I long loved the Anchor Bible Dictionary as a resource to go to when I hope to real dig into a subject. I am pleased that it has gone from a resource that is looked upon with suspicion by more conservative Christians to a resource that is widely embraced from all circles. It may be close to 20 years old but it in no way seems dated. While I have no doubts important developments have happened especially in the archeological arena, this set is a good starting import for a serious topic involving people places and even a few theological concepts. I cannot imagine not having it.