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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.

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  • 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

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“VERSIONS.—In addition to the Versions treated in the preceding three articles, the following are dealt with in the present work under their respective titles: Arabic Versions, Armenian Version, Egyptian Versions, Ethiopic Version, Latin Versions (The Old), Septuagint, Syriac Versions, Vulgate.” (Volume 4, Page 866)

“SCHISM.—Only 1 Co 12:25 ‘That there should be no schism in the body’: Gr. σχίσμα, which means either lit. a rent in a garment (Mt 9:16 = Mk 2:21) or fig. a division in a community (Jn 7:48; 9:16; 10:19, 1 Co 12:23; 1:10; 11:18; 12:25). RV retains ‘schism’ in 1 Co 12:25, and in the marg. of 11:18 points out that the Gr. is ‘schisms’ (text ‘divisions’). See Heresy, vol. ii. p. 351a.” (Volume 4, Page 419)

“APPARITION.—This word does not occur in AV except in the Apocr., Wis 17:3 (Gr. ἴνδαλμα, RV ‘spectral form’), 2 Mac 3:24 (Gr., ἐπιφάνεια, RV ‘apparition,’ RVm ‘manifestation), and 5:4 (Gr. ἐπιφάνεια, RV ‘vision,’ RVm ‘manifestation’). The Revisers have introduced a. at Mt 14:26, Mk 6:49 as tr. of φάντασμα (AV ‘spirit’).” (Volume 1, Page 127)

δίδραχμον or double-drachm, was the Gr. equivalent of the half-shekel” (Volume 3, Page 428)

“whole shekel being a tetradrachm of Tyrian currency” (Volume 3, Page 428)

  • 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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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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