Many seminaries around the country are already beginning classes, and it can be a daunting experience for many new students. For someone like myself, who did not grow up with a strong church background, I heard fellow students tossing out theological terms and religious lingo which I had never heard before. Not wanting to appear stupid, I wasn't about to ask them what a "paedobaptist" is or what "Pelagianism" is. My solution was to buy a reference work called the New Dictionary of Theology. Whenever I stumbled across a theological term, figure, or movement I wasn't familiar with, I would look it up in this resource and find a fairly balanced discussion of its meaning and significance.
When I started working for Accordance, I dreamed of one day getting this valuable resource as an Accordance module, so I was delighted when I learned that it would be included in the Essential IVP Reference Collection. That, along with the pocket dictionaries of Biblical Studies, New Testament Greek, Theological Terms, and Apologetics & Philosophy of Religion, are a great help to new seminarians trying to learn the "lingo."
I've talked about the Essential IVP Reference Collection before, because it contains about $450 worth of IVP Reference Works for just $119 (at the current sale price). That works out to about $10 per volume for dictionaries and commentaries which typically go for about $40 a piece in print. That makes the IVP Collection one of the best values we offer—perfect for cash-strapped seminarians trying to look like they know what everyone's talking about!