The Oxford Encyclopedia of the Bible and Theology

ISBN : 9780199858699

Samuel E. Balentine
1200 Pages
241 x 299 mm
Pub date
May 2015
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The Oxford Encyclopedia of the Bible and Theology (OEBT) is a new encyclopedic treatment of major theological issues and themes in the Bible that surpasses all similar reference works in scope and significance. Leading scholars provide extensive overviews of key topics, offering analyses of the trajectory and reception history of theological issues as well as critical assessment of Near Eastern and Greco-Roman antecedents for Old and New Testament perspectives. While many entries address the Bible's historical context, including traditional theological perspectives on creation, sin, covenant, grace, and forgiveness, others are more rooted in modern issues, featuring biblical perspectives on contemporary concerns such as wealth and poverty, gender/race discrimination, and market economics. The two-volume OEBT contains 168 entries ranging in length from 2,000 to 8,000 words. With bibliographic references and suggestions for further reading, each entry affords students and scholars a comprehensive topical and methodological summary of the topic that serves as both a go-to reference and a starting point for original research. The OEBT's distinctive approach and range of entries make it a unique resource that fills a void in biblical scholarship.


Series Introduction
Abbreviations Used in This Work
168 A-Z entries
Topical Outline of Contents
Directory of Contributors

About the author: 

Samuel E. Balentine is Professor of Old Testament at Union Presbyterian Seminary, Richmond, VA. In addition to articles, essays, edited collections, and reviews, his publications include The Hidden God, Prayer in the Hebrew Bible, The Torah's Vision of Worship, Leviticus, and Job. He has served on the Editorial Board of The New Interpreter's Bible, and is currently General Editor (OT) for the Smyth and Helwys Bible Commentary, Editor of the Smyth and Helwys Theological Issues series, and Editor of Interpretation. He is presently at work on two volumes, Job (Personalities of the Old Testament, University of South Carolina Press) and Lamentations (NICOT, Eerdmans).

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