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Nelson's Illustrated Bible Dictionary

New and Enhanced Edition
Format: Hardcover

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Nelson's Illustrated Bible Dictionary is the most comprehensive and up-to-date Bible dictionary available. This enhanced edition includes basic study information with over 7,000 entries and 500 full-color photographs, maps, and pronunciation guides.

Nelson's Illustrated Bible Dictionary is the most comprehensive and up-to-date Bible dictionary available. With a fresh new look and updated photographs, this new and enhanced edition is a wealth of basic study information with more than 7,000 entries plus more than 500 full-color photographs, maps, and pronunciation guides.

Features include:

  • Cross-references to major translations
  • More than 7,000 up-to-date entries
  • More than 500 full-color photographs and maps
  • Enlarged type size for easier reading
  • Visual Survey of the Bible from The Open Bible
Contributor(s) Ronald F. Youngblood , F. F. Bruce , R. K. Harrison
About the Contributor(s) Ronald F. Youngblood
Dr. Ronald Youngblood is a graduate of Valparaiso University (BA), Fuller Theological Seminary (BD), and the Dropsie College for Hebrew and Cognate Learning (PhD). He has served as professor of Old Testament at Bethel Seminary in St. Paul, Wheaton Graduate School, Trinity Evangelical Divinity School, and Bethel Seminary in San Diego, and is currently serving in the same capacity at International College and Graduate School in Honolulu. He is an associate editor of the NIV Study Bible; author of 1 and 2 Samuel in the Expositor's Bible Commentary series; and a co-translator and co-editor of the Holy Bible, New International Version. He has also edited and/or written ten other volumes, including Nelson's New Illustrated Bible Dictionary, for which he was awarded the Gold Medallion Book Award by the Evangelical Christian Publishers Association. He serves as chairman of the board of directors of International Bible Society and frequently engages in preaching and teaching ministries at home�

F. F. Bruce

F.F. (Frederick Fyvie)Bruce was born in October the 12th, 1910, in Elgin (Scotland), to a Brethren Assemblies family. His father was an itinerant preacher for the Assemblies. F.F. was baptized and accepted as a member of his local congregation in September 1928. He remained loyal to his denomination for the rest of his life. “Through my own experience with the Brethren, I can say they are the ideal place where a lay theologian can serve the Church with his gifts” (Restrospect, p. 285).

As a lover of the Biblie and of the classical languages, when he was only 10 years old, he started simultaneous studies in Greek and Latin. F.F. was admitted to Aberdeen University in October 1928. He studied also in University of Cambridge (England, 1932-34) and in the University of Vienna (Austria, 1934-35), studying in preparation for his Graduation and Doctoral degree, excelling in both.

Bruce taught Greek in the Universities of Edinburgh (1935-38) and Leeds (1938-47). Afterwards, he taught Bible History and Literature in the University of Sheffield (1947-59) followed by Bible Criticism and Exegesis in the University of Manchester (1959-78).

He lectured in prestigious universities all around the world: Marburg (Germany), Amsterdam (The Netherlands), Auckland (New Zealand), and Makerere (Uganda). He also lectured in numerous Theological Seminaries, among them the Calvin Seminary, in Grand Rapids (U.S.A.) and the Union Seminary, in New York City (U.S.A.).

He was voted President by the prestigious Societies of Old Testament Studies and New Testament Studies.

F.F. Bruce wrote some 50 books, plus several thousand articles, essays and reviews. His masterpiece The Acts of the Apostles: The Greek Text with Introduction and Commentary (1951) marked for the evangelical world the beginning of a new era in Bible study, being seriously considered by the Academia. In spite of never having made formal studies in Theology, he was an extraordinary reader of the subject and the Aberdeen University granted him in 1957 a Doctor Honoris Causa degree in Divinities.

