A Book to Own: @IVPAcademic’s Dictionary of Major Biblical Interpreters

2927One of my favorite books is IVP’s Dictionary of Major Biblical Interpreters. I cannot tell you how many times I have picked up this book to read a entry or two and wound up spending at least an hour perusing the pages, learning about people I never knew about before or only heard in passing. I can get lost in the pages of this gem of a book!

In essence, this book is exactly what the title indicates: a collection of bios on some of the most important interpreters of the Bible. Just to give you a taste, here are a few entries:

  • Athanasius
  • Augustine
  • C.K. Barrett
  • James Barr
  • Raymond Brown
  • F.F. Bruce
  • Rudolf Bultmann
  • Leonhard Gopplet
  • Ernst Käsemann
  • C.F.D. Moule
  • Ceslas Spicq
  • Adolf Schlatter

But the entries go beyond just biographical information. There is also discussion on the important works of each entry as well as their contribution to scholarship and the significance they had. If you are anything like me, you will find a book like this a real pleasure and a fantastic read.

The one sad note is that this book is now out of print. But you can still get hardback copies of it on Amazon, as well as on kindle. There is also a Logos version, which is the one that I use, I like to be able to have the freedom to open up my Logos mobile and read an entry or two.

At any rate, do yourself a favor and pick up a copy. You will not regret it! And hey, you may also learn something about someone you never heard of before, which is always a good thing.


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