreter's series...part of which is forthcoming), this is a very fine choice.
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Another important use of one-volume Bible dictionaries is to provide a guide to further research by bibliographic information.
FrKurt Messick

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68 of 71 people found the following review helpful By FrKurt Messick HALL OF FAMETOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on July 27, 2003
Format: Hardcover
Like many major modern reference works, the 'Eerdmans Dictionary of the Bible' is a significant accomplishment of scholarly teamwork. Under the direction of David Noel Freedman, professor of Hebrew biblical studies at the University of California San Diego, two assistant editors and 12 consulting editors marshaled 600 scholars to work on this comprehensive achievement. The authors come from a wide range of backgrounds academically and theologically, but all are committed to the increasing importance of multiple interpretations and interdisciplinary pursuits.
Freedman explains something of the scope of this book in the preface, by beginning the Eerdmans Dictionary of the Bible by defining both the terms 'bible' and 'dictionary' -- for Bible, the works referenced in this volume include the Hebrew Bible, the Apocryphal and Deuterocanonical books, and the New Testament. For Dictionary, Freedman describes the different kinds of dictionaries of the Bible available -- multi-volume sets such as the Anchor Bible Dictionary, and single-volume editions such as the subject of this present review. The multi-volume sets, Freedman states, should more appropriately be called encyclopedias. 'A one-volume Bible dictionary is intended to be a rapid-response reference work.' Containing much the same information in briefer form, this kind of text serves most needs handily.
Another important use of one-volume Bible dictionaries is to provide a guide to further research by bibliographic information. As the majority of people cannot afford the multi-volume sets, one-volume dictionaries such as the 'Eerdmans Dictionary of the Bible' fill an important, affordable role for the 'average' person, who is unlikely to invest in the more expensive works.
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19 of 21 people found the following review helpful By Bruce M. Sabin on January 3, 2001
Format: Hardcover
This dictionary is the best on the market. The articles are indepth and provide a wealth of information. At the same time, the style is understandable and easy to use. The contributors respresent a wide range of Christian backgrounds and give the book an excellent scope of views.
If you are interested in getting a better understanding of the Bible, a good Bible dictionary is a must -- and this is the best one to have.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Midwest Book Review on March 10, 2001
Format: Hardcover
Dictionary Of The Bible is a weighty reference which provides a new tool for reading and studying the Bible, offering nearly 5,000 alphabetically ordered articles explaining all the books, people and terms of the Bible. Accompanying discussions of cultural, geographic and literary influences provide Bible readers with a wider range of insights than most, with nearly 600 Bible authorities contributing their articles and insights.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By D. Kehn on August 13, 2006
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This book is an essential resource for the serious Bible student as well as for the casual reader. I purchased this book as well as the Commentary on the Bible by the same author, after countless times of looking up words found in the Bible, but not in the dictionary! This book is comprehensive and clear as to the meaning of words and phrases, descriptions of people, places, events, including explanations of concepts and words NOT found in the Bible, such as "Trinity." It also contains photographs, maps, practices and customs, and so much more. This book is a must-have and should be part of eveyone's Bible library.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By DR-J-J TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on September 26, 2011
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I think I have just found my favorite one-volume dictionary! I highly recommend this dictionary, but it may be too much detail and at too high of a reading level for many. There are some great entry level dictionaries out there, this is NOT one of them. This dictionary is aimed at those who study Scriptures deeply, or seminary students, or scholars.

Many recommend the Anchor-Yale Bible DictionaryThe Anchor Bible Dictionary 6-Volume Prepack: (contains one copy of each volume The Anchor Yale Bible Dictionary) as the premiere Bible dictionary (it is in 6 volumes and it is much more an encyclopedia than a dictionary). The AYBD is wonderful (again, for serious study), but this Eerdman's one volume dictionary is EXCELLENT, and it is much more accessible and more concise than AYBD. The price is great... but there are some used volumes that are a steal (poor figure of speech!).

Yes, the print is not as large as I would like, but at the same time, I wouldn't want the dictionary to be significantly larger than it already is. You are not going to be disappointed in this dictionary, unless you were looking for an entry level dictionary like Unger's or Zondervan's. Just make sure you are getting the right dictionary for your needs.
JJ
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By revtcr on October 21, 2006
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This is indeed a great resource, but I find the print a bit to small. The print should have been a bit bigger. I use this volume alongside my New Internation Bible Dictionary and Wycliffe Bible Dictionary. They are all good.

But I value the most recent scholarship in Eerdmans. A great buy!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Richard S. Reynolds on November 19, 2010
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Over the years, I have learned to trust Eerdman's to print quality reference works for Biblical and Historical Studies. I found this dictionary to be no different. As many Biblical Dictionaries out there (and I own several) I think this one is the best. There are numerous articles relating not only to the people and places of the Bible but also to the historical and cultural settings of Biblical times. The articles are clear and concise,, and represent the opinions of numerous scholars from different fields of studies. In spite of the number of contributors, the editors have done an excellent job of insuring that the articles are consistantly good and read seamlessly, ie. as if they were all written by the same author. I find it to be a wonderful resource, and use it almost exclusively, so if you would like another Bible Dictionary, I would recommend that you look on eBay for I suspect I will sell mine before long (sorry Amazon, but you do not pay sellers enough!) Otherwise I would recommend that you by this one.
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