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- Publisher: Bibles for Kindle; 3 edition (18 Mar. 2009)
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- Language: English
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- Average Customer Review: 4 customer reviews
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Easton's Bible Dictionary for Kindle (instant definition lookup while reading any Bible) (Updated) Kindle Edition
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This is a Kindle dictionary that, if set as your primary dictionary in the menu, will allow you to get instant definitions and entries for any word in any Bible. It will work with all modern translations, and most historical ones, the exception being the Douay-Rheims. The Douay has some spellings for names and places based on the Latin translation done by Jerome in the 4th century. For instance, in the Douay "Noah" is spelled "Noe" and that will simply confuse any Bible dictionary. This really isn't a drawback, it is just a fact of old-English language translations and various spellings for words.
Theologically I have some quibbles with this dictionary. This is definitely an evangelical-protestant dictionary, and sometimes when using it I have noticed that the dictionary clearly displays bias on issues such as justification etc. I really don't have a problem with this (I would not expect a believer in any tradition to compromise their beliefs) but I think the dictionary should identify itself as being evangelical/protestant somewhere in the marketing section so buyers know what they are getting.
Still, even with these quibbles, which from a traditional Catholic customer would be unavoidable, this is an EXCELLENT product for the Kindle. I am amazed at how well and seamlessly this dictionary works with the Kindle. There are no formatting issues; no issues with how to look up words. It is simply flawless in this regard. In terms of formatting it blows away the much more expensive Catholic Bible Dictionaryby Scott Hahn which is both abysmally formatted and overly expensive. The hard cover edition of Hahn's dictionary however is excellent and a great place for anyone interested in Catholic exegesis to get information.
The Easton Bible Dictionary is an excellent offering; it combines seamless integration with the Kindle, outstanding quality of most entries, and a very affordable price. Strongly recommended for all evangelical and protestant readers; Catholic readers should be very well formed in exegesis before using to avoid confusion based on the dictionary's biases.
1. It has definitions that are of a decent length. Most are not just a three or four line summary.
2. It is easy to search. When you type in the start of a word, it gives you a list of words and as you continue adding letters the word you are looking for gets closer to the top of the list so it's easy to access.
I tried it as my default dictionary, but there are some bugs that make it better as a resource than as your reading dictionary.
1. It uses English rather than American English spellings. Saviour instead of savior. So, if you come upon those kinds of words, they won't pop up as definitions. You have to manually search anyway.
2. The second is a flaw that the other dictionaries don't have. If you come upon the plural form of a word, say angels or prophets, the regular dictionary will give you the entry for the singular "angel" or "prophet". This won't. So, plurals have to be manually searched.
It also falls short on not including some key words. For example, "prophetess" is not included--not even under the "prophet" definition.
Some of the definitions are incomplete. "Rahab", in my Holman QuickSource Bible Dictionary (paperback) has four definitions in just ten lines of text. This has only two definitions in a 19 or 20 line equivalent. Most of the text is on Rahab the harlot who came into David's lineage. Only a line and a half deals with the other definition. So, though using more space, it does not have as complete a coverage as the shorter Holman entry.
Finally, internal links don't work. When it says, for example, (see REDEMPTION) or (see ELIJAH), there is no link to the noted entry.
Saying all this, it is a good resource for the price, but it does have some real functional flaws as well as a few content flaws.
When I first started reading the Bible on my Kindle, I missed the footnotes, extended meanings and translation notes that my regular print edition supplied. By adding the Easton Bible Dictionary and making it my default dictionary, I have made up for that need and greatly enhanced my Kindle Bible-reading pleasure. In fact, since this includes definitions as well as translation notes and cross-references it is actually more helpful than the footnotes found in my print-edition Bible.
Regarding the quality of the definitions and notes that I have read to date, I find them to be accurate (or similar to what my print-edition Bible's footnotes and commentaries included) and more extensive. While certainly no Bible scholar myself, I can attest that the information and notes I have found in the Easton's Bible Dictionary certainly match up with those found in my traditional Bible notations.