Oxford University Press has released the Oxford Encyclopedia of the Books of the Bible, an extensive work which will also be available through its Digital Reference Shelf.
The Digital Reference Shelf is a content-heavy way for users to follow the Oxford Press' literary updates. Books of the Bible is the first in a series for specialised reference works, Oxford claims, with each one looking at a subfield in biblical studies. So keen boffins should get ready for the Digital Reference edition.
The book is available on the 24th November, hardback for £200. In it, readers will find entries from 100 plus scholars from around the globe. It also has a long list of cross references as well as a list of abbreviations. There are lots of them, we guess.
Each of the 150 entries, between 500 and 10,000 words a piece, cast an eye over the Bible's canon, including in the New and Old Testaments, along with thematic essays on all sorts, like translation, textual criticism and canonicity, Oxford Press says.
There are also entries available on the Dead Sea Scrolls and the Nag Hammadi Library, which is all Coptic to us.