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Zondervan Reference Collection (25 vols.)

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The Zondervan Reference Collection (25 vols.) contains some of today’s premiere Bible reference works—vital preaching resources, an abundance of images and illustrations, and a wealth of insight into the historical, chronological, archaeological, geographical, social, theological, and biographical aspects of the Bible. Many of these books represent groundbreaking studies in their fields, and all are regularly consulted by pastors and professors around the world. Valuable for the serious Bible scholar, the seminary student, or the church leader, these titles tackle important subjects such as biblical interpretation, major world religions, theology, and much more.

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  • Discusses major theological terms of the Bible
  • Provides a guide to Old Testament theology and exegesis
  • Offers a timeline of biblical history
  • Includes maps, photographs, illustrations, and charts
  • Gives helpful tips for Bible study
  • Analyzes doctrinal developments
  • Title: Zondervan Reference Collection
  • Publisher: Zondervan
  • Volumes: 25
  • Pages: 20,945
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With Logos Bible Software, every word is essentially a link. Scripture references link directly to Greek and Hebrew texts, along with the English Bible translations of your choice. For any word in any language, you can double-click on that word and your digital library will automatically search your lexicons for a match. That gives you unprecedented access to linguistic data, along with all the tools you need for exegesis and interpretation.

Dictionary of Biblical Prophecy and End Times

  • Editors: J. Daniel Hays, J. Scott Duvall, and C. Marvin Pate
  • Publisher: Zondervan
  • Publication Date: 2007
  • Pages: 512

The Dictionary of Biblical Prophecy and End Times is a comprehensive reference tool designed to assist everyday people in understanding biblical prophecy. Based on solid scholarship, the dictionary contains clear and readable entries on a broad sweep of topics relevant to biblical prophecy, providing insight to complicated subjects in a balanced fashion.

J. Daniel Hays is the dean of the Pruet School of Christian Studies and a professor of Old Testament at Ouachita Baptist University. He is the author of From Every People and Nation and coauthor of Grasping God’s Word; Preaching God’s Word; Journey into God’s Word; The Story of Israel: A Biblical Theology; Iraq: Babylon of the End Times?; and Apocalypse. He teaches adult Sunday school at his local church in Arkadelphia, Arkansas, and preaches frequently throughout the nation.

J. Scott Duvall is a professor of New Testament at Ouachita Baptist University. He is the coauthor with George H. Guthrie of Biblical Greek Exegesis: A Graded Approach to Learning Intermediate and Advanced Greek and with Terry G. Carter and J. Daniel Hays of the textbook Preaching God’s Word: A Hands on Approach to Preparing, Developing and Delivering the Sermon.

C. Marvin Pate taught for 13 years at Moody Bible Institute. Now he is chair of the Department of Christian Theology and a professor of theology at Ouachita Baptist University.

Encyclopedic Dictionary of Cults, Sects, and World Religions

  • Authors: Larry A. Nichols, George Mather, and Alvin J. Schmidt
  • Publisher: Zondervan
  • Publication Date: 2006
  • Pages: 544

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Encyclopedic Dictionary of Cults, Sects, and World Religions is arguably the most significant reference book on the subject to be published. Formerly titled Dictionary of Cults, Sects, Religions, and the Occult, it provides reliable information on the history and beliefs of nearly every form of religion active today. This extensively revised edition includes new topics, updated information, and a brand-new format for a clearer, more organized approach.

Larry A. Nichols is the pastor of Our Redeemer Evangelical Lutheran Church in Greenville, Rhode Island. He is coauthor of Masonic Lodge in the Zondervan Guide to Cults and Religious Movements.

George A. Mather is the pastor of Our Savior Lutheran Church in St. George, Utah.

Alvin J. Schmidt retired in 1999 as a professor of sociology at Illinois College in Jacksonville, Illinois, where he still lives. He is the author of several books, including The Great Divide: The Failure of Islam and the Triumph of the West.

