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The Dictionary of Bible Themes contains over 2,000 thematic articles with an explanation of the theme, key Bible references, and cross-references to related themes. Comparable to the venerable Nave’s Topical Bible in scope, the Dictionary of Bible Themes stands apart in its unique, nine-level classification of themes that brings related biblical and theological concepts together.

Now you can access entire fields of information, saving time and increasing your thoroughness. The entire Bible is referenced for a host of themes—doctrinal, ethical, historical, and cultural—grouped under nine key categories. Produced by the outstanding editorial team of Martin Manser, Alister McGrath, J.I. Packer, and Donald Wiseman, this book provides a superb tool for topical studies.

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“A thematic approach is based on related ideas; a lexical approach is based on individual words.” (source)

“entered the Most Holy Place Heb 9:24 On the Day of Atonement the” (source)

“Ge 18:19 As the following references show, Abraham did not discharge” (source)

“A word-based approach would be limited to identifying biblical passages in which words such as ‘assure’ or ‘assurance’ appear. A thematic approach, however, goes far beyond this and explores all the basic elements of the theme. It identifies its basic ideas, its presuppositions and its consequences, in order that the theme in all its fulness can be unfolded to the reader.” (source)

“Scripture makes clear that all human beings are subject to temptation. It provides examples of individuals who have faced and yielded to such influences.” (source)


Martin H. Manser is an honours graduate of Languages and Linguistics from York University, Martin H. Manser has worked as a freelance reference book editor since 1980. He has compiled and edited a wide range of English language dictionaries and books of quotations, including the Lion Book of Bible Quotations, Bloomsbury’s Good Word Guide and Pan’s Dictionary of Contemporary Idioms. Martin was also Managing Editor of the NIV Thematic Study Bible published in 1996 to great acclaim and on which this dictionary is based.


Alister E. Mcgrath is Andreas Idreos Professor of Science and Religion at the University of Oxford. In addition to his work at Oxford, McGrath is Senior Research Fellow at Harris Manchester College, Oxford, President of the Oxford Centre for Christian Apologetics, and serves as associate priest in a group of Church of England village parishes in the Cotswolds. Dr. McGrath was the key influence in the editorial stage of producing the Thematic Database from which this volume was derived.


J. I. Packer (PhD, Oxford University), acted as Consultant Editor and was a great enthusiast for thematic Bible study.

Donald J. Wiseman, Emeritus Professor of Assyriology, University of London, was a Consultant Editor with a vital contribution to the cultural themes.


J. Gordon McConville (PhD, Queen’s University, Belfast), was Assistant Consultant Editor specializing in the Old Testament.

Stephen H. Travis (PhD, University of Cambridge), was Assistant Consultant specializing in the New Testament.

  • Title: Dictionary of Bible Themes
  • Author: Martin Manser
  • Publisher: Martin Manser
  • Print Publication Date: 2009
  • Logos Release Date: 2009
  • Era: era:Contemporary
  • Language: English
  • Resources: 1
  • Format: Digital › Logos Research Edition
  • Subject: Bible › Dictionaries
  • Resource Type: Bible Concordance
  • Metadata Last Updated: 2024-03-25T19:35:34Z
Martin Manser

Martin H. Manser has a BA honors degree in Language and Linguistics from York University, UK and an M Phil degree in modern German. He is a professional wordsmith, reference-book editor and lexicographer. Since 1980 he has compiled and edited over 200 reference books, especially Bible-reference titles and a wide range of English-language dictionaries. These include the Oxford Learner’s Pocket Dictionary (Oxford University Press), Macmillan Student’s Dictionary, Penguin Wordmaster Dictionary, Good Word Guide (Bloomsbury), the Facts on File Dictionary of Proverbs, and more than ten thesauruses.

Manser has been Editor or Managing Editor of several study Bibles and Bible editions: the NIV Thematic Reference Bible (Zondervan & Hodder & Stoughton), the award-winning NIV Bible Speaks Today (IVP), the NRSV Cross-reference Bible (Oxford University Press), the NLT Christian Basics Bible (Tyndale), and NLT Spiritual Growth Bible (Christian Art). He edited Lion Book of Bible Quotations, the award-winning Collins Bible Companion, and I Never Knew That Was in the Bible (Thomas Nelson). He was also Revising Editor of the 8-million-word Matthew Henry Commentary (Zondervan).


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  1. Stephan Thelen
    A really helpful resource that I use often and enjoy using to get started on a biblical topic.
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  8. Sean



    Very useful resource for quickly finding out what the Bible says about a particular subject. Each topic has many subdivisions that aid in finding the verses you are looking for. Get it in a base package if you don't already have one; if you do, try it out if you haven't yet. It's a big help and time saver.
  9. Philip Danks

    Philip Danks


    This is an excellent resource. The Dictionary of Bible Themes is identical to the Thematic Section of my NIV Thematic Study Bible, published in 1996. I have found that researching themes has greatly focussed my material in Bible classes and also provided insights into the context and background of passages. Whilst I do not agree with every doctrinal presupposition of the editors' (in rare instances, admittedly) I heartily recommend the Dictionary of Bible Themes.


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