If you have ever read, skimmed, or perused the Prophetic books (major and minor) of the Hebrew Bible, then you know the kinds of things found there-confusing images, symbolic language, and difficult passages to translate and practice for today. Some love the Prophets for their call to justice. Others love the Prophets for their prophecy of the coming Messiah. Some love them for these two reasons and a plethora of others. Whatever your reason is, it is difficult to apply some of the texts for today.
The “Dictionary of the Old Testament Prophets” from the InterVarsity Press (IVPress, IVP) is an outstanding resource to have on your bookshelf. I will slowly review the other dictionaries in this series, but suffice it to say if you can get this/these books, do so. Here are a few things you will find in this book:
- Book introductions/outlines
- Different forms of criticisms
- Definitions of theological doctrines (e.g., faith in the Hebrew Bible)
- So much more
The prophets can be confusing at times, even enigmatic, but this resource helps to clarify some of these obscure statements and make them clear for the student of the text. It is also nice to have a book where biblical scholarship is compiled and one only need to open this book to find information. In addition to the wealth of information, I appreciate that I do not have to search the breadth of the internet to find what I need. I have it in one resource (though the internet can certainly prove helpful). Add this book, and all of the other dictionaries, to your bookshelf.
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