Today, while waiting for my copy of Wright’s Paul and the Faithfulness of God, I received the latest volume in the essential IVP “Black Dictionaries” series Dictionary of Jesus and the Gospels. If you are seminary student you know just how useful and essential these dictionaries are. They are a storehouse of theological goodness; a one-stop-shop for anything and everything related to gospel and Jesus studies. I cannot begin to describe why you need this dictionary! You already have the first edition? Great, now get the second as well! I will spend a number of posts reviewing this, comparing it with the first and highlighting some of the differences, which include new articles.
Like its predecessor, this revision of the Dictionary of Jesus and the Gospels provides students with introductory discussions, comprehensive surveys and convenient bibliographies. For pastors and teachers it provides reliable and readable information. For theologians and biblical scholars it provides up-to-date reviews. People interested in Jesus and the Gospels can start here–and from here they will be led back with new insights and questions to the biblical texts themselves. And they may find themselves turning from one article to the next, and on to further studies, as the pursue their questions.