Book Review: Dictionary of Biblical Imagery
Edited by Leland Ryken, James C.
Wilhoit, and Tremper Longman III (InterVarsity, 1058 pp.)
Powerful preachers, like Jesus, excel in the use of images. With too many homiletics
texts offering too little instruction in such usage, this dictionary is a step in the
right direction. Though the editors claim laypeople as the target audience, its main attraction
will probably be to preachers trying to relearn the art of narrative preaching and unforgettable
Featuring about 850 articles from Aarons Rod to Younger Child,
this volume includes an introduction to the literary nature of the Bible as well as abundant
biblical and topical indexes that make it convenient for sermon preparation.
Pentecostals will be disappointed with the limited treatment of vital biblical images
as Spirit-baptism, spiritual gifts, healing, and miracles. Occasionally important theological
categories like Incarnationcertainly not a biblical term but a biblical
concept always in need of artful explicationare hidden away and inadequately treated
in Birth Story or Nativity of Christ. Many articles are not that
different from what one might find in any Bible dictionary. The Dictionary of Biblical
Imagery, however, is a useful tool and can take its place alongside the other resources
on the preachers shelf.
Reviewed by Edgar R. Lee
This article was published in Enrichment,
Summer 2001. Used with Permission.
Friday, June 16, 2006 10:22 AM