The Encyclopedia of the Bible and its Reception is CHOICE OUTSTANDING ACADEMIC TITLE in 2010!
Encyclopedia of the Bible and Its Reception (EBR)
Ed. by Allison, Jr., Dale C. / Leppin, Volker / Seow, Choon-Leong / Spieckermann, Hermann / Walfish, Barry Dov / Ziolkowski, Eric
Available on a standing order basis only.
- Volume 1-30 Encyclopedia of the Bible and its Reception
- Volume 1 Aaron – Aniconism
- Volume 2 Anim – Atheism
- Volume 3 Athena – Birkat ha-Minim
- Volume 4 Birsha – Chariot of Fire
- Volume 5 Charisma – Czazkes
- Volume 6 Dabbesheth – Dreams and Dream Interpretation
- Volume 7 Dress – Essene Gate
- Volume 8 Essenes – Fox, George (approx.)
Aims and Scope
The Encyclopedia of the Bible and Its Reception (EBR) pursues a twofold task. Firstly, it comprehensively renders the current state of knowledge on the origins and development of the Bible according to its different canonic forms in Judaism and Christianity. Secondly, it documents the history of the Bible’s reception, not only in the Christian churches and the Jewish Diaspora, but also in literature, art, music, and film, as well as Islam and other religious traditions and current religious movements.
The print edition was launched in Rome on July 1, 2009, with the publication of the first two volumes. Here are a few reactions from experts:
“This is surely a creative and original project that will fill a need in today’s biblical studies, [...] a monumental work which is indeed a treasure trove of information on the Bible and on how it has influenced people over the centuries.”
(Stephen Pisano, S.J., Pontifical Biblical Institute, Rome)
“[…] the Bible is not just a 6th–5th century BCE or a 1st–2nd century CE document. It is equally an 8th century, 12th century, 16th century, and 20th century CE document. […] With the publication of the Encyclopedia of the Bible and Its Reception, it is now possible to respond to the intellectual challenge of that insight. With its unparalleled combination of historical critical and reception historical articles, the EBR reconfigures the very conception of what it means to do biblical studies and invites a veritable paradigm shift in the discipline.”
(Dr. Carol A. Newsom, Charles Howard Candler Professor of Old Testament, Candler School of Theology, Emory University)
“So what must one know nowadays in order to be a biblical scholar? That’s simple: everything – from the text itself through the Dead Sea Scrolls, Christian Scripture, Origen, Augustine, Rashi, Abarbanel, Calvin, Spinoza, Wellhausen, etc., etc., right up to the contributions of feminist and postcolonial criticism, queer studies, Bible and mass media – whatever happens to be on someone’s scholarly agenda. Of course no one can know all of that stuff. More important than knowing it all, however, is recognizing how essential it all is to what we do. I am grateful to the editors and publisher of EBR for sharing that recognition, devoting 30 volumes to this fabulous repository of knowledge, and putting it at our disposal.”
(Professor Alan Cooper, Professor of Bible at Union Theological Seminary and at Jewish Theological Seminary)