Brandel Library

BTS 1850: Introduction to the Bible (Nassif)

Bible Dictionaries and Encyclopedias

Using Biblical Dictionaries and Encyclopedia

  • Biblical dictionaries (or dictionaries of the New Testament or some smaller portion) contain articles that define and explain biblical words.
  • The articles also identify and describe people, objects, corporate bodies, and events in the Bible.
  • In addition, the articles provide summaries and analysis of the books of the Bible.
  • If you are writing on a passage in the Bible, identify key words, persons, objects, events, and corporate bodies that appear in your passage.
  • Then read about these in biblical dictionaries to acquire a basic understanding.
  • This preliminary understanding will be helpful when you research in commentaries, journal articles, and books that deal with your passage.