Edited by Invoice T. Arnold and Hugh G. M. Williamson, the Dictionary of the Old Testomony: Historical Books is the second quantity in IVP's Old Testomony dictionary collection. This quantity picks up the place the Dictionary of the Old Testomony: Pentateuch left off–with Joshua and Israel poised to enter the land–and carries us by way of the postexilic interval. Following in the custom of the 4 award-profitable IVP dictionaries targeted on the New Testomony, this encyclopedic work is characterised by in-depth articles targeted on key subjects, many of them written by famous specialists.
The historical past of Israel types the skeletal construction of the Old Testomony. Understanding this historical past and the biblical books that hint it is important to comprehending the Bible. The Dictionary of the Old Testomony: Historical Books is the solely reference book targeted solely on these biblical books and the historical past of Israel.
The dictionary presents articles on quite a few historic subjects in addition to main articles targeted on the books of Joshua, Judges, Samuel, Kings, Chronicles, Ezra and Nehemiah. Different articles give attention to the Deuteronomistic Historical past in addition to the Chronicler's Historical past, the narrative artwork of Israel's historians, innerbiblical exegesis, textual content and textual criticism, and the emergence of these books as canonical. One function is a collection of eight consecutive articles on the durations of Israel's historical past from the settlement to postexilic interval, which type a condensed historical past of Israel inside the DOTHB.
Syro-Palestinian archaeology is surveyed in a single article, whereas vital archaeological websites obtain targeted remedy, often underneath the names of biblical cities and cities resembling Jerusalem and Samaria, Shiloh and Shechem, Dan and Beersheba. Different articles delve into the histories and cultures of the nice neighboring empires–Egypt, Assyria, Babylonia and Persia–in addition to lesser peoples, similar to the Ammonites, Edomites, Moabites, Philistines and Phoenicians. As well as there are articles on structure, Solomon's temple, agriculture and animal husbandry, roads and highways, commerce and journey, and water and water methods.
The languages of Hebrew and Aramaic, in addition to linguistics, every obtain cautious remedy, in addition to the position of scribes and their faculties, and writing and literacy in historic Israel and its environs. The DOTHB additionally canvases the full vary of related extrabiblical written proof, with 5 articles targeted on the numerous non-Israelite written sources in addition to articles on Hebrew inscriptions and historic Close to Japanese iconography.
Articles on interpretive strategies, on hermeneutics and on preaching the Historical Books will help college students and communicators in understanding how this biblical literature has been studied and interpreted, and its correct use in preaching. In the similar vein, theological subjects comparable to God, prayer, religion, forgiveness and righteousness obtain separate remedy.
The historical past of Israel has long been contested territory, however by no means extra so than at present. Very similar to the quest of the historic Jesus, a quest of the historic Israel is underway. At the coronary heart of the quest to know the historical past of Israel and the Old Testomony's Historical Books is the wrestle to return to phrases with the conventions of historic historiography. How did these writers conceive of their activity and to whom have been they writing? Clearly the Old Testomony historians didn’t go about their activity as we might immediately. The divine phrase was incarnated in historic tradition.
Slightly than being a dictionary of fast solutions and straightforward resolutions readily offered, the DOTHB seeks to set out the proof and arguments, permitting a variety of knowledgeable opinion to complement the dialog. On this approach it is hoped that the DOTHB won’t solely inform its readers, however draw them into the debate and equip them to look at the proof for themselves.