How does the Zondervan Encyclopedia compare with other bible dictionaries?

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Andrew116 | Forum Activity | Posted: Sat, Dec 24 2016 1:02 AM

Hi all,

how does the zondervan dictionary compare with the IVP dictionary set, Anchor Bible Dictionary, and Lexham Bible Dictionary?

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Mark Barnes | Forum Activity | Replied: Sat, Dec 24 2016 3:50 AM

Lexham Bible Dictionary — very thorough, of sometimes variable quality, and not much use in academic work.

IVP Dictionary set — excellent quality, limited coverage (a small number of long articles), great for treating different Bible genres/historical periods on their own merits, not so good for getting a whole Bible perspective.

Anchor Bible Dictionary — comprehensive and academic. IMO sometimes takes an overly critical approach. Misses some obvious topics if it thinks they're theological (e.g. prayer).

Zondervan Encylopaedia — Fairly comprehensive, although less detailed than IVP and Anchor, and not particularly academic. Has some illustrations. Usually strikes a good balance between saying too much and saying too little. I like it a lot. Along with AYBD, it's my "go to".

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Mattillo | Forum Activity | Replied: Sat, Dec 24 2016 9:09 AM

I really enjoy the Baker encyclopedia as well. 

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Denise | Forum Activity | Replied: Sat, Dec 24 2016 9:28 AM

Mark's summary is good. I considered the Zondervan, but passed, since it's too light. I'd assume for family use, it'd be quite good ... depth but not excessive.

You list the 4, which largely represent modern perspectives. Don't forget the older Hastings, and more importantly Smith's Dictionary of Antiquity (greek/roman). The latter saves a lot of time, especially in the NT background and later.


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Todd Phillips | Forum Activity | Replied: Sat, Dec 24 2016 9:50 AM

I posted a short review where I compare it to the ISBE on this thread: https://community.logos.com/forums/p/130335/847151.aspx#847151

I included several screenshots there that may be helpful.

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DAL | Forum Activity | Replied: Sat, Dec 24 2016 11:38 AM

Andrew116:

Hi all,

how does the zondervan dictionary compare with the IVP dictionary set, Anchor Bible Dictionary, and Lexham Bible Dictionary?

 The overall consensus was that IVP and others were of better quality. When Zondervan had a sale a few months ago it was offered at a cheaper price and a lot of people passed on it since the quality wasn't as good as the others you've mentioned.  For summaries, I guess it would be ok, but not at current price.

DAL

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