Bibliographic Details

Anchor Bible dictionary / David Noel Freedman, editor-in-chief ; associate editors, Gary A. Herion, David F. Graf, John David Pleins ; managing editor, Astrid B. Beck.

Edition 1st ed.
Imprint New York, N.Y. : Doubleday, c1992.
Description 6 v. : ill., maps ; 24 cm.
Language English
Subject Bible -- Dictionaries
Reference works.
Format E-Resource, Print, Book
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Other authors / contributors Freedman, David Noel, 1922-2008
ISBN 0385193602 (v. 1) : $50.00
Notes Includes bibliographical references.
Review by Choice Review

ABD is this generation's long-awaited successor to Interpreter's Dictionary of the Bible (4 v., 1960; supplementary volume, 1976). Its 7,035 pages (44% more text than IDB) make it the largest modern Bible dictionary in English. Although it includes entries on all the standard topics, ABD also has extensive articles on all relevant aspects of the biblical world, amounting to a virtual encyclopedia of the ancient Near East (e.g., Egyptian history, literature, and religion [90p. versus IBD's 28p.], Mesopotamian history and culture [62p.], Judaism [52p.], biblical theology [56p.], Sociology [19p.]). Archaeological sites and extracanonical writings receive special attention: coverage of the Dead Sea Scrolls and Nag Hammadi codices is extensive. Most articles include substantial bibliographies; about 12% of ABD is devoted to bibliographic citations. Two weaknesses must be noted: cross-references are used inconsistently and generally too infrequently (e.g., ^D" lacks cross-references to articles on individual types of criticism), and the size and comprehensiveness of bibliographies varies widely even among similar topics (^D" has 28 citations, ^D" has 433). Although libraries should keep IBD for its more complete coverage of biblical words, ABD is essential for all academic and large public libraries. K. Moll Rolvaag Memorial Library, St. Olaf College

Copyright American Library Association, used with permission.
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