A Good Reference Work on Jesus and the Gospels–Updated Edition
The Dicti0nary of Jesus and the Gospels appeared in 1992, and was an excellent reference work especially useful to students and “general readers”. The contributions were typically essay-length and with generous bibliographies, giving up to date and carefully-considered analyses of the many subjects addressed. I am pleased to see that a second edition has just appeared: Dictionary of Jesus and the Gospels, ed. Joel B. Green et al. (InterVarsity Press).
It’s about 150 pages larger (xxxii+1087 pp.), with a number new articles on a number of subjects not addressed in the 1992 edition. Also, some 90% of the articles in the 1992 edition have been newly-assigned and written by new contributors (including my own contributions to the 1992 edition!). And, perhaps best of all for cash-strapped students and others, this large hardback volume is priced at $48 (which is 20% off the retail price of $60, in itself not bad), as per the publisher’s online site here.
So, in one reasonably priced volume you have the equivalent of a mini-library of information, the entries taking account of the mushrooming of scholarly issues and debates about Jesus and the Gospels that has characterized the decades since the 1992 edition. Just in time for Christmas! (And, once again, I don’t get any financial consideration for the books I recommend on this site)