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Dictionary of Biblical Imagery: An Encyclopaedic Exploration of the Images, Symbols, Motifs, Metaphors, Figures of Speech, Literary Patterns and Univeral Images of the Bible by Tremper Longman,James C. Wilhoit
ISBN: 0851117538
ISBN13: 978-0851117539
Author: Tremper Longman,James C. Wilhoit
Book title: Dictionary of Biblical Imagery: An Encyclopaedic Exploration of the Images, Symbols, Motifs, Metaphors, Figures of Speech, Literary Patterns and Univeral Images of the Bible
Other Formats: lrf lit lrf mbr
Pages: 996 pages
Publisher: Inter-Varsity Press (September 1998)
Language: English
Size PDF version: 1651 kb
Size ePub version: 1852 kb
Size fb2 version: 1782 kb
Category: Words Language & Grammar

A Christianity Today 1999 Book of the Year! Every reader of the Bible has encountered the powerful, comforting and sometimes puzzling imagery of Scripture. These concrete pictures with their hidden force have struck sharp and lasting impressions on our minds. Their imprint has etched itself on the language and grammar of Christian faith and Western culture. Why then do traditional Bible dictionaries and reference works offer so little help to explorers of the Bible's galaxy of verbal pictures? They excel in describing the climate, borders and location of Galilee or Sinai. But they are often blind to the artistic expressions and deaf to the musical meanings that echo from within the world of the biblical text. The Dictionary of Biblical Imagery is the first contemporary reference work dedicated to exploring the images, symbols, motifs, metaphors and literary patterns found in the Bible. More than that, it examines the Bible's universal archetypes or master images--including the plot motifs and character types that recur throughout life, literature and the Bible. This unique dictionary explores the dazzling variety in which the Word of God comes dressed in clothes of everyday life. It traces the trail of images from Eden to the New Jerusalem. It captures the plotted patterns of biblical narrative. It surveys the imaged texture of each book of the Bible. In short, The Dictionary of Biblical Imagery is an inviting, enlightening and indispensable companion to the reading, study, contemplation and enjoyment of the Bible.

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The lack of a Table of Contents make the Kindle edition of this potentially valuable volume worthless. For some reason the sellers want to charge MORE for the digital edition of this product which costs them substantially less overhead to produce, than they do the print edition. Yet the digital edition needs an active TOC to facilitate search of individual entries. No one will be comfortable flipping through hundreds of page turns to try and find an entry which may or may not be there.

Because of this issue I have returned the book for a refund and rated it one-star. Please add a functional, helpful TOC and I will gladly re-purchase the book and alter my review.

P.S. I hate driving the average review score of this book down because of an edition specific issue. However, Amazon does not give Kindle owners/lovers the option to review only the Kindle edition of a book.
Can't Imagine research without this text. Just look at the names of the editors to get an idea of the quality of this volume. Imagery explained, but this advanced level text also breaks down (to a summary degree) many books of Scripture. Great source.
Usually dictionaries are not my idea of leisure reading, but InterVarsity Press's Dictionary of Biblical Imagery is as at home on my bed stand as it is on my desk. From Head to Toe and Happiness to Hanging, the 980 pages between A-Aaron's rod and Z-Zion contain a wealth of information on the rich imagery and literary patterns of the Bible.

So often we approach the Bible from a theological point of view, but God, in His multi-faceted wisdom and creativity, has given us His truth wrapped in dazzling layers of imagery, metaphor, and symbols that engage our affective, emotional faculties as well as our cognitive. He uses story and all its literary conventions to present situations to which our human spirits can relate and experience the lessons therein.

His Word is replete with metaphors and motifs that appeal to our image-making faculties. Although aware of the power of pictures, most of us have only a cursory understanding of the layers of meaning they convey, whether universal or contextual. How is my body like a tent? My daughter like a corner pillar? My prayer like an arrow?

We have many theological resources available to us, but until now, have had little to open the doors to the literary treasures of the Bible. Editors Ryken, Wilhoit, and Longman have provided us with an informative, engaging, and much needed biblical tool that "explores the patterns that the biblical writers have imposed on life, with a view toward understanding what those patterns clarify about life."

This ambitious work speaks to a large audience. Clearly written, The Dictionary of Biblical Imagery, will appeal to the lay reader, as well as the scholar. It will help preachers to enrich their presentations of the literal biblical text with a deeper understanding of the concrete images, themes and archetypes common to the human experience. And--a particular bonus to writers-- the treasure trove of plot structures, motifs, metaphors, and archetypes contained within these pages will provide writers with enough information and inspiration to sit right down and crank out that elusive masterpiece.
I first found this in the reference section of a seminary library while researching an exegetical paper. I quickly discovered that it was something I needed for my personal library. The writing style is engaging enough to actually make me want to read sections on a daily basis just for fun. The price point is surprisingly low for the quality of the content and printing. The only thing that would make it better is if it was available electronically.
The book is an asset to church and seminary libraries.
Well done and easy to use. I keep it close for reference and use it quite often. Highly recommend!
This is a wonderful and amazing resource, when used along side commentaries and concordances the depth of inside to the Word of God is amazing.
I love to study God's written Word and I have found this to be very helpful. I have bought other study type books and not found them nearly as helpful as this one is. I use my Strong's Concordance, and my Interlinear Literal Translation Bible and this, plus a good dictionary :-). I hope you find it helpful like I did, and do!
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