Nelson's Illustrated Bible Dictionary: New and Enhanced Edition

Nelson's Illustrated Bible Dictionary: New and Enhanced Edition

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ISBN-13: 9780529106223
Publisher: Nelson, Thomas, Inc.
Publication date: 11/04/2014
Pages: 1280
Sales rank: 123,897
Product dimensions: 6.50(w) x 9.30(h) x 2.50(d)

About the Author

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. (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.

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Nelson's Illustrated Bible Dictionary: New and Enhanced Edition 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 11 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I'd love to rate this book but I haven't received it and have just learned it will not be shipped for another THREE WEEKS! Come on Barnes & Noble, you can do better than this. One star for no book!
fashionatalie More than 1 year ago
*My copy was provided courtesy of booklookbloggers* This is one beautiful new reference book I was thrilled to add to my collection. The pages are thick, glossy, richly illustrated color pages that add depth to any Bible study time. This is a hefty tome, to be sure, both in content and size. My boyfriend was enthralled with the beauty and detail found here, and I fear the book may end up living at his house! For any scholar or serious Bible lover, this is one of the most stunning Bible Dictionaries out there. Not to be confused with a concordance, though this edition is cross-referenced, this book gives contextual info and historical background on Biblical terms, feasts, figures, and more. You can find such interesting things as a list of diseases in the Bible, photos of discovered historical ruins, and detailed definitions of all of those hard-to-pronounce Old Testament places/names/facts/figures. This is an essential for your bookshelf.
Treenz More than 1 year ago
Wow! What an impressive book! With a well designed hard cover, it is around two inches thick and jam packed with very interesting information. Though it is called illustrated, there weren't as many illustrations as I expected but then again it is also a dictionary. I found it interesting at the beginning how it shows the reader how to integrate this dictionary into their daily Bible study. I had never thought of using it this way before but what a great idea as it certainly is rich in thoughts surrounding Biblical things.  The first section is what is called a 'Visual survey of the Bible' which is thirteen sections of charts, maps and illustrations. There is a beautifully colored timeline of Bible history. Following that is the dictionary and then full color maps at the end. I am excited about the potential of this dictionary for our family in the future when our children are old enough to use it, already my husband is addicted to it also and as a seminary student, he highly  recommends it. Overall, don't hesitate on this one! It is a fantastic resource for the home. I highly recommend it! Please note that Booklook sent me a copy of this to review. The review is completely my own.
LovingMommahood More than 1 year ago
Nelson's Illustrated Bible Dictionary: New and Enhanced Version by Ronald F. Youngblood, F.F. Bruce and R.K. Harrison is a wonderful new addition to my library! This Bible dictionary includes: Cross-References to Major Translations, More than 7,000 up-to-date entries, more than 500 enhanced full-color photographs and maps, and enlarged type size for ease of use. I have wanted a Bible dictionary for a long time but to be honest, I didn't know exactly what to shop for. I didn't know what characteristics would be useful and beneficial to my family and I, so it was very hard to decide on one to purchase. Earlier this month, I saw that I was able to receive this Bible dictionary for free through Booklook bloggers, so of course I was ecstatic. I am one of those nerdy types who enjoys reading dictionaries for fun. I immediately flipped through the colorful pages of this Bible dictionary and found that I loved it! The book itself is rather large, which I consider to be a great thing for a dictionary. It ensures that there are a variety of names, places and subjects described. The book begins with a visual survey of the Bible. This includes the number of years of history covered in both the Old Testament and New Testament, the number of books, the themes, key words, and how Jesus Christ is conveyed in each Testament. For example, in the Old Testament Jesus is seen in over 300 Prophesies, The Passover lamb, and The priesthood and sacrifice. In the New Testament, He is seen in Flesh and blood, The Teachings of the apostles, and His coming return. The beginning of the book also describes the History of the Early World, Israel, The Early Church and lists the names and themes of The poetic and prophetic books of the Bible. It also gives a brief description of The life of Christ as well as a larger description in the entry of Jesus Christ. In conclusion, there was nothing I disliked about this book! It was excellent in every way that I could see and I will definitely be using it often with my Bible studies and quiet time. I will highly recommend this Bible Dictionary to others and rate it as 5 stars. 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.”
247mama More than 1 year ago
