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A Dictionary of the Bible (5 vols.)

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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.

A Dictionary of the Bible (5 vols.) will download as one resource.

  • 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
  • Title: A Dictionary of the Bible (5 Vols.)
  • Editor: James Hastings
  • Publisher: Charles Scribner’s Sons
  • Volumes: 5
  • Pages: 4,718
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In the Logos edition, these digital volumes are enhanced by amazing functionality. Scripture citations link directly to English Bible translations, and important terms link to a wealth of other resources in your digital library, including tools for original languages, dictionaries, encyclopedias, commentaries, and theology texts. Perform powerful searches to find exactly what you’re looking for. Take the discussion with you using tablet and mobile apps. With Logos Bible Software, the most efficient and comprehensive research tools are in one place, so you get the most out of your study.

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.

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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  1. Kevin Bratcher
  2. Aaron Krueger, LMHC, MFT, MDiv
  3. David C. Alves
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  18. Daniel M. Mandery
  19. M. David Johnson
  20. Oldnewbie



    I'm very happy this is being released. The 12 volume Century Dictionary has gotten very little action and is languishing in CP at this point. Anyone interested in adding that one as well? Here's the link:

  21. James Carter

    James Carter


    One of my professors in seminary used to recommend Hastings. He was impressed with how much of it was still relevant. I just got an email saying pre-pub closed and it will be released on 3/20. Looking forward to it.

  22. mark steven similton
    this is a lot of information here I'm sure I can use on a daily basis and help aid me in my studies and for $15.00 it is a great price.

  23. PauljOK1



    My preference would be The Century Dictionary versus this; but it looks like they may release this first. Anyone that sees this comment and has experience with the 12 volume The Century Dictionary please leave some feedback.

  24. John W Gillis

    John W Gillis


    I find it amazing that this work has not been able to move into production yet. This is a terrific, comprehensive Bible dictionary that I've owned in hardcover for over twenty years, and would love to have in my Logos library. At the Community Pricing price-level, it is an excellent value.

  25. Ian Carmichael
    One of the great dictionaries. Some of the information, of course, has dated, been improved, etc. But in these pages you'll find the opportunity to think with many of the nineteenth century great theological minds. Outstanding reading. Superb value. Hop in and bid so the preparation can get done, folks!!!

  26. Daniel Yoder

    Daniel Yoder


    Why is this taking so long to be developed?

  27. James B. McLain

    James B. McLain


    How about an update on when it will be delivered under community pricing. I bid for this on 12-9-11. Does anyone monitor these reviews???? Jim

  28. Doug Lye

    Doug Lye


    Community Pricing is AWESOME. I managed to get this for just under $15 before it went to pre-pub. (The rating is for the community pricing)


Digital list price: $44.99
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