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The Anchor Bible Dictionary (6 Volume Set) [Hardcover]

David Noel Freedman
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Jun 1992
Six years in the making, this state-of-the-art dictionary offers the most up-to-date and comprehensive treatment of biblical subjects and scholarship. An essential reference for every serious reader of the Bible.

B & W illustrations and line-art throughout.
--This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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  • Hardcover: 1200 pages
  • Publisher: Bantam Doubleday Dell (Jun 1992)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 038542583X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0385425834
  • Product Dimensions: 45 x 30.2 x 21.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 4,230,599 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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This book presents a wealth of information about all areas of biblical scholarship. It is truly a stunning work and will be of benefit to all serious students not only of the Bible, but of the ancient Near East and Mediterranean world in general. Highly recommended.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Outstanding critical reference dictionary 24 Jan 2005
The Anchor Bible Dictionary (ABD) is today's premiere scholarly critical Bible dictionary, supplanting the Theological Dictionary of the New Testament (TDNT, 'Kittel') and its rather lacklustre cousin Theological Dictionary of the Old Testament (TDOT, 'Bottereck and Ringgren'), as well as the Interpreter's Dictionary of the Bible (IDB). Although primarily a representation of liberal-critical debate, its extensive bibliographic and archaeological material make it a key reference work --albeit requiring judicious use and a health warning-- for confessional readers.
Interestingly, ABD is also available on CD for Apple Mac or PC at a similar price to the print version, with the usual attendant benefits and disadvantages.
The introduction sets out ABD's agenda very clearly. In discussing the earlier dictionaries, the authors point out that TDNT and its cousins were products of their own environment, often keener to present 'facts' than to challenge their own assumptions. ABD makes a point of challenging its own assumptions throughout. Although the authors readily admit that the dictionary will date just like the others, this conscious exposure of methodology makes it relatively easy to separate evidence from conclusions -- another plus for confessional readers who may be looking for the latest background material but are unhappy with a liberal-critical interpretation.
ABD scores over TDNT and TDOT in a number of other ways. Rather than adopt the formally appealing (but methodologically dubious) approach of only discussing words of theological significance in Scripture, ABD discusses anything which has prompted scholarly debate. Hence, under the Cs, we have Caesarea and Caleb, but also Calendars and Camel Brands.
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4.0 out of 5 stars brilliant scholarship 20 Oct 2010
By catspoo
this dictionary is by far the best dictionary i have ever come across. it is written by some of the best scholars. it is a little critical but is really impressive. it was worth the 200 quid. this is a good investment and has saved me lots and lots of hard work raking through dusty books when i have to write essays.
it is usually my first or second port of call for any biblical studies essays.
check it out in the library first see what you think.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A Superb Work of Art 29 Jun 2009
The Anchor Bible Dictionary has wowed me and has opened my eyes to deeper spiritual depts. The writers captured all the elements of a good book and compiled the volumes into a fine work of art which is easy to read and understand. I would recommend it to all Bible scholars who want to critically analyse the scriptures and gain deeper understanding of the word of God. A superb job.
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1.0 out of 5 stars Bias 6 Feb 2009
Did the Gospel writers Matthew and Luke copy Mark. This book doesnt think so. "Dependence on oral tradition could easily account for the memorable sayings of jesus being recorded in identical form"
I dont think so. What are the odds of identical passages written by three different eye witnesses at least 30 years after the event had happened?
None, unless the gospel writers were plagiarists.

Do yourself a favor and dont bother with these volumes.
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