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#41 Timothy Jenney

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Posted 02 October 2018 - 09:46 AM

I'd try the New Dictionary of Theology by IVP (or even their pocket theological dictionary). I suspect you have one or both in your library.


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Posted 21 April 2020 - 10:05 AM

Pardon me for resurrecting this topic...

 

For a layperson like me whose into casual reading of the Bible, I'm undecided over the Holman Illustrated Bible Dictionary vs the IVP New Bible Dictionary. Which of these one-volume dictionaries are more in-depth...? This question never actually came to me because I was looking at the IVPBBC on sale and was wondering if I should invest more to get the IVP Foundations that also includes the New Bible Dictionary, though I was thinking of future investment on the Holman instead.

 

For a start, I've already gotten the Starter Collection that includes Eerdmans and the current availability of single volume ISBE for free (but too much to digest for my liking..?). Somehow there's a thirst for more but not too overwhelming on the ISBE.

 

Appreciate any input. Thanks.

 

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Posted 21 April 2020 - 05:09 PM

Pardon me for resurrecting this topic...

 

For a layperson like me whose into casual reading of the Bible, I'm undecided over the Holman Illustrated Bible Dictionary vs the IVP New Bible Dictionary. Which of these one-volume dictionaries are more in-depth...? This question never actually came to me because I was looking at the IVPBBC on sale and was wondering if I should invest more to get the IVP Foundations that also includes the New Bible Dictionary, though I was thinking of future investment on the Holman instead.

 

For a start, I've already gotten the Starter Collection that includes Eerdmans and the current availability of single volume ISBE for free (but too much to digest for my liking..?). Somehow there's a thirst for more but not too overwhelming on the ISBE.

 

Appreciate any input. Thanks.

 

Ethan

hi Ethan, as someone who has access to it all thanks to my employment, I constantly use the NBD, and have done all my ministry life. It is a superb work, with solid scholarship and is not too complex.  It simply works. I recommend all my congregations buy an NBD. Essential tool. The Holman I have less experience of, but it would be solid and has illustrations. I use images often in preaching, but cannot recall ever using one from HIBD.  That doesn’t mean they aren’t good, just that I have a large collection of ones I think are better.  

 

So in summary, I don’t think you would ever regret buying the NBD. It is, and remains, my most used non-commentary/lexicon work. 


Edited by Ken Simpson, 21 April 2020 - 05:10 PM.

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Posted 21 April 2020 - 05:49 PM

Btw, I highly recommend the IVP background commentaries and they're a steal at their current sale price. 


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