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The two-volume Oxford Encyclopedia of Biblical Interpretation (OEBI) fills a crucial need in the field of biblical studies by providing detailed, comprehensive treatments of the latest approaches to and methods for interpretation of the Bible written by expert practitioners. It will provide a single source for authoritative reference overviews of scholarship on some of the most important topics of study in the field of biblical studies. As with all high quality reference works, it provides a solid foundation that students and scholars can use to orientate themselves before venturing into original research.
The Encyclopedia contains nearly 120 entries, ranging in length from 3,000 to 5,000 words. It is organized in an A-to-Z format. Each entry is signed, contains a bibliography for further reading, and is cross-referenced to other useful points of interest within the Encyclopedia. It also features a topical outline of contents and an extensive index.
Editor-in-Chief Steven L. McKenzie is Professor of Hebrew Bible/Old Testament at Rhodes College. He is the author of a number of books and articles dealing with biblical interpretation including the OUP titles King David: A Biography and How to Read the Bible, as well as All God's Children: ABiblical Critique of Racism, Covenant, and Introduction to the Historical Books. He wrote the notes for 1-2 Samuel in the NOAB (3rd and 4th eds.) and for 1-2 Samuel and 1-2 Kings in OUP's Access Bible. He has served on the editorial boards of Catholic Biblical Quarterly and Journal of BiblicalLiterature and is currently associate editor of Vetus Testamentum.