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Dictionary of the Old Testament: Wisdom, Poetry and Writings
Enns, Peter and Tremper Longman III, editors

Downer's Grove, Ill.: InterVarsity Press, 2008 pp. xxiv + 966. $50.00


Description: 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 and 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.

Subjects: Bible, Hebrew Bible/Old Testament, Wisdom Literature, Writings, Literature

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Review by Francis Dalrymple-Hamilton
Published 6/6/2009
Citation: Francis Dalrymple-Hamilton, review of Tremper Longman III and Peter Enns, eds., Dictionary of the Old Testament: Wisdom, Poetry and Writings, Review of Biblical Literature [http://www.bookreviews.org] (2009).


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