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New Dictionary of Biblical Theology: Exploring the Unity Diversity of Scripture [Hardcover]

By T. Desmond Alexander (Editor), Brian S. Rosner (Editor) & Donald A. Carson (Consultant)
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This dictionary is an essential building block of every library of biblical references. Building on its two companion volumes, the New Dictionary of Biblical Theology allows readers to view the Bible''s thematic terrain in its canonical wholeness.

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The New Dictionary of Biblical Theology will quickly establish itself as an essential building block of every library of basic biblical reference books. Building on its companion volumes, the New Bible Dictionary and New Bible Commentary, this work takes readers to a higher vantage point where they can view the thematic terrain of the Bible in its canonical wholeness. In addition, it fills the interpretive space between those volumes and the New Dictionary of Theology. At the heart of this work is an A-to-Z encyclopedia of over 200 key biblical-theological themes such as atonement, creation, eschatology, Israel, Jesus Christ, the kingdom of God, redemption, suffering, wisdom and worship. Students and communicators of the Bible will be well served by articles exploring the theology of each biblical book. And for those interested in the wider discipline of biblical theology, major articles explore foundational issues such as the history of biblical theology, the challenges raised against biblical theology, and the unity and diversity of Scripture. Over 120 contributors drawn from the front ranks of biblical scholarship in the English-speaking world make the New Dictionary of Biblical Theology a work of distinction and a benchmark of evangelical biblical theology at the turn of the twenty-first century. Bibliographies round out all articles, directing readers to research trails leading out of the Dictionary and into crucial studies on every subject. Cross-references throughout send readers through the varied maze of reading pathways, maximizing the usefulness of this volume. Comprehensive, authoritative and easily accessible, theNew Dictionary of Biblical Theology is certain to establish itself as an essential resource for students of the Bible and theology.

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  • Library Journal - 11/15/2000 page 33

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Studio: IVP Academic
Pages   866
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 10.3" Width: 7.28" Height: 2"
Weight:   4 lbs.
Binding  Hardcover
Release Date   Feb 1, 2001
Publisher   IVP-InterVarsity Press
ISBN  0830814388  
ISBN13  9780830814381  

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More About T. Desmond Alexander, Brian S. Rosner & Donald A. Carson

Register your artisan biography and upload your photo! T. Desmond Alexander is director of Christian training, Union Theological College, Belfast, and formerly lecturer in Semitic studies at The Queen's University in Belfast. He is the coeditor of the "New Dictionary of Biblical Theology."

T. Desmond Alexander currently resides in Belfast.

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Get this book!  Mar 14, 2007
If you need a dictionary - for ministry or academic purposes - on theological terms and concepts found in the Bible then this book is perfect for you. It is very comprehensive and deep enough for scholars yet easy enough to read for the inquisitive lay person. It has many articles discussing pertinent issues in biblical studies (e.g., hermeneutics, the relationship between OT and NT, the relationship between systematic and biblical theology, etc.), provides a good overview of all the books of the Bible, and discusses practically every issue found in Scripture. I would even be bold enough to say that this is the best volume in the whole IVP dictionary series. Whether you're a minister or seminary student get this book for your library. You will never regret purchasing this very important and resourceful volume in the series.
Excellent reference for the bible student!  May 4, 2006
I own a electronic version of this book. It has been an astounding reference in my own biblical studies. I plan to attend Seminary soon, and I know this will be a gold mine there. Unfortunately the Church Education of most contemporary churches is seriously lacking of theological substance, so a work like this has little value in these environments.

But this work has aided me here and there in my formal debates with atheists on, with theists on usenet newsgroups, and in the writing of some articles on my website (

Great work! I encourage every christian to buy this. If they did, perhaps the church leaders in most churches will be forced to spice up their bible curriculum.
Essential Aid for Biblical Interpretation  Jan 20, 2003
This book is one of the very best aids for understanding the Bible. Contributors include some of the pioneers in evangelical biblical theology, as well as many of the most respected biblical scholars of recent years.

