Favorite Biblical Dictionary

I’ve never actually HAD a Bible Dictionary … and while I am quite happy with the new full Orthodox Study Bible (knowing that it isn’t possible to have a “perfect” translation), I am thinking about finally getting a dictionary.  A good single volume dictionary would be good, and probably the most affordable.

The thing is, there are so many to choose from. Do you have a favorite? I’ve heard that Thomas Nelson has a good 1-volume that has recently been updated – check it out here.  What would be a good choice for an Orthodox Christian? Can there be, (say it isn’t so), confessional differences between bibical dictionaries? It is a pity that the question even needs asking…

I am looking forward to seeing what suggestions others may have.


3 thoughts on “Favorite Biblical Dictionary

  1. Mimi says:

    I don’t have one so I’ll be watching the comments also.

  2. s-p says:

    Hi All,
    Thanks for the invitation to comment here, C. I actually used to embroider on my jeans and overalls back in the 60’s when I was a hippie. I wouldn’t mind taking it up again, actually. Anyway… Bible Dictionaries. All dictionaries will have a doctrinal slant on terms like “baptism”, Lord’s Supper, etc.
    Mostly what dictionaries are good for is historical, biographical, geographical, word studies etc. kinds of information. For a single volume book, the Nelson one linked here will be as good as any since it is recently re-edited. Baker’s Bible Dictionary is kind of an old standby and used to be the one volume gold standard. However, if you have the money and are serious about a GOOD dictionary, the 5 volume International Standard Bible Encyclopedia will last you a lifetime and give you extremely well researched articles. I think it is available on line used for under 100.00. (There might even be an online version of it by now). Unfortunately there is not an “Orthodox” Bible dictionary, I think mainly because most of the “non dogmatic” information would be the same and it would just be replication of existing scholarship, so the OSB and a good dictionary/encyclopedia would work fine for someone just wanting to know more about the scriptures.

  3. s-p says:

    OK…the ISBE is available online here

    For sale on CD-rom for under 40.00 here

    and available used for about 5.00/volume (stick with the pre-70’s versions) at abe books here

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