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The Oxford Companion to the Bible (Oxford Companions) [Hardcover]

By Bruce M. Metzger (Editor) & Michael D. Coogan (Editor)
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Overview
Provides information on the people, places, events, books, institutions, religious beliefs, and secular influence of the Bible.

Publishers Description
The Bible has had an immeasurable influence on Western culture, touching on virtually every aspect of our lives. It is one of the great wellsprings of Western religious, ethical, and philosophical traditions. It has been an endless source of inspiration to artists, from classic works such as Michaelangelo's Last Judgment, Handel's Messiah, or Milton's Paradise Lost, to modern works such as Thomas Mann's Joseph and His Brothers or Martin Scorsese's controversial Last Temptation of Christ. For countless generations, it has been a comfort in suffering, a place to reflect on the mysteries of birth, death, and immortality. Its stories and characters are an integral part of the repertoire of every educated adult, forming an enduring bond that spans thousands of years and embraces a vast community of believers and nonbelievers.
The Oxford Companion to the Bible provides an authoritative one-volume reference to the people, places, events, books, institutions, religious belief, and secular influence of the Bible. Written by more than 250 scholars from some 20 nations and embracing a wide variety of perspectives, the Companion offers over seven hundred entries, ranging from brief identifications--who is Dives? where is Pisgah?--to extensive interpretive essays on topics such as the influence of the Bible on music or law.
Ranging far beyond the scope of a traditional Bible dictionary, the Companion features, in addition to its many informative, factual entries, an abundance of interpretive essays. Here are extended entries on religious concepts from immortality, sin, and grace, to baptism, ethics, and the Holy Spirit. The contributors also explore biblical views of modern issues such as homosexuality, marriage, and anti-Semitism, and the impact of the Bible on the secular world (including a four-part article on the Bible's influence on literature).
Of course, the Companion can also serve as a handy reference, the first place to turn to find factual information on the Bible. Readers will find fascinating, informative articles on all the books of the Bible--including the Apocrypha and many other ancient texts, such as the Dead Sea Scrolls, Pseudepigrapha, and the Mishrah. Virtually every figure who walked across the biblical stage is identified here, ranging from Rebekah, Rachel, and Mary, to Joseph, Barabbas, and Jesus. The Companion also offers entries that shed light on daily life in ancient Israel and the earliest Christian communities, with fascinating articles on feasts and festivals, clothing, medicine, units of time, houses, and furniture. Finally, there are twenty-eight pages of full-color maps, providing an accurate, detailed portrait of the biblical world.
A vast compendium of information related to scriptures, here is an ideal complement to the Bible, an essential volume for every home and library, the first place to turn for information on the central book of Western culture.

Citations And Professional Reviews
The Oxford Companion to the Bible (Oxford Companions) by Bruce M. Metzger & Michael D. Coogan has been reviewed by professional book reviewers and journalists at the following establishments -
  • Wilson Senior High Core Col - 01/01/2011 page 70
  • Wilson Public Library Catalog - 01/01/1994 page 17
  • Wilson Middle/Junior Hi Catalo - 01/01/1995 page 40
  • Wilson Senior High Core Col - 01/01/1995 page 8
  • Booklist - 12/01/1993 page 661
  • Booklist - 12/15/1993 page 780
  • Wilson Senior High Core Col - 01/01/1997 page 43
  • ALA Ref Srces for Small/Med Li - 01/01/2000 page 33
  • Wilson Middle/Junior Hi Catalo - 01/01/2000 page 40
  • Wilson Senior High Core Col - 01/01/2002 page 39
  • Library Journal - 09/15/1993
  • Wilson Middle/Junior Hi Catalo - 01/01/2005 page 42
  • Wilson Public Library Catalog - 01/01/2004 page 69
  • Wilson Senior High Core Col - 01/01/2007 page 61
  • Wilson Public Library Catalog - 12/31/2008 page 93
  • Wilson Middle/Junior Hi Catalo - 01/01/2009 page 58


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Item Specifications...


Studio: Oxford University Press, USA
Pages   932
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 9.48" Width: 6.82" Height: 2.55"
Weight:   3.3 lbs.
Binding  Hardcover
Release Date   Nov 1, 1993
Publisher   Oxford University Press
Age  12-17
ISBN  0195046455  
ISBN13  9780195046458  


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Bruce M. Metzger is Collard Professor Emeritus of New Testament Language and Literature at Princeton Theological Seminary. Michael D. Coogan is Professor of Religious Studies at Stonehill College in Easton, Massachusetts and Director of Publications, Harvard Semitic Museum. He is the editor of The Oxford History of the Biblical World and The New Oxford Annotated Bible (3d Edition).


Bruce M. Metzger currently resides in the state of New Jersey. Bruce M. Metzger has an academic affiliation as follows - Princeton Theological Seminary Princeton Theological Seminary (Emeritu.

Bruce M. Metzger has published or released items in the following series...
  1. Word Biblical Commentary


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Biblical essays  Sep 9, 2007
Hardcover edition. ISBN 0-19-504645-5

Covers 600+ Biblical topics in dictionary format. For example, entries for Trinity; Canon; Revelation, book of; Computers and the Bible; Incense; and so forth are covered. Not illustrated. Large map section in the back.

Many topics are discussed in short to fairly long essay format. In the case of Bible books, an outline is also provided. Discussions primarily use Biblical-Theology or Liberal (Critical) interpretation methods (Not Literal).

This book does not cover each Bible verse in a blow-by-blow fashion. Also, the number of topics is less than the norm for a dictionary. However, topics which are included have greater depth than the norm. If you would prefer more entries and shorter discussions, there are other one-volume books available (such as: Holman Illustrated Bible Dictionary, ISBN 0-8054-2836-4, and many others).

