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Westminster Dictionary of Theological Terms Paperback – November 1, 1996
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There are many specialized dictionaries of theological terms, such as the Dictionary of Feminist Theologies [RBB Ag 96] and the Westminster Dictionary of Christian Ethics (1986), but this new work will be especially useful in academic and public libraries that need a general dictionary with broad coverage. Sandy Whiteley --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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Within this outstanding book one finds terms and definitions from:
- the Bible
- church history
- the field of ethics
- pastoral ministry
- systematic theology
- biblical theology
- and a host of necessary and useful terms.
McKim (professor Memphis Theological Seminary) offers etymologies of numerous essential vocabulary words (Hebrew, Greek, Latin). Words and doctrines such as exegesis, justification, imputation, salvation, and countless others are furnished in this easy-to-read volume. The writing is so clear, powerful, and simple it almost makes for a devotional read. It may not be that, but it is a potent and very useful tool for the devout believer, seminary student, or minister; a superb single-volume source that provides the student straightforward access to scores of theological definitions. Also makes for a fine Home School resource.Read more ›
On reading an article by a leading Reformed theologian(Dr. Michael Horton), for example, I encountered this paragraph:
"Like Luther, Calvin challenged the identification of the Good News as "a new law" and Christ as a new Moses. However, he introduced (with Melancthon's help)
some critical nuances. While Luther disagreed sharply with Aquinas' characterization of the gospel as a "new law," he often perpetuates the tendency to treat
law and gospel as equivalent to Old and New Testaments. The Anabaptists pushed this further toward a Marcionite antithesis. In Calvin's treatment, there is
much greater nuance."
I looked up: Melancthon, Anabaptists, Marciontite. Here's the entry for "Marcionism/Marcionites":
"The teachings of Marcion (d. c. 160), which featured a sharp distinction between the 'God of wrath' of the Old Testament and the 'God of love' of the New Testament
and the view that Christ never became flesh. In Marcionism, Christianity replaces Judaism. Its canon was Luke's Gospel and ten Pauline letters."
The dictionary gave me just enough of an explanation to make heads or tails of the use of other such terms as well. I heartily recommend it for those who desire more than a passing knowledge of theology and less than a doctoral degree in divininty.
Why is a funereal song called a dirge, and where did the word come from?
What is Modalism, and should you incorporate it or take a stand against it?
What is Process philosophy, theism, and theology?
What is redemption, and how does this word come out of the early theology of devil ransom?
For those not attending seminary, this book is a handy reference for moments when your Christian friends ask about stuff you don't know. Each definition is only a short, simple paragraph, so within a minute you can grab the book and look up an answer.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Great book for my class, very interesting choice by the school and easy to understand.Great dictionary, I think it should have a little more words in it though.Published 1 month ago by Paula Quinones
This is an invaluable help to anyone interested in the history of religion!Published 7 months ago by Bill The Librarian
not as useful as I thought it would be I refer back to my Webster.Published 13 months ago by Lawrence Killings
The biblical terms in this book make studying the Bible and writing papers so much easier. One of my greatest purchases!Published 20 months ago by Chris
Use this QUITE OFTEN in my Theology class. It has helped me better handle some of the more ambiguious terms especially those with double meanings. Thank you!...JoePublished 23 months ago by Joe Gumataotao
This book is a must for all biblical books. I am currently using it in Seminary, and now all my classmates want onePublished on October 17, 2013 by Skeet
It is not a book with all the words you will ever need to look up but it is a good reference for beginning Theology students.Published on August 18, 2013 by Julia