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The Oxford companion to the Bible [electronic resource] /
edited by Bruce M. Metzger, Michael D. Coogan.
imprint
New York : Oxford University Press, 1993.
description
xxi, 874 p. : col. maps ; 25 cm.
ISBN
0195046455 (acid-free paper) :
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Book
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New York : Oxford University Press, 1993.
isbn
0195046455 (acid-free paper) :
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Licensed for access by U. of T. users.
catalogue key
8021656
 
Includes bibliographical references (p. 831-833) and indexes.
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Full Text Reviews
Appeared in Choice on 1994-07:
More than 700 signed entries alphabetically arranged provide information on the development of the Bible, its transmission and circulation, the Biblical world, Biblical concepts, and the interpretation of the Bible through history from Christian, Jewish, and Muslim perspectives. What sets this volume apart is the attention given to the influence of the Bible in Western culture. For example, there are articles on such subjects as Marx and the Bible, women and the Bible, and the influence of the Bible on literature, dance, law, music, and science. More than 250 renowned scholars from 20 countries contributed interesting, readable entries that range in length from a quarter of a page to several pages. The editors have allowed contributors to present their own judgments without imposing an artificial consensus. A separate entry for any Biblical book or part of a book recognized as canonical by a community is included. "See also" references are starred; 14 color maps and an index of place names make the volume even more useful. Highly recommended for general and academic libraries needing a one-volume source presenting the results of recent scholarly Biblical study. D. Bourquin; California State University, San Bernardino
Appeared in Library Journal on 1993-09-15:
This latest Oxford Companion contains more than 700 signed entries treating the formation, transmission, circulation, sociohistorical situation, interpretation, theology, uses, and influence of the Bible. Despite its dictionary arrangement and the encyclopedic nature of many of its entries, this volume does not fit the mold of standard Bible dictionaries and encyclopedias, which focus primarily on the Bible and on means of understanding it in context. Unlike them, this companion aims to ``trace the Bible's ongoing significance in such areas as the arts, law, politics, and literature.'' Entries written by over 250 leading international scholars reflect the current state of biblical scholarship. Topics are generally well selected, though it is not clear why Mormonism and Christian Science are the only nontraditional Christian groups treated, nor why the Scofield Reference Bible is the only special edition of the Bible considered separately. Still, this well-written, authoritative work will be particularly useful to general readers and to students and scholars working in non-biblical fields.-- Craig W. Beard, Univ. of Alabama at Birmingham Lib. (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.
Reviews
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"Entries written by over 250 leading international scholars reflect the current state of biblical scholarship....Well written, authoritative...will be particularly useful to general readers and to students and scholars in nonbiblical fields."--Library Journal
"For those forward-minded students already poised for college days, here'sa crash course on getting ahead. Before having trouble with Milton in paradiseor struggling eternally in Dante's Inferno, plan to place a copy of the OxfordCompanion to the Bible in the trunk along with other academic lifesavers."--TheDallas Morning News
"For those forward-minded students already poised for college days, here's a crash course on getting ahead. Before having trouble with Milton in paradise or struggling eternally in Dante's Inferno, plan to place a copy of the Oxford Companion to the Bible in the trunk along with other academiclifesavers."--The Dallas Morning News
"Generous biblical maps, even-handed entries, a thorough index and someincisive long articles make this a blessing."--The Philadelphia Inquirer
"Generous biblical maps, even-handed entries, a thorough index and some incisive long articles make this a blessing."--The Philadelphia Inquirer
"Provides the general reader with an affordable, authoritativeintroduction to the Bible. Over 700 articles from 250 contributors reflect awide range of denominations and current scholarship in the field. Though theform is that of a traditional alphabetic dictionary with the expected articleson the people, places, books of the Bible and matters of faith, there is, as theeditors put it, 'sustained and systematic attention' to the Bible's continuousinfluence in other areas of life including the arts, literature, law, politicspopular culture, and even science."--American Libraries
"Provides the general reader with an affordable, authoritative introduction to the Bible. Over 700 articles from 250 contributors reflect a wide range of denominations and current scholarship in the field. Though the form is that of a traditional alphabetic dictionary with the expectedarticles on the people, places, books of the Bible and matters of faith, there is, as the editors put it, 'sustained and systematic attention' to the Bible's continuous influence in other areas of life including the arts, literature, law, politics popular culture, and even science."--AmericanLibraries
