Nelson's Illustrated Bible Dictionary, New and Enhanced Edition  -     By: Ronald F. Youngblood, F.F. Bruce, R.K. Harrison
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Nelson's Illustrated Bible Dictionary, New and Enhanced Edition

Thomas Nelson / 2014 / Hardcover

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Nelson's Illustrated Bible Dictionary is the most comprehensive and up-to-date Bible dictionary available. With a fresh new look and updated photographs, this new and enhanced edition is a wealth of basic study information with more than 7,000 entries plus more than 500 full-color photographs, maps, and pronunciation guides.

Features include:
  • Cross-references to major translations
  • More than 7,000 up-to-date entries
  • More than 500 full-color photographs and maps
  • Enlarged type size for easier reading
  • Visual Survey of the Bible from The Open Bible

Product Information

Format: Hardcover
Number of Pages: 1280
Vendor: Thomas Nelson
Publication Date: 2014
Dimensions: 9.13 X 6.25 (inches)
ISBN-13: 9780529106223
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  1. Michigan
    Age: 35-44
    Gender: male
    4 Stars Out Of 5
    A Great Resource
    October 31, 2014
    Cliffymania
    Michigan
    Age: 35-44
    Gender: male
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 4
    How exactly do you a review a dictionary? Especially a Bible dictionary which is really more of a one volume encyclopedia. I mean, its not like anybody is going to wait for me to read this thing cover to cover. And then what? Review each entry? I dont think so.

    What I decided to do was incorporated this particular Bible Dictionary into my regular studies and see if it was a tool that I could use. Turns out, it is something I can use and enjoy using.

    Heres the basics; its easy to read and easy to find stuff. Without those two elements a dictionary is useless. Likewise, the entries are well written and informative with plenty of cross-references to keep you flipping pages to find out more.

    Some of the added bonuses are nice; Teaching outlines for every book of the Bible, maps, a visual survey of the Bible that is easy to follow and packed with information, graphical historical surveys for Old Testament, New Testament, and the world at large, and finally a helpful guide on how to incorporated the dictionary into your regular study. Not to mention the maps, surveys and pictures are all in color which really does help make them easier to understand.

    The hardcover edition is also solid as a brick and weighs a little over 5 pounds. So, if youre ever attacked while studying the Bible it becomes a handy weapon. Gods Word may be a two-edged sword, but this dictionary could definitely cause some blunt force trauma.

    Its not entirely perfect though. During my study I was looking into the Lords Supper. This dictionary erroneously defines consubstantiation as a view of the Lords Supper developed by Martin Luther. Unfortunately, Martin Luther actually repudiated this view, but, for whatever reasons, those outside Lutheranism continue to use this label to describe the Lutheran view. You cant winem all, I suppose.

    Overall, this dictionary is worth the price and a great tool to aid any student of the Bible.

    Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from the publisher through the BookLook Bloggers book review bloggers program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commissions 16 CFR, Part 255 : Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.
  2. 3 Stars Out Of 5
    Beautiful, vast, but could still benefit from revision
    October 21, 2014
    Durough
    Quality: 3
    Value: 4
    Meets Expectations: 3
    Nelsons Illustrated Bible Dictionary (New and Enhanced Edition), edited by Ronald F. Youngblood, is Thomas Nelsons thoroughly revised and updated edition to the original 1986 publication. This is a hefty tome (5 lbs.!) with all full-color pages and a font size that is typical of any normal reading material, which is larger than most other dictionary and encyclopedic texts. It is thorough, containing entries for virtually every person, place, thing, idea, and action explicitly stated in the Bible (the list of plants and animals alone are quite lengthy) regardless of the brevity of mention in Scripture. (Do you remember Arphaxad? No? Well, hes in there.) It also includes important topics that are necessary to Bible study (e.g., literary genre, historical entries, etc.), a great number of charts and graphs, and the like. A brief Study and Teaching Outline and important theological themes is provided for each book of the Bible.

    What I appreciate:

    1) The sheer number of entries, references, and its 2) readability are quite wonderful, but its also 3) a beautiful, well put together volume.

    4) There is a brief, charted history of Bible events and themes that comprises roughly twenty-five pages of the introduction.

    5) For those new to more in depth Bible study, the text begins with a step-by-step approach to using this resource, one I believe many will find quite helpful so as to discourage simply finding an entry, reading it, and assuming thats the end of the matter.

    What I dont appreciate as much:

    1) When much interpretation is necessary, this dictionary leans heavily on a dispensational, premillennial perspective (if that means anything to the reader of this review), not to the utter exclusion of other perspectives (there is sometimes a sentence or phrase nodding to others, or the mere mention of there being other more complex understandings without noting them), but also not very helpful for those who are interested in serious inquiry. However, though they are often of considerable importance to those looking for a study reference, considering the number of these related entries to those not so related, they are miniscule in number and may not sway one in whether or not to pick up this resource. (I should include a positive note here, in that if particular words are not explicitly found in the Bible, they are likely not to have an entry in the text. Relevant to my complaint about the given perspectival leaning, there is surprisingly and encouragingly no entry for the dispensationalists definition of Rapturethere is simply no such entry.)

    2) Though this is an illustrated dictionary, one may not be so impressed by the way in which it is so. Many (certainly not all) of the pictures found within seem to be haphazardly placed without consideration of context. Its as if those in charge of design layout thought, What if people read a dictionary like they would a book, from page to page, and we wanted them to serendipitously discover something new or just see a pretty picture about a place or thing that really has nothing to do with its origin? We have all these pictures available to us, so lets use them! A thorough revision of the use and placement of such illustrations would be helpful. A number of maps and charts fall into this category, as well.

    3) Due to the aforementioned, a separate index of illustrations (pictures, maps, charts, etc.) would prove to be helpful so one may find them.

    When considering acquisition of a study resource, one must consider the need and depth to which one wants to go. This is a single volume meant (I believe) for just give me some answers and references kind of study. This is not an exhaustive, nor exhausting, set that can get the non-scholar bogged down in weighty detail. For those looking for the former, the text at hand may suffice. For those looking for the latter, this is not that resource. (For the latter, I recommend looking into a larger set like the Anchor Yale Bible Dictionary.)

    *Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from the publisher through the BookLook Bloggers book review bloggers program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commissions 16 CFR, Part 255: Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.
  3. TX
    Age: 35-44
    Gender: female
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    Well Done New Edition of the Dictionary
    October 20, 2014
    Svlemommy
    TX
    Age: 35-44
    Gender: female
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    This is a well done new edition of the Bible Dictionary. It has been revised using the most current and up to date findings in the field of Biblical research, archaeology and language study. The photos are larger and more abundant than in the previous edition (which I borrowed from the church library for comparison). The type is a little larger and easier to read. But what I like the best from this new edition is the outline and study guides for the books of the Bible. There are charts and diagrams and maps to help in understanding. There is Bible referencing within the articles for those who wish to study a subject further (or like me, get on a tangent...). For instance, in the article on Jesus, there are scriptures noted through it to guide you back to the Bible for the prophesies and life stories which are mentioned in the article.

    The writing is clear and understandable, yet at the same time informative and authoritative. It is obvious much care has gone into the updating of the information by the team of editors. It tells you in the introduction that there are cross-references within the articles to point you to another article that will help in the understanding. I've been searching for examples and haven't found as many as I thought there would be. However, you can find articles on virtually every name, place, tribe and doctrine so if you see something as you're reading that you would like more information on, it is probably in there.

    I received a copy of the book from the publisher in exchange for a review on my blog and a commercial book-selling site. No additional compensation has been received and I was not required to write a positive review.
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