I've found that we also need a good Bible dictionary. I've never owned a Bible dictionary before but I'm really glad that we have one now. The Nelson's Illustrated Bible Dictionary is HUGE y'all. Like really big and really heavy. I feel like you should know that because I was very surprised by the size and heft. It contains over 1,200 pages of information. Let me give you an overview of what all is included: *Definitions of many, many Biblical words along with descriptions of notable people and places *Full color illustrations on most pages {Want to know what a ziggurat looked like? There's a pic on page 1217.} *Several maps in the back of the book *Teaching Outlines for people of the Bible like Amos and Esther *Teaching Outlines for books of the Bible *Timeline *Table of Contents for all the charts, outlines, maps, etc. *A multitude of charts like "Pagan Gods Mentioned in the Bible" This is so much more than just a Bible dictionary. I got it for the kids to look up words during Bible study but now I'm excited to have it as a resource in my own study time. This Bible dictionary would be an amazing gift or resource from any minister or Sunday School teacher. It contains so much information that it will be a valuable tool for years to come.I received a free copy of this Bible dictionary for the purpose of review. All opinions are my own.
GCWineholt More than 1 year ago
NELSON'S ILLUSTRATED BIBLE DICTIONARY New and Enhanced Edition General Editor: Ronald F. Youngblood Looking for a Bible dictionary? This one is the one you will want to add to your library. A new and enhanced edition of an earlier edition, edited by F. F. Bruce and R. K. Harrison. This dictionary has large number of great features: Cross-references of major translations, NKJV, KJV, NIV, NASB and NRSV Over 7000 entries Largest prints size of any Bible dictionary 5 easy steps to better Bible study Visual survey of the Bible Bible history charts Study and teaching outline of books of the Bible In-depth description of the books of the Bible - contents, author, etc. Many things listed in groups- animals, plants of the Bible, occupations, minerals etc. Enhanced information about the people of the Bible Color maps, beautiful illustrations and photos The definitions are easy to understand and informative. The design and layout of this dictionary makes it very easy to use and will become one reference book that you will want to have close-by when you are doing a Bible study or just doing your daily reading. This is not a small book, over 1200 pages, packed with a large amount of information and will be very helpful in understanding the Bible. 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
PJtheEMT4 More than 1 year ago
Nelson's Illustrated Bible Dictionary, the New and Enhanced edition released for 2014, is a hefty, full color, 1232 page volume. The full color photographs, maps and charts which appear on almost every page make this reference book educational and interesting to read. Bible lands, places, events people and facts are brought to life. Unlike other minimalist dictionaries or encyclopedias that contain text only entries- this unique hybrid volume is reminiscent of a text, yet the entries are organized in alphabetical order. Some entries are short and to the point, basically definitions, suchh as the informative, yet brief definition of "threshing floor", an expression a reader will find in bible reading. Other entries are extensive articles spanning several pages with illustrations and photos. For example, the "Roman Empire" is a major topic and treated as an article with its own sub topics, photos, diagrams and maps. This book is so much more than a dictionary, but also a comprehensive text. There is even an informative entry or article, a few pages in length, dedicated to "Bible Versions". Basically, many of these entries are topics in of themselves, springboards for the reader to learn more about a particular topic. While this book isn't intended to read cover to cover, I feel that readers will miss so much valuable information if they simply limit this book to only occasional use as a dictionary. This book is bound with a sturdy hardcover and binding. It will stand up to years of use and enjoyment. This book is perfect for bible students, history enthusiasts and those interested in the bible in general. The font is easy to read and won't cause eye strain. The pages are thick and not onion skin thin. If you are looking for a good reference volume about the bible and bible culture, this is the only book you will need. As a blogger I received a copy of this book published by Thomas Nelson publishers for the purpose of writing this review.
SavvyMomma More than 1 year ago
"Nelson's Illustrated Bible Dictionary" is edited by Ronald F. Youngblood, F.F. Bruce, and R.K. Harrison. This book is, as you can guess, a dictionary of key words, people, events, and locations that appear throughout the Bible. Although, I think that this particular dictionary is much more in-depth than any other dictionary I've seen. This dictionary is prefaced with several informative articles, such as "History of the Early World", "The Poetic Books: The Heart of the Jews", "The Life of Christ", and "The Writings of the Early Church". This dictionary also features articles and outlines on every book of the Bible, appearing where they belong, alphabetically, within the dictionary's pages. There are also many charts, tables, and maps that appear in this dictionary, to help you understand some of the events, times, and history of Biblical events. Study tools, such as "The Parables of Jesus", "Pagan Gods Mentioned in the Bible", and "The Exodus" appear throughout this book, and reinforce and explain the Biblical events they summarize. I would rate this book at a 5/5. I think that they did a very thorough job putting this dictionary together, and I think that it will be extremely helpful to anyone. Whether you're curious about a term, or want to know more about a specific location or person, you'll find plenty of information in this book. Awesome tool.
