Pocket Dictionary of Biblical Studies: Over 300 Terms Clearly  Concisely Defined, By Arthur G. Patzia and Anthony J. Petrotta

Pocket Dictionary of Biblical Studies

Over 300 Terms Clearly Concisely Defined

The IVP Pocket Reference Series

by Arthur G. Patzia and Anthony J. Petrotta

Pocket Dictionary of Biblical Studies
  • Length: 128 pages
  • Dimensions: 4.25 × 7 in
  • Published: May 02, 2002
  • Imprint: IVP Academic
  • Item Code: 1467
  • ISBN: 9780830814671

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So many words about the Word. The study of anything seems to generate its own special vocabulary, and biblical studies is no different. What's more, it's got nearly a two-thousand-year lead on you! How can you catch up? Here is the answer!

If you are puzzled by parataxis or rankled by recensions, the Pocket Dictionary of Biblical Studies is the companion you need. Whether you are studying Old Testament or New Testament or both at once, this little book is your private tutor, your ever-ready guide to over three hundred biblical-studies terms. Here's your glossary for reading course textbooks, your decoder for listening to lectures, your review sheet for cramming for finals and your "help" key for writing research papers.

Among the more than 300 terms defined you'll discover

  • types of biblical criticism, from genre criticism to tradition criticism
  • Greek and Latin terms, from agrapha to vaticinium ex eventu
  • German terms, from Fr├╝hkatholizismus to Wissenschaft
  • ancient texts, from Aleppo Codex to Zadokite Document
  • literary features, from acrostic to woe oracle
  • theories, from the Augustinian hypothesis to the Yahwist source
  • textual criticism terms, from codex to Western text

Written by Arthur G. Patzia and Anthony J. Petrotta, two biblical studies professors who know what you need to know, Pocket Dictionary of Biblical Studies will be your essential guide into a fascinating world of understanding.

Designed for students and pastors alike, the short and accessible volumes in the IVP Pocket Reference Series will help you tackle the study of biblical languages, church history, apologetics, world religions, Christian spirituality, ethics, theology, and more.


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Arthur G. Patzia

Arthur G. Patzia (PhD, McMaster University) is senior professor of New Testament at Fuller Theological Seminary of Northern California. He is also the author of Ephesians, Colossians, Philemon in the New International Bible Commentary series.

Anthony J. Petrotta (Ph.D., University of Sheffield) teaches Old Testament at Fuller Seminary, Northern California. He is an Episcopal priest and since 2005 has served as Rector of St. Francis of Assisi Church, Wilsonville, Oregon.