A modern, up-to-date dictionary decoted exclusively to a study of Israelite history and the Old Testament Historical Books, including many of the critical questions posed by readers today; part of the IVP Bible Dictionary (Old Testament) series.
Dictionary of the Old Testament: Historical Books Edited by Bill T. Arnold and Hugh G. M. Williamson, the Dictionary of the Old Testament: Historical Books (DOTHB) picks up with Joshua and Israel poised to enter the land and carries you through the postexilic period.
The history of Israel has long been contested territory, but never more so than today. Much like the quest of the historical Jesus, a quest of the historical Israel is underway. At the heart of the quest to understand the history of Israel and the Old Testament's Historical Books is the struggle to come to terms with the conventions of ancient historiography. How did these writers conceive of their task and to whom were they writing? Clearly the Old Testament historians did not go about their task as we would today. The divine word was incarnated in ancient culture.
Rather than being a dictionary of quick answers and easy resolutions readily provided, the DOTHB seeks to set out the evidence and arguments, allowing a range of informed opinion to enrich the conversation. In this way it is hoped that the DOTHB will not only inform its readers, but draw them into the debate and equip them to examine the evidence for themselves.
The only major reference book focusing exclusively on Israelite history and the Old Testament Historical Books
Authoritative and accessible summaries of the latest scholarship from some of the world's preeminent scholars of the Old Testament and the ancient Near East
Major articles on Joshua, Judges, Samuel, Kings, Chronicles, Ezra-Nehemiah
Eight major articles covering the periods of Israelite history from settlement to post-exilic periods
Introductory articles on ancient Near Eastern written sources pertinent to history of Israel
Articles on Hebrew, Aramaic and Linguistics as well as interpretive methods, hermeneutics and preaching
Critically engages the current scholarly quest for the historical Israel
Shed new light on your Old Testament Study with this Up-to-Date and Critically-Acclaimed Dictionary Collection!
New archaeological findings. Ongoing conversations about history. Challenges to what has been accepted about Biblical texts. The of the IVP Old Testament Dictionary Collection gives you up-to-date scholarship on foundational concepts and timely debates about the Hebrew Scriptures. You get hundreds of in-depth articles from hundreds of expert scholars around the world sure to aid your study and research, equip your preaching and teaching and enrich your understanding of the Old Testament.
Informed reading and research of the Old Testament
Traditional and contemporary topics
Authoritative overviews, detailed examinations and new insights
Up-to-date biblical scholarship
Accessible and original
Evangelical in perspective and commitment
Written by acknowledged experts from North America, the United Kingdom, Europe, Australia, New Zealand and Asia