Evangelical Dictionary of Theology (Baker Reference Library) 2nd Edition
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From the Back Cover
Theologians, pastors, lay readers, and students have relied on the Evangelical Dictionary of Theology as a valued resource for over fifteen years. Now, thoroughly updated, this leading reference work continues to provide comprehensive, useful, and accurate information in systematic, historical, and philosophical theology as well as theological ethics.
Reviews of the first edition:
"Provides for the first time a full and balanced overview of evangelical theology." -Library Journal
"EDT is a work of responsible evangelical scholarship, judicious, and generally fair to all sides. It has no ax to grind, though it does have a position to present. And happily, this it does with an acceptable confidence." -Christianity Today
"A first-class piece of evangelical scholarship . . . [it] deserves a place in the library of every evangelical pastor, scholar, and local church." - Trinity Journal
"The definitive theological dictionary from an evangelical standpoint. . . . Here is a reference tool that ought without question to be on the shelf of every university student, seminarian, and Christian worker." -Themelios
"This is a book that all who are concerned about Christian ministry, whether on a professional or a lay level, would do well to have." -Robert H. Culpepper, Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary
"A prodigious and significant work." -Review and Expositor
Walter A. Elwell (Ph.D., University of Edinburgh) is professor of Bible and theology at Wheaton College Graduate School. He is the editor of numerous reference works and the coauthor of Encountering the New Testament.
About the Author
- Publisher : Baker Academic; 2nd edition (May 1, 2001)
- Language : English
- Hardcover : 1312 pages
- ISBN-10 : 0801020751
- ISBN-13 : 978-0801020759
- Item Weight : 5.27 pounds
- Dimensions : 7.25 x 2.25 x 10 inches
- Best Sellers Rank: #89,174 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
- Customer Reviews:
Top reviews from the United States
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The only drawback is that some articles are not written as thoroughly, or have as many verse references, or are as clear, but this is because of the varying authors that have contributed. By and large, most every topic is well written and biblically based.
I highly recommend this work to all Bible teachers!
I have returned to it over and over to refresh my memory, to research topics that I'm studying, and it is usable as a reliable, quotable source.
Negatives... around 10 years old, hopefully a 3rd Edition comes sometime. Always good to keep up with the times and new findings.
If you only by one general Theology book, make sure it is this one. If you only buy 2, then get this and Wayne Grudem's Systematic Theology. Between these 2 books you will get most of what you need about anything!
Top reviews from other countries
in its revised format sure to be a winner.
The christian views on aging are highlighted. Something which is very topical in the 21st century where the family cohesion of the 1950's and 60's has gone.
'Celibacy',which is current in the Roman Catholic Church among clergy is discussed and compared with the Protestant Reformed view.
An entry on 'Messianic Judaism', a late 20th century phenomenon which recognises Jesus as the Messiah is explained amid divers views on the appropriate type of hebrew worship to be observed.
Other standarised entries are to give two examples:'New Heaven and New Earth'and the 'Theology of Paul'. But we are on fallow ground with 'Psychology and Christianity', an in depth article which is supplemented by
a 'Psychology of Religion'that underpins the former.
This dictionary is also not afraid to tackle sensitive issues such as overt
'Racism' and the social consequences, morally and spiritually that even now are at the heart of the Christian Church, with continuing tension.
What 'Revelation' in ''general'' and ''special'' senses entail is explained
in a twofold article, and this nicely tones in with 'Righteousness' as an abiding principle. Locked in to this theorem is 'Salvation' in the biblical sense which is a deliverance from Sin;and we are treated to a contrast between the O.T. and the N.T. viewpoints.
Circumstances permitting, 'Social Ethics' is another common boundary which examines the fitness of things in a macro context that spans Polotics, Racism and Crime apropos their interaction or lack of it.
The Dictionary with 1312 pages is broad in scope, having over 200 new articles;axing more than 100 entries from the First edition (1980's) which are deemed to be irrelevant. This tome does carefully explore Systematic Theology with its presupposed adjuncts,historical and philosophical as well as Ethics in its broadert sense. It is a very good companion to the 'Evangelical Dictionary of Biblical Theology' also edited by Walter Elwell.
In closing I would say that to go into finer detail would be to exceed the remit of this selective review, which is to give a flavour of the work which is the finest of its kind and well worth the purchase price.