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Dictionary of the Old Testament: Prophets

The IVP Bible Dictionary Series

Edited by Mark J. Boda and J. Gordon McConville

Dictionary of the Old Testament: Prophets
  • Length: 966 pages
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  • Published: May 14, 2013
  • Imprint: IVP Academic
  • Item Code: 9583
  • ISBN: 9780830895830

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With the Dictionary of the Old Testament: Prophets, IVP's Black Dictionary series completes its coverage of the Old Testament canonical books. A true compendium of recent scholarship, the volume includes 115 articles covering all aspects of Isaiah, Jeremiah, Ezekiel, the twelve "minor prophets" and Daniel. Each book's historical, cultural, religious and literary background is thoroughly covered, alongside articles on interpretation history and critical method. Pastors, scholars and students will find this a deep resource for their Old Testament studies.

Reference volumes in the IVP Bible Dictionary Series provide in-depth treatment of biblical and theological topics in an accessible, encyclopedia format, including cross-sectional themes, methods of interpretation, significant historical or cultural background, and each Old and New Testament book as a whole.

"This is a landmark volume on the prophets written by serious scholars intimately familiar with the topics on which they have written. It will serve as a marvelous starting point for much classroom teaching on the prophets as well as for study, research and writing. The bibliographies are incredibly useful and up to date. The articles themselves are well-written and current on the most recent developments in scholarly opinion across the spectrum of historical-critical and theological schools. This volume, like the others in the series, is a treasure trove of good and reliable information."

Richard E. Averbeck, professor of Old Testament and Semitic languages, Trinity Evangelical Divinity School

"IVP's 'Black Dictionaries' are renowned as a primary resource for serious study of the Bible. The volume on the Prophets brings the coverage of the Old Testament canon to completion. Boda and McConville have gathered an exceptional group of both senior and younger contributors who have maintained the superior quality of the articles that has characterized the previous volumes. The scope of the articles is comprehensive, their content profound. All the articles give an up-to-date description of the state of the art on a particular topic, and many make new important contributions. I highly recommend this volume for all students of the Bible, in particular students, clergy and scholars."

Tremper Longman III, Robert H. Gundry Professor of Biblical Studies, Westmont College

"The Dictionary of the Old Testament: Prophets completes IVP's dictionary of the Old Testament with a rich and comprehensive volume on a part of Scripture that intrigues many people. Combining careful research with readability, this is an excellent addition to the libraries of all who wish to learn more about the Bible. Students and pastors in particular will want to make it their first point of reference when working on the prophetic books."

Nathan MacDonald, reader in Old Testament at the University of St. Andrews, research team leader at Göttingen University

"Providing a comprehensive survey of current scholarly opinions on the prophetic books of the Old Testament, Dictionary of the Old Testament: Prophets will be an invaluable resource for both scholars and students for years to come. Drawing together a team of experts--many of whom are highly respected international scholars--Boda and McConville have produced a collection of essays that reflect the dynamic nature of academic research on the Bible today. In the ever-expanding and constantly changing field of biblical studies, this volume can be relied upon to provide a rich reservoir of relevant information in an easily accessible format."

T. Desmond Alexander, senior lecturer in biblical studies and director of postgraduate studies, Union Theological College, Belfast

"I look forward to the publication of the Dictionary of the Old Testament: Prophets with great expectation. The series has already proven itself a wonderful resource for student and professor alike--the range of articles, updated information and high view of Scripture all make these volumes a valuable addition to my shelf. I am confident that the work done by McConville and Boda in the current volume will be the same."

Sandy Richter, professor of Old Testament, Wesley Biblical Seminary

"The advantage of the Dictionary of the Old Testament: Prophets is focus. Attention is paid in a sustained way to the Prophets as a specific literary collection, and the reward is integration and mutual illumination across these varied witnesses. The volume deals with older questions of history, method and culture, and newer concerns with hermeneutics, canon and theological significance. History of interpretation is also provided. This up-to-date resource will prove useful both in the classroom and in the scholarly discussion."

