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Dictionary Of Biblical Prophecy And End Times [Hardcover]

By Hays J Daniel (Author), J. Scott Duvall (Author) & C. Marvin Pate (Author)
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Pages   512
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 9.48" Width: 6.52" Height: 1.56"
Weight:   1.89 lbs.
Binding  Hardcover
Release Date   Nov 13, 2007
Publisher   Zondervan Publishing
ISBN  0310256631  
EAN  9780310256632  
UPC  025986256630  


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The Dictionary of Biblical Prophecy is a comprehensive reference tool designed to assist everyday people in understanding biblical prophecy. Based on solid scholarship, the dictionary contains clear and readable entries on a broad sweep of topics relevant to biblical prophecy, providing insight to complicated subjects in a balanced fashion.

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All you wanted to know about biblical prophecy from A to Z, the Dictionary of Biblical Prophecy is a comprehensive reference tool. It is targeted for those who truly desire to understand prophecy and the end-times. Starting with 'Abomination of Desolation' and continuing through hundreds of articles until 'Zionism, ' this book provides helpful and interesting discussions of the entire range of biblical prophecy, all at your fingertips.This exhaustive work contains articles on a broad sweep of topics relevant to the study of biblical prophecy and eschatology. The articles are based on solid scholarship, yet are clear and accessible to the lay reader, illuminating even the most complicated issues. The dictionary also strives for a balanced presentation by laying out differing positions along with their strengths and weaknesses, while not pushing any specific theological or interpretive agenda other than a firm commitment to seeking to understand the Scriptures. This is a valuable tool you will refer to time and again.

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Dictionary of Biblical Prophecy and End Times - A Balanced Perspective
By J. Daniel Hays, J. Scott Duvall, C. Marvin Pate

Binding: Hardcover
Dimensions: 6.4 wide x 9.6 high x 1.6 deep in. | 162 wide x 244 high x deep 40 mm
Weight: 1.9 lb | 861 gms

All you wanted to know about biblical prophecy from A to Z, the Dictionary of Biblical Prophecy is a comprehensive reference tool. It is targeted for those who truly desire to understand prophecy and the end-times. Starting with "Abomination of Desolation" and continuing through hundreds of articles until "Zionism," this book provides helpful and interesting discussions of the entire range of biblical prophecy, all at your fingertips.

This exhaustive work contains articles on a broad sweep of topics relevant to the study of biblical prophecy and eschatology. The articles are based on solid scholarship, yet are clear and accessible to the lay reader, illuminating even the most complicated issues. The dictionary also strives for a balanced presentation by laying out differing positions along with their strengths and weaknesses, while not pushing any specific theological or interpretive agenda other than a firm commitment to seeking to understand the Scriptures. This is a valuable tool you will refer to time and again.



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Reviews - What do our customers think?
Essential research resource for understanding prophecy  Feb 11, 2009
There are many resource books in my library, but this one gets the most use when researching Biblical prophecy.
The writing is clear without a lot of heavy-handed conclusions. Any bias is not a major obstacle to surmount.
This book is invaluable for the Bible student who wants good, clear responses to complex issues.
 
A Needed Work in this Area, But it Fails to Deliver  Jan 24, 2009
The world of Biblical and Theological reference works has for some time needed a new updated reference source in the area of Biblical Prophecy. J. Barton Payne's excellent Encyclopedia of Biblical Prophecy (San Francisco: Harper and Row, 1973), is now severely dated and not formatted to deal with terms but rather prophecy by prophecy in the text. John Walvoord's Every Prophecy in the Bible (Colorado Springs, CO: Victor Books, 1999), was much along the same line, but was a decidedly disappointing production.

This current volume is arranged along the lines of a normal reference work, dealing with terminology (both Biblical and theological), prophecy within individual books of the Bible, and concepts. The authors have presented this work as "conceived with the purpose of helping laypeople in the church study and understand biblical prophecy" (7). They further state that they have, "no theological agenda to push or prophetic viewpoint to champion, other than a strong commitment to the Scriptures and a passion to interpret the biblical texts in accordance with the intention of the biblical writers" (ibid). The phrase "strong commitment to Scripture" as opposed to inerrancy strikes this reviewer an interesting choice of words.

