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A Dictionary of the Bible (5 vols.)

by Hastings, James

Charles Scribner’s Sons 1905–1911

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Overview

The Dictionary of the Bible (5 vols.) is a landmark reference work edited by biblical scholar James Hastings. It is a thorough index of all key terms in Scriptures. With over a hundred scholars contributing, this five-volume set contains over 4,500 pages with over 1,500 definitions. The articles focus on people, places, archaeology, geology, theology, and obscure biblical terms. It was the goal of Hastings to compile a reference work that would enable the Church to teach in wisdom and knowledge. These in-depth definitions are easy to read, yet academic in nature.

Not to be confused with Hastings’ one-volume Dictionary of the same name, this separate resource is a fantastic reference addition to your library. An important documentation of historical biblical scholarship as well as solid interpretation and definitions of key terms and ideas, The Dictionary of the Bible (5 Vols.) is even easier to use with the Logos edition. Hastings’ massive resource is now instantly searchable by topic or Scripture, making study and research a breeze.

Key Features

  • Huge reference work by Bible scholar James Hastings
  • Over 4,500 pages of invaluable information
  • Includes preface, lists of abbreviations and contributors, and maps to help guide study

Individual Titles

A Dictionary of the Bible, Vol. 1

  • Publisher: Charles Scribner’s Sons
  • Publication Date: 1893
  • Pages: 896

Boasting nearly 900 pages, this first volume covers topics beginning with the letter “A” continuing to the subject of feasts. Other topics and characters included are Abraham, atonement, blasphemy, various chronologies, dancing, education, eschatology, and family.

A Dictionary of the Bible, Vol. 2

  • Publisher: Charles Scribner’s Sons
  • Publication Date: 1899
  • Pages: 900

Hastings addresses topics Feign to Kinsman in this second volume. He also includes subjects such as foreigner, geology of Palestine, government, the meaning of the word “hereafter”, images, jealousy, Jesus, Jonah, and the Kingdom of God.

A Dictionary of the Bible, Vol. 3

  • Publisher: Charles Scribner’s Sons
  • Publication Date: 1900
  • Pages: 926

The third volume, containing more than 900 pages, defines topics from Kir to Pleides. Hastings covers topics ranging from Latin versions, the Lord’s Supper, the Gospel of Mark, the Nile, Palestine, philosophy, and the plagues of Egypt.

A Dictionary of the Bible, Vol. 4

  • Publisher: Charles Scribner’s Sons
  • Publication Date: 1904
  • Pages: 1,022

The fourth volume includes terms from Pleroma to Zuzim. Hastings also addresses the Psalms, the book of Revelation, the Sadducees, the Septuagint, Sisera, Syriac versions, Theudas, and different versions of the Bible.

A Dictionary of the Bible, Vol. 5

  • Publisher: Charles Scribner’s Sons
  • Publication Date: 1905
  • Pages: 974

This final volume contains extra articles, indexes, and maps for the entire set, providing an invaluable guide to Hastings’ comprehensive dictionary.

Product Details

  • Title: A Dictionary of the Bible (5 Vols.)
  • Editor: James Hastings
  • Publisher: Charles Scribner’s Sons
  • Volumes: 5
  • Pages: 4,718

About the Editor

James Hastings was born in 1852 in Scotland. He was a Presbyterian minister and theologian. Hastings was the editor of many Biblical works, including: A Dictionary of Christ and the Gospels (2 Vols.), Encyclopaedia of Religion and Ethics (13 Vols.), and The Great Texts of the Bible (20 Vols.). He died in 1922.

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