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toughski | Forum Activity | Posted: Tue, Dec 29 2009 11:40 PM

I have a value question for those who have this product: is it worth getting Anchor Yale Bible Dictionary for a person who has a Portfolio base package.  At the moment I have 12 Bible Background resources and 23 more Bible Dictionaries. Is there significant content in AYBD that is not elsewhere?

 

 

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Rosie Perera | Forum Activity | Replied: Wed, Dec 30 2009 12:49 AM

First, the Anchor Yale Bible Dictionary (ABD) in print is six volumes of approximately 1200 pages each, so it has far more in-depth articles than what you'll find in the other dictionaries. I would suggest you do a comparison on one entry from the ABD with the same entry from the best of your other dictionaries. I don't think it would be kosher for me to send you an entire entry for comparison, and there are no sample pages either on logos.com or amazon.com or books.google.com, so unless you have access to the print edition in a nearby library you'll have to settle for word counts. The entry for AARON, for example, is 5898 words in ABD, but only 1398 words in the International Standard Bible Encyclopedia ISBE (I've only got the 1915 edition; the 1995 ed. would surely be somewhat better), 1342 in Eerdmans Bible Dictionary, etc.

Second, the ABD is an interfaith (Jewish-Christian), multicultural, and interdisciplinary effort by nearly 1000 contributors, so it's going to have a broader scholarly approach than most of the single volume dictionaries would. That's not to say you'd agree with it theologically in all cases where it's talking about something other than neutral objective information, but you might find out some things you wouldn't from a more focused dictionary.

Read the user reviews of the print edition at Amazon.com to get a feel for whether it's something you'd want to own: http://www.amazon.com/Anchor-Bible-Dictionary-Set/dp/038542583X. Also read the review of it in Recent Reference Books in Religion, entry 60, starting at the bottom of p. 98 (pp. 98-99 are available on Google Books: http://books.google.com/books?id=Wxe3f6YkxSoC&pg=PA98&v=onepage)

It's really an excellent resource, and one that should not be lacking in anyone's library who is committed to such a full library as the Portfolio includes. But I could certainly understand not wanting to spend more money when you've already shelled out what you did for the Portfolio.

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Damian McGrath | Forum Activity | Replied: Wed, Dec 30 2009 12:55 AM

Rosie Perera:
I would suggest you do a comparison on one entry from the ABD with the same entry from the best of your other dictionaries

I had the same thought.

It would be a great suggestion for Logos to have a page on Bible Dictionaries which included several excerpts from each dictionary.

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Rosie Perera | Forum Activity | Replied: Wed, Dec 30 2009 1:25 AM

Damian McGrath:

It would be a great suggestion for Logos to have a page on Bible Dictionaries which included several excerpts from each dictionary.

Good idea. I was all excited at first to see that there was a video describing the Anchor Yale Bible Dictionary on its product page, but then I was very disappointed to see that all it did was tout what a wonderful thing it was to have a print book in Logos format. If people don't know this already by the time they are considering adding a book like ABD to their library, I'm not sure a video is going to convince them. What a wasted opportunity to talk about the unique features of the ABD as a reference work, not how the Logos version of it differs from the print version. Well, I shouldn't say the video itself is a waste -- it's a good video on why Logos electronic books are great, but it isn't all that specific to the ABD so it doesn't really belong buried on its page.

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Damian McGrath | Forum Activity | Replied: Wed, Dec 30 2009 1:44 AM

Rosie Perera:
I was all excited at first to see that there was a video describing the Anchor Yale Bible Dictionary on its product page,

I found that on Youtube a couple of weeks ago - it obviously dates back to the days of yore. ABD was my first purchase in around 2000.... when it was a pretty new thing to have electronic resources....

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toughski | Forum Activity | Replied: Wed, Dec 30 2009 5:48 AM

Rosie Perera:

Read the user reviews of the print edition at Amazon.com to get a feel for whether it's something you'd want to own: http://www.amazon.com/Anchor-Bible-Dictionary-Set/dp/038542583X. Also read the review of it in Recent Reference Books in Religion, entry 60, starting at the bottom of p. 98 (pp. 98-99 are available on Google Books: http://books.google.com/books?id=Wxe3f6YkxSoC&pg=PA98&v=onepage)

Thanks, I did not even think about Amazon for this title.  Amazon is my de-facto review forum for everything starting from books to electronics to baby strollers.  But for christian literature I was so focused on Logos that I forgot what a wonderful  tool Amazon reviews are.  Thanks again!

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Blair Laird | Forum Activity | Replied: Wed, Dec 30 2009 6:05 AM

The price that it is available makes is soo desiring. I personally think it is a really good dictionary worth the purchase.. It was missing articles on stuff like free will and other stuff I was looking for, but overall a scholarly choice..

I personally am moving away from dictionaries now. Logos is starting to produce encyclopedias, which fit my study form a little better. Plus they have more info that helps when I am doing research papers for school and stuff.

I believe overall it is one of the best dictionaries a must for anyone's collection. To your question directly, it goes more in-depth then the other dictionaries. Already owning so many it is a tough call.

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J.R. Miller | Forum Activity | Replied: Wed, Dec 30 2009 8:10 AM

VladimirLukyanov:
I have a value question for those who have this product: is it worth getting Anchor Yale Bible Dictionary for a person who has a Portfolio base package.  At the moment I have 12 Bible Background resources and 23 more Bible Dictionaries. Is there significant content in AYBD that is not elsewhere?
I think it is worth it!

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Aaron | Forum Activity | Replied: Wed, Dec 30 2009 10:18 AM

From the articles  I have read in the ABD along some of the the Anchor Yale commentaries  - while in seminary not too many years back - I noticed it has more of a liberal bent, and also has more critical historical background content.  The ISBE tends to be a contender with the Evangelical perspective. To get an idea with what Anchor publishes, look at authors in this prepup Anchor Yale reference collection along with the commentary set. With that you will get an idea to what type of scholars they like to write the articles. Furthermore, it is on my wishlist if that helps.

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Randall Hartman | Forum Activity | Replied: Wed, Dec 30 2009 11:17 AM

ABD?  Three words: "GET IT!"  (OK.  That was two words but I am trying to get your attention.  It is one of my very best resources.

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Rosie Perera | Forum Activity | Replied: Thu, Dec 31 2009 1:01 PM

Randy Hartman:

ABD?  Three words: "GET IT!"  (OK.  That was two words but I am trying to get your attention.  It is one of my very best resources.

And of course we all know what ABD means in the field of doctoral studies: All But Dissertation... :-)

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