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Evangelical Dictionary of Theology (EDT), 3rd ed.

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Baker Academic 2017

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This best-selling reference tool has been a trusted resource for more than 25 years with over 165,000 copies sold. Now thoroughly updated and substantially revised to meet the needs of today’s students and classrooms, it offers cutting-edge overviews of key theological topics.

Readable and reliable, this work features new articles on topics of contemporary relevance to world Christianity and freshened articles on enduring theological subjects, providing comprehensive A-Z coverage for today’s theology students. The author base reflects the increasing diversity of evangelical scholars. Advisory editors include D. Jeffrey Bingham, Cheryl Bridges Johns, John G. Stackhouse Jr., Tite Tiénou, and Kevin J. Vanhoozer

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Key Features

  • Features over 150,000 new words of content
  • Written by leading evangelical scholars
  • Focuses on systematic theology


  • Preface to the Third Edition
  • Preface to the Second Edition
  • Preface to the Third Edition
  • Contributors
  • Abbreviations
  • Dictionary Entries A-Z
  • List of Entries

Praise for the Print Edition

The Evangelical Dictionary of Theology and before it the Baker Dictionary of Theology have been valuable reference tools for decades. This latest edition, sixteen years after the previous one, is very welcome. Narrowing the focus to theology per se has created space for a fuller coverage of this area with many new entries. This book is no mere update or new edition but is a substantially new work in its own right. A valuable reference tool to have at hand.

—Tony Lane, professor of historical theology, London School of Theology

Few reference works ever achieve the status of ‘classic,’ but the Evangelical Dictionary of Theology is one that has. I am glad to see this updated version ready to serve a new generation of today’s theology students.

—Timothy George, founding dean, Beeson Divinity School, Samford University; general editor, Reformation Commentary on Scripture

This is an indispensable tool for anyone who wants to study and communicate Christian Scripture and thought. I’m so grateful it has been enhanced for a new season.

—John Ortberg, senior pastor, Menlo Church; author of All the Places to Go

For over thirty years the Evangelical Dictionary of Theology has been the first stop for students, pastors, and teachers to explore distinctly evangelical perspectives on crucial theological ideas, terms, and issues. This new edition brings much-needed voices from underrepresented communities to enrich and broaden our understanding. I could not be more pleased or enthusiastic about its release.

—Mark Young, president, Denver Seminary

I commend the robust theological focus of this new edition of the now classic work, the Evangelical Dictionary of Theology. The sheer scope of evangelical contributors is breathtaking! In a day when words are daily humiliated, this volume is a powerful reminder of the power of words and their meaning. The articles contained in this excellent volume are important and well researched. I heartily commend it!

—Timothy C. Tennent, president, Asbury Theological Seminary

The new edition of the Evangelical Dictionary of Theology is a monumental achievement of evangelical scholarship. The articles and essays produced by the outstanding group of contributors to this remarkable, wide-ranging, balanced, and accessible volume will ably serve the next generation of students, pastors, and scholars alike. It is a privilege to recommend this work and to congratulate the editorial team who helped to shape this valuable resource.

—David S. Dockery, president, Trinity International University

Evangelical Dictionary of Theology is a first-class work of theological scholarship, providing an evenhanded and judicious overview of Christian theology from an evangelical standpoint. I cannot recommend it highly enough for students, seminarians, professors, pastors, and anyone interested in Christian ministry.

—Bruce Ashford, provost and professor of theology and culture, Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary

With a rigorous focus on the key themes, topics, and people of systematic and historical theology, this volume is an indispensable handbook for pastors and teachers. New to this third edition are many authors and entries related to global Christianity (such as African theology, immigration, Asian theology, and Hispanic theology). The articles are the optimal length for a substantive overview of the topic with a brief bibliography pointing the direction for further study. I will use this resource regularly and recommend it heartily.

—Clinton E. Arnold, dean and professor of New Testament, Talbot School of Theology, Biola University

Product Details

  • Title: Evangelical Dictionary of Theology
  • Editors: Daniel J. Treier and Walter Elwell
  • Edition: 3rd
  • Publisher: Baker
  • Publication Date: 2017
  • Pages: 976
  • Resource Type: Dictionary
  • Topic: Theology

About the Editors

Daniel J. Treier (PhD, Trinity Evangelical Divinity School) is Knoedler Professor of Theology at Wheaton College Graduate School in Wheaton, Illinois. He is the author of Introducing Theological Interpretation of Scripture and the coeditor of several books, including The Cambridge Companion to Evangelical Theology and the award-winning Dictionary for Theological Interpretation of the Bible.

Walter Elwell is an evangelical theologian and noted editor of several evangelical standard reference works. He is professor emeritus of Bible and Theology at Wheaton College where he taught from 1975 to 2003.

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