- Hardcover: 1008 pages
- Publisher: Image (June 16, 2009)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0385512295
- ISBN-13: 978-0385512299
- Product Dimensions: 7.8 x 2 x 9.5 inches
- Shipping Weight: 3.8 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 161 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #29,017 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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“Scott Hahn’s writings and conferences have been so effective in bringing Catholics closer to Sacred Scripture. His valuable Catholic Bible Dictionary will be another big help to faithful Catholics who have taken seriously the Church’s encouragement to become immersed in God’s Word.”
—Most Reverend Timothy M. Dolan, Archbishop of New York
“Catholic Bible Dictionary is a timely, academically solid and user-friendly response to the call of the Synod of Bishops on the Word of God in the Life and Mission of the Church for the development of ways of helping the faithful more fully access the treasures of the Bible.”
—Most Reverend Donald W. Wuerl, S.T.D., Archbishop of Washington
“Catholic Bible Dictionary is an extremely useful tool for any Bible student, whether beginner or advanced. This dictionary is particularly helpful for Catholics who need both etymological studies of terms and solid theological help. My only hope is that the readers will study the articles on a regular basis and eventually read the whole dictionary as they study the whole Bible.”
—Fr. Mitchell C. Pacwa, S.J., president of Ignatius Productions and host of EWTN
“Thousands of people have been assisted by Scott Hahn in studying the Bible from an informed and spiritual point of view. This dictionary is a powerful part of that effort and will significantly help any reader learn more about the Bible in an organized and reliable way. I strongly recommend this book for anyone who wants to come to a deeper knowledge and love of sacred scripture.”
—Fr. Benedict J. Groeschel, CFR
“Catholic Bible Dictionary is a superb reference book that is an absolute must for all students of Scripture–both clerics and laity. I would never be without a Bible dictionary in my home; however, Catholic Bible Dictionary is not just any Bible dictionary. It is written specifically for Catholics and is therefore more extensive and complete than others. With over five thousand entries as well as the latest up-to-date information on every important item, name, place, and event in Sacred Scripture, this book is essential for students of Scripture; it is also indispensable for anyone who wants a deeper understanding of God’s Word. In fact, I believe that every Catholic who owns a Bible should also have a copy of Catholic Bible Dictionary.”
—Gail Buckley, founder and president of Catholic Scripture Study International
“Catholic Bible Dictionary answers the urgent need for a generally accessible resource deeply rooted in the Catholic tradition. It will be of great help to Catholics in broadening and deepening the familiarity with the Bible they already possess through the regular readings in the liturgy. Particularly helpful are the clear overviews of each book of the Bible that will allow readers to place the selections they hear at mass in their proper context.”
—Dr. Michael Waldstein, Max Seckler Professor of Theology at Ave Maria University and translator of Pope John Paul II’s Man and Woman He Created Them: A Theology of the Body
“This new, thoroughly sound, and trustworthy Catholic Bible Dictionary is a tremendous gift. With this dictionary on your left and the Catechism on your right, you can confidently and prayerfully study the Sacred Scriptures.”
—Marcus Grodi, TV host, The Journey Home
About the Author
General editor Scott Hahn is founder and president of the St. Paul Center for Biblical Theology (SalvationHistory.com). A professor at Franciscan University of Steubenville, he also holds the Pope Benedict XVI Chair of Biblical Theology at St. Vincent Seminary in Latrobe, Pennsylvania. He is the author of many books, including The Lamb’s Supper (Doubleday), Kinship by Covenant (Yale), Covenant and Communion: The Biblical Theology of Benedict XVI (Baker Academic), and A Pocket Guide to the Bible (Our Sunday Visitor). His academic work has appeared in Catholic Biblical Quarterly, Journal of Biblical Literature, and Currents in Biblical Research. He is editor of the Ignatius Catholic Study Bible and Letter & Spirit: A Catholic Journal of Biblical Theology.
