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Dictionary of Latin and Greek Theological Terms: Drawn Principally from Protestant Scholastic Theology

Dictionary of Latin and Greek Theological Terms: Drawn Principally from Protestant Scholastic Theology

Richard A. Muller

| Baker Academic | 1995

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In this topical dictionary, Dr. Richard Muller defines key Latin and Greek theological terms found in various works of dogmatics and theology. Muller goes beyond the mere definition, however, by tracing the word’s historical roots and logical connections in such doctrines as the Trinity, incarnation, atonement, the fall, natural theology, authority and revelation, sacraments, and the church and its ministry. Many of the terms are cross-referenced for comparison and further study. The Dictionary of Latin and Greek Theological Terms opens up the rich history of thought and the development of doctrine in the church. Students and scholars will benefit greatly from this important resource, and pastors and lay people will discover it to be an interesting, thought-provoking text.

David Puckett in Bibliotheca Sacra says of Dr. Muller’s book, “The need for a dictionary of Latin and Greek theological terms has long been recognized by theological students. This work satisfies that need exceptionally well. It contains clear, precise definitions of most of the technical terms a student is likely to find in studying classical Protestant theology.”

In compiling his list of terms, Muller’s goal was to offer an accurate presentation of the vocabulary of Protestant orthodoxy, and to meet the needs of students as they encounter works currently accessible in which the vocabulary appears. To achieve his goals, he consulted Lutheran and Reformed systems of the seventeenth century, notably, Johann Wilhelm Baier and Francis Turretin, and the systems of two standard exponents of twentieth-century Lutheran and Reformed orthodoxy, Francis Pieper and Louis Berkhof.

Author Bio

Richard A. Muller is the P.J. Zondervan Professor of Historical Theology at Calvin Theological Seminary in Grand Rapids, Michigan.