Book Reviews -- By: Anonymous

Journal: Ashland Theological Journal
Volume: ATJ 36:0 (NA 2004)
Article: Book Reviews
Author: Anonymous

Book Reviews

Chad Brand, Charles Draper and Archie England, eds., Holman Illustrated Bible Dictionary. Nashville: Holman Bible Publishers, 2003. 1,717 pp., hardcover, $29.97.

The Holman Illustrated Bible Dictionary contains approximately 12,000 articles written by over 300 biblical scholars and church men and women. Most of the authors are Baptist in background with a few notable exceptions. This work is a thorough revision, updating and a huge expansion of the original Holman Bible Dictionary. It took six years to complete the project. The articles begin with “Aaron” and continue through “Zuzim.” There are extended articles on each book of the Bible accompanied by an outline of the book. Many articles identify the Old Testament perspective as well as the New Testament perspective on the subject under consideration. Major biblical characters as well as biblical doctrines also receive extended treatment.

The commitments of the authors are as follows:

  1. A fully authoritative Bible.
  2. The written revelation begins and ends with the Bible.
  3. The trustworthiness, truthfulness, sufficiency, inerrancy and infallibility of the Bible. The target audience is students and lay persons.

There are a number of very helpful features present in this work. The word “illustrated” in the title is well chosen with over 700 full color photos with accompanying credits. In addition there are twelve charts, twenty-eight scale reconstructions, and sixty-one internal maps. A very interesting time line of biblical history, world history and church history is found in the front of the dictionary. Up-to-date information on the archeological excavations in Israel is also included. While many articles are based on the biblical languages, they are written in user-friendly style. Another interesting feature is the color quick-tabs that facilitate the alphabetical location of articles. Articles include people, places, things, events, plants, animals, and occupations as well as many other biblical subjects. A helpful pronunciation guide is given for all technical and difficult to pronounce words, as well as is extensive cross referencing.

Richard E. Allison

Kendell H. Easley, The Illustrated Guide to Biblical History. Nashville: Broadman & Holman, 2003. 306pp., hardcover, $19.97.

This fascinating work contains 200 full colored photos of important persons and places in biblical history. These range all the way from a picture of a Zigurat at Susa to

the columns from the Temple of Trajan in ancient Pergamum including a number of photos from the model of the Jerusalem temple at the Holy Land H...

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