Logos Bible Software | New International Dictionary of OT Theology and Exegesis (5 vols.) @Logos @Zondervan

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Product Overview (Logos Bible Software edition)

The New International Dictionary of Old Testament Theology and Exegesis contains more than 3,000 separate articles, written by more than 200 scholars from twenty-four countries and more than one hundred academic institutions! This massive 5-volume Old Testament reference work contains articles on the theology of each individual Old Testament book, as well as discussions of biblical concepts, people, places, events, and literary pieces. Volume five contains a series of indexes: a Hebrew index, subject index, and an index of semantic fields. Taken as a whole, the New International Dictionary of Old Testament Theology and Exegesis is an unparalleled accomplishment in the field of biblical hermeneutics.

The New International Dictionary of Old Testament Theology and Exegesis is intended for serious Old Testament and exegetical study by men and women of all walks of life—both academics and pastors, students and laypersons. Volume one contains a guide to Old Testament theology and exegesis in which ten essays have been compiled to thoroughly explain proper hermeneutics and interpretation, as well as guidelines for using this source material. Volumes one through four contain a lexicon of the Old Testament. All words found in the text are ordered by Hebrew alphabetization for easy reference, and coupled with a Goodrich/Kohlenberger cross-referencing number to be used in conjunction with Strong’s numbering system. The relationship of each word in different contexts and languages is also explained, including alternative words, and the particulars of their semantic domain. All this information is, of course, complete with bibliography.

With this collection and the powerful tools of your digital library, you can perform searches faster than ever, accomplish complex research projects without flipping pages, and discover the significance and meaning of Old Testament theological concepts like never before! What’s more, references to Old Testament passages are linked to your Hebrew texts and English translations, giving you instant access to the texts discussed in each entry of the New International Dictionary of Old Testament Theology and Exegesis. The Logos edition of the New International Dictionary of Old Testament Theology and Exegesis provides a unique and accessible source of information, invaluable to ministers, teachers, and anyone interested in both the study and teaching of the Bible.

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Key Features

  • Guide to Old Testament theology and exegesis
  • Lexical dictionary
  • Topical dictionary
  • Hebrew index
  • Index of semantic fields

Highlights & My Thoughts

I was first introduced to the New International Dictionary of the Old Testament & Exegesis (NIDOTTE) while studying at Wheaton College Graduate School. I was studying Biblical Exegesis (M.A.) and we would refer to this resource when seeking out particular nuances of ancient terms. On account of the variety of authors, the insights that NIDOTTE offers is beyond that of other dictionaries. I would argue that the greatest of aspects to highlight from this collection is not the array of scholars who contribute but the articles found at the beginning of the dictionary set. I would contest that you could be exposed to the majority of what I learned at Wheaton just by spending time reading through these articles (and you’ll still learn the models of interpretation DIRECTLY from the experts in the field, just like I did). I tell anyone interested in this series that the articles themselves are worth the price point. AND WITH THE LOGOS VERSION, I can search the entire list of articles and dictionary entries in just seconds!

john walton logos bible softwareFor example, I remembered that Dr. John Walton wrote one of the articles on word studies but I could not remember what it was called. By specifying a particular resource to search through, I can find all the entires that Dr. Walton had a hand in creating. I can do the same for topics, Scriptures, or anything else for that matter.

While the resource is available both printed and digitally, I would encourage anyone looking to use it heavily to consider the digital version. 5,412 pages with more than 3,000 separate articles saved on your computer and fully searchable — that is the power of having the digital addition. In the image at the top of this article, I included a few other resources that I always consider when looking to understand an ancient concept (i.e., HALOT, Anchor Yale Bible Dictionary). The New International Dictionary is unique in that it unpacks words according to the articles that they provide their readers. You can read from the experts about how to use Biblical Theology to understand Old Testament concepts and then you can walk through the Hebrew word itself in its own article that contains word studies, insights from the ANE and so much more.

