Evangelical Dictionary of Biblical Theology - Walter A. Elwell, editor. 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. (ISBN 0-8010-0120-X)
Though multivolume dictionaries of biblical theology abound, there is no 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.
The best part about this book is the ability to locate important doctrines, key texts, and subjects quickly and easily. This book will save you hours of searching in systematic theology books to find the balanced teachings on the doctrine. Elwell is sound in his theology and evangelical in his covering of various teachings.
This book is detailed, yet easy to read.
Walter A. Elwell is one of evangelicalism's leading editors of biblical reference works. Besides the Baker Encyclopedia of the Bibleand the Evangelical Commentary on the Bible, he has also edited the Handbook of Evangelical Theologians and the Evangelical Dictionary of Theology.He is professor of biblical and theological studies at Wheaton College Graduate School. He earned his Ph.D. from the University of Edinburgh.