ISBN-10 0529106221
ISBN-13 9780529106223
Release Date Oct 28, 2014
Weight (lbs) 5.1000
Height 9.38
Width 6.63
Length 1280
Length Unit Pages
Publisher Thomas Nelson
Price $49.99
Format Hardcover
Language English

Customer Reviews

Review by hpz62
Overall Rating
Nelson’s Illustrated Bible Dictionary is not a typical dictionary. You might need to spend some time developing a system to get results in your search. It is not that this edition of the Nelson house has not data, actually it is more like a well comprised Encyclopedia, but perhaps because of that, the owner of this fine book, most develop his/her skills when looking for a work, topic or a name. Pictures, maps, guides, short by precise and useful commentaries, definitions and much more are embedded on the pages of this Nelson’s Dictionary. Its size will make it a desk book, but also one that can be carried out , its presentation, graphics and fonts are very good. I think that in this modern age with all the fuzz of the internet and its resources, the Nelson’s Illustrated Bible Dictionary holds a strong testimony that books are items that no matter how much the science advance, there will always be something that will make them irreplaceable. If you need something that will give you more than a definition, this is your book.
I do recommend this book.
(Posted on 11/10/2014)
Review by Sarah
Overall Rating
When I received this dictionary in the mail I was surprised by the weight as it weighs in at 5.1 pounds and the huge size – 2 1/2 inches thick with it’s hardcover and it’s 1,280 pages, it’s a mammoth resource to have on hand when studying. If you recall the NKJV Study Bible I reviewed a couple weeks ago, this is a companion resource to that Bible although it doesn’t have to be used with just that Bible. While it’s called a dictionary, the entries are almost like an encyclopedia of sorts as they aren’t just short definitions but in depth analysis of the people, places and cultures contained within the Bible itself – such as “Jerusalem Council, The” takes up almost 1 1/2 columns in telling what the council was. There are many charts, I like the visual survey of the Bible, as well as maps and photographs all in vivid, full-color to hold your interest and really show what images and scenery looks like.

As I said it doesn’t have to be used with just the NKJV Study Bible I mentioned above as the dictionary is cross referenced with most major translations, so whether you use KJV or the ESV, you’ll find this a helpful study resource. I’m not sure if I’d use it for Bible study while laying in bed as it’s a hefty book but if that is where you study God’s Word best then by all means – I can see myself in front of a large desk with my Bibles open and this dictionary studying the people and times of Christ in vivid words and pictures. Included are five easy steps in using your Bible in conjunction with this dictionary to get the most out of your study, whether you’re a pastor or a lay person who just wants to learn more the five easy steps will have you delving more into the Bible.

**I was given a copy of this book from BookLook bloggers in exchange for my honest opinion no other compensation was given. (Posted on 11/4/2014)
Review by Kristen
Overall Rating
With the holidays coming up most people get into a more spiritual mood, whether they take up volunteering, a Bible study, or just plain helping others the mood is different than what it has been all year long. Personally I find this type of year more smooth and relaxed for myself, I tend to take up Bible study as part of my day considering the weather where we live dips quite a bit and snow can be falling at any given time; there is nothing like being curled under a nice fleece blanket, a hot cup of coffee, and taking notes from the Bible to start or end your day. I recently received a brand new up to date edition of Nelson’s Illustrated Bible Dictionary on my doorstep, and to be completely honest I was thrilled to have it arrive. There is just something really exciting about getting a new item to research while your doing your Bible Study.

This book is amazing in short; it has over 7,000 up to date entries, over 500 enhanced full color photographs and maps, and within the glossy pages with larger print for ease of seeing. I personally like that considering I am horrible at reading some books due to size of font. This dictionary is hard cover and has over 1224 pages. In the beginning it contains the contents, a section on where to find articles and teaching outlines on books of the Bible, and a section on where to find charts, tables and maps within the dictionary; it goes on to include a 5 Step process for a better Bible Study and a Visual Survey of the Bible; and at the back an index to maps is included.

