Multipurpose Tools for Bible StudyFrederick W. Danker (Minneapolis: Fortress Press, 1993) 337 pp., $18.
Danker’s fourth edition of his well-known reference work is one of the best resources available in English for in-depth biblical study. Its fifteen chapters cover a wide range of reference works related to the Bible: concordances, grammars and lexicons, dictionaries, Bible versions (translations), Judaica, the Dead Sea Scrolls and commentaries. This revised and expanded version incorporates new developments, yet includes the classic historical works in the field. In addition to comprehensive bibliographic resources, the volume includes discussions on how to use the aids treated. One chapter covers fields related to Bible study such as archaeology, papyri and social-scientific criticism. Gracefully written and insightful, the work also provides through indexes of subjects and names. Danker rewards his readers with unwearied personal observation and an impartial examination of the research of others.
Just Build the Ark and the Animals Will Come: Children on Bible StoriesCollected by David Heller (New York: Villard Books, 1994) 142 pp., $14.95.