"Should be on the reference shelf of every decent library and, given its modest price, serious readers of the Bible will be well tempted to acquire a copy."--Commonweal
"The Oxford Companion to the Bible is excellent, packed with solid information soberly and carefully presented, a reliable guide to an intricate subject."--The Very Reverend Professor Henry Chadwick, Ex-master of Peterhouse College, Cambridge University
"Provides the general reader with an affordable, authoritative introduction to the Bible. Over 700 articles from 250 contributors reflect a wide range of denominations and current scholarship in the field. Though the form is that of a traditional alphabetic dictionary with the expected articles on the people, places, books of the Bible and matters of faith, there is, as the editors put it, 'sustained and systematic attention' to the Bible's continuousinfluence in other areas of life including the arts, literature, law, politics popular culture, and even science."--American Libraries"Generous biblical maps, even-handed entries, a thorough index and some incisive long articles make this a blessing."--The Philadelphia Inquirer"For those forward-minded students already poised for college days, here's a crash course on getting ahead. Before having trouble with Milton in paradise or struggling eternally in Dante's Inferno, plan to place a copy of the Oxford Companion to the Bible in the trunk along with other academic lifesavers."--The Dallas Morning News"Should be on the reference shelf of every decent library and, given its modest price, serious readers of the Bible will be well tempted to acquire a copy."--Commonweal"The Oxford Companion to the Bible is excellent, packed with solid information soberly and carefully presented, a reliable guide to an intricate subject."--The Very Reverend Professor Henry Chadwick, Ex-master of Peterhouse College, Cambridge University"Entries written by over 250 leading international scholars reflect the current state of biblical scholarship....Well written, authoritative...will be particularly useful to general readers and to students and scholars in nonbiblical fields."--Library Journal
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Library Journal, September 1993
Booklist, December 1993
Choice, July 1994
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Summaries
Main Description
The Bible has had an immeasurable influence on Western culture, touching on virtually every aspect of our lives. It is one of the great wellsprings of Western religious, ethical, and philosophical traditions. It has been an endless source of inspiration to artists, from classic works such asMichaelangelo's Last Judgment, Handel's Messiah, or Milton's Paradise Lost, to modern works such as Thomas Mann's Joseph and His Brothers or Martin Scorsese's controversial Last Temptation of Christ. For countless generations, it has been a comfort in suffering, a place to reflect on the mysteriesof birth, death, and immortality. Its stories and characters are an integral part of the repertoire of every educated adult, forming an enduring bond that spans thousands of years and embraces a vast community of believers and nonbelievers. The Oxford Companion to the Bible provides an authoritative one-volume reference to the people, places, events, books, institutions, religious belief, and secular influence of the Bible. Written by more than 250 scholars from some 20 nations and embracing a wide variety of perspectives, theCompanion offers over seven hundred entries, ranging from brief identifications--who is Dives? where is Pisgah?--to extensive interpretive essays on topics such as the influence of the Bible on music or law. Ranging far beyond the scope of a traditional Bible dictionary, the Companion features, in addition to its many informative, factual entries, an abundance of interpretive essays. Here are extended entries on religious concepts from immortality, sin, and grace, to baptism, ethics, and the HolySpirit. The contributors also explore biblical views of modern issues such as homosexuality, marriage, and anti-Semitism, and the impact of the Bible on the secular world (including a four-part article on the Bible's influence on literature). Of course, the Companion can also serve as a handy reference, the first place to turn to find factual information on the Bible. Readers will find fascinating, informative articles on all the books of the Bible--including the Apocrypha and many other ancient texts, such as the Dead Sea Scrolls,Pseudepigrapha, and the Mishrah. Virtually every figure who walked across the biblical stage is identified here, ranging from Rebekah, Rachel, and Mary, to Joseph, Barabbas, and Jesus. The Companion also offers entries that shed light on daily life in ancient Israel and the earliest Christiancommunities, with fascinating articles on feasts and festivals, clothing, medicine, units of time, houses, and furniture. Finally, there are twenty-eight pages of full-color maps, providing an accurate, detailed portrait of the biblical world. A vast compendium of information related to scriptures, here is an ideal complement to the Bible, an essential volume for every home and library, the first place to turn for information on the central book of Western culture.

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