This dictionary provides brief definitions for approximately 600 basic terms of interest to the general student of the Bible. Categories include books of the Bible; personal names; places, peoples, and nations; cults, institutions, and parties; culture and customs; and doctrine. The scholarship is conservative but not fundamentalist; Roman Catholic doctrine is rarely treated except in isolated terms, such as ascension and hell. Entries include appropriate cross-references as well as numerous Biblical references. Useful for ready reference. Richard S. Watts, San Bernardino Cty. Lib., Cal.