Dictionary of Paul and his letters (Compendium of Contemporary Biblical Scholarship) Hardcover – 18 Feb 1994
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And if I thought the list of contributors was great in the later DNTB volume, I was blown away by those who wrote for this earlier dictionary. Again, I can't recommend this volume highly enough.--Nick Norelli, Rightly Dividing the Word of Truth, June 16, 2008
"In the present state of Pauline studies a dictionary of this sort is timely and well-conceived."--Charles F. Moule, University of Cambridge
"The DPL is a quiet magnificent achievement; a reliable and comprehensive guide which will be invaluable for specialists, teachers, clergy and students."--Graham N. Stanton, University of Cambridge
"A mine of information for all students of Paul for many years to come."--N. T. Wright, Bishop of Durham
"The DPL is an informed, up-to-date and helpful introduction to Paul's thought and letters. Bringing together a great deal of significant material on crucial topics in the study of Paul, it serves admirably not only as an important text for theological students . . .but also as a vital resource for active ministers in their faithful proclamation and application of the gospel"--Richard N. Longenecker, Professor Emeritus, Wycliffe College, University of Toronto
"The editors, contributors and publishers are to be congratulated for this handsome, 'user-friendly' volume which serves up many hearty and healthy Paulinemeals that are suitable for a variety of diets--the inquisitve layperson, the hard-pressed pastor, the industrious student, the overburdened teacher and the seasoned scholar."--Murray J. Harris, Professor Emeritus, Trinity Evangelical Divinity School
"The DPL provides an authoritative guide to Paul and his world for all who are interested."--James H. Charlesworth, Princeton Theological Seminary
"In this splendid new reference work the serious student of the Bible will find a comprehensive summary of the best of modern scholarship concerning the life, times and thought of St. Paul . . . . I will be recommending it enthusiastically to my students and consulting it regularly in my personal study."--W. Ward Gasque, President, Pacific Association for Theological Studies
"The DPL will be a great help for students of theology and men and women in ministry, as well as for academic theologians."--Peter Stuhlmacher, Professor Emeritus, University of Tubingen --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
From the Publisher
A companion volume to the 'Dictionary of Jesus and the
Gospels', making available to a wider readership the results of several
decades of Pauline scholarship.
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Remembering that this dictionary focuses quite specifically on `Paul and His Letters', its 1000-page and large format, the size alone shows the breadth of modern scholarship that is made available. (The list of contributors stretches to over three pages.) However, this is a dictionary and does not need to be read from cover-to-cover, it can just be dip into it whenever it's needed.
Although the scholarly input is dizzyingly enormous, none of the vast array of articles are "dry academia", they are all vibrant and modern (even though this is now 16 years old - gasp!) whilst still covering all the theological angles. This means you get the meat of the theology but can still follow the arguments; no mean feat and hugely important.
For instance: if you look up `Works' you'll be re-directed to the `James and Paul' article (among others) for a discussion on justification by works and/or faith: the premise being that Paul says `works of law' (or `good works') are very negative (Gal. 2:16), while James appears to say the opposite: `faith without works [or deeds] is dead' (Jas. 2:26). A four page investigation reveals that `in reality, both James and Paul had similar ideas on the role of good works in the Christian life.' Phew! (The author, P. H. Davids, also notes that conflict arises because we tend to `read Luther into Paul'...Read more ›
As a Kindle book a number of features stand out:
1. The price: at the (current) price of £19.19 buying this on Kindle makes enormous sense. This price is considerably cheaper than the print edition.
2. The convenience: how amazing to be able to carry this volume about in one's pocket.
3. The format: this for me is where this dictionary falls down. The index is not click-able, nor are the references to related articles. This significantly reduces the accessibility and utility of the text. Who is going to wade through the 36000 locations in the Kindle edition to find what they are looking for? This is a work of reference and one is surprised to find that something as basic as an active table of contents and linked articles is missing. Either IVP or Amazon Kindle should follow this up, put the links in place and upgrade everyone's edition*.
The following reservations notwithstanding, I am very happy with this product and would recommend it to others.
*When I first bought this dictionary the lack of even alphabetical index for the Kindle put me off, and I returned it to the Kindle store. I re-downloaded it, however, and have no indexed it myself using a fairly laborious process of adding bookmarks for every letter of the alphabet. If anyone reading this review would like to be saved the hassle of finding the locations of each section then please comment on this review and I'll publish all 26 of them here.