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20 of 21 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Reliable and up to date evangelical scholarship, 13 Nov 2003
This review is from: New Bible Dictionary (Hardcover)
The New Bible Dictionary first appeared in 1962. It is one of many great books that was written, to a large degree, in Tyndale House, Cambridge. It has been updated several times to include new discoveries and to improve the already terrific original dictionary. The scholars who wrote the articles are some of the best-known, most-respected evangelical scholars today.
Highly recommended.
If you would like this book and 17 other helpful books, including the Dictionary of Biblical Imagery, Sinclair Ferguson's New Dictionary of Theology, the New Bible Dictionary and the New Dictionary of Biblical Theology, you can access them all on the Essential IVP Reference Collection CD ROM.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Reliable, up to date evangelical scholarship, 21 Jun 2003
This review is from: New Bible Dictionary (Hardcover)
The New Bible Dictionary first appeared in 1962. It is one of many great books that was written, to a large degree, in Tyndale House, Cambridge. It has been updated several times to include new discoveries and to improve the already terrific original dictionary. The scholars who wrote the articles are some of the best-known, most-respected evangelical scholars today.
Highly recommended.
If you would like this book at a bargain price, with 17 other helpful books, including the Dictionary of Biblical Imagery, Sinclair Ferguson's New Dictionary of Theology, the New Bible Dictionary and the New Dictionary of Biblical Theology, Amazon also sells the Essential IVP Reference Collection CD ROM.
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17 of 20 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Great reference book covering all major biblical terms, 24 Nov 2001
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A great selection of articles covering major biblical terms, themes and ideas. For the most part, clear and thorough, though occasionally too wordy.
Good cross-references and suggestions for further reading.
An very valuable reference book for serious Bible study.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent for studying, 3 July 2013
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Very easy to locate the subject matter. Gives good comprehensive explanations which is essential for someone like me who is studying
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5.0 out of 5 stars very comprehensive, 11 May 2014
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I wasn't sure quite what to expect and although this was a little damaged (it could have happened in the carriage as not Amazon) it was great value. I'm doing a study course and it was a recommended text so I got stuck in to the bits I needed it for and found it very helpful.
The supplier delivered in reasinable time and well within the delivery expected.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Very Good!, 6 Jun 2013
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Many thanks for this New Bible Dictionary. It has very helpful things and you learn a lot from this book. Great tool to have and quick delivery is well.
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2 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Hold to the Pre-NIV-Keyed Editions of This Classic and Trusty Single Volume Dictionary of the Bible, 7 Feb 2011
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Gerald Parker "Gerald Parker" (Rouyn-Noranda, QC., Dominion of Canada) - See all my reviews
This review is from: New Bible Dictionary (Hardcover)
There has been a plethora of Bible dictionaries and commentaries appearing in the last thirty years and more which are based on the New International Version or "translations" like it that really are only paraphrases. Avoid such works! (My five stars for this reference work apply only, so far, to the first and second editions of this Bible dictionary, which were keyed, respectively, to the Authorised "King James" Version and to the Revised Standard Version of the Bible itself.) Even Bible reference classics, such as Eerdman's commentaries and dictionaries have changed, under revision, to the New International Version (N.I.V.) and to similarly dreadful versions. Realise that the closer one studies a paraphrase (or near-paraphrase), the further it distances one from the original text that one is attempting to study; the more closely a Bible commentary or dictionary reflects the bent of the N.I.V. or similarly defective Bible version, the further it misleads.

While this reader prefers Protestant and Catholic Bible dictionaries, commentaries, and concordances that are based on the superior older Bible versions, namely the Authorised ("King James") Version (A.V.), the Douay-Rheims-Challoner Version, and the old Confraterity Version (with 1941 New Testament and Old Testament dating no later than 1969), the Revised Standard Version (R.S.V.) to which this second (as also the first) edition of "The New Bible Dictionary" is keyed, is a genuine and close translation (a "full equivalency" rendering) of the underlying original language texts used (albeit one inferior to those on which the A.V. is based), making it a Bible dictionary that is all that more dependable. Alas, the so-called "Critical Text" of the Greek New Testament has dominated the vast majority of Bible versions that set them themselves up in rivalry to the A.V., but this is as true of the N.I.V. paraphrase and of the New American Standard Version (N.A.S.V.) translations, both putatively "conservative" Bible translations, as it is true of the R.S.V.; the translations of the Bible itself made from the "Critical Text" give equally flawed results for the N.I.V. and N.A.S.V. as they do for the R.S.V., so let your basis of choice be translation method of the Bible itself and for reference works about Holy Scripture, not exclusively one of the underlying text of the Bible in use, which the N.I.V. distorts more (and more often) than the R.S.V. tends to do so. Let such considerations be such be the criteria for choice as much for reference works keyed to specific Bible versions as for the choice of Bible version itself. Do not substitute such a Bible, and any works keyed to it, for shiny newer ones that key themselves to the penny-dreadful N.I.V. or other loose, paraphrastic, "dynamic equivalency" oriented versions. Perhaps a day will come when a subsequent edition of this Bible dictionary that will be based on the English Standard Version (E.S.V., a version which, for a change, is better and more more faithful than the R.S.V. itself is) will come along (which has not happened yet as of early particular edition of this Bible dictionary; likewise, opt for any dictionary, commentary, or other Bible reference work soever that is based on the A.V. or on the R.S.V.

The contributors to "The New Bible Dictionary" (as to the companion commentary) are faithful evangelicals, learnèd scholars who believe in the trustworthiness of the Holy Scriptures. They also are men steeped in the soundest Protestant scholarship, not in the eschatology, "dispensationalism", and other vagaries and crazed enthusiasms of the Fundamentalists and Pentecostalists. They are good, sound, and believing/believable men who merit the reader's confidence. One of the few criticisms that can levied against their work is that they have refrained from more fully treating the deuterocanonical writings ("Apocrypha") of the Old Testament than they should have. These collaborators' work has become a classic Christian reference work, among those in a single volume, for excellent reasons and deserves continuing widespread use of it.
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New Bible Dictionary by A. R. Millard, J. I. Packer, D. J. Wiseman Consulting editors: I. H. Marshall (Hardcover - 18 Oct 1996)
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