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Dictionary for Theological Interpretation of the Bible [Hardcover]

By Kevin J. Vanhoozer (Editor)
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For the pastor or serious layperson, the realm of Biblical interpretation can be a confusing maze of personalities, communities, methods, and theories. This reference tool covers a broad range of topics with clarity and depth.

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For the pastor or serious layperson, the realm of biblical interpretation can be a confusing maze of personalities, communities, methods, and theories. This maze can often result in obscuring the main goal of interpreting Scripture: hearing and knowing God better.
The "Dictionary for Theological Interpretation of the Bible" is a groundbreaking reference tool that introduces readers to key names, theories, and concepts in the field of biblical interpretation. It discusses these approaches and evaluates their helpfulness in enabling Christians to hear what God is saying to the church through Scripture. The contributors come from a variety of backgrounds, and the dictionary covers a broad range of topics with both clarity and depth.

Awards and Recognitions
Dictionary for Theological Interpretation of the Bible by Kevin J. Vanhoozer has received the following awards and recognitions -
  • Christianity Today Book Award - 2006 Winner - Biblical Studies category
  • Christian Book Award - 2006 Winner - Book of the Year category
  • Christian Book Award - 2006 Winner - Bible Reference/Study category

Citations And Professional Reviews
Dictionary for Theological Interpretation of the Bible by Kevin J. Vanhoozer has been reviewed by professional book reviewers and journalists at the following establishments -
  • Library Journal - 11/15/2005 page 94
  • American Reference Bks Annual - 01/01/2007 page 531

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Studio: Baker Academic
Pages   896
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 10.4" Width: 7.26" Height: 2.08"
Weight:   3.9 lbs.
Binding  Hardcover
Release Date   Nov 1, 2005
Publisher   Baker Publishing Group
Edition  Reprinted  
ISBN  0801026946  
ISBN13  9780801026942  

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Register your artisan biography and upload your photo! Kevin J. Vanhoozer (Ph.D., University of Cambridge) is research professor of systematic theology at Trinity Evangelical Divinity School. He is the author of several books, including Is There a Meaning in This Text?

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.

Kevin J. Vanhoozer has an academic affiliation as follows - Trinity Evangelical Divinity School (Teds).

Kevin J. Vanhoozer has published or released items in the following series...

  1. Cambridge Companions to Religion
  2. Cultural Exegesis
  3. Studies in Christian Doctrine and Scripture

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An excellent resource for getting at the meaning of Scripture  Jan 25, 2007
It would be a mistake to think of this as a Bible Dictionary. This dictionary seeks to do much more. As Kevin J. Vanhoozen states in his informative introduction, "DTIB aims to provide clarification, analysis, and evaluation of the various approaches to biblical interpretation currently in the marketplace, with a view to assessing their theological significance--in particular, their value for reading Scripture in and for the community of the faithful." Without advocating any one particular approach to interpretation--the contributors represent diverse theological backgrounds, denominations, and interpretative approaches--the essays provide a framework for not only discovering what the Bible means, but also how to read it.

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. But many other topics and even key individuals are included. You can find articles on art, music, anti-Semitism, postmodernity and Biblical interpretation, feminist Biblical interpretation, Jesus and the quest for the historical, and sexuality. The latter includes a fascinating section on homosexuality, giving an overview of Jesus' view, Paul's view and a rationale based on Genesis. Profiles of individuals that contributed in some way to a theological understanding of Scripture include Augustine, Thomas Aquinas, Karl Barth, Dietrich Bonhoeffer, and John Calvin.

This tends toward the academic but any Christian could benefit from making use of this book. "The ultimate aim of the present work is to commend ways of reading Scripture that lead to the blessing of knowing God and of being formed unto godliness." It's a worthy aim, and those who take advantage of this resource will be helped on their way toward that end.

The Dictionary for Theological Interpretation of the Bible was the Christian Book Award Book of the Year for 2006.
An exhaustive resource offering in-depth definitions of terms commonly encountered when engaged in theologic study of the Bible  Mar 14, 2006
Dictionary for Theological Interpretation of the Bible is an exhaustive resource offering in-depth definitions of terms commonly encountered when engaged in theologic study of the Bible. From allegory as a device for interpreting Biblical passages that fell into disfavor since the eighteenth century but is occasionally still used at the popular level, to a brief history of the interpretation of the Book of Zechariah, Dictionary for Theological Interpretation of the Bible is filled with thoughtful, well-reasoned discourse and is highly accessible to readers of all backgrounds. A valuable resource for amateur and professional theologians, and especially recommended for beginning theologians or others new to the study of Biblical passages.
Perhaps One of The Best Resources Out There  Jan 14, 2006
This book is an enchiridion that stands as a great testament to the vast learning of the many scholars who contributed.
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 their are even entries on particular authors (most prominantly, of course, seems to be writings on Paul, where their is an interesting description of how schools of thought have interpreted his writings, e.g. Augustine, Luther, to Barth and Bultmann, and there is even an enlightening piece on the "new perspective" on Paul by such scholars as NT Wright, who turn the traditional Law/Gospel distinction on its head, seeing Judaism's law as works that are a function of the grace of God's election, so that Paul's critique is centered on the Law as a means of discrimination rather than the traditional interpretation of a futile attempt to achieve righteousness...)

Other articles include an excellent general overview of Hermeneutics by Thistleton (a leading reasearcher in the field), an article on Truth, another on Meaning, Semiotics, Christian Hermeneutical theories, and a litany of articles on various theories of redactive criticism, source hypothese (both regarding Mosaic authorship vs. JEPD documents, and the background of Q and the Markan priority) and a whole array of others that, if not exhaustive, is the best resource for biblical interpretation out there, (short of owning every book on the subject.)

Other books I recommend to compliment this dictionary are Anthony C. Thistletons books: New Horizons in Hermeneutics, and Two Horizons in Hermeneutics; Grant Osborne's the Hermeneutical Spiral; James K. A. Smith's The Fall of Interpretation; Kevin Vanhoozers Is There A Meaning In This Text?, First Theology, and his new book The Drama Of Doctrine; and for a technical appraisal of not only hermeneutics but the epistemology of science and philosophy in general, I recommend Wolfhart Pannenberg's Theology and the Philosophy of Science

All in all I highly recommend this for anyone interesting in having a valuable resource for referencing the complex world of biblical interpretation

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