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Dictionary of the later New Testament and its developments (Compendium of Contemporary Biblical Scholarship) [Hardcover]

Ralph P. Martin and Peter H. Davids (Editors) , Ralph P. Martin , Peter H. Davids
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  • Hardcover: 1289 pages
  • Publisher: IVP (16 Jan 1998)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0851117511
  • ISBN-13: 978-0851117515
  • Product Dimensions: 18.5 x 6.2 x 24 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
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Building on the strong reputation of the com panion volumes Dictionary of Jesus and the Gospels and the D ictionary of Paul and his Letters, this book focuses on some less well-known parts of the New Testament, and the post-ap ostolic church. '

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
IVP's wonderful `Dictionary of the Later New Testament and Its Developments' is the third in IVPs four-ship dictionary series - the other three are listed below and are all equally superb.

This title constitutes over 1300 pages of top scholarly information and the excellent cross-referencing system (which also references the other three titles in the series) make this a very user-friendly resource.

Inside this treasure trove of biblical information you'll find articles on, the Apostolic Fathers (the first generation of Christian leaders, and their writings, after the Apostles), Apocalyptic writings (like Revelation), discussions on highly significant Christian theological terms (like Logos), as well as lots of discussion about the (hugely important) contacts & tensions between Judaism and Christianity.

For instance, looking up `Jewish Wars', you are directed to `Christianity and Judaism: Partings of the Ways'. This article looks at the `healthy Jewish-Christian dialogue' and is divided into five parts:

Jesus, the Apostles and the New Testament Writings
Christianity's Gentile Mission
The Divinization of Jesus
Historical Factors
Jewish and Christian Polemic

The larger parts are then further sub-divided with bold-type indented titles making it easy enough to navigate. The second section, for instance, notes that one significant factor in the split from Judaism was the Christian insistence on `removing the yoke of Torah' which the Jewish leaders could not tolerate: `the councils depicted in Acts 11 and 15 exemplify the nature of the problems brought on by early Christianity's aggressive Gentile mission'.

This book then is for anyone `who has felt the need for scholarly and sympathetic guidance...
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5.0 out of 5 stars a must buy for all New Testament scholars 10 Dec 2001
All you wanted to know about the Acts, Hebrews, Catholic Epistles and Revelation are in this dictionary. A must buy for anybody wanting to know more about the New Testament. Together with the other three volumes, (Jesus and the Gospels; Paul and his letters; and New Testament background) it makes a very interesting dictionary on the New Testament. I found the articles on the Catholic Epistles and Textual Criticism very interesting and informative. Look out for the Old Testament series in 2002.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A Powerful Resource for Christians Everywhere! 22 April 2000
By J.M. Hebert - Published on Amazon.com
In every respect, Dictionary of the Later New Testament is a magnificent achievement in the study of early Christianity. It is both authoritative and scholarly and takes the study of early New Testament literature to a new level. I found the articles on Hebrews and Acts to be especially well written and helpful, and the book's thorough coverage of other non-canonical early church literature was refreshing. Take my word, Dictionary of the Later New Testament is a "must have" for any serious student of the Bible. I guarantee, it won't just "sit" on your bookshelf, but rather, it will become one of your most trusted resources!
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4.0 out of 5 stars Good, but requires discernment 8 Feb 2006
By J. F Foster - Published on Amazon.com
This massive dictionary is one of the latest products of the emerging 'respectable academic evangelicalism'. It is respectable because it is decidedly moderate in its approach on many of the items discussed. While the more flexible evangelicalism exhibited here will win praise from the academic establishment, evangelical readers need to read this with discernment, since more than a few assertions made in here carry the same flaws as more liberal scholarship.

The most obvious positive of this dictionary is its often exhaustive treatment of various subjects that too often get ignored in commentaries and Biblical studies courses. As is usually the case in reference works like this, the bibliographies contained in here are extremely helpful; often more helpful than the articles themselves. As such, it achieves its goal of providing the reader with the tools to conduct more thorough research on most any NT topic. Regardless of how questionable the articles themselves might be, this book is worthy of purchase on the basis of the bibliographies alone.

Having said that, there are more than a few problems with the articles put forth here. Dunn's article on pseudepigraphy is creative in that he attempts to rescue 2 Peter from liberal critics while maintaining that it's pseudepigraphal. But it is nonetheless hopelessly flawed in its mistreatment of the early church's attitude toward pseudepigraphal writings so that not only will liberals reject his thesis, evangelicals should as well. In addition, the evangelical reader will likely be unpleasantly surprised by the degree to which the moderate evangelicals in this book discount the importance of apostolic authorship. Increasingly, evangelical scholars are siding with their liberal counterparts in saying that the authorship questions of the NT writings are immaterial. Liberals use this train of thought to discount the writings themselves. This book doesn't go that far, but seems to suggest that since the Holy Spirit can theoretically inspire anyone to write a canonical book, it doesn't matter whether John wrote 1 John, or Peter wrote 1 Peter, etc. The problem with this is obvious. When the writings become distanced from the apostolic mission, it's easier to cast doubt on their apostolic reliability. This is what liberals have been doing for decades, and this book moves dangerously in that direction.

It's good that there is an emerging evangelical academic respectability. But this respectability should not be the sine qua non of our scholarly endeavors. While the authors here are clearly more optimistic than liberal scholars in regards to the authenticity of the later NT writings, they have, in my view, adopted too many critical tools uncritically. The result is that too many articles in this book contain questionable conclusions based on questionable and even dubious assumptions that are too easy to debunk, and this makes them resemble their liberal counterparts in a way that should give the evangelical church discomfort.
4 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Solid and in-depth 12 Dec 2007
By S. Bachmann - Published on Amazon.com
Contains a wealth of solid and in-depth information aimed at scholars and educated lay persons. Articles are well written (and can be a bit dense), very informative, and contain a select bibliography for further study. An indispensible tool for any serious student of the Bible.
4.0 out of 5 stars Bible Study 30 Mar 2014
By Ian Simpson - Published on Amazon.com
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This will complete my NT reference material nicely. Works with IVP dictionaries of gospels and Paul's letters. Also background dictionary
3 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars AMAZING!!! 10 Jun 2009
By Christoper D. Puksta - Published on Amazon.com
I never saw a bible dictionary like this before. It totally blows Vines Bible dictionary out of the water. I am really impressed. There is so much detail and it even provides for great devotional time as well. The list of scripture verses in the back are a great help when reading the bible.... all in all great book, I am blessed to have this.... you will be too!!!
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