The Eerdmans Dictionary of the Bible contains nearly 5,000 articles and explains every person, place, event and significant terms found in the Bible. It covers all of the Hebrew and NT Scriptures, including the Deuterocanonical books while examining matters having to do with biblical theology, text and transmission, extrabiblical writings and pertinent church traditions. This dictionary draws on the latest discovers in biblical archaeology, includes insights from critical analysis of literary, historical, sociological, and other recent methodological approaches to the Bible, contains bibliographies featuring significant current research and focuses on topics important to Bible students at all levels, from general readers to specialist. Written by nearly 600 first rate authorities in the field it represents the spectrum of theological positions; and incorporates 134 information black and white photographs, illustrations and charts as well as a 16 page section of color maps. It has been designed as a rapid response reference work that is enchanced by transliteration and pronunciation keys on endsheets.