Broadman & Holman
This 5" x 9 1/4" x 1" book may call itself a dictionary, but in reality it is also an atlas (with color maps), a lexicon (with definitions of all key names and words in the Bible), a geography text (with listings of the crops, textiles, and architecture of every region), a biographical survey (with historical profiles of both central and secondary Bible characters), and a pictorial study guide (with photos and drawings of mountains, cities, ancient ruins, flowers, trees, rivers, mosaics, deserts, markets, statues, and hieroglyphics). The definitions are referenced to King James, NIV, NASB, and NRSV versions of the Bible for comparison studies.
Flip through these 394 pages and you will find some surprising entries. The Benjamite town of Ono ("Oh, no!") is Hebrew for "grief." Kind of appropriate, eh? Ever use the term "gadfly" to describe a town gossip? It is from Jeremiah 46:20 and means a "stinging insect." Ouch! The word "college" found in II Kings 22:14 means "much repetition," which most modern college students would probably agree with.
It should be noted that whereas the definitions found here are thorough, they are very conservative. For example, under "life support (artificial)," this dictionary says, "Only God can give life and only God should take life away...extreme measures to artificially prolong life encroach upon the prerogative of God to control life and death...all forms of euthanasia are contrary to the teaching of Scriptures" (p. 218).
If major differing viewpoints are held among theologians, all views are found in this book. For example, under "millennium" there are explanations about premillennialism, amillennialism, and postmillennialism. Similarly, under "rapture" there are explanations of views held by pretribulationalists, midtribulationalists, and postribulationalists.
This book is exhaustive, vast, easy to read and use, and extremely well organized.
Anyone needing a quick check of a fact, person, event, locale or date will find this book to be a very handy reference source. -- Dr. Dennis E. Hensley, Christian Book Previews.com
Most Bible teachers say a Bible dictionary is the first reference tool a fledgling student of the Bible should acquire. The Holman QuickSource Bible Dictionaryis a perfect tool for those who are beginning to study the Bible. Itís definitions are both carefully researched and accessible. Definitions are designed to give the user a quick understanding of a term right up front and then, in many cases, go into more detail for those who want this level of description.
Clear, concise definitions are enhanced by the large number of colorful maps, photos, and reconstructions of biblical objects. The size of the dictionary strikes the right balance making it both easy-to-carry and easy-to-see and use. The lay flat binding keeps the dictionary open at the page being consulted during personal study or group activities.