As with the other dictionaries in this series, the IVP Dictionary of the Old Testament: Pentateuch represents the best of evangelical scholarship available today on this area of the study. The articles focus on both the biblical text and the conversation about that text among contemporary scholars. All articles were written exclusively for this dictionary and inform and challenge with authoritative overviews, detailed examinations and new insights from the world of the ancient Near East. Includes hundreds of cross-references and extensive bibliographies.
Posted on: October 5th, 2012 by Michelle Stramel 2 Comments
The Dictionary of Paul and His Letters is part of the award-winning IVP Dictionary Series, presenting current evangelical thought on on Pauline theology, literature, background and scholarship.
The Dictionary of Paul and His Letters offers over 200 articles covering individual theological themes (such as law, resurrection and Son of God), broad theological topics (such as Christology, eschatology and the death of Christ), methods of interpretation (such as rhetorical criticism and social-scientific approaches), background topics (such as apocalypticism, Hellenism and Qumran) and various other subjects specifically related to the scholarly study of Pauline theology and literature. Separate articles are also devoted to each of the Pauline letters to hermeneutics and to preaching Paul today.
From Library Journal:
“A collection of 200 well-written, thorough, and informed articles on Pauline themes from Abraham to justification to wrath; epistles, as well as relevant critical and background issues such as Hellenism; social-scientific research; and the canonicity of the epistles. Among the members of the international team of 108 contributors are prominent contemporary evangelical scholars. Several of them have written extensively elsewhere on the topics they present here (James Dunn on Romans, F.F. Bruce on Paul in Acts, and Ben Witherington on Christology). The scholarship evident behind the articles is not presented at the expense of readability. Thus, this work is accessible to both scholarly and lay readers…” – Craig W. Beard, Univ. of Alabama at Birmingham Lib. (Copyright 1993 Reed Business Information, Inc.)
Posted on: September 22nd, 2012 by Michelle Stramel 3 Comments
You wouldn’t go on a long trip without taking a good map or atlas. In the same way, it’s good to have some maps when you’re travelling through the Bible. The events of the Bible take place in an area that is unfamiliar territory to most of us. And in certain parts of the Bible where many cities, mountains, countries and territories are mentioned (the Pentateuch and Acts come to mind), a map is indispensable. One of the best resources for seeing the places you are reading about while in PocketBible is our Bible Maps product.
Bible Maps is a set of 13 vector-based color maps covering the major events of the Bible. The product also includes a dictionary of place names with descriptions for over 350 cities, sites and locations. With the Bible Maps and Maps Dictionary open in PocketBible, you can simply tap on a place name (i.e. city, river, mountain range) to view the related article. If you are using PocketBible for Windows, you can hover over the place name with your mouse to see the dictionary article.
You can also connect to more in-depth articles on the places of the Bible from your maps by opening a PocketBible Bible Dictionary (i.e. Tyndale Bible Dictionary, New Bible Dictionary, Nelsons New Illustrated Bible Dictionary – each sold separately) instead of the Maps dictionary. Then when you tap (or hover) on a place name, the article that comes up will be from your Bible Dictionary. PocketBible will use what is open. If you like to have multiple dictionaries open, you can set a “Preferred Dictionary” in PocketBible to make sure it looks in your favorite first.
Of course, we usually start our Bible study with the Bible and not a map. It’s when you are reading a passage such as Matthew 11:20-21 that you think about how nice it would be to see the places mentioned on a map: “Then Jesus began to denounce the cities in which most of his miracles had been performed, because they did not repent. ‘Woe to you, Korazin! Woe to you, Bethsaida! If the miracles that were performed in you had been performed in Tyre and Sidon, they would have repented long ago in sackcloth and ashes.” You can hold-down (or right-click) on any of the cities mentioned in this passage and choose to “Look up” the city. This will take you to your Preferred Dictionary (if set) or to the first dictionary that has an article available. I have my preferred dictionary set to the Bible Maps dictionary. Then when I am taken to an article, I can choose a relevant map to see the cities in context of what I’m reading. You could also set the Bible Maps themselves to be your preferred dictionary which would take you directly to a map and then link to map articles from the map itself (tap on the city name).
Below is a screencast video of using the Bible Maps in PocketBible for iPad.
If you have any questions on using Bible maps, feel free to leave a comment.
Posted on: July 31st, 2012 by Michelle Stramel 2 Comments
Why should you take the time to learn more about the culture and land of the biblical world? The answer is simple: doing so will revolutionize what you see when reading your Bible. The Zondervan Dictionary of Biblical Imagery, now available for PocketBible, offers a fascinating and inspiring portal to the biblical world.
As the Holy Spirit led the inspired authors of the Bible to write, He also led them to fill the pages of the Bible with vibrant images drawn from the culture, natural history, and landscape around them. Using such vivid imagery as looms, donkeys, water cisterns, grapes, sackcloth, and shepherds makes what they say both more beautiful and more memorable. These images stimulate our imagination, animate our interest, and make the abstract clearer.
Today we live in a world of smartphones, grocery stores and airplanes, and these illustrations are unlikely to relate to our everyday life. As students of the Bible, we need someone to explain both the meaning and significance of the imagery found in the biblical text which is exactly what the Zondervan Dictionary of Biblical Imagery does.
Entries explain images that correspond to a cultural artifact from the biblical world (such as arrow or sandal), a component of natural history (such as fox or fig tree), a named place (such as Mount Sinai or Nazareth), or a component of the Promised Land’s physical geography (such as mountain or wilderness). Each entry contains a description of the element or image, examples of how the image is used in the biblical text, and appropriate black and white photographs and maps that further illustrate the ideas presented.
Posted on: May 30th, 2012 by Michelle Stramel 1 Comment
Christian Spirituality. Spiritual Formation. Spiritual Theology. All have become important concepts in the global evangelical community. The Dictionary of Christian Spirituality, now available for PocketBible and MyBible, is an accessible and reliable academic resource for information on the full range of Christian traditions of spirituality. It is also attentive to otherwise neglected topics, concerns, and formative figures in the evangelical tradition of spirituality.
Part One of the dictionary gives you 34 “integrative perspective” essays that provide insight into the major themes of Christian spirituality. Part Two of the dictionary provides nearly seven hundred shorter length articles on historical Christian movements, biographical profiles, and other concepts and topics pertinent to the study of Christian spirituality. The articles offer a discerning orientation to the wealth of ecumenical resources available, exploring the similarities and differences between Christianity and alternate spiritualties. All in all a singular reference filled with informative, interesting articles on Christian spirituality that you won’t find elsewhere.
The Dictionary of Christian Spirituality sells for $31.99 and can be used with PocketBible for iOS, Android, Windows PC and Windows Mobile. It is also available for use with MyBible for Palm OS.
The dictionary is a comprehensive reference tool designed to help you understand biblical prophecy. Based on solid scholarship, it contains clear and readable entries on a broad sweep of topics relevant to biblical prophecy, providing insight to complicated subjects in a balanced fashion. Articles are arranged from A to Z for easy navigation. Topics covered include everything you would expect and more such as Abomination of Desolation, Gog and Magog, Great White Throne Judgement, Thousand-Year Reign and United Nations.