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The Oxford Encyclopedia of the Bible and Theology
Balentine, Samuel E., editor

Oxford: Oxford University, 2015 pp. 1200. Volume I & II $395.00

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Oxford Encyclopedias of the Bible


Description: The Oxford Encyclopedia of the Bible and Theology (OEBT) is a new encyclopedic treatment of major theological issues and themes in the Bible that surpasses all similar reference works in scope and significance. Leading scholars provide extensive overviews of key topics, offering analyses of the trajectory and reception history of theological issues as well as critical assessment of Near Eastern and Greco-Roman antecedents for Old and New Testament perspectives. While many entries address the Bible's historical context, including traditional theological perspectives on creation, sin, covenant, grace, and forgiveness, others are more rooted in modern issues, featuring biblical perspectives on contemporary concerns such as wealth and poverty, gender/race discrimination, and market economics. The two-volume OEBT contains 168 entries ranging in length from 2,000 to 8,000 words. With bibliographic references and suggestions for further reading, each entry affords students and scholars a comprehensive topical and methodological summary of the topic that serves as both a go-to reference and a starting point for original research. The OEBT's distinctive approach and range of entries make it a unique resource that fills a void in biblical scholarship.

Subjects: Bible, Literature, Methods, Theological Approaches, Biblical Theology, Hebrew Bible/Old Testament Theology, New Testament Theology, Other Methods

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Review by Robert L. Foster
Published 9/1/2016
Citation: Robert L. Foster, review of Samuel E. Balentine, ed., The Oxford Encyclopedia of the Bible and Theology, Review of Biblical Literature [http://www.bookreviews.org] (2016).


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