I am also biblically conservative, but find AYBD very helpful in bringing me up to speed with the larger discussions in biblical studies, including views I may not normally hear. It is THE standard Bible dictionary in university circles, to such an extent that those that do not consult it are considered ill-informed. Those who wish to engage the larger scholarly community in discussion need to consult it regularly.
Thanks for taking the time out to answer my post.....I appreciate your input...I don't know if you have heard about the Green Scholars Initiative...they purchase Biblical and non-Bibilcal historically significant texts and do research with several universities...they also have world class scholars (mostly conservative) give lectures that defend the Bible from a historical, text critical, etc viewpoint (it is not a debate forum)....they try to be non-denominational and have had an exhibit at the Vatican...the website if you are interested is:
This website shows a little of their display which has traveled around the US and also store for DVDs, etc
I have purchased a lot of their DVDs and have learned a lot...it not often "a non-scholar" but serious student of the Bible has the opportunity to hear "reports" from scholars on topics they are researching or "experts"in....
This website shows a little of their display which travels and a store for DVDs, etc
Edited by fmcfee, 19 September 2013 - 01:13 PM.