This major reference volume includes over five hundred articles explaining the theological message and key themes of both Old and New Testaments. It includes articles on abortion, money, altars, pride, promise, the second coming, Jerusalem, and many others. More than 125 of the best evangelical Bible scholars provide insights from the biblical languages. Yet anyone using the volume does not need to know Hebrew or Greek. Bibliographies, indexes, and cross-references make this a useful volume for pastors, students, teachers, and lay people.
Though multivolume dictionaries of biblical theology abound, this is a single-volume resource from a decidedly evangelical perspective. The Evangelical Dictionary of Biblical Theology fills that gap with admirable distinction.
Most multivolume resources, moreover, require a knowledge of the biblical languages. The EDBT is different. Though its contributors base their research on the Greek and Hebrew texts, they present their findings in a language that everyone can understand. The result is an accessible, clear compendium of the key theological themes found in the Old and New Testaments.
Steering away from peripheral matters, these scholars emphasize the theological message of the biblical writers in more than 500 articles. "The present volume," writes the editor, "is intended to make available the biblical teaching on a wide variety of topics, ranging from the individual books of the Bible to specifically theological ideas to individual ideas that might appear only a few times or even once in the Scriptures." A comprehensive Scripture index rounds the work, enabling readers to glean every theological insight on a passage.
Presenting the theology of the Bible in the forms of expression chosen by the biblical writers themselves, this work is an excellent companion to the Evangelical Dictionary of Theology,which focuses on systematic theology and the creedal formulations of the church. Together these two dictionaries cover the entire range of theological expression from biblical times to the present.
“Bibliography. W. Eichrodt, Theology of the Old Testament, 2 vols.; D. Guthrie, New Testament Theology; G. Hasel, Old Testament Theology: Basic Issues in the Current Debate and New Testament Theology: Basic Issues in the Current Debate; B. Ollenburger et al., eds., The Flowering of Old Testament Theology; R. Muller, The Study of Theology; H. Räisänen, Beyond New Testament Theology; A. Schlatter, The Nature of New Testament Theology; K. Scholder, The Birth of Modern Critical Theology; G. Vos, Biblical Theology.” (Page 66)
“Third, the certain coming of that day with its dark side of judgment and its bright side of a giant transformation encompassing human beings, human society, the world’s physical environment, and the cosmos as such, calls on believers especially to live in its light.” (Page 149)
“Second, the concept of authority refers to the power, ability, or capability to complete an action” (Page 45)
“Biblical humility is grounded in the character of God.” (Page 361)
Walter A. Elwell, born 1937 in Florida, 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.