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Biblical Research/Exegesis  

Guide to using Library Resources to conduct Biblical Exegesis
Last Updated: Oct 14, 2014 URL: Print Guide

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What is a Bible Dictionary?

A Bible Dictionary (or Bible Encyclopedia) provides important facts and background information regarding a biblical topic.  Depending on the particluar dictionary, entries contain information about:

  • people (Abraham, Mary, Paul)
  • places (Jerusalem, Ephesus)
  • events (destruction of the temple, Jerusalem Council)
  • topics (persecution, family, hospitality)
  • books of the Bible (1 Peter, Galatians)
  • theological concepts (atonement, sanctification)

Theological Dictionaries: Focus on the theological meaning of concepts and words from the Bible.  Sometimes entries are listed in Greek or Hebrew.  You can use a Strong's Concordance or Interlinear Bible to identify the word if you do not know the original language.


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How to Find Bible Dictionaries in the Library Catalog:

Do a "Keyword" search for "bible dictionaries"


Recommended Dictionaries

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The New Interpreter's Dictionary of the Bible
Call Number: REFERENCE 220.3 IN8S v.1-5
ISBN: 0687054273

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Dictionary of the Old Testament - Wisdom, Poetry & Writings
Call Number: REFERENCE 223.003 D561
ISBN: 9780830817832

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Dictionary of Jesus and the Gospels
Call Number: REFERENCE 226.03 D561
ISBN: 0830817778

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