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Dictionary of Major Biblical Interpreters [Hardcover]

By Donald K. McKim (Editor)
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Featuring more than two hundred in-depth articles, a comprehensive resource introduces the principal players in the history of biblical interpretation and explores their historical and intellectual contexts, their primary works, their interpretive principles, and their broader historical significance.

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ECPA 2009 Christian Book Award finalist From Abelard to Zwingli, the history of Christian biblical interpretation has been shaped by great thinkers who delved deeply into the structure and meaning of Christianity's sacred texts. With over two hundred in-depth articles, the Dictionary of Major Biblical Interpreters introduces readers to the principal players in that history: their historical and intellectual contexts, their primary works, their interpretive principles and their broader historical significance. In addition, six major essays offer an overview of the history of biblical interpretation from the second century to the present. This one-volume reference by Donald K. McKim, a revised and vastly expanded edition of IVP Academic's Historical Handbook of Major Biblical Interpreters, will serve as an invaluable tool for any serious student of the Bible and the history of biblical interpretation.

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Studio: IVP Academic
Pages   1106
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 10.22" Width: 7.36" Height: 2.45"
Weight:   4.6 lbs.
Binding  Hardcover
Release Date   Nov 1, 2007
Publisher   IVP Academic
ISBN  083082927X  
ISBN13  9780830829279  

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Donald K. McKim is former Academic Dean and Professor of Theology at Memphis Theological Seminary. He is author or editor of numerous books, including Theological Turning Points: Major Issues in Christian Thought; Dictionary of Major Biblical Interpreters; The Westminster Handbook to Reformed Theology; and the Encyclopedia of the Reformed Faith.

Donald K. McKim currently resides in the state of Tennessee. Donald K. McKim has an academic affiliation as follows - Memphis Theological Seminary.

Donald K. McKim has published or released items in the following series...

  1. Cambridge Companions to Religion
  2. Cascade Companions
  3. Westminster Handbooks to Christian Theology

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Very useful, but not perfect  May 25, 2010
This is an extremely useful reference work for those interested in the biblical exegesis of the Fathers of the Church (and in fact exegetes of all centuries). It does not seem as thorough as it should be, though, as it has entries on neither St. Ephrem nor Philo. Perhaps a future edition will add those entries.
A Significant Improvement Over an Earlier Effort  Jan 24, 2009
In 1998 InterVarsity Press released the Historical Handbook of Major Biblical Interpreters also edited by Donald. K. McKim, a rather disappointing production. The publicity releases for this new volume announce it as a "revised and vastly expanded edition" of that work. The statement however on the verso that, "some material previously appeared" in the Historical Handbook is a much more accurate reflection of the reality of this much improved and valuable work. While the publisher treats this as a true "second edition" (which is technically true) carrying the former works preface as well as a new preface; the fact that a new title was created demonstrates the publishers desire for this to be seen as an entirely new work.

McKim, formerly the Academic Dean of Professor of Theology at Memphis Theological Seminary and currently the Reference Editor for Westminster John Knox Publishing, has clearly grown in his craft. Some of his early editorial efforts were often heavy handed and reflected his own theological biases rather than the impartial and thorough work one expects in standard references works. He clearly assembled a fine staff of assistants and well as a first rate group of contributors. McKim himself did contribute one full article (William Perkins, 815-19). The scope of the essays has a largely Western orientation reflecting interpreters from Europe and North America as McKim admits. He states in his new preface that in this work, "there is a lack of sufficient entries on women biblical interpreters and on those from outside the predominant areas of Western Europe and the United States" (xii). This seems an odd complaint from the editor, who seems to be criticizing his own editorial decisions (he stated one paragraph earlier, "the list of those to be included in such a volume has been my decision, in consultation with others"). Interestingly, the two woman for who there are entries (Fiorenza Elisabeth Schussler, 895-99; and Phyllis Trible, 989-92) also represent two of the five articles for living individual, and two of the three for those who would be considered currently active scholars.
The first part of this volume consists of six introductory essays presenting a survey of "Biblical Interpretation Through the Centuries." The periods are covered by different contributors and include The Early Church (1-14); The Middle Ages (14-121); The Sixteenth and Seventeenth Centuries (22-44); The Eighteenth and Nineteenth Centuries (45-66); Europe in the Twentieth Century (67-87); and North American in the Twentieth Century (88-102). Like the individual article each section contains a useful introductory bibliography. The essays are well done, clearly written and logically presented; particularly in the more complex later essays. Also included is a useful indexes of Persons, Subjects and an alphabetical listing of the individual articles.

The selection of individuals for articles in a work like this is almost certain to solicit discussion on inclusions and exclusions. However, by and large there are really few disagreements this reviewer has with the selection. One could argue that the omission of Samuel Prideaux Tregelles (1813-75) is a decided lack. Most certainly the omission of I. Howard Marshall (b. 1934) is significant, considering the fact that another living scholar of the same era (Walter Brueggeman, b. 1932) along with the aforementioned Schussler and Trible were included. Marshall's influence among evangelicals in Biblical Interpretation is considerable. Of those included, the oddest entry is perhaps for John Locke (668-70); who while possessing a Biblically derived foundation for his theories of politics and economics his works on Biblical studies themselves were not unique and really made no lasting contribution in the field.

The selections for the articles was, however, largely even-handed and represents early Catholic, Reformed, Evangelical and even Dispensational contributors. Those of varying denominational affiliations are also represented. All of the articles are generally two pages or more and contain significant bibliographies. The articles are all exceptionally thorough and do not shy away from pointing out negative aspects of their lives, such as the Nazi affiliations of Gerhard Kittel (614-18), or theology controversy, such as the significant errors of William Barclay (144-46). In a couple of the entries, two individuals are listed together because of fact that their work is more often considered in a united rather than an individual manner (Carl Friedrich Keil and Franz Delitzsch, 606-608; and B. F. Westcott and F. J. A. Hort, 1038-43).

This work represents a major and welcome addition to the world of reference works in Biblical and Theological studies. It will be an excellent jumping off point for students beginning their research and will be exceptionally useful for pastors who would like a little background on various commentators and scholars whom they encounter in their studies but know little about.

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