Though Encyclopedia of the Bible and Its Reception is not a traditional Bible encyclopedia—far from it—it contains useful treatments of a surprising number of commonplace items referenced in the Bible: “Leech,” “Leeks,” “Lentil,” “Lie, Lying” (which strangely omits treatment of NT passages), “Lightning,” “Lizard.” But its forte is the recondite. With this volume in hand, one can distinguish, for example, between Leontius of Byzantium (cols. 129–31), Leontius of Constantinople (cols. 131–32), Leontius of Jerusalem (cols. 133–134), and Leontius of Neapolis (cols. 134–35). And many somewhat weightier matters come into view.

Almost one-fifth of the volume is devoted to two domains of usage, one centered on the divine, the other on human response to the divine. The former consists of a cluster of articles (about 115 cols. total) beginning with “Lord” and extending to “Lord’s Day,” “Lord’s Prayer,” and “Lord’s Supper” (a complement to the article in vol. 15 on “Last...

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