A Bible College or Seminary student will probably find this book of great value.
 
Great Resource, Excellent Scholarship  Jan 17, 2007
If you are looking for a great resource that is reader friendly and yet top scholarship that provides good and accurate information then this book will help you. An example if the entry on the "Herdian Dynasty"; You get information on the sources for where we get our information on the Herodian Dynasty followed by the origin of the Herodian Dynasty. You get a break down of each Herod including when they lived, ruled and where. This is one of the best encyclopedia type of bible helps. I would have to say the draw back is that there are not any maps, few charts, and no pictures.
 
Comprehensive and readable  Jul 6, 2005
My only criticism is there is no pronunciation help in the book. I also have the Oxford Bible Dictionary, which also lacks pronunciation guides. Other than that, as an Anglican, I find nothing to quarrel with in its presentation of the issues of the Bible. But since I'm not a fundamentalist, others might.
 
A worthy companion, electronically...  Nov 6, 2004
Oxford University Press has a reputation second to none in the production of scholarly reference works, particularly in the humanities and social sciences. It has certainly upheld that fine reputation for scholarship, objectivity, and authoritative research with its latest 'Oxford Companion to the Bible', edited by Bruce Metzger and Michael Coogan.

Pulling together a worthy group of researchers and scholars (the directory of contributors spans seven pages of rather small typeset print), the 'Oxford Companion to the Bible' represents a major work of reference useful in any biblical endeavour. 'Interpretation of the Bible has of course not been consistent, and throughout history the Bible has been used to support contradictory positions on such issues as slavery, the role of women, war and peace, forms of government, and finance. The Companion reflects this diversity: it is consciously pluralistic, and its more than 250 contributors, as well as its editors and editorial advisory board, encompass a wide spectrum of intellectual and confessional perspectives.'

In keeping with the diversity of authorship, the Companion is meant to be useful to a diverse range of Bible readers and religious. The Companion includes systematic treatment of the use, development, and role of the Bible in Jewish, Christian, and Muslim traditions, as well as the influence and significance of the Bible in thematic areas such as the arts, literature, politics, law, history, and culture.

This is not a simple Bible dictionary -- it has encyclopedic entries with in-depth analyses that go beyond mere definition, and contains more than 700 articles, each with authorship noted (so that the perspective can be known from whence the essay's asssertions come). Broad topics include:

- Formation of the Bible as a text
- Context and the Biblical World
- Concepts in the Bible (in the various interpretations)
- Uses and Influences of the Bible

While the Companion is arranged alphabetically, it is extensively cross-referenced by keywords, topically, and 'blind entries' (i.e., words that have meanings not expressly covered as separate entries, but are contained in more detail within other entries).

From Aaron to Zion, this is a book which, when pulled from the shelf, rarely remains closed for long -- I often use it to search for a particular theme, and find myself an hour later still perusing the Companion, having been tempted to follow the various strands through the book. While it is a reference book, and thus not one to be read simply by sitting and starting with the first entry, it nonetheless has an interesting, readable character that draws the seeker in. Treasures lie on each page.

From the possible influence of the ancient Gilgamesh Epic to the current practice of possessing and passing on a Family Bible, this reference is second to none in usefulness and comprehensive scope.

This particular electronic version is keyed to the New Annotated Oxford Bible (which includes standard and up-to-date translation of the biblical text) and the New Oxford Bible Maps, so that cross-references and linkages can be used for minimal effort in research and study.
 
A worthy companion  Jul 11, 2003
Oxford University Press has a reputation second to none in the production of scholarly reference works, particularly in the humanities and social sciences. It has certainly upheld that fine reputation for scholarship, objectivity, and authoritative research with its latest 'Oxford Companion to the Bible', edited by Bruce Metzger and Michael Coogan.

Pulling together a worthy group of researchers and scholars (the directory of contributors spans seven pages of rather small typeset print), the 'Oxford Companion to the Bible' represents a major work of reference useful in any biblical endeavour. 'Interpretation of the Bible has of course not been consistent, and throughout history the Bible has been used to support contradictory positions on such issues as slavery, the role of women, war and peace, forms of government, and finance. The Companion reflects this diversity: it is consciously pluralistic, and its more than 250 contributors, as well as its editors and editorial advisory board, encompass a wide spectrum of intellectual and confessional perspectives.'

In keeping with the diversity of authorship, the Companion is meant to be useful to a diverse range of Bible readers and religious. The Companion includes systematic treatment of the use, development, and role of the Bible in Jewish, Christian, and Muslim traditions, as well as the influence and significance of the Bible in thematic areas such as the arts, literature, politics, law, history, and culture.

This is not a simple Bible dictionary -- it has encyclopedic entries with in-depth analyses that go beyond mere definition, and contains more than 700 articles, each with authorship noted (so that the perspective can be known from whence the essay's asssertions come). Broad topics include:

- Formation of the Bible as a text
- Context and the Biblical World
- Concepts in the Bible (in the various interpretations)
- Uses and Influences of the Bible

While the Companion is arranged alphabetically, it is extensively cross-referenced by keywords, topically, and 'blind entries' (i.e., words that have meanings not expressly covered as separate entries, but are contained in more detail within other entries).

From Aaron to Zion, this is a book which, when pulled from the shelf, rarely remains closed for long -- I often use it to search for a particular theme, and find myself an hour later still perusing the Companion, having been tempted to follow the various strands through the book. While it is a reference book, and thus not one to be read simply by sitting and starting with the first entry, it nonetheless has an interesting, readable character that draws the seeker in. Treasures lie on each page.

From the possible influence of the ancient Gilgamesh Epic to the current practice of possessing and passing on a Family Bible, this reference is second to none in usefulness and comprehensive scope.

 

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