Here are a few of the many helpful contributors:
Graeme Goldsworthy
Donald Hagner
Tremper Longman
Douglas Moo
Alec Motyer
Ray Ortlund
Jim Packer
Max Turner
David Peterson

The book includes helpful articles about the discipline of biblical theology and comparisons with systematic theology in Part 1 and articles about some of the main biblical themes in Part 3. Part 2 breaks the Bible up into large chunks and then discusses about three main themes of:
Genesis to Kings
Wisdom Books
Prophetic Books
Synoptic Gospels
Johannine Writings

Part 2 then continues by going into detail on each biblical book.

Highly recommended.

If you would like this book at a bargain price, with 17 other helpful books, including the Dictionary of Biblical Imagery, Sinclair Ferguson's New Dictionary of Theology, the New Bible Dictionary and the New Bible Commentary, this site also sells the Essential IVP Reference Collection CD ROM.

a long-overdue work  Sep 10, 2001
This excellent work seeks to illuminate the key themes of biblical theology. Biblical theology seeks to understand the parts of the Bible in relation to the whole canon of Scripture. (As opposed to systematic theology, which seeks to develop large categories in which to fit the biblical data; while both are helpful, biblical theology is essential to systematic theology.) This dictionary seeks to illustrate this connectedness in three ways (sections). The first section offers various articles ranging in topic from the history of biblical theology to the actual ýdoingý of biblical theology. The second section provides a look at a biblical theology of the biblical corpora and books (i.e. Genesis to Kings, Wisdom books, Prophetic books, Synoptic Gospels, Luke-Acts, the Johannine writings, Paul, and articles on individual books). The third section, which I found particularly helpful, is a collection of essays on the certain biblical themes.

A good example of the kind of work taking place in this third section comes in the article on the nation of Israel (pp. 581 ý 586). Here the author shows, among other things, how the New Testament presents Jesus as the True Israel. The following are some of the arguments from the article: Jesus replaces Israel as God's Son (Hos 11:1; Matt 2:14-15). Jesus replaces Israel as the ýtrue vineý (John 15:1 ý see Ps 80:9-16; Isa 5:1-7; 27:2ff; Jer 2:21; 12:l0ff; Ezek 15:1-8; 17:1-21; 19:10-14; Hos 10:1-2). Jesus succeeded as the true Servant of God where Israel failed. Jesus reenacts Israelýs history: the exodus from Egypt (Matt 2:19-20), the crossing of the Red Sea (Matt 3:13-17), the temptations in the wilderness (Matt 4:1-11), and the arrival at Mt. Sinai to receive the law (Matt 5:1-2), and He receives the expected out-pouring of Godýs Spirit (Matt 3:16; cf. Isa 44:2-3; Ezek 36:25-27), showing that Jesus is truly the Son with whom God is pleased (Matt 3:16). John also uses the great images for Israel in the Old Testament for Jesus and His disciples (the good shepherd and the flock in 10:11-16 and vine and the branches in 15:1-5). Through Christ the covenant is fulfilled and those who become a part of the people of God do so through Him, thus they too are part of the fulfilled covenant. The true people of God (Israel) is seen in the Church (both Jews and Gentiles ý Gal 3:6-9, 6:16; Rom 2:28-29), though God has yet to finish His work with ethnic Israel as well (Romans 9-11). Jesus replaces Israel as Abraham's seed (Gal 3:16). To be a part of the people of God, you must be a child of Abraham (Gal 3:29).

This work is a dictionary, and as with most works of this type, it has many contributors. However, I believe this is one of the key strengths of a work like this. The editors (all ýheavy-hittingý scholars in their own right) have selected scholars to write in the areas in which they have already done extensive work. This gives the reader access to what some of the greatest evangelical theologians are saying on a wide range of topics.

For serious Bible students, this work is an essential buy. One would be hard pressed to find any other single volume work which deals with such a wide range of biblical themes in such an excellent way.

Biblical Theology done right!  Dec 19, 2000
[I've] had a chance to use this book, and I must say that this new dictionary is one of the finest on the market. The format of this dictionary is unique. The first section contains several lengthy articles on subjects that affect biblical theology. The second section contains articles on each genre of literature in the Bible and articles on the individual books of the Bible. The final section of the book is the actual dictionary, which has numerous entries on various biblical themes. This one book serves as an introduction to biblical interpretation, an Old Testament and New Testament introduction, and a Bible Dictionary. And at 863 not-so-large print pages, one could hardly say that this book just gives a cursory view of Biblical Theology. This Dictionary is an excellent tool for both students and professors. ....

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