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Some entries are about 3 sentences long; while others have, in the most incredible detail, pages of information about Christ as the Messiah, Apostles' Letters, Psalms, and so much more than I can list. The Catholic Bible Dictionary will lenthen the time of Bible Study, but with such joy! I can now read The Bible with greater understanding, clarity, and conviction than I ever have before. I believe all who purchase this product will be amazed at the amount of information gathered, marvel at their ability to follow the maps at the rear of the book, and find that each is richer for their understanding. I also believe that each will actually read with even more joy, The Holy Bible; find themselves reading for longer periods of time without realizing the amount of time that has gone by- SIMPLY BECAUSE THERE IS SO MUCH MORE THAT IS ABLE TO BE UNDERSTOOD!
The Catholic Bible Dictionary is the gift among gifts to be given to all. Confirmation, Marriage, Christmas...all would be the perfect time to give the Catholic Bible Dictionary to friends, family, or neighbors. Buy one for your local Parish. To have one available in the Parish Library for all to see will turn into a reason to buy one for ones' self and others. What better gift than to open the mysteries and beauty of God's word?
I had been on the wait list for the Catholic Bible Dictionary and was anxious for it to arrive. The Dictionary was a long time coming but I knew it would be worth the waiting. I was right! Today the Catholic Bible Dictionary arrived. I dropped everything I was holding, ran for a knife and opened the box! I fell in love with the cover which is a picture of the center section of the painting The Adoration of the Mystic Lamb by Jan and Hubert Van Eyck. (Saint Bavo Cathedral of Ghent.) The painting is glorious! And, that is even before I opened the book! Next I opened the book and the first thing I saw was the Imprimatur . . . that is a good thing. Converts really like that.
And then, I love the fonts. It is large print and you know immediately that everything is important. Sections are divided so that you will see where you have been and where you are going! In a dictionary? How unusual is that! And that is just at first glance! You see a list of the Church Fathers . . . this is just the beginning! I have hardly had time to look at everything but I have read some of the introductions of different Books of the Bible and they are perfect; each book of the Bible is identified. There is a history of the versions of the Bible! There are complete definitions for topics not covered in great detail in other dictionaries, i.e., Covenant, Liturgy, Interpretation of the Bible. On the cover there is a notation that there are "over five thousand entries as well as the latest up-to-date information on every important item, name, place, and event in Sacred Scripture."
Catholic Bible Dictionary is an academically solid CATHOLIC dictionary, with many superb references and very easy to read. I have already gifted this beautiful book to five friends and would not hesitate giving this to a Protestant. We will all find Truths we need to know in this new resource book. I will be back and edit this review after I use the book more, however, since people are going to want to know what people are saying about the Catholic Bible Dictionary, I wanted to get this on Amazon.
What do I say? I say one thing - "Buy it! You can't be disappointed."
To those who have doubts about the book's orthodoxy (or lack thereof), The Catholic Bible Dictionary has an Nihil Obstat and Imprimatur; this means that nothing in it contradicts Catholic morals or dogma. Not to mention the fact that Scott Hahn is well known for his faithfulness to the Magisterium.
To at least one poster who was concerned about the lack of other contributors, I will quote from page xi, the book's acknowledgements: "The project has been very much a part of my life for a decade, and it has been a good excuse for close collaboration with colleagues...I would especially like to thank Dr. Matthew Bunson, Curtis J. Mitch, Dr. John Bergsma, Dr. Brant Pitre, and Christopher Bailey. Their hard work, expertise, and editorial assistance were indispensable." Also, Hahn is himself a professor at Franciscan University of Steubenville. To sum up: an orthodox professor, at an orthodox college, spent a decade compiling this book with the help of several orthodox colleagues, most of whom are also professors, and was granted leave to print it by two high ranking, orthodox clergymen. I wouldn't worry.
From every book in the Bible, to the meaning of words like "amen" and "hyssop", to the various nations and customs of the period, to the scriptural basis for various Catholic beliefs and practices, chances are good you'll find answers in this book. I highly recommend it.
Note: by "orthodox," I mean Catholics who are loyal to the teachings of the Church.