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Theological Lexicon of the Old Testament (Jenni, Westermann)

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An indispensable and incomparable reference work, this translation of the German Theologisches Handworterbuch zum Alten Testament makes accessible for the first time in English a wealth of theological insight. Outstanding scholars provide in-depth and wide-ranging investigations of the historical, semantic, and theological meanings of Old Testament concepts.

Well-organized and clearly written articles analyze a significant portion of the Old Testament vocabulary. This reference work can serve a wide audience, from professors and researchers to pastors and students of the Bible. Even readers with little or no knowledge of Hebrew can use it profitably.

Whereas traditional lexicons do little more than offer possible translations in the light of etymological and grammatical evidence, the Theological Lexicon of the Old Testament goes further, evaluating each term’s theological relevance by clearly describing its actual usage in the language. In the process, it makes available to readers in many form- and tradition-critical insights hitherto buried in scattered commentaries, monographs, Old Testament theologies, journal articles, etc. Thus the individual articles serve as concise, well-structured histories of research with conclusions, discussion of controversies, and references to the most important literature.

The methodological repertoire of the TLOT is deliberately broad because today it is generally agreed that no single approach can fully illuminate a term’s meaning. Assumptions that led to ill-advised short-cuts--e.g., the chimera of a basic meaning from which all other meanings developed--have given way to a methodological pluralism, that considers a term’s significance from several points of view and thus does more justice to actual usage.

Further, terms are keyed to other standard reference works, such as Brown-Driver-Briggs, The Theological Dictionary of the Old Testament, Strong’s Concordance, and others.

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Theological Lexicon of the Old Testament
• Editors: Ernst Jenni, Claus Westermann
• Translator: Mark E. Biddle
• Publisher: Hendrickson Publishers (1997)

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