Which Bible encyclopedia: AYBD, ISBE, or ZEB?

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Bill Moore | Forum Activity | Posted: Fri, Sep 9 2011 7:36 AM

I'm about to make a substantial order (anything that may include the NICOT/NT and obligates me to a 12-month payment plan is substantial in my book) and am looking to include a good Bible encyclopedia. All I have at present are the ones included in the Platinum package.

If choosing among the Anchor Yale Bible Dictionary, the International Standard Bible Encyclopedia, and the Zondervan Encyclopedia of the Bible, which would be the first you would add to your library and why?

Thanks much.

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Todd Phillips | Forum Activity | Replied: Fri, Sep 9 2011 8:07 AM

I would choose ISBE.  But the best thing I can do for you is point to the previous discussions on this topic.  My reasons are in the post at the first link:

http://community.logos.com/forums/p/31973/237952.aspx#237952

http://community.logos.com/forums/p/6648/53411.aspx

http://community.logos.com/forums/p/37021/277582.aspx

http://community.logos.com/forums/p/14942/114122.aspx

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Bill Moore | Forum Activity | Replied: Fri, Sep 9 2011 8:40 AM

Todd, thanks for the links to other threads. I had read most of them but had not noticed the comments about the internal linking issues with the AYBD from a couple of years ago. Have they been updated?

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Todd Phillips | Forum Activity | Replied: Fri, Sep 9 2011 8:42 AM

Bill Moore:

Todd, thanks for the links to other threads. I had read most of them but had not noticed the comments about the link issues with the AYBD from a couple of years ago. Have they been updated?

No, AYBD is still in the process of being updated.  See Jannie's post here:

http://community.logos.com/forums/p/6794/254518.aspx#254518

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tom | Forum Activity | Replied: Fri, Sep 9 2011 8:56 AM

Bill Moore:

I'm about to make a substantial order (anything that may include the NICOT/NT and obligates me to a 12-month payment plan is substantial in my book) and am looking to include a good Bible encyclopedia. All I have at present are the ones included in the Platinum package.

If choosing among the Anchor Yale Bible Dictionary, the International Standard Bible Encyclopedia, and the Zondervan Encyclopedia of the Bible, which would be the first you would add to your library and why?

Thanks much.

I have all three, and my first stop is always the AYBD.  Then I usually go to ISBE (but not always).  I very seldom make it Zondervan.

 

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Friedrich | Forum Activity | Replied: Fri, Sep 9 2011 9:01 AM

i was pretty excited about  ZEB when it came out: looks snappy and was updated.  Have since found out "updated" does not mean a LOT of new articles.  There are some substantial ones.  Most are from the old set (Pictorial, I think) with occasional updated bibliographies, but not articles.  This was disappointing.

ISBE and AYDB are two different animals, often not covering the same ground.  ISBE has more "Bible Word Study" type entries, for one.  Both are terrific.  I'd seriously think of getting both.  IVP Reference, if you don't have that, is another "different animal", but well well well worth it.

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Jannie van Niekerk | Forum Activity | Replied: Fri, Sep 9 2011 9:29 AM

Todd Phillips:

Bill Moore:

Todd, thanks for the links to other threads. I had read most of them but had not noticed the comments about the link issues with the AYBD from a couple of years ago. Have they been updated?

No, AYBD is still in the process of being updated.  See Jannie's post here:

http://community.logos.com/forums/p/6794/254518.aspx#254518

Update: Its getting closer! The stats on this resource boggles the mind. Surprise

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mab | Forum Activity | Replied: Fri, Sep 9 2011 10:19 AM

I went for ISBE first because I had it in print before and it's been a long-standing benchmark. Then I went for AYBD on sale since it's considered the most detailed. ISBE is more than enough for most people. I never looked at the Zondervan, so I have no idea if it's worth having.

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Bill Moore | Forum Activity | Replied: Fri, Sep 9 2011 10:20 AM

Thanks, everyone. With the prices quoted on the AYBD and the ISBE, I'm leaning towards getting both.

Here's the next question: How am I to put aside funds for a tablet to read more comfortably many of my Logos books if I keep spending said funds on Logos resources? Wink

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George Somsel | Forum Activity | Replied: Fri, Sep 9 2011 11:38 AM

Bill Moore:

Thanks, everyone. With the prices quoted on the AYBD and the ISBE, I'm leaning towards getting both.

Here's the next question: How am I to put aside funds for a tablet to read more comfortably many of my Logos books if I keep spending said funds on Logos resources? Wink

That might be a good decision.  I remember when I was in high school reading the old ISBE (a different animal) from cover to cover.  The AYBD impresses me most though.  It is an absolute must.  I have purchased the new ISBE in Logos, but I don't use it that much.

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Praiser | Forum Activity | Replied: Fri, Sep 9 2011 12:48 PM

Bill Moore:
Here's the next question: How am I to put aside funds for a tablet to read more comfortably many of my Logos books if I keep spending said funds on Logos resources? Wink

 

Yep, a tablet is still on my wish list...but as time goes by...technology keeps getting betterGeeked I humor myself this way.

Maybe add it to your Christmas, Anniversary, Birthday gift wish list?Surprise

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Bill Moore | Forum Activity | Replied: Fri, Sep 9 2011 12:58 PM

I humor myself the same way, Praiser. As far as gifts, that's way outside our budget. Smile But, as you say, technology is getting better.

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Dan Francis | Forum Activity | Replied: Fri, Sep 9 2011 1:23 PM

Bill Moore:

Thanks, everyone. With the prices quoted on the AYBD and the ISBE, I'm leaning towards getting both.

Here's the next question: How am I to put aside funds for a tablet to read more comfortably many of my Logos books if I keep spending said funds on Logos resources? Wink

I honestly don't think you will be disappointed. As was stated they are different animals both very useful. Enjoy.

-Dan

 

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