The Westminster Theological Wordbook of the Bible  -     By: Donald E. Gowan
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The Westminster Theological Wordbook of the Bible

Westminster John Knox Press / 2003 / Hardcover

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Biblical words and phrases often appear deceptively simple, yet conceal layers of history, meaning, and cultural significance. This enlightening resource takes you to the Hebrew, Aramaic, and Greek roots of many key terms: "Justics", "Son of Man," "Resurrection," "Kingdom of God," and explains the profound theological and ethical concepts behind the words they embody.

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Format: Hardcover
Number of Pages: 568
Vendor: Westminster John Knox Press
Publication Date: 2003
Dimensions: 9.25 X 6.25 X 1.50 (inches)
ISBN: 066422394X
ISBN-13: 9780664223946
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Publisher's Description

Key theological and ethical words of the New Revised Standard Version of the Bible are explained by an outstanding group of biblical scholars in this wordbook. The articles deal with groups of related words, drawing the reader into the meanings of the original Hebrew, Aramaic, and Greek words. The book will be useful for lay readers of the Bible, university and seminary students, and pastors, adding depth to their understandings of hundreds of important terms, such as "justice," "Son of Man," "resurrection," and "kingdom of God."

Author Bio

Donald E. Gowan is Robert Cleveland Holland Professor Emeritus of Old Testament at Pittsburgh Theological Seminary in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. He is a minister in the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) and has authored several books on the Old Testament, including Theology in Exodus and Theology of the Prophetic Books.

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  1. Mr love background
    Age: 55-65
    Gender: male
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    Great reference tool
    May 22, 2012
    Mr love background
    Age: 55-65
    Gender: male
    Quality: 5
    Value: 3
    Meets Expectations: 5
    I purchased it a sale price and it was worth every penny, but for my purposes I'm not sure full price would have been as full as value. It all depends on why you are getting it in the first place. No doubt, it is comprehensive and well done. I think it is great.
  2. Brian Chilton
    North Carolina
    Age: 25-34
    Gender: male
    3 Stars Out Of 5
    Good To Have, But Not a Must
    April 23, 2012
    Brian Chilton
    North Carolina
    Age: 25-34
    Gender: male
    Quality: 2
    Value: 3
    Meets Expectations: 3
    I must be honest. I was very disappointed in this product. The book examines words in the Bible, but there is no exposition and no identification of the actual words used. For instance, the text will look at the word "Lord" but will not tell you that the word in Greek is "kyrios" and will not tell you about the usage of "kyrios." I was expecting this book to give detailed information concerning Greek and Hebrew words used in the Bible. The work gave usages of words and how they were applied, but did not give the kind of detail I expected. There also appears to be an agenda in the text. The evangelical Christian will have to consume this work much like one who eats fish; eat the meat and spit out the bones. In the author's treatment of Jesus, several references to John Dominick Crossan, a scholar who opposes the literal resurrection of Jesus, was used. So, if you are looking for a reference work to help you understand words in the Bible, I would look elsewhere. If you want an overall treatment of words in the Bible and already own a good reference, this is good to have as a cross-reference.
  3. Deacon Thomas Shea
    Bordentown, NJ
    Age: Over 65
    Gender: male
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    Another arrow for the quiver....
    January 19, 2011
    Deacon Thomas Shea
    Bordentown, NJ
    Age: Over 65
    Gender: male
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    The book is the combined work of thirty contributors representing a refreshing mix of denominations. This is probably why one of the earlier reviewers found the contents to be unbiased. "UNBIASED" is, in my opinion, what we should be seeking in a reference work. I really don't need to pay to have scholars reinforce my own biases and, believe me, I have a gang of them. The next point is that The Westminster Theological Wordbook of the Bible is NOT competition for Kittel nor is it meant to be. I find the text to be most accessible with all Hebrew and Greek mercifully transliterated. In the preface, Donald E. Gowan, the editor, explains the theory of selection applied to the words chosen and readily admits that the book is intended to be a middle ground serving both the theologically trained student as well as the interested bible reader. I am blessed with a good personal library, but another arrow for the quiver doesn't hurt a bit.
  4. William Bramscher
    Randall, MN
    Age: 55-65
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    2 Stars Out Of 5
    Very limited reference.
    December 21, 2010
    William Bramscher
    Randall, MN
    Age: 55-65
    Gender: male
    Quality: 3
    Value: 3
    Meets Expectations: 2
    12/21/10

    The "Westminister Theological Wordbook" contain a limited number of words and is quite general in context. There does not seem to be an bias in the subject matter, and is rather blah-se` overall.

    Not a good 'meat & potatoes' reference work at all.

    WLB
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    5 Stars Out Of 5
    October 24, 2010
    JCWang
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    Gender: male
    Quality: 5
    Value: 4
    Meets Expectations: 4
    Cheap book price and excellent service. Parcel Arrived Safely.
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