“This is one of the greatest repositories of Jesus and Gospel scholarship ever produced.” While this statement could be challenged by modern scholarship, when Jesus and the Gospels was produced it was the one of the greatest repositories. Unfortunate for everyone this once proud dictionary had fallen in stature due to a girth of new scholarship. Thankfully it is now in it’s second edition which a plethora of updated scholastic interaction. Which is why this volume of the IVP Bible Dictionary series, is not only helpful to academia but to pastors in the pulpit.
When I entered seminary, this was one of the first books I checked out of the library, it helped me gain a knowledge, a scholarly treatment of the Gospels, that I could not have even dreamed of before. It examines the cultural context of the Gospel’s in a way that could only be examined by reading hundreds of books. Thankfully IVP commissioned this volume which not only collects all of this information into one place but it is written in such a way that even a uneducated pastor would be able to read and glean valuable knowledge from. This is one of the greatest volumes in the series, and is the oldest as well. This volume is not just a book which looks great on a pastor’s shelf but one that will be used again and again any time a pastor preaches through any of the Gospels.
This book was provided to me free of charge from IVP Academic in exchange for an unbiased, honest review.