Zondervan Academic has just announced the release of several new academic books. Two deserve special mention.
1) The Dictionary of Biblical Prophecy and Endtimes, edited by J. Daniel Hays, J. Scott Duvall, C. Marvin Pate
"The Dictionary of Biblical Prophecy is a comprehensive reference tool designed to assist everyday people in understanding biblical prophecy. Based on solid scholarship, the dictionary contains clear and readable entries on a broad sweep of topics relevant to biblical prophecy, providing insight to complicated subjects in a balanced fashion."
"All you wanted to know about biblical prophecy from A to Z, the Dictionary of Biblical Prophecy is a comprehensive reference tool. It is targeted for those who truly desire to understand prophecy and the end-times. Starting with “Abomination of Desolation” and continuing through hundreds of articles until “Zionism,” this book provides helpful and interesting discussions of the entire range of biblical prophecy, all at your fingertips. This exhaustive work contains articles on a broad sweep of topics relevant to the study of biblical prophecy and eschatology. The articles are based on solid scholarship, yet are clear and accessible to the lay reader, illuminating even the most complicated issues. The dictionary also strives for a balanced presentation by laying out differing positions along with their strengths and weaknesses, while not pushing any specific theological or interpretive agenda other than a firm commitment to seeking to understand the Scriptures. This is a valuable tool you will refer to time and again."
2) Introduction to Biblical Hermeneutics: The Search for Meaning. Revised and Expanded Edition. By Walter C. Kaiser, Jr., and Moises Silva.
I am pleased that this useful text on the introduction to biblical hermeneutics has been revised and expanded. Having had the privilege to study under the feet of these two masters, I am glad that this text is now getting better with the revised edition with four new chapters addressing contemporary issues.
"This standard hermeneutics text has been updated and expanded, allowing the authors to fine-tune their discussions on fundamental interpretive topics. Four new chapters have been added that address more recent controversial issues. The coauthors hold different viewpoints on many topics addressed, making for vibrant, thought-provoking dialogue on this crucial discipline."
"Since its publication in 1994, An Introduction to Biblical Hermeneutics has become a standard text for a generation of students, pastors, and serious lay readers. This second edition has been substantially updated and expanded, allowing the authors to fine-tune and enrich their discussions on fundamental interpretive topics. In addition, four new chapters have been included that address more recent controversial issues:
• The role of biblical theology in interpretation
• How to deal with contemporary questions not directly addressed in the Bible
• The New Testament’s use of the Old Testament
• The role of history in interpretation
"The book retains the unique aspect of being written by two scholars who hold differing viewpoints on many issues, making for vibrant, thought-provoking dialogue. What they do agree on, however, is the authority of Scripture, the relevance of personal Bible study to life, and why these things matter."