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The Oxford Encyclopedia of the Bible and Theology

Editor in Chief: Samuel E. Balentine

The Oxford Encyclopedia of the Bible and Theology (OEBT) is a new encyclopedic treatment of major theological issues and themes in the Bible that surpasses all similar reference works in scope and significance. Leading scholars provide extensive overviews of key topics, offering analyses of the trajectory and reception history of theological issues as well as critical assessment of Near Eastern and Greco-Roman antecedents for Old and New Testament perspectives. While many entries address the Bible's historical context, including traditional theological perspectives on creation, sin, covenant, grace, and forgiveness, others are more rooted in modern issues, featuring biblical perspectives on contemporary concerns such as wealth and poverty, gender/race discrimination, and market economics.

The two-volume OEBT contains 168 entries ranging in length from 2,000 to 8,000 words. With bibliographic references and suggestions for further reading, each entry affords students and scholars a comprehensive topical and methodological summary of the topic that serves as both a go-to reference and a starting point for original research. The OEBT's distinctive approach and range of entries make it a unique resource that fills a void in biblical scholarship.

Published by Oxford University Press, 2015.


Table of Contents

1 and 2 Chronicles
1 and 2 Corinthians
1 and 2 Kings
1 and 2 Peter
1 and 2 Samuel
1 and 2 Timothy
1 Thessalonians
2 Thessalonians
Abraham
Acts of the Apostles
Adam
Adam, Last
Adoption
Allegory and Typology
Amos
Angels
Anger
Anthropology
Apocalypticism
Apostasy
Apostleship
Asceticism
Atonement
Authority and Order
Baptism
Barrenness
Blessings and Curses
Body
Book of the Twelve
Call
Canaan and Canaanites
Canon
Catholic Epistles
Christ
Christology
Colossians
Comfort and Mourning
Commandments
Compassion
Conversion
Covenant
Creation
Cult and Worship
Curse
Daniel
Darkness
David
David, Son of
Day of the Lord
Death and Dying
Decalogue
Demons
Deuteronomy
Deutero-Pauline Letters
Devils and Demons
Discipleship
Disease
Ecclesiastes
Ecclesiology
Eden
Education
Election
Ephesians
Epiphany
Eschatology
Esther
Ethics, Biblical
Evil
Exile and Dislocation
Exodus
Expiation
Ezekiel
Ezra, Nehemiah, and 1 and 2 Chronicles
Faith
Family
Fear
Festivals and Holy Days
Flesh
Fools and Foolishness
Foreigner
Forgiveness
Freedom and Slavery
Friendship
Galatians
Genealogy
Genesis
Gentiles
Glory
God and Gods
Good and Evil
Gospel
Government
Grace
Guilt and Innocence
Habakkuk
Haggai
Heaven
Heaven and Earth
Hebrews
Hell
Hermeneutics, Biblical
Historical Narratives
Holiness
Holy Days
Holy Spirit
Holy War
Honor and Shame
Hope
Hosea
Hospitality
Identity
Idols and Idolatry
Image of God
Inheritance
Innocence
Isaiah
Israel and Israelites
James
Jeremiah
Jerusalem
Jesus
Job
Joel
John and the Johannine Epistles
John the Baptist
Jonah
Joshua
Joy
Judaism
Jude
Judges
Justice, Justification, and Righteousness
Kingdom of God
Kings and Kingship
Knowledge
Labor
Lamb of God
Lamentations
Land
Leviticus and Numbers
Life and Life Force
Light and Darkness
Logos
Lord
Lord's Prayer
Lord's Supper
Love
Luke-Acts
Malachi
Mark
Marriage
Mary
Matthew
Megillot
Mercy and Compassion
Messiah
Micah
Minister and Ministry
Minor Prophets
Miracles
Monsters
Moses
Mystery and Mystery Religions
Nahum
Nature and Natural Resources
Nehemiah
Numbers
Oaths and Vows
Obadiah
Offerings
Parable
Paul
Pauline Letters
Pauline Letters, Deutero
Peace
Pentateuch
Persecution
Peter
Philemon
Philippians
Politics and Systems of Governance
Poverty
Prayer
Preaching and Prophecy
Priests and Priesthood
Primeval History
Procreation
Prophecy
Prophets and Prophecy
Proverbs
Psalms
Reconciliation
Redemption
Remnant
Repentance
Resurrection
Retribution
Revelation
Revelation, Book of
Reward and Retribution
Righteousness
Romans
Ruth
Sabbath
Sacrifice and Offerings
Salvation History
Satan
Scripture
Servant of God
Sexuality
Shame
Sickness, Disease, and Healing
Sin
Slavery
Son of God
Son of Man
Song of Songs
Soteriology
Story and Memory
Tabernacles, Temples, and Synagogues
Temple
Theodicy
Theology, Biblical
Theophany
Titus
Torah
Tradition
Trinity
Truth
Twelve, Book of the
Underworld and Hell
Violence
Vows
War
Wealth and Poverty
Wisdom
Wisdom Literature
Witness
Word
Worship

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