The Baker Compact Dictionary of Biblical Studies is EXACTLY what it sounds like- measuring 4.25” by 7” and just over 200 pages, this book is a great complement to anyone who is using commentaries and academic material and wants to avoid the internet (and the distractions therein). Brief entries on a broad range of entries provide the necessary information in a fairly objective and critical voice. While the authors (and most of the testimonials) speak from conservative, evangelical institutions, the material is mostly devoid of editorial content. Any argument about biases would likely center on what is included/omitted rather than the entries themselves. Only so much can be said in a brief volume like this, but the format will keep the reader engaged with the material that they are REALLY trying to read to better understand the Bible. Note: This would be a perfect gift for someone beginning seminary, a pastor, or bible study leader.
Here are a few sections that I think readers of the blog would find interesting:
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