I’d encourage you to either add it to your Logos Bible Software wishlist or make the purchase today in order to gain more insight into the ancient world of the Hebrew language.

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Book Review: Interpreting the General Letters by Herbert Bateman

Interpreting Letters book review kregel batemanThis handbook is designed as a step-by-step approach for analyzing and communicating eight letters of the New Testament: Hebrews, James, the Petrine Letters, the Johannine Letters, and Jude. Interpreting the General Letters provides important background material for these books’ interpretation by exploring the types and component parts of letter writing, the importance of an amanuensis; the historical background of the Greco-Roman world, and implications of each of these factors for interpreting the general letters.

This foundation is followed by a discussion of the theology of the general letters. Specific consideration is given to the era of promise in Hebrew Scriptures, the era of fulfillment as underscored in the general letters, and how the theology of each letter contributes to the overall canon of Scripture.

Finally, Bateman provides nine steps that move from interpretation to communication: three steps for preparing to interpret the letters, three for interpreting, and finally three for communicating the letters. All explanations include examples in order to develop a student’s or pastor’s skills for accurate interpretation and convicting communication of God’s Word.

  • Series: Handbooks for New Testament Exegesis
  • Paperback: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Kregel Academic (November 7, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0825427681
  • ISBN-13: 978-0825427688
Bateman presents a thorough process for exegesis of the Greek text of these letters, with examples and insights into the text that reinforce the value of doing the hard work of exegesis. This is a valuable introductory tool for students who are learning how to interpret the General Letters and a trustworthy guide for pastors. W. Edward Glenny, Professor of New Testament and Greek, University of Northwestern—St. Paul

About the Author

Herbert W. Bateman IV (PhD, Dallas Th eological Seminary) has taught Greek language and exegesis for more than twenty years. He is the  Author or editor of many works on the General Epistles, includingCharts on the Book of Hebrews, Four Views on the Warning Passages in Hebrews, and a forthcoming commentary on Jude and 2 Peter.

Summary

Not that much of a summary is necessary, Bateman IV walks through the epistles known as the “General Letters.” Those letters include Hebrews, James, 1 & 2 Peter, 1, 2 & 3 John, and the book of Jude. Given that the majority of the New Testament is epistolary, Bateman first rightly lays the groundwork for interpreting letters (as opposed to historical or apocalyptic writ). Following his discussion of the Genre of the General Letters, Bateman speaks to the Background of the Letters (the Greco-Roman world, the Judean-Roman relationship to the letters, and appropriate implications for interpretation). Having walked through the genre and historical backdrop of the letters, Bateman journeys through what I believe is the most important of topics for himself – the Theology of the General Letters. I say that because, for Bateman, it is not the genre or the history that frames how the letters are to be interpreted and applied, the theological trajectory of the letters are of utmost importance. Bateman sets the General Letters in their theological, redemptive, Biblical place (i.e., Era of Promise in the Hebrew Scriptures, Era of Fulfillment in the General Letters, & the Individual Theologies of the General Epistles).

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Even having journeyed through theological trajectories (from era of fulfillment to Jesus’ sacrificial death across epistles), Bateman provides more groundwork for those wishing to understand, teach, and/or preach the General Letters. The following is a nine step process to interpreting and expositing the text: Before teaching others, we must first get time wrestling with the Greek itself and Bateman displays important points in which to grapple with the Greek text itself as you Initiate a Translation (Step 1). Having distinguished the translation, Bateman provides a cursory discussion of (major) Interpretive Issues (Step 2) and Textual Problems (Step 3). Once you have prepared to interpret you can now move on to the three steps of actually interpreting the text: Interpreting Structure (Step 4); Interpreting Style, Syntax, Semantics (Step 5); Interpreting Greek Words (Step 6).

What concludes the book, which comprises of nearly thirty pages, is the exposition of the text found in the General Letters. Bateman provides two examples, one from Jude and one from Hebrews 10, in which the process is seen in full from interpretation to exposition.

