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Bible and Theological Reference Tools

Basic Description of Dictionaries

Bible and theological dictionaries are reference tools that serve as an encyclopedia on a given topic or Biblical corpus. They include a plethora of articles (typically around 1-3 pages in length and arranged alphabetically) related to their topic or Biblical corpus.

Listing of Helpful Dictionaries

Comprehensive Bible dictionaries:

OT dictionaries and dictionaries of OT corpuses:

NT dictionaries and dictionaries of NT corpuses:

Dictionaries related to backgrounds:

Dictionaries of Biblical theology:

Dictionaries of Biblical interpretation:

Dictionaries of theology and Christian thought:

Dictionaries of Biblical imagery:

Dictionary Sample


New Dictionary of Biblical Theology by  Brian S. RosnerT. Desmond AlexanderGraeme GoldsworthyD. A. Carson (Downers Grove, IL: IVP Academic, 2000). 418-419.

Dictionary for Theological Interpretation of the Bible by Kevin J. Vanhoozer (Grand Rapids, MI: Baker Academic, 2005), 258-259.

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