bookThe Oxford Encyclopedia of the Bible and Law, a new encyclopedia edited by Professor of Old Testament Brent A. Strawn, has been awarded the American Library Association’s (ALA) 2016 Dartmouth Medal for most outstanding reference work. Strawn served as editor-in-chief of the two-volume work published by Oxford University Press in 2015.  

Established in 1974, the Dartmouth Medal is presented annually to a new reference source of outstanding quality and significance by the expert reference and collection development librarians of the Reference and User Services Association (RUSA), a division of ALA. The winner was announced during the 2016 ALA Midwinter Meeting and Exhibits in Boston in early January.

The encyclopedia belongs to the Oxford Encyclopedias of the Bible series and contains 130 entries, each with bibliographic references and recommendations for additional reading. The award committee cited the publication’s detailed sources, as well as the variety of biblical law topics covered, as reasons for its selection.

Read the release from the American Library Association.