My Thoughts

My thoughts? Well my thoughts always boil down to whether or not this book is sound and whether or not this book is useful — and both point to a big fat YES. Kregel Academic is well known for producing wonderful, Biblically-sound material. And H. Bateman IV has been immersed in the world of New Testament exegesis for over twenty years. Not only is the material within the pages worth its weight in gold (and worth far more than many New Testament higher education exegesis courses on this subject matter charge you), but there is addition help on the books and subjects at the close of the book. The glossary, bibliography, as well as suggested commentaries and sources all point the studier to a deeper journey into the world of the General Letters. If you have an interest in digging into the General Letters, I would start the discussion here before moving on to exhaustive commentaries. The Handbook series as a whole is wonderful and this resource does not disappoint.

Monday Minute: The Psalms, Language for All Seasons of the Soul @MoodyPublishers

4405_ThePsalms_Bookcover_Final8-12.inddThis collection of essays on the Psalms by distinguished Old Testament
scholars is a snapshot of the most current scholarly work on the Psalter. The
book is divided into five sections that:

1) give an overview of Psalms studies in the 21st century;

2) discuss psalms of praise;

3) explore psalms of lament;

4) look at the big picture of the Psalter as a book; and

5) present sermons on the Psalms that are models of evangelical engagement with the text.

A Select Bibliography for Psalms Study is included at the end of the book.

Language for All Seasons of the Soul brings together essays from eighteen Old Testament scholars discussing the latest in Psalms scholarship and applying exegetical insights to the life of faith.These essays explore the full range of emotion expressed in thePsalms—from elation to distress—while weaving together observations from biblical scholarship and theology. The reader will gain valuable insights into how the Psalms speak to his or her soul.

Andrew J Schmutzer (Editor), David M. Howard Jr (Editor), Robert L. Cole (Contributor), David A Ridder (Contributor), Willem A VanGemeren (Contributor), Bruce K. Waltke (Contributor), C. Hassell Bullock (Contributor), Francis Kimmitt (Contributor), Robert B Chisholm Jr. (Contributor), Michael Ernest Travers (Contributor), Walter C Kaiser Jr. (Contributor), Allen P. Ross (Contributor), Daniel J. Estes (Contributor), Randall X. Gauthier (Contributor),Michael K. Snearly (Contributor), Tremper Longman III (Contributor), Mark D. Futato (Contributor), John Piper (Contributor)

Review: Levison’s Inspired: The Holy Spirit and the Mind of Faith @nearemmaus @eerdmansbooks

Looks to me like a text worth picking up – do you have any thoughts after reading this snippet from the review?

John R. (Jack) Levison is no stranger to writing about the holy spirit. He has written articles, essays, and influential books such as The Spirit in First-Century Judaism (1997) and Filled with the Spirit (2009). In 2012 he ventured in writing for a popular audience with Fresh Air: The Holy Spirit for an Inspired Life. In that book he said of himself, “I am one of those Christians, you see, who has one foot in the mainline Protestant church and one in Pentecostalism, more or less (p. 3).” Levison is a Professor of New Testament at Seattle Pacific University, an institution associated with the United Methodist Church, yet he often talks of the holy spirit like a charismatic or a Pentecostal. Likewise, Levison has one foot in the academy where most of his research has led him to ask what people thought of spirit in ancient Israelite, Graeco-Roman, Jewish, and Christian contexts and another foot in the Church where he has applied pastoral sensitivity when speaking to people about the reality of the holy spirit in our every day lives. There are few people as qualified as Levison to write a book that aims to bridge the gap between the holy spirit as a charismatic endowment and the holy spirit as a cultivated reality resident within us all (if this language seems strange consider the Christian Doctrine of the imago Dei which we might say is recognized most fully in Christ, is being restored and renewed in Christians, yet resides within each and every human being). Can ecstatic, emotional experiences of spirit be reconciled with discipline, learning, and ethics? Levison says “yes” and goes to work making his case from a variety of angles. […]

Review: Against the Gods by John Currid @CrosswayBooks

Official Description:

Did the Old Testament writers borrow ideas from their pagan neighbors? And if they did, was it done uncritically? A respected Old Testament scholar and archaeologist engages with this controversial question by carefully comparing the biblical text to other ancient Near Eastern documents. Well-researched and thoughtfully nuanced, Currid aims to outline the precise relationship between the biblical worldview and that of Israel’s neighbors.

