Description: Concise, convenient and comprehensive: this handy dictionary will inform and enlighten all who want to understand how the Bible came together, the history of the various texts behind it, the versions in which it has appeared, the process of editing and compilation, and the different methods of interpretation that have developed over the centuries. Much of this material can be found in larger reference works and commentaries, but most students and lay people find that most of these books are written by scholars for scholars, which means the reader can feel bogged down in too much technical detail. Informed by the latest advances in biblical scholarship, this handy dictionary provides the reader with concise, manageable information on all the key issues and topics. It will be especially helpful to students of religion and related subjects, as well as to religious educators in schools, colleges and churches of all denominations.
Subjects: Methods, Historical Approaches, History, History of Interpretation
Review by Jan G. van der Watt
Citation: Jan G. van der Watt, review of Alec Gilmore, A Concise Dictionary of Bible Origins and Interpretation, Review of Biblical Literature [http://www.bookreviews.org] (2008).
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