As laudable as the authors' intentions were for this volume, the end product presented in this work is simply a disaster. The individual article headings are a mish-mash that obviously had no input from any editorial hand experienced in reference subject headings. For instance, instead of listing all of the views of the Rapture under a standard and easily understood heading such as: "Rapture, Views of" (with individual "see" listings for the names of each view placed alphabetically; for example: "Mid-Tribulational Rapture: See Rapture, Views of" pointing to the single main article) each view of the rapture is given a separate entry. The problem is that the entries for the Pretribulational Rapture (348-51) and Prewrath Rapture (351-52) follow each other with no break. This gives the appearance, particularly it would seem to the target audience, that these are the only two rapture views. The Midtribulational Rapture (284-86) and Posttribulational Rapture (337-40) entries simply are lost. Even more oddly there is an actual entry for "Rapture" (362-64) where much of the material in the scattered articles is simply repeated. The same problem plagues several subjects such as those related to the Millennium and the Book of Revelation (where articles related to the interpretive options of Revelation are scattered throughout the volume). There is a lengthy article with charts for the "Seven Churches of Revelation" (416-24) but then there are individual articles for each of the seven cities. The "see" references that are used at the end of the articles are not set off adequately in terms of type font or style to catch the eye. The authors also either decided not to use "see also" references, simply using "see" apparently either not knowing the difference or being unaware of standard reference work formatting.

While choices for actual entries is also a question for any reference work some of the omissions are simply egregious. While entries exist for the Abrahamic, the Davidic, and the New Covenants, there are no entries or even references for the other Biblical Covenants (e.g., Noahic, Palestinian, Mosaic, and Priestly). By comparison there is an entry for the entirely insignificant and obscure individuals named Noadiah in the Old Testament (314). Some of the "see" entries are simply distracting. On page 416 there is an entry for "Servant of the Lord" with the line, "See Servant Songs." That see line is followed immediately with the entry for "Servant Songs" making the "see" entry rather pointless. Actually, the first entry "Servant of the Lord" would have been the stronger and more logical heading for the entry. While there is an entry for "Heaven" (200-201), there is none for "Hell," or even "Eternal Punishment" (not even a "see" reference that would point the reader to the inadequate entry for "Lake of Fire," (246). There is another one paragraph entry for "Second Advent" (409) followed immediately by a lengthy entry for "Second Coming" clearly rendering the previous entry superfluous as it presented no meaningful distinction between the two terms.

Another confusing choice was listing Matthew, Mark, Luke and John as "Book of" instead of "Gospel of." This is most problematic with the Gospel of John. Under the heading of "Book of John" (231-32) one is left wondering what is exactly meant, the Gospel account or one of the three epistles. In fact, it isn't until the second paragraph of the entry before the reader is informed that the Gospel account is being discussed and as one progresses through the article one may rightly wonder if the epistles will also be discussed at all; they aren't. Some Biblical books, despite their obvious importance in Biblical prophecy (e.g. The Book of Romans, esp., Chapter 9-11) are left without entry. The labeling of the entries with "Book(s) of" is inconsistent; sometimes used and sometimes (e.g. 1 & 2 Thessalonians) not.

There is a rather glaring omission of any bibliographic entries (or even a separate bibliography listing) for the articles. There are 122 endnotes (483-87), a decidedly poor practice in a "dictionary;" however, in looking at the notes, the authors gave no indication as to which article a particular note was in attached (and the formatting of the superscript numbers renders them difficult to catch). The only index is a Scripture Index "with Apocrypha." However, the Apocryphal Books are not in their standard location (between the Old and New Testament) and they are not categorically labeled, but rather simply listed after Revelation. Some salvaging of this work might have been accomplished with a simple index listing of all the articles, but this was not done either. A index of people named would have been an easy and useful addition. There are multiple typographical errors and several misplaced or misleading "header labels" (see the top of pages 342, 343, 344, 345 and 346 for examples).

This volume gives every appearance of being rushed through production without careful editorial examination and no regard for the use of standard subject headings or standard reference work formatting. The good material that does appear (and there are some well written, albeit unremarkable, portions in this volume) is hopelessly lost in the confusing maze that is this "dictionary."

This work cannot be recommended at any level; for what is obtained it is over-priced, poorly executed, and incomplete.
 

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