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New Dictionary of Theology

by Packer, J. I., Wright, David F., Ferguson, Sinclair B.

IVP 1988

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Overview

Since its publication, the New Dictionary of Theology has rapidly established itself as a standard, authoritative reference work in systematic and historical theology. More than 630 articles cover a variety of theological themes, thinkers, and movements from creation to the millennium, from Abelard to Zwingli, and from Third World liberation theology to South African Dutch Reformed theology.

Firmly anchored in the evangelical tradition, the New Dictionary of Theology is nevertheless wide-ranging in its scope. Over 200 contributors, experts in their individual fields, offer both Western and international perspective. Concise and comprehensive, biblically grounded and historically informed, even-handed and free from unduly technical language, this dictionary has been praised by general readers, pastors, and scholars.

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Key Features

  • Covers past and present theology
  • Offers both Western and international perspective
  • Includes extensive, easy-to-use cross-references

Praise for the Print Edition

The contributors should be applauded loudly. They have condensed often arcane and bewildering terminology into easily understandable terms . . . [with] sound, no-nonsense scholarship and laudatory lack of trendism.

Philosophy & Religion

Recommended for students, teachers, and ministers. . . . A worthy addition to any library.

Christian Scholars Review

The values of this work are many. The philosophical articles are most helpful, as are the ones on different heresies which have plagued the Church for the past two thousand years. The text is readable, and even a casual perusal of this work will enrich the reader’s understanding of his/her heritage.

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Product Details

  • Title: New Dictionary of Theology
  • Editors: Sinclair B. Ferguson, J. I. Packer, and David F. Wright
  • Publisher: IVP
  • Publication Date: 1988
  • Pages: 757

About the Editors

Sinclair B. Ferguson is the senior minister at First Presbyterian Church in Columbia, South Carolina, and serves as a professor of systematic theology at Westminster Seminary in Dallas, Texas.

J. I. Packer is a board of governors’ professor of theology at Regent College in Vancouver, British Columbia. He also serves as a contributing editor to Christianity Today. His writings include Knowing God, A Quest for Godliness, Growing in Christ, and Rediscovering Holiness, as well as numerous articles published in journals such as Churchman, SouthWestern Journal, Christianity Today, Reformation & Revival Journal, and Touchstone.

David F. Wright(1937–2008) was a professor of patristic and Reformation Christianity at New College, University of Edinburgh. He wrote a number of books on both historical and theological topics.