Exploring the Story: A Reference Companion

  • Author: Adam Barr
  • Publisher: Zondervan
  • Publication Date: 2011
  • Pages: 176

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Exploring the Story helps you understand and grasp the significance of each chapter in the The Story, an innovative Bible that presents Scripture as a continuous narrative in chronological order. The big picture of God’s redemptive plan comes into focus as you learn about the following elements:

  • Timeline: shows how the events of The Story relate to the rest of history
  • Plot Points: briefly describes the key narrative themes of a passage
  • Cast of Characters: introduces the people featured in the text
  • Chapter Overview: summarizes the corresponding chapter in The Story
  • Discussion Questions: gives ideas for individual or group reflection
  • Section Commentary: presents theological issues, important archaeological discoveries, or launch points for further discussion

Small group leaders, pastors, and lay students of the Bible will gain a deeper understanding of God’s life-changing redemptive plan by reading this book alongside The Story.

Adam T. Barr is the pastor of Teaching Ministries at Corinth Reformed Church and president of Borderlands, a ministry that equips church and campus ministries to disciple Next Generation leaders. He has earned degrees from Hope College, Western Theological Seminary, and Trinity Evangelical Divinity School, and studied at Westminster Theological Seminary. He updated, edited, and contributed to the Zondervan Illustrated Commentary: One-Volume Illustrated Edition.

Halley’s Bible Handbook

  • Author: Henry H. Halley
  • Publisher: Zondervan
  • Publication Date: 2007
  • Pages: 1,056

Now in full color for its twenty-fifth edition, this world-renowned Bible handbook is treasured by generations of Bible readers for its clarity, insight, and usefulness. Halley’s Bible Handbook makes the Bible’s wisdom and message accessible. You will develop an appreciation for the cultural, religious, and geographic settings in which the story of the Bible unfolds. You will see how its different themes fit together in a remarkable way. And you will see the heart of God and the person of Jesus Christ revealed from Genesis to Revelation.

Henry H. Halley was a well-respected author, minister, and Bible lecturer, dedicating his life to spreading his passion for Bible study and memorization. The original Halley’s Bible Handbook grew from small pamphlets about the Bible that he gave away to encourage churches and individuals in Bible study.

New International Bible Dictionary

  • Author: J. D. Douglas
  • Publisher: Zondervan
  • Publication Date: 1987
  • Pages: 1,200

The Silver Medallion award-winning New International Bible Dictionary was created to help you get more out your study of the Bible. Containing more than 4,500 entries and more than 1,000 illustrations, maps, charts, photos, and tables, it is the first Bible dictionary based entirely on the NIV translation.

A massive, important work.

The Biblical Evangelist

J. D. Douglas was the revising editor of The New International Dictionary of the Bible and editor of The New Bible Dictionary. He was editor-at-large for Christianity Today.

New International Dictionary of the Christian Church

  • Editor: J. D. Douglas
  • Publisher: Zondervan
  • Publication Date: 2007
  • Pages: 1,074

The New International Dictionary of the Christian Church is a fascinating encyclopedia explaining the development of the church. This comprehensive reference work traces the development of the Christian church through its first 2,000 years. More than 180 scholars have contributed their expertise, incorporating recent research, archaeological discoveries, and specialized studies. Cross-references and bibliographies of significant works enhance this dictionary’s usefulness as a basic source book and study tool.

J. D. Douglas was the revising editor of The New International Dictionary of the Bible and editor of The New Bible Dictionary. He was editor-at-large for Christianity Today.

New International Dictionary of Old Testament Theology and Exegesis (5 vols.)

  • General Editor: Willem VanGemeren
  • Publisher: Zondervan
  • Pages: 4,750

The New International Dictionary of Old Testament Theology and Exegesis contains more than 3,000 separate articles, written by more than 200 scholars from 24 countries and more than one hundred academic institutions! This massive five-volume Old Testament reference work contains articles on the theology of each individual Old Testament book, as well as discussions of biblical concepts, people, places, events, and literary pieces. Volume five contains a series of indexes: a Hebrew index, subject index, and an index of semantic fields. Taken as a whole, the New International Dictionary of Old Testament Theology and Exegesis is an unparalleled accomplishment in the field of biblical hermeneutics.

