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Book Comments: Zondervan’s Encyclopedia Revised

ZEB.jpgEvery Bible reader, especially every teacher and pastor, needs a solid Bible encyclopedia that does its best to tell us what we need to know about history and theology and archaeology as well as sketch each book of the Bible. Some today entrust their minds to Wikipedia, which is a mixed bag of excellence and, well, not so excellent, so it is wise — if not necessary — for the student in college or seminary, or the young pastor or teacher, or the Sunday School teacher, and every church library needs to have one encyclopedia.

There’s a problem of course: they get dated. When in college I bought the International Standard Bible Encyclopedia and years later that set was updated and I got rid of the old one and bought the new one. In the mid 70s, and I remember the days, Zondervan produced a magnificent encyclopedia and it has now been thoroughly updated under the guidance of Moises Silva: The Zondervan Encyclopedia of the Bible: Revised Full-Color Edition
The new edition is much more readable, filled with color pictures and charts and maps, and it is one that I would recommend for evangelical Christians to purchase and rely upon. There are hundreds of new articles, revised articles, new framings of old articles … in other words, a thorough revision. Not the sort of thing where they’ve added new pictures to old articles … fresh and updated bibliographies.
Appr. 255 contributors, 255 males, 0 females.
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posted November 22, 2009 at 5:49 pm

How many of the contributors are simply the originals – from the 70’s?
Only fair to ask …

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Aaron Snell

posted November 22, 2009 at 5:58 pm

Dr. McKnight,
I apologize for the off-topic nature of this comment, but do you have any comment to make on the new Kermit Zarley book, The Restitution of Jesus Christ? Thanks for your time.

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Steve S

posted November 22, 2009 at 9:27 pm

255 to 0
And in light of the Deadly Assassins material and the ensuing dialogue, I wonder how many of those 255 are white Americans?

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Scot McKnight

posted November 22, 2009 at 10:37 pm

RJS, the preface says there are hundreds of new articles and new revisions. So enough that women should have appeared as authors.
Aaron, no doubt someday I will.

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posted November 23, 2009 at 7:02 am

Oh – I certainly agree.

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posted November 24, 2009 at 1:07 am

@ Scot, thanks for making open note of what is still too often the case.
@ Steve S, let us know if you find out the answer to that very good question, too, please! (If Scot doesn’t beat you to it.)

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