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Moody Handbook of Theology Hardcover – June 8, 1989


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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 702 pages
  • Publisher: Moody Publishers; First Edition edition (June 8, 1989)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0802434282
  • ISBN-13: 978-0802434289
  • Product Dimensions: 9.3 x 6.3 x 1.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.5 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (71 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #517,045 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Three new chapters dealing with the crucial issues of evangelical feminism, charismatic theology, and the emerging church greatly increase the value of the whole work. This expanded volume will make a contribution to your study.
-Louis Barbieri, ThD, chair and professor of theology, Moody Bible Institute
--This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

From the Back Cover

The study of God, His nature, and His Word are all essential to the Christian faith. Now those interested in Christian theology have a newly revised and updated reference tool in the 25th Anniversary Edition of The Moody Handbook of Theology.

 

In this classic and timeless one-volume resource, Paul Enns offers a comprehensive overview of the five dimensions of theology: biblical, systematic, historical, dogmatic, and contemporary. Each section includes an introduction, chapters on key points, specific studies pertinent to that theology, books for further study, and summary evaluations of each dimension. Charts, graphs, glossary, and indexes add depth and breadth.

 

Theology, once the domain of academicians and learned pastors, is now accessible to anyone interested in understanding the essentials of what Christians believe. The Moody Handbook of Theology is a concise doctrinal reference tool for newcomers and seasoned veterans alike.

 

--This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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Customer Reviews

It is very scholarly and well written.
A. Durgin
It is well organized, concise, and gives evaluations of different theological positions from a conservative point of view.
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Any student of the Bible should have this book in his library.
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44 of 44 people found the following review helpful By Roy Massie on December 30, 2003
Format: Hardcover
This is a well written and well organized reference on the major branches of Christian theology. It is written from a Protestant/evangelical perspective but still gives adequate treatment to many other views including Roman Catholicism, liberal theologies and significant historical positions. Includes dozens of useful charts, some of which I have seen reprinted in other theology texts.
I particularly like the way the author develops the various layers of theological work starting with exegesis and biblical theology as the underpinning for systematics, dogmatics then contemporary etc. These relationships were not clear to me until I saw them in this book.
If you study theology to any degree, and especially if you are just starting to study it, this is dollar for dollar one of the best books you can invest in. Each topic is treated briefly but with sufficent depth to clarify the various views to help make further study fruitful. There are many lists of other works in the chapter end notes - also has a good subject index. I love this book and expect to continue using it often.
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24 of 25 people found the following review helpful By E. Johnson on August 29, 2000
Format: Hardcover
Enns does an excellent job in taking a very complex subject (namely, theology) and breaking it down into a very readable format. While he certainly has his personal theological bent, it is not very apparent throughout much of the book, as he seems to honestly tackle the different styles and beliefs of doctrines. He is very effective in objectively (as far as it can be done) describing the various systems of belief. Numerous charts found throughout the book accentuate the discussion of the different chapters. The glossary in the back includes 1-2-sentence defintions, and while this is perhaps too simple, I could see this being advantageous for a beginner who is easily overwhelmed. For someone who would like an overview of theology, I would think this book should be a most valuable research tool.
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16 of 18 people found the following review helpful By Richard Ogg on June 26, 2001
Format: Hardcover
Paul Enns writes in a style easily read by most high school "B" students. This book is rather comprehensive in subjects, and covers most subjects rather well. It speaks to opposing (theological) views and explains the differences very well. It will introduce and explain issues related to basic subjects that, unless you've attended in-depth theology classes, you will not even know existed. Subjects include the Bible, God, Salvation, Church, Future Events, etc. It also includes many tables to provide the big picture very quickly.
For basic theology books, it is one of two books I recommend for everyone. (The other one is "Practical Christianity" by Floyd Barackman.) Neither of these books would serve well as seminary text books, but rarely are we looking for such material anyway! If you want to get a good understanding of a doctrine in 30 minutes, either of these two books are very good choices. (This is using the book as a reference book, not for general reading. One could certainly simply read the book, but my guess is most owners use it in reference style instead. It has a good index, etc.)
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Rick Griffith on December 29, 2010
Format: Hardcover
Most handbooks of theology are fairly brief works of about 150 pages consisting of short articles that explain doctrines, heresies, movements, and leading men in the field of theology. However, this massive work is divided into five parts that cover biblical theology (in 16 chapters that survey the theology of all major biblical sections), systematic theology (bibliology, theology proper, christology, etc.), historical theology (surveying the major theological teachings of the ancient, medieval, Reformation, and modern eras), dogmatic theology (with chapters on Calvinistic, Arminian, covenant, dispensational, and Catholic theology), and contemporary theology (10 types, including Evangelical Feminism, Charismatic Theology and the Emerging Church). It has 48 chapters and an epilogue, 55 simple-to-understand charts, a 26-page glossary of terms and names, and several indexes (persons, subjects, and Scripture references), endnotes identifying sources quoted, and helpful bibliographies. Enns is a ThM and ThD graduate of Dallas Seminary and dispensational in his convictions, yet he graciously presents and responds to other views. He is currently a minister for Biblical Training & Leadership Development as professor and director of the Tampa Extension, Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary. The simple writing style of this work makes it appropriate for Bible institute, college, and seminary students and graduates as well as for lay persons interested in learning more about theology. This volume is highly recommended as no other work is so comprehensive, understandable (using lay language yet scholarly with excellent endnoting), and well laid out.Read more ›
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13 of 15 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on October 22, 1999
Format: Hardcover
I have read many "theology" books, and this one rates among the best. This book goes into depth that will assist someone in full time ministry, but the material is explained in a way that anyone else can easily comprehend it. Paul Enns did an outstanding job at organizing truths and principles found in the Word of God into easily understood topics. The material is rock solid, since it is based entirely on the Bible itself. This book is a necessity for addition to anyone's library.
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