Destined to become a standard reference work for all serious Bible students, pastors, and scholars.

Robert L. Hubbard Jr., professor of biblical literature, North Park Theological Seminary

New International Dictionary of New Testament Theology (4 vols.)

  • General Editor: Colin Brown
  • Publisher: Zondervan
  • Pages: 3,505

The four-volume New International Dictionary of New Testament Theology examines and discusses the major theological terms of the Bible. This dictionary is a basic enlargement of the German Theologisches Begriffslexikon zum Neuen Testament. On its first publication in German it was recognized as a major reference work and has since become more and more widely acclaimed as an important tool for understanding the theology and message of the Bible. The Logos edition of the New International Dictionary of New Testament Theology provides a unique and accessible source of information, invaluable to ministers, teachers, and anyone interested in the study as well as the teaching of the Bible.

Indispensable for advanced theological students and scholars as well as for ordinary Bible students.

Christianity Today

New International Encyclopedia of Bible Characters

  • Editor: Paul D. Gardner
  • Publisher: Zondervan
  • Publication Date: 2001
  • Pages: 704

Uncover the value of every man and woman in the Bible! From Aaron to Zurishadai, the New International Encyclopedia of Bible Characters is an exhaustive, ready reference of every person named in the Bible. Discover the parts men and women—from the obscure to the famous to the infamous—have played in the unfolding story of Scripture. Entries range from one-line biblical references for minor characters to full-length articles that address the theological significance of over forty major figures.

Paul Gardner (PhD, Cambridge University) taught for seven years at Oak Hill Theological College after his ordination, and then moved to parish ministry in Cheshire. In 2003, he was appointed Archdeacon of Exeter. He has published a number of books and articles, including a commentary on 2 Peter and Jude in the Focus on the Bible Commentaries.

New International Encyclopedia of Bible Difficulties

  • Author: Gleason L. Archer Jr.
  • Publisher: Zondervan
  • Publication Date: 2001
  • Pages: 480

What do you make of the difficult areas in the Bible—those puzzling passages that make you stop and scratch your head? The seeming contradictions and inconsistencies of Scripture actually have sound explanations. But unless you’re a Bible scholar, you probably don’t know about them. That’s why you need the New International Encyclopedia of Bible Difficulties. It gives you informed answers to your most troublesome questions. Some of the solutions seem obvious after you’ve read them. But most include an eye-opening look at linguistic, cultural, numerical, relational, and other considerations of which most Bible readers are unaware.

Gleason L. Archer Jr. was a professor emeritus of Old Testament and Semitic studies at Trinity Evangelical Divinity School.

New International Encyclopedia of Bible Words

  • Author: Lawrence O. Richards
  • Publisher: Zondervan
  • Publication Date: 1999
  • Pages: 736

An encyclopedia based on the NIV and the NASB, this volume explores the Hebrew and Greek words that lie behind the English words. Whether you’re a pastor, a student, or simply a lover of the Bible, this book helps you get more out of God’s Word by revealing the original meanings of key biblical words. The reader-friendly, narrative style makes it easy to explore the Hebrew and Greek words that lie behind the English words. You’ll discover significant shades of meaning and nuances that bring depth to your understanding of Scripture.

Exceptional value. . . . Clear, precise, and balanced.

James Montgomery Boice, pastor, Tenth Presbyterian Church, Philadelphia

Lawrence O. Richards is currently a full time author and speaker. He has written over 200 Christian books, including commentaries on every book of the Bible and the bestselling Adventure Bible and Teen Study Bible.

