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The Dictionary of the Bible and Ancient Media
Thatcher, Tom, Chris Keith, Raymond F. Person, Jr. and Elsie R. Stern, editors

London: Bloomsbury, 2017 pp. xviii + 480. $202.00

Description: The Dictionary of the Bible and Ancient Media is a convenient and authoritative reference tool, introducing specific terms and concepts helpful to the study of the Bible and related literature in ancient communications culture. Since the early 1980s, biblical scholars have begun to explore the potentials of interdisciplinary theories of oral tradition, oral performance, personal and collective memory, ancient literacy and scribality, visual culture and ritual. Over time these theories have been combined with considerations of critical and exegetical problems in the study of the Bible, the history of Israel, Christian origins, and rabbinics. The Dictionary of the Bible and Ancient Media responds to the rapid growth of the field by providing a source of reference that offers clear definitions, and in-depth discussions of relevant terms and concepts, and the relationships between them. The volume begins with an overview of 'ancient media studies' and a brief history of research to orient the reader to the field and the broader research context of the book, with individual entries on terms and topics commonly encountered in studies of the Bible in ancient media culture. Each entry defines the term/ concept under consideration, then offers more sustained discussion of the topic, paying particular attention to its relevance for the study of the Bible and related literature

Subjects: Bible, Literature, Methods, Historical Approaches, History, Form, Tradition and Redaction Criticism, Textual Criticism, Social-Scientific Approaches, Other Methods

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Review by Jonathan A. Draper
Published 10/15/2020
Citation: Jonathan A. Draper, review of Tom Thatcher, Chris Keith, Raymond F. Person Jr., and Elsie R. Stern, eds., The Dictionary of the Bible and Ancient Media, Review of Biblical Literature [http://www.bookreviews.org] (2020).


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