Tuesday, January 1, 2008

Back in Black: IVP is at it again!

Over the years a set of wonderful resources has helped many seminarian through the minefield that can be Biblical Studies. I a referring to of course the IVP 'Black' series. I own each one that has been released thus far.

The latest in the series is on the way! The Dictionary of the Old Testament: Wisdom, Poetry & Writings edited by Tremper Longman and Peter Enns is due out in June of this year. Once again, the dictionary appears substantial--another 1,000 pages. Here is a quick blurb:

The third OT volume in this celebrated series offers nearly 150 articles covering Job, Proverbs, Ecclesiastes, Psalms, Song of Songs, Lamentations, Ruth, and Esther. Special features include well-rounded discussion of the literary dimensions of Hebrew poetry, prose, and Israelite wisdom literature; plus commentary on hermeneutics; feminist interpretation; form, historical, and rhetorical criticism; book introductions; and more.

I hope that IVP plans on updating the first two volumes fairly soon. The Jesus and the Gospels volume is 16 years old while the Paul volume is nearly 15 years old. Don't get me wrong, the volumes are still immensely valuable, but the bibliographies could use some updating, along with the articles themselves.

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