Zondervan Atlas of the Bible

  • Author: Carl G. Rasmussen
  • Publisher: Zondervan
  • Publication Date: 2010
  • Pages: 304

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This major revision of the Gold Medallion Award-winning Zondervan NIV Atlas of the Bible is a visual feast that will help you experience the geography and history of Scripture with unprecedented clarity. The first section of the Atlas introduces the “playing board” of biblical history—using three-dimensional maps and photographic images to help the lands of the Bible come alive. The next section, arranged historically, begins with Eden and traces the historical progression of the Old and New Testaments. It provides an engaging, accurate, and faithful companion to God’s Word—illuminating the text with over one hundred full-color, multidimensional maps created with the help of digital elevation modeling data. It concludes with chapters on the history of Jerusalem, the disciplines of historical geography, and the most complete and accurate listing and discussion of place-names found in any atlas.

Throughout the Atlas, innovative graphics, chronological charts, and over one hundred specially selected images help illuminate the geographical and historical context of biblical events. The Zondervan Atlas of the Bible is destined to become a favorite guide to biblical geography for students of the Bible. This accessible and complete resource will assist you as you enter into the world of the Bible as never before.

Carl Rasmussen (PhD, Dropsie University) was a professor of Old Testament at Bethel University in St. Paul, Minnesota, and adjunct professor at the Institute of Holy Land Studies in Jerusalem.

Zondervan Dictionary of Biblical Imagery

  • Editor: John A. Beck
  • Publisher: Zondervan
  • Publication Date: 2010
  • Pages: 288

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Biblical authors seized imagery drawn from everyday life and redeployed it in the service of divine revelation. But today’s readers are not familiar with many of these once-common illustrations. The distance in time, place, and culture between the Bible’s first recipients and people today often mutes the rhetorical impact of such images.

Students of the Bible need someone to explain both the meaning and significance of the imagery found in the biblical text. The Zondervan Dictionary of Biblical Imagery provides the kind of assistance today’s readers need. Entries explain images that correspond to a cultural artifact from the biblical world (such as arrow or sandal), a component of natural history (such as fox or fig tree), a named place (such as Mount Sinai or Nazareth), or a component of the Promised Land’s physical geography (such as mountain or wilderness). Each entry contains a description of the element or image, examples of how the image is used in the biblical text, and appropriate photographs and maps that further illustrate the ideas presented. Students of Scripture will find the Zondervan Dictionary of Biblical Imagery a fascinating and inspiring portal to the biblical world.

John Beck earned his ThM and PhD from Trinity International University and is currently an adjunct instructor for Jerusalem University College. His passion to aid others in their Bible reading has led to the publication of a variety of books, including The Land of Milk and Honey, God as Storyteller, and A Visual Guide to Bible Events.

Zondervan Encyclopedia of the Bible (5 vols.)

  • General Editors: Merrill C. Tenney, and Moisés Silva
  • Publisher: Zondervan
  • Pages: 5,616

The Zondervan Encyclopedia of the Bible has been a classic Bible study resource for more than 30 years. Now thoroughly revised, this new five-volume edition provides up-to-date entries based on the latest scholarship. Beautiful full-color pictures supplement the text, which includes new articles in addition to thorough updates and improvements of existing topics. Different viewpoints of scholarship permit a well-rounded perspective on significant issues relating to doctrines, themes, and biblical interpretation. The goal remains the same in the new edition: to provide pastors, teachers, students, and devoted Bible readers a comprehensive and reliable library of information.

The newly released Zondervan Encyclopedia of the Bible is a comprehensive study tool to be considered a core reference work of value to families, college and lay students, as well as pastors and more serious scholars. Clearly written in a contemporary style and presented in a user-friendly format, this updated version of a classic reference work is an excellent resource for homeschool study. Presenting information on both the biblical text and historical context of Scripture, the Zondervan Encyclopedia of the Bible clearly articulates the vast gamut of knowledge foundational to a study of Scripture.

—Shelly Beach, college instructor, Michigan


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  1. Michael Joseph DeMarois
  2. Thomas SImmons
    Great collection of some really valuable research material. Good combination of more up-to-date resources coupled with standard material that has proven helpful through many years. Whether building a serious research base or replacing valuable print resources with digital, you will not go wrong with these selections.

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