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Dictionary of the Later New Testament and Its Developments
Edited by Ralph P. Martin and Peter H. Davids
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The Dictionary of the Later New Testament and Its Development follows the Dictionary of Jesus and the Gospels and the Dictionary of Paul and His Letters as the third in a celebrated series of reference works on the Bible. Picking up where the previous volumes left off, this volume includes in its scope the book of Acts, the general epistles of Peter, James, Jude and John, and the books of Hebrews and Revelation. The Dictionary is without peer in its in-depth coverage of the most neglected books of the New Testament.
In addition to its coverage of this New Testament literature, a unique and valuable feature of this Dictionary is its extended coverage of developments in early Christianity through A.D. 150. Some articles, such as those on each of the apostolic fathers, focus exclusively on this postapostolic period. But nearly all topical articles take into consideration the writings of the apostolic fathers. Readers will enjoy a deeper and expanded understanding of how orthodox Christianity continued and developed in the years just following the New Testament era. No other single-volume reference work provides comparable coverage and assessment of the early patristic era and its theology.
The Dictionary of the Later New Testament and Its Developments is a timely response to post-Enlightenment Christians who are seeking to rediscover their ancient roots in the soil of the first two centuries of the Christian era. And it lays the foundation for budding students of the New Testament who are now being challenged to expand their field of vision to include the broader crucible in which the Christian tradition developed.
" This volume provides an excellent reference tool that matches the excellent quality of the Dictionary of Paul and His Letters. Numerous articles offer constructive help and contain very useful up-to-date bibliographies. I gladly commend this volume to students of the subject."
—Anthony C. Thiselton, University of Nottingham
" The coverage of this Dictionary embraces not only the remaining books of the New Testament but also includes the apostolic fathers and other related topics. The volume will thus provide assistance to pastors and students alike in understanding the broader historical context of early Christianity and its literature. Both IVP and the editors of the volume are to be congratulated on producing such a helpful dictionary."
—Bruce M. Metzger, Princeton Theological Seminary
"The Dictionary of the Later New Testament & Its Developments is a welcome--and much-needed--companion to the DJG and DPL. Written by a broad range of contributors, it covers a wide range of topics, not only on the rest of the New Testament but also on the early second-century church. The articles are of consistently high quality, with superb bibliographies that should cause them to be the first place one turns for most of the topics covered in this excellent volume."
—Gordon D. Fee, Regent College
" IVP's Dictionary of the Later New Testament & Its Developments is a very useful, even indispensable, companion for all scholars working in this field but also for pastors and teachers interested in the Bible and New Testament scholarship. The articles give a solid overview of modern scholarship and basic information. The bibliographies are well founded and concise. The Dictionary should get a standard place in biblical libraries."
—Martin Hengel, University of Tübingen
"The Dictionary of the Later New Testament & Its Developments continues in the formidable tradition pioneered by the DJG and DPL, covering Acts, Hebrews, James and Jude, the letters attributed to Peter and John, and Revelation. The articles are weighty, written on the whole by people who are experts in the respective areas. . . . This volume extends the treatment of the various topics into the middle of the second century, by including treatment of the respective themes by the apostolic fathers. . . . This initiative informatively sets the later New Testament writings in the ongoing historical trajectory of reflection on the gospel and apostolic teaching. The DLNTD will join the two volumes that precede it and the projected Dictionary of New Testament Background as one of the most useful resources of the century available to students of the New Testament."
—Max Turner, London Bible College
"This volume is a worthy companion to the two previous ones. Its deep, detailed and rigorous coverage of every topic one can think of in the later New Testament is enhanced by taking the discussion forward well into the second century. A book no serious student will want to be without."
—N. T. Wright, Lichfield Cathedral
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About the Editors
Martin is distinguished scholar in residence at Fuller Theological Seminary, at the Graduate School ofTheology of Azusa Pacific University and at Logos Evangelical Seminary in Pasadena, California. He wasformerly professor of New Testament at Fuller Theological Seminary and professor associate in biblical studiesat the University of Sheffield in Sheffield, England. He is the author of numerous studies and commentaries onthe New Testament, including James in the Word Biblical Commentary, for which he also serves as NewTestament editor. Davids is scholar in residence at the Vineyard Church in Stafford, Texas. He has taught biblical studies at suchinstitutions as Regent College (Vancouver, British Columbia) and Canadian Theological Seminary (Regina,Saskatchewan), and he continuis to teach in theological schools in Europe. He is the author of commentarieson James and 1 Peter.
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