Christopher R. Seitz, Research Professor of Biblical Interpretation, Wycliffe College, University of Toronto

"This eighth volume in the Black Dictionary series continues to provide up-to-date, accessible scholarship in the tradition established by the prior volumes. As has consistently been done in previous volumes, the editors have assembled a stellar cast of contributors to acquaint the reader with information necessary to the understanding of the prophets and the prophetic literature, as well as to the hermeneutical issues and to the conversations current in scholarship. The strength of this and the other volumes in the series is that, while they provide important introductory material, they also offer the reader a remarkable depth that allows a mature and nuanced understanding of the subject matter, thereby surpassing other dictionaries, surveys and even commentaries. Every pastor and scholar should not only add this to their library but should keep it ready to hand for constant use."

John Walton, professor of Old Testament, Wheaton College

"Libraries with significant clientele interested in theological studies will definitely want this work; the previous volumes are highly regarded among scholars in the relevant disciplines."

Patricia D. Lothrop, Library Journal, October 1, 2012

"The immense value that any of the volumes in the Black Dictionary series hold to those engaged in critical study of the Bible is certainly reflected in the current offering, and in instances of repeated articles from previous volumes, one of course will find the most up to date research and references. Boda and McConville have done a marvelous service to the ever-changing and expanding field of study in the OT, and the Dictionary of the Old Testament: Prophets belongs on the shelves of libraries and studies of anyone engaged in the area."

Dan Wu, Journal for the Evangelical Study of the Old Testament, Vol. 1, Issue 1

"DOTP is an excellent resource for the study of the prophetic literature. . . . Preachers as well as scholars who read DOTP will grow in exegetical and theological awareness."

Lee Fields, Journal of the Evangelical Theological Society, January 2014

"The DOTP presents an up to date, reliable, scholarly introduction to issues of relevance for those interested in studying the prophetic books. It contributes a range of perspectives and a precision of focus that make it a valuable asset to personal or professional study."

Katie Heffelfinger, Church of Ireland Journal, Summer 2013

"The dictionary is remarkably comprehensive and up-to-date and should provide a source of reference for many years. It is a book that is to be heartily recommended."

Reg Luhman, Faith and Thought, No. 54, April 2013

"The IVP Dictionary of the Old Testament: Prophets is an excellent reference tool and, along with the rest of the Black Dictionary series, belongs on the shelf of every serious student of the Bible."

Matthew James Hamilton, Bible Study Magazine, May/June 2013

". . . the articles are thoroughly researched, well-organized, and clearly written. . . . The bibliographies following the articles on the major prophets should be especially useful to researchers, biblical scholars, and informed laypeople. Recommended."

W. J. Pankey, CHOICE, February 2013

"I highly recommend this volume, along with the other three, as providing some of the best starting points as summaries for the various issues and Old Testament Theology topics on the books of the prophets."

Roger D. Cotton, Encounter: Journal for Pentecostal Ministry, Summer 2014, Vol. 11

"I warmly recommend the Dictionary of the Old Testament: Prophets to all serious students of the prophetic literature. This dictionary is amazingly rich and resourceful, combining large quantity with high quality, advanced research with accessibility and readability."

Göran Eidevall, The Review of Biblical Literature, June 2013


How to Use This Dictionary
List of Contributors
Dictionary Articles
Scripture Index
Subject Index
Articles Index


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Mark J. Boda is professor of Old Testament at McMaster Divinity College and professor in the Faculty of Theology at McMaster University, Hamilton, Ontario. He is the author of numerous books, including Praying the Tradition and A Severe Mercy, a commentary on 1 2 Chronicles, and studies of Haggai, Zechariah and Malachi. He is coeditor of the Dictionary of the Old Testament: Prophets and Seeking the Favour of God (3 volumes).

J. Gordon McConville

J. Gordon McConville is professor of Old Testament theology at the University of Gloucestershire in Cheltenham, England. He is the author of several books including Exploring the Old Testament, Volume Four: A Guide to the Prophets and a general editor of the Dictionary of the Old Testament: Prophets.