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Dictionary for Theological Interpretation of the Bible Hardcover – November 1, 2005
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About the Author
Craig G. Bartholomew (Ph.D., University of Bristol) holds the H. Evan Runner Chair in Philosophy at Redeemer University College in Ontario. He is the coauthor of The Drama of Scripture.
Daniel J. Treier (Ph.D., Trinity Evangelical Divinity School) is Blanchard Professor of Theology at Wheaton College.
N. T. Wright (D.Phil., University of Oxford) is bishop of Durham and author of over forty books, including Jesus and the Victory of God, The Resurrection of the Son of God, and a popular series of guides to the New Testament.
Top Customer Reviews
The opening article on the Book of Acts starts with an overview of its historical interpretation. It includes the mention of John Chrysostom composing the first full commentary on the book to comment on more recent studies focusing on the form of the texts.
The next section is a summary of the themes and meaning of Acts. A short paragraph at the end touches on a topic debated today. Is the Holy Spirit received in all his fullness at conversion, or is there a subsequent experience called the "baptism in the Holy Spirit"?
The last two sections highlight the place of Acts in relation to the rest of Scripture, and most importantly, its practical significance for believers today.
One of the concluding thoughts highlights the value of this resource: "The evangelistic speeches in Acts focus on the resurrection of Jesus, suggestive of a corrective to today's evangelistic message and preaching," which spend more time on the death of Jesus.
Each of the books of the Bible is covered in a similar fashion.Read more ›
The Book itself is simply fantastic, and all of the articles are suprisingly in-depth despite the vast array of territory covered. The list of contributors is a virtual whos-who of thinkers in the field of theology today (besides Kevin Vanhoozer, NT Wright and the other two editors, Craig Bartholomew of Bristol and D. Treier of of Wheaton, contributors include I. Howard Marshall, Grant Osborne, Anthony Thistleton, Stanley Grenz, Merold Westphal, Nancy Murphy, and Alistair McGrath, just to name a few) though, of course, this should not be an automatic criteria for sucess, it is nonetheless an impressive and well rounded display of expertise.
This dictionary is particularly quite helpful when it comes to outlining contemporary theories of interpretation, and has very thourough expositions on Post-structuralism, Deconstructionism, Reader-Response Criticism, Speech-Act theory, Feminist, Liberationist, and the so called "Yale" school of Narrative Post-Liberal Theologians like Lindbeck and Frei, to mention a few. Also, there are detailed commentaries/interpretive principles and exposition on particular areas of traditional and contemporary thought regarding every book of the bible, and there are even entries on particular authors (most prominantly, of course, seems to be writings on Paul, where there is an interesting description of how schools of thought have interpreted his writings, e.g.Read more ›
Throughout my studies I rarely fail to turn to the articles of this Dictionary to illuminate anything from the book of Ephesians, to the relationship between the Church and Israel, to the nuances of Christianities interaction with postmodernism.
It features an all-star cast of contributers, such as Kevin VanHoozer, Darrell Bock, Daniel Trier, N.T. Wright, and R.T. France, as well as many more each commenting on their individual area of expertise.
I highly recommend this outstanding resource for every library. Get this book!
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Dictionary for Theological Interpretation of the Bible -- Lacking. A to Z. Offers a sprinkling of what you're looking for. The entries they cover are spot on.... Read morePublished 11 months ago by Michael M
it seems pretty clear so far and I like the perspective from which it is written.Published 15 months ago by Jelia Domingo
Dictionary for Theological Interpretation of the Bible
Kevin J Vanhoozer, et al. Dictionary for Theological Interpretation of the Bible. Read more
This has been an excellent resource for my biblical studies. Perfect for when I need quick access to a topic without having to search through several different useless 'hits' on... Read morePublished on June 18, 2014 by Amazon Customer
This is a great resource! With the ever changing language and classifications of different theological approaches, this resource does a great job of defining both past and modern... Read morePublished on January 9, 2013 by Brian Ricke
My firsts review was before I had looked at the book thoroughly. However, the more I use it the more helpful I've found it to be. Read morePublished on December 29, 2012 by Rhea H. Forman