"The Dictionary of Daily Life in Biblical & Post-Biblical Antiquity is an outstanding resource. It is not another biblical dictionary; rather, it is a reference work like no other. It contains substantial, well-written entries on significant topics that flesh out the world of biblical and post-biblical antiquity. Each entry is accompanied by a lengthy, up-to-date bibliography. This important work belongs in every library."
- Craig A. Evans, Payzant Distinguished Professor of New Testament, Acadia Divinity College
Written and edited by a world-class historian and a highly respected biblical scholar, this unique reference work provides background cultural and technical information on the world of the Hebrew Bible and New Testament from 2,000 BCE to approximately 600 CE.
Articles on domestic life, technology, culture, laws, and religious practices are rarely found in available Bible dictionaries and encyclopedias, but here these subjects are explained in detail, with accompanying bibliographic material for further exploration. Articles range from five to twenty pages, and are also available individually as ebooks.
Although the book’s well-known authors have written many of the articles themselves, they have also recruited dozens of experts to write on a number of the topics treated in order to provide a high level of scholarship throughout the work. Scholars, pastors, and students (and their teachers) will find this to be a very useful resource for biblical study, exegesis, and sermon preparation.
A helpful language reference tool for students, pastors, and scholars. The BHS Reader's Edition is for those who have a basic understanding of Biblical Hebrew and desire to read and study the Hebrew Bible. With this book alone (and a year's study of Hebrew), students are able to read the Hebrew Bible in its entirety.
Main features include:
Complete text of the Biblia Hebraica Stuttgartensia, checked against the Leningrad Codex
All words that occur fewer than 70 times are parsed and contextually defined in the apparatus
The Dictionary of Daily Life and Digital Reference Works
by Carl Nellis, Associate Editor
When we considered how best to distribute our forthcoming Dictionary of Daily Life in Biblical and Post-Biblical Antiquity, we saw the fluidity of the publishing landscape as a chance to provide material to scholars who use a variety of research and teaching methods and to take advantage of the flexibility of digital text. We will be publishing the DDL in three printed volumes much like we have done with reference works in the past, but we decided that the digital form of the Dictionary would do more than simply mimic the form of the print book.
The DDL contains a series of compact overviews of particular subjects considered according to their presence in the Old and New Testaments, the ancient Near East, the Greco-Roman world, and early Jewish and Christian traditions.
When we stepped outside the paradigm of thinking about the DDL only as a print book, there was a simple solution to making its contents more discoverable, accessible, and affordable.
We will be releasing each of the Dictionary’s articles as an individual e-book. The first benefit of this is in discoverability. A search for e-book resources on blacksmithing in the ancient world, for instance, will lead to an individual article on “Bellows & Furnaces” as well as to the entire Dictionary. Readers who would like three or four articles that bear directly on their particular field can easily pinpoint and purchase the most relevant material.
Allowing access to individual articles also turns the Dictionary into a more flexible resource for teaching. With the articles accessible individually, they can be assigned on a stand-alone basis without requiring students to purchase the work as a whole. A course on family life in the ancient world could use the articles “Marriage,” “Divorce,” “Adultery,” “Abortion,” “Infanticide,” “Widows & Orphans,” and more without requiring students (or their professor) to pay the full cost of the print volume. Articles on “Aqueducts,” “Bottles & Glass,” “Heating & Lighting,” “Tools & Utensils,” “Writing & Writing Materials,” and others could be assigned in a course on technology in antiquity, while a course on animals could use the individual articles “Animal Husbandry,” “Birds,” “Camels,” “Dogs,” “Donkeys & Mules,” “Insects & Bees,” and more.
We are excited about offering reference material that facilitates this sort of focused use at a fraction of the cost of the printed book. For readers who would like the benefit of the entire Dictionary, it will be released in three print volumes, beginning with Volume I in October.
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