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Overview Tremper Longman III and Peter E. Enns edit this collection of 148 articles by over 90 contributors on Job, Psalms, Proverbs, Ecclesiastes, Song of Songs, Lamentations, Ruth and Esther.
Publishers Description 2009 Christianity Today Merit Award winner 2009 Evangelical Christian Publishers Association (ECPA) Christian Book Award winner The Old Testament books of wisdom and poetry carry themselves differently from those of the Pentateuch, the histories or the prophets. The divine voice does not peal from Sinai, there are no narratives carried along by prophetic interpretation nor are oracles declaimed by a prophet. Here Scripture often speaks in the words of human response to God and God's world. The hymns, laments and thanksgivings of Israel, the dirge of Lamentations, the questionings of Qohelet, the love poetry of the Song of Songs, the bold drama of Job and the proverbial wisdom of Israel all offer their textures to this great body of biblical literature. Then too there are the finely crafted stories of Ruth and Esther that narrate the silent providence of God in the course of Israelite and Jewish lives. This third Old Testament volume in InterVarsity Press's celebrated "Black Dictionary" series offers nearly 150 articles covering all the important aspects of Job, Proverbs, Ecclesiastes, Psalms, Song of Songs, Lamentations, Ruth and Esther. Over ninety contributors, many of them experts in this literature, have contributed to the Dictionary of the Old Testament: Wisdom, Poetry & Writings. This volume maintains the quality of scholarship that students, scholars and pastors have come to expect from this series. Coverage of each biblical book includes an introduction to the book itself as well as separate articles on its ancient Near Eastern background and its history of interpretation. Additional articles amply explore the literary dimensions of Hebrew poetry and prose, including acrostic, ellipsis, inclusio, intertextuality, parallelism and rhyme. And there are well-rounded treatments of Israelite wisdom and wisdom literature, including wisdom poems, sources and theology. In addition, a wide range of interpretive approaches is canvassed in articles on hermeneutics, feminist interpretation, form criticism, historical criticism, rhetorical criticism and social-scientific approaches. The Dictionary of the Old Testament: Wisdom, Poetry & Writings is sure to command shelf space within arm's reach of any student, teacher or preacher working in this portion of biblical literature. Tremper Longman III and Peter E. Enns edit this collection of 148 articles by 90 contributors on Job, Psalms, Proverbs, Ecclesiastes, Song of Songs, Lamentations, Ruth and Esther.
Awards and Recognitions Dictionary of the Old Testament: Wisdom, Poetry & Writings (The IVP Bible Dictionary Series) by Tremper Longman III & Peter Enns has received the following awards and recognitions -
Christianity Today Book Award - 2009 Award of Merit - Biblical Studies category
Christian Book Award - 2009 Winner - Bible Reference/Study category
Citations And Professional Reviews Dictionary of the Old Testament: Wisdom, Poetry & Writings (The IVP Bible Dictionary Series) by Tremper Longman III & Peter Enns has been reviewed by professional book reviewers and journalists at the following establishments -
Library Journal Supplements - 11/15/2008 page 52
Library Journal - 10/01/2008 page 92
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Studio: IVP Academic
Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 2" Width: 7.25" Height: 9.75" Weight: 2 lbs.
Release Date Jul 6, 2008
Publisher IVP-InterVarsity Press
Series IVP Bible Dictionary
ISBN 0830817832 ISBN13 9780830817832
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More About Tremper Longman III & Peter Enns
Tremper Longman III (PhD, Yale University) is the Robert H. Gundry Professor of Biblical Studies and the chair of the Religious Studies department at Westmont College in Santa Barbara, California, where he lives with his wife, Alice. He is the Old Testament editor for the revised Expositor's Bible Commentary and has authored many articles and books on the Psalms and other Old Testament books.
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Reviews - What do customers think about Dictionary of the Old Testament: Wisdom, Poetry & Writings (The IVP Bible Dictionary Series)?
Fantastic dictionary with some weaknesses Mar 20, 2010
Any work of this type will necessarily have strengths and weaknesses, and, for the most part, this dictionary is strong. It contains a wealth of knowledge, presents multiple viewpoints in the articles, and contains very helpful bibliographies for further studies. However, the positions are often lop-sided, both because many of the authors often present their own positions uncritically and because the vast majority of contributors could be considered conservative Evangelicals. This is great if one is a conservative Evangelical (such as myself) but it is disheartening for students and scholars wishing to engage with a broader academic setting. That is not say that other viewpoints are ignored or misrepresented - to the contrary, the presentations are often balanced and as comprehensive as space allows - but that the conclusions are generally given before the argument and some important questions are left unasked. Overall, though, this is an excellent resource and certainly worth adding to a personal library for ready reference.
personal library Dec 7, 2009
An addition to personal library, do not know when chance will arise to read as seminary still requires another year of reading, no time for personal pursuits at this time.
I need to get the whole set Jun 24, 2009
I am very pleased with this purchase. As a seminary student it is an excellent reference book.
Great book. Feb 12, 2009
This brand new book is fantastic and a great source for anyone in Biblical studies.
Another Great Reference Book from IVP! Aug 30, 2008
This is the third volume in the Dictionary of the Old Testament series put out by IVP, and covers Job, Psalms, Proverbs, Ecclesiastes, Song of Songs, Lamentations, Ruth and Esther in 148 articles and nearly 1,000 pages.
Bible college and Seminary students in particular may find the following articles of use/importance: Ernest Lucas's discussion of Wisdom theology (p. 901-12); Marvin Sweeney's survey of form-critical approaches to the Wisdom literature (p. 227-41); Peter Enns' entry on the Book of Ecclesiastes, with its firm insistence that Qohelet's thought cannot be aligned with any conventional biblical teaching (p. 121-32); and an article on "Chaos and Death" by Frederick J. Mabie (p. 41-54).
An essential volume for bible college students, seminary students, professors, and theological and church libraries. Recommended!