InterVarsity Press's Dictionary of the Old Testament: Prophets was recognized as a finalist in the 2013 ECPA Book Awards for Bible Reference. The publication of this volume last June completed the eight-volume IVP Bible Dictionary set. The comprehensive research of these dictionaries has made a significant contribution to evangelical scholarship, covering the entire biblical canon.
"It is gratifying to see the Dictionary of the Old Testament: Prophets being named a finalist in the Bible Reference category of the 2013 ECPA Book Awards," said Dan Reid, series editor. "Along with past awards in this series, this is a credit to the volume editors and the numerous biblical scholars who have given their time, expertise and energy to make this happen. In a day when our first impulse is to turn to Google or Wikipedia for immediate answers that seem 'good enough,' it's heartening to see hard-won knowledge receive recognition."
Known affectionately as the "Black Dictionaries" for their cover design, the set has grown in popularity within the scholarly community over the last two decades. With more than 300,000 volumes sold, the IVP Bible Dictionary Series has been used in countless venues worldwide for contemporary evangelical discussion. The previously published volumes have also received numerous accolades, including the Christianity Today Critics' Choice Award, the Association of Logos Bookstores Book Award and multiple ECPA Gold Medallions, and have been named books of the year by the Academy of Parish Clergy and Christianity Today.
The Dictionary of the Old Testament: Prophets includes 115 articles highlighting all aspects of Isaiah, Jeremiah, Ezekiel, the twelve Minor Prophets and Daniel. Volume editors Mark J. Boda and J. Gordon McConville thoroughly cover each book's historical, cultural, religious and literary background alongside articles on interpretation history and critical method.
"The immense value that any of the volumes in the Black Dictionary series hold to those engaged in critical study of the Bible is certainly reflected in the current offering, and in instances of repeated articles from previous volumes, one of course will find the most up to date research and references," wrote Dan Wu in the Journal for the Evangelical Study of the Old Testament. "Boda and McConville have done a marvelous service to the ever-changing and expanding field of study in the OT, and the Dictionary of the Old Testament: Prophets belongs on the shelves of libraries and studies of anyone engaged in the area."
Winners be named at ECPA's 2013 Awards Banquet on April 29, 2013, during their annual Leadership Summit. To learn more about the IVP Bible Dictionary Series or to purchase the entire set, visit ivpress.us/the-ivp-bible-dictionary-series.