IVP Academic’s Dictionary of Biblical Imagery resource review – Rating 9.7

IVP Dictionary of Biblical ImageryIVP Academic generously sent me a copy of their Dictionary of Biblical Imagery for me to do a review of this fantastic resource.   If you are looking for a resource for your studies that can really help you with the different images used in Scripture, this resource would be an excellent addition to your library  I have used this resource when doing my past few personal studies as well as studies in preparing for messages at my church and have found helpful information each time.  I would highly recommend this if you are interested in learning about different imagery used in Scriptures such as images, symbols, motifs, metaphors, figures of speech and literary patterns.
I would give this book a 9.7 out of my normal 10 point rating scale.  On a “5 star” scale that some websites use, I would give it a solid 5 star rating.

In full disclosure, I was not required or requested by InterVarsity Press to write a positive review.  The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255 http://www.access.gpo.gov/nara/cfr/waisidx_03/16cfr255_03.html : “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”


IVP Academic’s “Dictionary of Biblical Imagery” really is a unique find and such a valuable resource. It was in the Book of the Year list from Christianity Today in 1999. It is not your typical Bible dictionary that covers more of the basics of what specific places, people or things are about.  Instead, this information-packed book goes into more of the behind the scenes part of Scriptures and looks at the images, metaphors, figures of speech, literary patterns and symbolism used in the Word of God.  If you are someone who has any interest in studying the Scriptures in addition to reading them, then I would classify this book as a must have.  Keep in mind, this will not replace the typical Bible Dictionary that you need, however, this will supplement it so nicely.  Highly recommended!  This one is yet another IVP book that I will reference quite often in my personal library.  I received a copy of this book in exchange for this review from IVP and all opinions are my own.


Type of Book:  Christian Ministry / Counseling & Recovery
Editors: Leland Ryken, James C. Wilhoit, and Tremper Longman III
Publisher: IVP (InterVarsity Press)  IVP Academic #IVPress @ivpress
Publication Date: December 2, 1998
ISBN-13 of Book Reviewed: 978-0830814510
Price:  At the time of writing this review, the cheapest place to get this book is at Christianbook.com.  They have it for $39.49– suggested retail from the publisher is $55.00. Please note that these prices do not include any potential shipping charges.

If you would like to purchase this book, please support my page and purchase by clicking any of the links to Christianbook.com on this page like the one below.

14515: Dictionary of Biblical Imagery Dictionary of Biblical Imagery
By Leland Ryken / InterVarsity PressThis unique reference offers an encyclopedic exploration of topics not found in ordinary Bible dictionaries, including images, symbols, motifs, metaphors, and literary patterns of the Bible. With its right-brain (rather than left-brain) approach, this warm and creative study resource examines the artistic expressions that fascinate and puzzle Christians. A great resource for Bible study, teaching, and preaching. The 1999 Christianity Today “Book of the Year.” 996 pages, hardcover from InterVarsity.


Physical Characteristics:
•1058 pages
•Dimensions: 7 x 2.4 x 10 inches

Goal of Book:

This book is to help readers understand more of the imagery and ideas behind many of the different parts of Scripture.  It really is very easy to use and so helpful.

My Favorite Part:

Just the sheer amount of valuable information in this book is such a wonderful tool to have when doing my own Biblical studies.  It is a reference tool that I will use every time I am studying God’s Word for sure!


I would highly recommend this book, and like I said earlier, this one will be a book in my library that I will end up referencing quite often.

Who Would Enjoy This Book:

If you are someone who is interested in doing some Biblical studies of really any kind, you will find this resource of great value to you.


How to Use This Dictionary
Dictionary Articles
Scripture Index
Subject Index

About the Publisher:

From the publisher’s website:  As an extension of InterVarsity Christian Fellowship/USA, InterVarsity Press serves those in the university, the church and the world by publishing resources that equip and encourage people to follow Jesus as Savior and Lord in all of Life..  InterVarsity Press is based in Westmont, IL.
@ivpress @ivpacademic


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