Paperback: 160 pages
Publisher: Crossway (August 31, 2013)


Endorsements

“A clearly written account of a centrally important issue—the influence (or not) of ancient Near Eastern thought upon Old Testament writers. John Currid’s books and commentaries have proven invaluable, and in this additional volume, his thorough research, theological acumen, and nuanced argumentation makes it an essential requirement for ministers, theological students, and serious students of Scripture. This is an invaluable aid in furthering our understanding of the Old Testament and a loud affirmation of the Bible’s utter trustworthiness and inerrancy. A marvelous book.”
—Derek Thomas, Minister of Preaching and Teaching, First Presbyterian Church, Columbia, South Carolina; Professor of Systematic Theology and Historical Theology, Reformed Theological Seminary, Atlanta

“This is a splendid introduction to the use that the Old Testament makes of the religious ideas of Israel’s ancient neighbors. Currid compares the biblical accounts of creation and the flood with the versions from neighboring cultures and shows how the Bible puts down and rejects the theological ideas of Babylon, Egypt, the Hittites, and the Canaanites. This process, which Currid terms ‘polemical theology’, serves to demonstrate the unique sovereignty of the God of Israel. This is a very positive approach to the issues raised by the extrabiblical parallels and is greatly preferable to seeing the parallels as showing the Bible as simply borrowed pagan ideas and myths.”
—Gordon Wenham, Adjunct Professor, Old Testament, Trinity College, Bristol, England

“In this vital work John Currid presents an enormously useful approach to understanding the relationship of the Old Testament to the literature and thought of Israel’s ancient Near Eastern neighbors. This book is certainly a must read for any Old Testament scholar, yet it also provides a relevant and readable introduction for every student of Scripture.”
—David W. Chapman, Professor of New Testament and Archaeology, Covenant Theological Seminary; author, Ancient Jewish and Christian Perceptions of Crucifixion

“A rising influential voice in Old Testament studies is asserting that the biblical worldview, while monotheistic, often parallels and at times pirates with minimal discrimination the pre-enlightened religious ideas and rituals of ancient Israel’s neighbors. In contrast, John Currid persuasively demonstrates in Against the Gods that the Bible’s tendency is not to appropriate but to dispute and repudiate pagan myths, ideas, identities, and customs. This important introduction to Old Testament polemical theology provides a balanced corrective to many current comparative studies.”
—Jason S. DeRouchie, Associate Professor of Old Testament, Bethlehem College and Seminary

“If you’re like me, you need to know a lot more about biblical backgrounds and how to think about them. John Currid’s Against the Gods is a great place to start.”
—James M. Hamilton Jr., Associate Professor of Biblical Theology, The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary; author, God’s Glory in Salvation through Judgment

About the Author
JOHN D. CURRID is the Carl McMurray Professor of Old Testament at Reformed Theological Seminary in Charlotte, North Carolina, and the author of several books and Old Testament commentaries. A PhD graduate in Syro-Palestinian archaeology (University of Chicago), he has extensive archaeological field experience from projects throughout Israel and Tunisia.

Summary

Currid provides a very short book that introduces the most popular of Biblical texts that have “obvious” ancient Near East parallels. Though 160 pages, I say very short because there has been a number of longer books, written most likely for a different audience, on the same topic. Allow me to walk through a quick summary of the book itself:

Prologue – Currid lays out the purpose for writing this text. What may he say the purpose of AGAINST THE GODS is? He seeks to provide insight into the largely debated question, “What precisely is the relationship of the Old Testament to ancient Near Eastern literature?” (p. 9) It is in the prologue that the question is asked but it is throughout the entire short book that the question is answered.

