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#21 davidmedina

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Posted 09 January 2014 - 12:27 PM

Hope that this clarify what my concerns are and what I mean when I say liberal vs conservative.

 

Is not a matter of labels or opinions. For me is a matter of honesty. The color of your eyeglasses will color what you see. 

 

What I define as liberal is someone that decide what they believe not based on what the Scripture (Sola Scripture) say but they impose upon the Scripture what they want to believe.

 

For example, take the feminists. Because they want certain things they will look into ways to interpret the Bible to fit their "theology", even if that means discard what the Bible say or try to fit a square peg into a round hole. I know that some fill say that that is a matter of opinion and that is precisely what I want to avoid. I want to know what the Bible says. Period. I want tools that help me find what the writers of the Bible as inspired by the Holy Spirit are telling me.

 

A Conservative I define as someone who believe in sola scripture and the Bible interpret itself and do not seek to impose on the Bible his or hers preconceived views and opinions (within their human limitations, of course). I am sure someone all tell me that conservatives too impose their views upon the Bible and I agree that is some cases that may be the case. But that is what I am trying to move beyond labels and into scholarly integrity and honesty. I want books that start with the premise that the Bible IS the word of God, inherent and inspired. Still, I don't mind reading book from people that do not believe as I do, but when I read them I know what I am reading. A "Bible Dictionary" is another matter as it comes with some expectations.

 

And before someone tells me, yes, I know that we are all imperfect and will always have some preconceived ideas when we study the Bible. Yes, that is true and that is why I mentioned honesty at the beginning. And to me that is my concerned about any resource and not just the AYBD. I don't mind someone telling me their opinion or view point but I want to be told that that is what it is and not that that is what the Bible says.


Edited by davidmedina, 09 January 2014 - 12:31 PM.

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Posted 09 January 2014 - 03:15 PM

Hey David,

 

  Nothing useful to say on the dictionaries themselves but a thought...any chance there is a library (university or seminary) nearby that has and would let you look at the thing in person ? I've done this in the past with a local seminary library for something I was interested in. I find online buying of books tricky because you cannot sample the text easily, something Amazon has evidently found out. Alas their AYBD listing does not provide Look Inside support for AYBD.

 

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Posted 09 January 2014 - 03:44 PM

AS long as David does't ask for hundreds of articles, I am more than willing to send him the articles he wants to examine before making a purchase.

 

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Posted 09 January 2014 - 05:28 PM

I had that choice and decided for the NIDB, for pretty much the following reasons, kind of in order.

 

NIDB a newer product, should be more up-to-date

NIDB cheaper

NIDB has more topics

Read a good review of the NIDB somewhere

AYBD alleged to be "liberal" (whatever that means, see above)



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Posted 09 January 2014 - 05:41 PM

Hi Daniel, unfortunately, no that I know. We do not have many significant libraries here.

 

Dan, thanks. Could I see the entry on Mark Gospel authorship? If you have the NIBD or may Alistar, could you include it to compare it? 

 

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Posted 09 January 2014 - 06:56 PM

I sent you the NIDB/AYBD on Gospel of Mark... hop it helps you decided which is best for you.



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Posted 10 January 2014 - 12:05 AM

Thanks


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Posted 10 January 2014 - 12:22 AM

Ok. After reviewing all the information and reviews and what you guys have said here and on other threads,  I have decided to go with the AYBD.

 

I think you guys are right and that it will be a good resource to not only go deeper but to understand different points of views to mine. What I noticed was that even in points that I may not agree with they are presented as what they are, alternative points of views. 

 

For example, when the AYBD discussed the authorship of Mark briefly mentions of the author opinion that the author of Mark could have been a man or a woman. The NIDB mentions it in a more subtle way, more apropos. I prefer the way the AYBD does it. 

 

The NIDB also look nice. But I think the AYBD will round of my dictionaries for the moment.

 

Thanks everyone.


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