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The Anchor Bible Dictionary (6 Volume Set) (v. 1-6)

4.6 out of 5 stars 23 customer reviews
ISBN-13: 978-0385425834
ISBN-10: 038542583X
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In the past 30 years , there have been three major encyclopedic Bible dictionaries published in English: The Interpreter's Bible Dictionary (IBD ), the Zondervan Pictorial Encyclopedia of the Bible , and The International Standard Bible Encyclopedia ( ISBE ). When it was published in 1962 (with a supplementary volume in 1976), the IBD represented the state of critical Biblical scholarship. The ISBE , though an extensive revision of the previous edition (1929), retained many articles from its predecessors (1915 and 1929). Because of the numerous developments in biblical scholarship during the past three decades, the editor felt (rightly) that it was time for a Bible dictionary that would represent the current state of the discipline. The Anchor Bible Dictionary ( ABD ) is the result of his vision. The ABD is both international and interconfessional, with nearly 1000 contributors from around the world representing Protestant, Catholic, Jewish, and Muslim traditions (and also those of no religious tradition). The list of contributing scholars includes names long associated with biblical and theological studies. The currency of the dictionary as a whole is reflected especially in the inclusion of such subjects as the Dead Sea Scrolls, early Jewish-Christian relations, the historical Jesus, and sociological and literary methods of biblical criticism (including feminist hermeneutics), and in numerous entries on archaeological sites. In addition, the bibliographies are usually up to date and often extensive. Unlike previous Bible dictionaries, the bibliographic entries in the ABD are complete citations, listed individually rather than in a run-on fashion, and hence easier to use. Even in such a monumental success as the ABD , there are weak spots. One might expect to find pronunciations, especially for place and personal names--which is the case with the IBD and the ISBE --but none are given here. There are few illustrations throughout. The maps are inadequate, and some of the topics are handled clumsily. Yet overall, this is a solid piece of work, well written and well edited. It will serve scholars and students because of its currency and thoroughness and lay readers because of its generally readable style. The ABD deserves a place on the shelves beside the standard Bible dictionaries of previous generations and is recommended for public, academic, and seminary libraries.
- Craig W. Beard, Univ. of Alabama at Birmingham Lib.
Copyright 1993 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an alternate Hardcover edition.

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Six years in the making, this state-of-the-art dictionary offers the most up-to-date and comprehensive treatment of biblical subjects and scholarship. An essential reference for every serious reader of the Bible.

B & W illustrations and line-art throughout. --This text refers to an alternate Hardcover edition.

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 1200 pages
  • Publisher: Bantam Doubleday Dell Publishing Group, Inc. (June 1, 1992)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 038542583X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0385425834
  • Product Dimensions: 12 x 8.2 x 17.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 27.8 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (23 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,870,423 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Kersi Von Zerububbel VINE VOICE on January 10, 2002
Format: Hardcover
This six volume set is a treasure trove of Biblical and Historical scholarship. The contributors are all well regarded in their respected disciplines. Virtually ALL aspects of Biblical scholarship is treated in a cogent manner. The writing and layout of the set is excellent. Topics ranging from prehistory to the Temple layout to the destruction of the Second Temple and numerous other details are explained in a superb manner. The scholarship is top notch.

I have owned this set since 1994 and find myself frequently looking something up in these volumes. Just pick up one of the volumes and turn to a topic at random. Chances are you'll be hooked. Do not let the title dissuade you from getting this set. Even if you are not into Biblical scholarship this set will give you a lifetime of fulfilling study.
If you are a serious student of the Jewish and/or Christian Bible then this set is a must. If you are a history buff this set will be a valuable addition to your library.
What a treasure!
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`The Anchor Bible Dictionary', at six (6) rather large volumes, is probably the most authoritative encyclopedia on Christian Biblical matters. And, let us be clear about the fact that it is quite definitely NOT a dictionary in the same sense as the excellent `New International Dictionary of New Testament Theology' edited in its English translation from the German by Colin Brown and `Theological Dictionary of the New Testament', edited in German and completed around 1933 by Gerhard Kittel, and translated into English by Geoffrey W. Bromiley, which has 10 huge volumes filled with a wealth of information. Both of these are true dictionaries, dealing with Greek terms and their meanings in ancient Greek literature, Hebrew scriptural translations into Greek, and New Testament Greek.
The Anchor volumes are far more like the single volume `HarperCollins Bible Dictionary' which is also a misnamed encyclopedia. Whether you purchase the Anchor or the HarperCollins may depend (aside from financial resources) on whether you plan to use the book `on the road', as in a Sunday Bible Study class. Another reason for passing on the Anchor volumes is if you happen to live within walking distance or easy driving distance of a good library, or even a modest library dedicated to Christian study, as you may find in a local church. Every municipal, college, and church library I have seen has a copy of `The Anchor Bible Dictionary'.
To state the obvious, the Anchor clearly has more information in it than HarperCollins, as it is literally six times longer.
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By Joan on January 7, 2010
Format: Paperback
While I'm sure that the scholarship of this set is good, beware that what you receive when you order it may not be what you expect. I have ordered the "prepack" of the "Anchor Yale Bible Dictionary" directly from Yale Press and what I received was a mixture of volumes from the old Doubleday printing and the new Yale printing. They look different. It does not make a consistent complete set but is a mixture of 2 sets. When I complained to Yale Press they informed me that "When Yale acquired the balance of the Anchor Bible stock they began to replenish the volumes to complete the series. What you have received is all there is as far as stock goes." So whether you will receive a complete consistent set or not is dependent upon whether they have run out of the Doubleday printing or not. Of course, you may not care whether your set looks good or not, but its an awfully expensive purchase to be treated so shamefully. Had I been told up front what I was receiving, I wouldn't be irritated, and indeed I might have waited awhile to buy the set until they could give me a consistent one, but to me this is dishonest.
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I would have been very satisfied with my purchase of the six volumes of the Anchor Bible Dictionary. I was however surprised and disappointed that proper attention was not given to binding such a high quality publication. The Hard cover and the first page and last page (Front and back) were turned upside down to the effect that when the book is opened frommthe front cover, the first page seen is the last page of the book turned upside down and all the other pages follow that pattern to the last page which is actually the first page of the book. I wander how such a mistake could have been ignored by the publishers and the books sold out in such a condtion.
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This is the second volume I have purchased on this series. The book was used and a fraction of the cost new. Arrived in excellent condition. I purchased this as a reference library and it does not disappoint. Excellent references throughout that provides an understandable framework for the commentary. It's more than a dictionary, but if you want to use it as one, it has great depth. Each section has an extensive Bibliography that let's you find sources and go deeper if your study requires. Finding myself using these everyday, and have purchased an entire set for less than $200 in excellent/new condition from Amazon sources.
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