When I first went to review this gem of knowledge I was 180% overwhelmed. It’s massive internet. I mean, where’s a girl even to start right? I also had flashbacks to my theology classes in college and remembered I survived those (I promise I did love them, they just hurt my brain ;), so I could handle a dictionary. My nerd self has decided I love this resource!
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.
- 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
First, there’s pictures. I love pictures. There’s pictures of locations in modern day, pictures of what tasks looked like (i.e. brickmaking), of art and sculptures from that era (and even mummies) and of course plenty of maps. This dictionary also provides in-depth looks at the books of the Bible, including chronology and study and teaching outlines. It also provides pronunciation of what you are researching (which for me is about 98% of places and locations in the bible).
The section alone on Jesus is full of days worth of material, from his background, to his teachings, to his different names (Son of Man, Messiah, Son of God, God, the Lord). Whomever you are studying, each section also provides where you can find the facts in scripture. One example is with satan and why he was cast from heaven. It’s helpful because I know these stories, but may not know the exact reference. Trust me, I went on a Biblegateway.com researching spree :).
Even if you aren’t a Christian, but are researching biblical times or some of the beliefs of Christianity, this is an excellent place to start. Packed with plenty of information and research, the entries are concise and helpful.
After checking out this dictionary, I’ve come to realize (actually I should say: have been reminded ;)) how little of the history, culture and other pieces surrounding the Bible I don’t know or have forgotten (say the country Ellasar from the OT…can’t say I’ve done a study on that)! It does make me a bit excited to do a little studying though! Although, where was this guy when I was in college?
What’s one of your favorite things to study in or about the Bible?
(Thank you to BookLook Bloggers for a copy of the book in exchange for my honest review)