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Catholic Bible Dictionary

, 2009

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Scott Hahn, internationally renowned theologian and biblical scholar, has inspired millions with his insight into the Catholic faith. His important reference guide, Catholic Bible Dictionary, contains more than 5,000 clear and accessible entries and covers a wide range of people, places, and topics. From Genesis to Revelation, the whole of salvation history is presented and explained in smart, easy-to-understand prose.

Catholic Bible Dictionary is an invaluable source of information, insight, and guidance for Catholics and others who are interested in enriching their understanding of sacred Scripture. Scott Hahn draws from two millennia of scholarship to create an accessible and comprehensive tool for deeper and more rewarding biblical study.

The Logos Bible Software edition of Catholic Bible Dictionary enhances your study of the Bible. Scripture passages link directly to your preferred English translations and original-language texts, and important theological concepts link to dictionaries, encyclopedias, and a wealth of other resources in your digital library. Powerful topical searches help you find what other authors, scholars, and theologians bring to this conversation.

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Key Features

  • Comprehensive reference text for both clerics and laity
  • More than 5,000 entries
  • Explanatory tables including abbreviations, chronologies, and index to maps


  • Preface
  • Acknowledgements
  • Abbreviations
  • A to Z
  • Appendix I: Chronology of the Old Testament
  • Appendix II: Chronology of the Kings of Israel and Judah
  • Index to the Maps

Top Highlights

“a ‘covenant’ is, in its essence, a legal means to establish kinship between two previously unrelated parties.” (Page 168)

“JUSTIFICATION One means of expressing the doctrine of salvation in the New Testament. It can refer to a divine action as well as a spiritual process. As an action, justification is the moment when God makes righteous the one who believes in Christ and establishes him or her in a covenant relationship with himself. As a process, justification is the growth in righteousness and grace that takes place in the believer who embraces the demands of the gospel and yields himself or herself to the leading of the Spirit.” (Page 496)

“Of the prophets, Isaiah offers the most significant teaching on the Messiah. He is also more frequently cited in the New Testament than any other prophet.” (Page 398)

“Christian repentance is a complete transformation of the person from the life of sin to the life of Gospel charity” (Page 764)

“almost certainly this is the same James as the James discussed above as James, ‘the brother of Jesus.’” (Page 415)

Praise for the Print Edition

Scott Hahn’s writings and conferences have been so effective in bringing Catholics closer to Sacred Scripture. His valuable Catholic Bible Dictionary will be another big help to faithful Catholics who have taken seriously the Church’s encouragement to become immersed in God’s Word.

—Most Reverend Timothy M. Dolan, Archbishop of New York

Catholic Bible Dictionary is an extremely useful tool for any Bible student, whether beginner or advanced. This dictionary is particularly helpful for Catholics who need both etymological studies of terms and solid theological help. My only hope is that the readers will study the articles on a regular basis and eventually read the whole dictionary as they study the whole Bible.

—Fr. Mitchell C. Pacwa, SJ, president, Ignatius Productions

Catholic Bible Dictionary is a superb reference book that is an absolute must for all students of Scripture—both clerics and laity. I would never be without a Bible dictionary in my home; however, Catholic Bible Dictionary is not just any Bible dictionary. It is written specifically for Catholics and is therefore more extensive and complete than others. With over five thousand entries as well as the latest up-to-date information on every important item, name, place, and event in Sacred Scripture, this book is essential for students of Scripture; it is also indispensable for anyone who wants a deeper understanding of God’s Word. In fact, I believe that every Catholic who owns a Bible should also have a copy of Catholic Bible Dictionary.

—Gail Buckley, founder and president, Catholic Scripture Study International

Product Details

  • Title: Catholic Bible Dictionary
  • Editor: Scott Hahn
  • Publisher: Doubleday
  • Publication Date: 2009
  • Pages: 1,008

Scott Hahn (born October 28, 1957) is a contemporary author, theologian, and Catholic apologist. His works include Rome Sweet Home and The Lamb’s Supper: The Mass as Heaven on Earth. He currently teaches at the Franciscan University of Steubenville, a Catholic university in the United States.


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  1. Stacy L. Cochran
  2. Paul



    Overall this is a very good dictionary. I really do not have any complaints. It was everything I excepted. All Christians would benefit from this resource.
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  6. Fr. Jered A. Grossman
    Great resource from a great author.
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  9. Harlan P. Hock Jr
    Scott Hahn wrote a book review on Amazon recommending the following sections. "Biblical Criticism; Covenant; Family; Inspiration; Interpretation of the Bible; Jesus Christ; Jubilee; Kingdom; Law; Liturgy; Marriage; Mary, the Mother of Jesus; Messiah; Parousia; Priest, Priesthood; Sacrifice; Temple; Typology. I'd also recommend the entries on each of the different books of the Bible."
  10. Lorraine Curtin
    I have wanted this book since I began scripture study with Logos. It is a tremendous resource for all students of the bible. I own the hard copy but will gladly pay for the Logos version. Can't wait!


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