Book Reviews -- By: Anonymous

Journal: Ashland Theological Journal
Volume: ATJ 40:0 (NA 2008)
Article: Book Reviews
Author: Anonymous

Book Reviews

Stephen D. Renn, ed., Expository Dictionary of Bible Words: Word Studies for Key English Bible Words Based on the Hebrew and Greek Texts. Peabody: Hendrickson Publishers, 2005. 1171 pp., hardcover, $29.95.

The editor is the Coordinator of Language and teaching at Inaburra School in Sydney. Australia. His dictionary examines 7,260 Hebrew and Greek words. Each entry is anglicized and accompanied by the Hebrew or Greek word plus the code number for the revised Strong’s numbering system. It is intended to be a replacement for Vine’s Expository Dictionary. Words are listed according to their English equivalent. Where required, both the Old Testament and New Testament words are recorded along with their range of meaning and explanation. There are a number of additional notes that accompany the words where appropriate.

As an add-on to the book, there is a CD that contains the complete dictionary with limited commentaries, Bible versions, topical works, backgrounds, and maps. There is an index to all Hebrew and Greek words. These include the word in the original language, its English equivalent, and the Strong’s number.

The work contains only key words and is not exhaustive. In fact, some words are rather limited. For example, under “learn” and “teach” there are eight Hebrew and three Greek entries. There are at least eight Greek words with reference to teaching and learning used in the Bible, however, so this is a non-technical reference work suitable for some pastors and lay students.

Richard Allison

Marc van de Mieroop, A History of the Ancient Near East ca. 3000–323 BC. 2d ed. Blackwell History of the Ancient World. Oxford/Malden: Blackwell, 2007. xix + 341 pp., paper, $37.95.

In this volume, Van De Mieroop provides us with a clear and accessible history to the ancient Near East. While the second edition appears only three years after the book’s initial publication in 2004, the changes made reflect the goal of making the book more accessible and useful for students as an introduction to ancient Near Eastern history. To this end, the second edition contains a number of new illustrations and maps, and the “Guide to Further Reading” at the end has been expanded by several pages.

The present work begins with an introductory chapter that briefly discusses methodological approaches to ancient Near Eastern history in light of the available sources. In this chapter, Van De Mieroop also surveys ancient Near Eastern geography and prehistory. This chapter thus lays the necessary groundwork for the rest of the volume.

The remainder of the work is divided into three main parts that ref...

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