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Publication Date: 2011
The Zondervan Illustrated Bible Dictionary provides a visually stimulating journey for anyone interested in learning more about the world of the Bible. Through the articles, sidebars, charts, maps, and full-color images included in this volume, the text of the Old and New Testaments will come alive for you as never before. As a condensation of the Zondervan Pictorial Encyclopedia of the Bible, the information contained within this reference work is solid and biblically sound. The material is based completely on the NIV and cross-referenced to the King James Version, and it contains over 7,200 entries, 500 four-color photographs, charts, and illustrations, 75 four-color maps, and a Scripture index making this wonderful Bible study resource a must-have whether youre a general reader of the Bible, a pastor, or a student.
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.
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 dont 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
Pat4 Stars Out Of 5Great blessingMarch 14, 2016PatQuality: 4Value: 4Meets Expectations: 4Great resource for the serious and just those who want details so they can grow in the knowledge of Our Lord.
Donna5 Stars Out Of 5Referred by Gordon FeeMarch 10, 2015DonnaQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5This is the Bible Dictionary that Gordon Fee recommends in his book, "How to read the Bible for all its worth". Very happy I splurged and bought it. I'm already enjoying my Bible study time more as a result of having this useful tool.
HannahAge: 45-54Gender: female5 Stars Out Of 5Great Bible DictionarySeptember 5, 2014HannahAge: 45-54Gender: femaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5I purchased the Zondervan Bible Dictionary to aid in pronouncing the names and to understand the meaning of the words in the Bible. The pictures are great with beautiful colors. I would definitely recommend the Zondervan Bible Dictionary to friends.
smokeybearWallace, IdahoAge: Over 65Gender: male5 Stars Out Of 5Excellent condensation of the 5 volume set.January 23, 2014smokeybearWallace, IdahoAge: Over 65Gender: maleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5Have 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.
Pastor MarcWisconsinAge: Over 65Gender: male5 Stars Out Of 5Wanted the 2011 updated Version.December 17, 2013Pastor MarcWisconsinAge: Over 65Gender: maleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5Prior 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.