thriftymommy08 More than 1 year ago
"Nelson's Illustrated Bible Dictionary" is am absolutely amazing resource for Bible study. Personally, I've never seen anything that is so exhaustive and complete all in one book. This dictionary definitions of terms, a brief history, explanation, and if applicable, the Biblical references of that word. This is organized like a normal dictionary, in alphabetical order. This is so handy to have on my bookshelf, and when I come across a name, place, or word I'm not sure of, I can easily find it in this dictionary, as well as gain a better understanding of the meaning/person/place. As I mentioned, this dictionary offers people, places, and things, and I have found it most helpful in reference to names of people. I have a hard time keeping minor characters in the Bible straight, so being able to look it up in this dictionary really helps in getting the most out of Bible study time. What is handy is that uncommon words are also accompanied by a pronounciation key, so that you can sound out the word correctly. There are also many photographs in this dictionary. Maps, historic relics, significant places, and architectural feats are all featured in this dictionary. Placed where appropriate, these visual aids are a helpful way of connecting with the Biblical places, people, and times. Overall, I would give "Nelson's Illustrated Bible Dictionary" a 5/5. I feel like this is a comprehensive study tool that supports studying the Bible. I loved all of the pictures that were added to this book, and thought it helped to make me feel more connected with the events in the Bible. I also really loved the pronounciation aid for some of the more uncommon names and terms.
Danny_G More than 1 year ago
*I received a complimentary copy of this book from BookLook Bloggers in exchange for my honest review. Having used an older edition of Nelson's Illustrated Bible Dictionary (NIBD) I was curious to see how the updated edition fared. The first thing I noticed was the wonderful photos and maps that were used. They are great quality and color which makes certain Bible scenes come alive. The second thing was the detailed work of the definition. Each definition was given some weight based on its importance. For example, the information on a manager is two paragraphs long. The explanation for the Gospel of Mark is just over two pages long. I like this as it allows for a greater understanding of what really needs to be understood. The third thing is the weight of the book itself. It is quite heavy but when you see the nature of the work therein it is easy to see why. While not something that ideal for devotional time it is excellent for deep Bible study. The fourth thing is that it has been cross-referenced to major translations. Thus it is not a KJV only or NIV only dictionary. It does really well to note subtle changes in wording throughout various Bible translations. Overall this update is very nice improvement over its former edition and well worth consideration for those looking for a nice Bible dictionary.
nancyisanders More than 1 year ago
The Nelson’s Illustrated Bible Dictionary: New and Enhanced Edition (NIBD) is a one-volume A to Z dictionary of words and terms found in the Bible. Full color photographs are scattered throughout of Bible-land scenes, archaeological discoveries, and models of ancient cities or biblical items. Nine maps and a map-index conclude the volume. Some of the features I appreciate in the NIBD include: * Five Steps To Better Bible Study Using the NIBD. This is an amazing section in the front that shows us how to use the NIBD to understand a Bible passage in a much more thorough way. Great tool for digging deeper into the Scriptures. * Visual Survey of the Bible: Amazing charts and timelines show visually how the books of the Bible are related with each other, with people in the Bible, with eras of history, and with God’s eternal plan of redemption through Jesus. * Pronunciation guide: I am currently writing scripts for biblical characters for our church and find this invaluable, especially since the director of the event asked me how to pronounce some of the names and I wasn’t sure until I looked them up here. * Definition of biblical names: I wish I had this when I was writing a manuscript last month that required this. I had to look this up in different sources and it was so tedious. Now I have this handy in the NIBD for the next time this happens. As a writer, this Bible dictionary is very helpful. It provides solid and reliable references to my research on the Bible and Bible times. As someone who likes to read and study the Bible each day, this dictionary is a ready resource that helps answer questions I have about the different books of the Bible as well as historical context of the passages I’m reading. As a person who serves in ministry at our church, this Bible dictionary is very handy to use for digging up details that help prepare faith-based activities for families or seasonal events such as a live nativity at Christmas. This is also a reliable resource for students in homeschooling families or Christian schools to use when writing school reports or working on various projects. -Thanks, BookLook Bloggers for another wonderful free book in exchange for my honest review!