What I really like about this Bible Dictionary is the ease of use, that it has the glossy pages which make for easier turning, the larger font, and the fact it has colored images which make things easier to see. This book would be a great addition to anyone looking to further their Bible Study, going to a Bible College, a Christian school teacher, the church library, or someone new to the Bible. My only pet peeve with this book is that you cannot get it in a faux leather, which personally I feel would be a great option for gift giving, it looks sleeker than a printed hardcover; overall it’s a great addition to your library of books.

Disclaimer: I received this book for free from BookLook Bloggers in exchange for an honest review; all thoughts and opinions herein are that of my own.
(Posted on 10/21/2014)
Review by Durough
Overall Rating
Nelson’s Illustrated Bible Dictionary (New and Enhanced Edition), edited by Ronald F. Youngblood, is Thomas Nelson’s thoroughly revised and updated edition to the original 1986 publication. This is a hefty tome (5 lbs.!) with all full-color pages and a font size that is typical of any normal reading material, which is larger than most other dictionary and encyclopedic texts. It is thorough, containing entries for virtually every person, place, thing, idea, and action explicitly stated in the Bible (the list of plants and animals alone are quite lengthy) regardless of the brevity of mention in Scripture. (Do you remember Arphaxad? No? Well, he’s in there.) It also includes important topics that are necessary to Bible study (e.g., literary genre, historical entries, etc.), a great number of charts and graphs, and the like. A brief “Study and Teaching Outline” and important theological themes is provided for each book of the Bible.

What I appreciate:
1) The sheer number of entries, references, and its 2) readability are quite wonderful, but it’s also 3) a beautiful, well put together volume.
4) There is a brief, charted history of Bible events and themes that comprises roughly twenty-five pages of the introduction.
5) For those new to more in depth Bible study, the text begins with a step-by-step approach to using this resource, one I believe many will find quite helpful so as to discourage simply finding an entry, reading it, and assuming that’s the end of the matter.

What I don’t appreciate as much:
1) When much interpretation is necessary, this dictionary leans heavily on a dispensational, premillennial perspective (if that means anything to the reader of this review), not to the utter exclusion of other perspectives (there is sometimes a sentence or phrase nodding to others, or the mere mention of there being other “more complex understandings” without noting them), but also not very helpful for those who are interested in serious inquiry. However, though they are often of considerable importance to those looking for a study reference, considering the number of these related entries to those not so related, they are miniscule in number and may not sway one in whether or not to pick up this resource. (I should include a positive note here, in that if particular words are not explicitly found in the Bible, they are likely not to have an entry in the text. Relevant to my complaint about the given perspectival leaning, there is surprisingly and encouragingly no entry for the dispensationalists’ definition of “Rapture”—there is simply no such entry.)
2) Though this is an “illustrated” dictionary, one may not be so impressed by the way in which it is so. Many (certainly not all) of the pictures found within seem to be haphazardly placed without consideration of context. It’s as if those in charge of design layout thought, “What if people read a dictionary like they would a book, from page to page, and we wanted them to serendipitously discover something new or just see a pretty picture about a place or thing that really has nothing to do with its origin? We have all these pictures available to us, so let’s use them!” A thorough revision of the use and placement of such “illustrations” would be helpful. A number of maps and charts fall into this category, as well.
3) Due to the aforementioned, a separate index of illustrations (pictures, maps, charts, etc.) would prove to be helpful so one may find them.

When considering acquisition of a study resource, one must consider the need and depth to which one wants to go. This is a single volume meant (I believe) for “just give me some answers and references” kind of study. This is not an exhaustive, nor exhausting, set that can get the non-scholar bogged down in weighty detail. For those looking for the former, the text at hand may suffice. For those looking for the latter, this is not that resource. (For the latter, I recommend looking into a larger set like the Anchor Yale Bible Dictionary.)

*Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from the publisher through the BookLook Bloggers book review bloggers program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.” (Posted on 10/21/2014)

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