Brief History of Ancient Near Eastern Studies – The title of this chapter says it all. The scholars devoted to this expertise, the study of ancient Near Eastern cultures and their relationship to the Old Testament Scriptures, is not as dated as many may think. Currid walks readers down the path of the last century or so of the fields’ development (starting as early as the 18th century with Herodotus).

The Nature of Polemical Thought and Writing – Before digging too deeply into the relationship between the different ancient people-groups and their stories, Currid finds it especially important to dedicate a portion of his book to the subject of polemical writing. “Polemical theology is the use by biblical writers of the thought forms and stories that were common in ancient Near Eastern culture, while filling them with radically new meaning.” (p. 25) Currid unpacks this concept before leading his readers through numerous incredible stories.

The chapters that follow Currid’s introduction to ancient Near Eastern studies and polemical theology each approach a specific story alongside that of its Old Testament counterpart. Rather than unpacking each chapter (and spoiling the fun of his work and your reading), I will list them for you now:

Genesis 1 and Other Ancient Near Eastern Creation Accounts

Ancient Near Eastern Flood Accounts and the Noahic Deluge of Genesis 6-9

Joseph, the Tale of the Two Brothers, and the “Spurned Seductress” Motif

The Birth of the Deliverer

The Flights of Sinuhe and Moses

Who is “I AM THAT I AM”? Exodus 3 and the Egyptian Book of the Heavenly Cow

The Rod of Moses

The Parting of the Waters of the Red Sea

The final chapter is entitled Canaanite Motifs and, because of the great number of parallels, Currid goes into great detail concerning this hot topic. “The question is, of course,does this evolutionary, syncretistic understanding of the origin of Yahweh truly fit the evidence? Is Yahweh really a mere mutation of the Canaanite gods El and Baal? Are there not other ways to explain the many parallels?”

Review

In closing, Currid admits that polemical theology is not the home run answer to all of the “borrowing” issues that we find in the Old Testament. Polemical theology is merely a lens of many that we mustn’t forget when considering the “true meaning” of a passage (particularly alongside great stories of old, like the Gilgamesh Epic).

After spending a great deal of time in the Biblical Exegesis program alongside Dr. John Walton (Wheaton College Graduate School), I cannot commend this book enough to anybody who wants to better understand the Old Testament. Though I do not fully agree with every stance that Currid takes, I would say that this book is of incredible assistance to the Bible reading community as whole (if you are an “academic” but most importantly if you are a “layperson”). Bottom line is, the Old Testament was not written in a vacuum. God’s people did not scribe our Bible without the worldviews of its neighbors, in some form or fashion (or both), influencing their (our) literature. I strongly encourage you to pick up a copy of this book.

**Provided free from Crossway Books with my promise to share an unbiased review.

Review: Evangelical Theology by Michael Bird @Zondervan @JenniferGuo

Review snippet provided by Jennifer Guo.

“Michael Bird has written a masterful, significant, and unique contribution to the world of introductory systematics texts. This is a gospel-soaked volume from beginning to end, with the evangel ever at the helm – this is the primary unique strength of this volume. The other strength lies in the fact that Bird skillfully achieves a great balance between exegesis and engagement with church history (as well as contemporary debates. Rob Bell even gets a mention in the section on hell).  Amongst ample Scripture references you find quotations from the Patristics all the way to Piper. This volume is a canonical and creedal tour de force. Because of these two significant unique strengths, I believe this is a text that every evangelical needs. It is a necessary complement to whatever systematic theology texts you may already own.”

Michael F. Bird. Evangelical Theology: A Biblical and Systematic IntroductionGrand Rapids, MI: Zondervan, 2013. 912 pp. $49.99.

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