Zondervan Illustrated Bible Dictionary: Based on Articles from the Zondervan Encyclopedia of the Bible - eBook  -     By: J.D. Douglas, Merrill C. Tenney, Moisés Silva
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Zondervan / 2011 / ePub

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Product Information

Format: DRM Protected ePub
Vendor: Zondervan
Publication Date: 2011
ISBN: 9780310492351
ISBN-13: 9780310492351
UPC: 025986492359
Availability: In Stock

Publisher's Description

The Zondervan Illustrated Bible Dictionary was created to help you get more out your study of the Bible. Containing over 7,200 entries, 500 four-color photographs, charts, and illustrations, 75 four-color maps, and a Scripture index, the Zondervan Illustrated Bible Dictionary is a wonderful resource for Bible study.

Author Bio

J. D. Douglas was the revising editor of The New International Dictionary of the Bible and editor of The New Bible Dictionary. He was editor-at-large for Christianity Today.

Merrill C. Tenney was professor of theological studies and dean of the Graduate school of Theology at Wheaton College, where he taught from 1944 to 1982. In addition to teaching New Testament and Greek, he was the general editor of the Zondervan Pictorial Bible Dictionary, served on the original translation team for the New American Standard Bible, and wrote several books. Tenney was an advocate of fundamentalism and a second president of the Evangelical Theological Society. He was born in Massachusetts and received his education from Nyack Missionary Training Institute, Gordon College of Theology and Missions, Boston University, and Harvard University. He and his wife Helen and two sons.

 

Moisés Silva taught biblical studies at Westmont College, Westminster Theological Seminary, and Gordon-Conwell Seminary. He is the author or coauthor of eight books and the revising editor of the Zondervan Encyclopedia of the Bible.

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The Zondervan Illustrated Bible Dictionary has been a standard of one-volume Bible dictionaries for decades. In April 2011, the good people at Zondervan publishing released the latest update on this modern classic. The first copy of this work was published in 1963 as the Zondervan Pictorial Bible Dictionary, and was edited by Merrill Tenney. Twenty-four years later, the text was re-released under the title New International Pictorial Dictionary, and this edition was overseen by J.D. Douglas. Now, with twenty-four more years passing, Moises Silva has guided the revisions and additions to this edition of the Zondervan Illustrated Bible Dictionary. The result is an excellent update to the two previous editions of the text. Several needed updates are made, and the changes are completed without leaving the strong foundation that the original work set for casual readers and church leaders alike. The Zondervan Illustrated Bible Dictionary is an excellent resource for nearly any Christian teacher -- from a Sunday School teacher to a college professor -- to have on their bookshelf.

Several updates to this work are from adding or revising content. The introduction tells the reader that "almost 1800 new entries have been added, bringing the total to over 7200" (p. v). There have also been updates to photographs and new maps added. The content of the Zondervan Illustrated Bible Dictionary has been brought into the twenty-first century.

Other updates to the text are more cosmetic, creating a more pleasant study experience for the reader. The nature of the alphabetization of the new text makes the entries more accessible to lay persons. The fonts and the layout have been updated for a new generation. The pictures are sharper. The maps are more visually appealing.

As a pastor, what I enjoy about this reference is the relative brevity of the entries. In many Bible dictionaries, one entry can be pages long. This is not the goal of the Zondervan Illustrated Bible Dictionary. Instead, most of the entries last from 1/8 or a page to a full page, and can be read in only a few minutes. For instance, if I wanted to know what the "abomination of desolation" was, I could turn to page 12 in the text and read a brief overview of the term in less than a half of a page. I would have several Scripture references to look up, and a good idea of the scholarly issues and debate about that term. This is very helpful for me, especially when I am familiar with the issue people are speaking about, but don’t necessarily know all the terminology that they are using.

Also, the Zondervan Illustrated Bible Dictionary is relatively affordable. For around twenty dollars you can have a Bible dictionary on your shelf that will be a treasured resource for years. It is worth investigating! – Clint Walker, www.ChristianBookPreviews.com

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    Have owned the 5 volume version for many years. This was bought for a friend who teaches adult Sunday School. We both think it covers all the main subjects without so much of the theological wrangling that the bigger set contains. Just right for the vast majority looking for concise, accurate, readable information.

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    Prior I had purchased the 2003 edition of Holmans Bible Dictionary and am very happy with it's presentation and contents. However, I wanted the updated timelines and references, so I added the Zondervan Illustrated Bible Dictionary to my Library. As is with Zondervan as I skimmed through it, know I'll be just as happy with this version as with Holman's. The graphics are excellent, along with the location pictures. If you were to go with just the Zondervan 2011 edition you probably wouldn't need the Holman's 2003 edition.

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    If you are looking at the Zondervan Encyclopedia but can't fit it into your budget (like myself), this book is the perfect alternative. For 20 bucks, you really can't go wrong with this purchase; the information inside is solid, awesome pictures, and great feel to the book overall.

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    I was pleasantly surprised when this dictionary arrived. The book is well made (sturdy), the graphics are beautiful, the pictures are very clear and take you back in time. Add to that, the type is an easy to read size, yet not too large. These factors add to the pleasure of using the dictionary, which looks to be very informative. I'm happy I ordered it and expect it will be a great supplement in my Bible studies.

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    The Zondervan Illustrated Bible Dictionary is excellent source of information about the Bible, God and Christianity. I recommend it to everyone who need fast, specific and summarized information.

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