Tuesday, April 25, 2006

Recommended Resource: New Dictionary of Biblical Theology

This dictionary was published by IVP back in 2000, edited by T. Desmond Alexander, Brian S. Rosner, D.A. Carson, and Graeme Goldsworthy. The subtitle is "Exploring the Unity & Diversity of Scripture" and it does just that. With approximately 125 contributors that span the spectrum theologically and internationally, this dictionary is a helpful resource that is divided into three parts.
Part One: Introduction contains articles on foundational issues in biblical theology such as exegesis and hermeneutics, NT use of OT, relationship of OT to NT, canon, systematic theology & biblical theology, and even preaching and biblical theology. These articles provide a substantive but generally accessible entry point into biblical theology and its relationship to other aspects of theology.
Part Two: Biblical Corpa and Books has articles on major sections of the canon such as Genesis to Kings, the prophetic books, etc., followed by entries on each individual Biblical book. In these articles the contributors attempt to identify key themes within the specific biblical book itself as well as indicate how the specific themes of a book contribute to the larger canonical presentation of that theme.
Part Three: Themes contains articles that trace key themes throughout Scripture (e.g. Adam, exile, Jerusalem, Law, sin, suffering, wilderness).

Every entry concludes with a very short bibliography for further reading (at times I wish these were longer).

As with any dictionary, the quality of individual entries can vary, but by and large the articles are well-written and helpful starting points. Consequently this is an excellent resource for any who are actively engaged in the study and teaching of Scripture and want to understand how the parts relate to the whole.

4 comments:

Ryan said...

Hey Matt,
Just happened across your blog. Anyway, on a non-theology note: are you related to the Katie Harmon who lived in and graduated from high school in central IL? I'll check back on your blog to see if you respond. Thanks for your writing and your work for Christ!

Matt Harmon said...

Ryan,

I'm not aware of having any family in central Illinois, but my wife's name is Kate (Hudson). I'm actually from Ohio and my wife is from the Boston area.

Ryan said...

Just thought I'd check. She was a friend I lost contact with and knew that she had a brother that was into theology. Anyway, thanks for responding.

Tony said...

I thought this might be appropriate.

At the Together for the Gospel Conference Ligon Duncan talked on: Preaching From The Old Testament." The notes by Tim Challies were helpful but it would be good to hear the actual message.