Nelson's Illustrated Bible Dictionary (Thomas Nelson, 2014)

A Helpful Bible Study Tool {Review of Nelson’s Illustrated Bible Dictionary}

I’ve covered a few Bible study resources on this blog, and I’ve found another one that’s a fantastic help.

The Nelson’s Illustrated Bible Dictionary (Thomas Nelson, 2014) offers an updated book of more than 7,000 entries filled with information on the people, places, things, and ideas of the Bible, accompanied by photos, charts, and maps for visual reinforcement.

Nelson's Illustrated Bible Dictionary (Thomas Nelson, 2014)

I particularly love using a Bible dictionary when I need to understand cultural context of a term or object mentioned in the Bible. (Especially helpful for my posts at Do Not Depart!) I’ve used this Bible dictionary a few times already, specifically in this Do Not Depart post on the greatest High Priest.

If you haven’t used a Bible dictionary much, they’re organized like a dictionary – terms are listed in alphabetical order. Each entry offers a concrete explanation, followed by cultural and biblical significance and Bible verses to support. Many of the entries also offer thoughts on how this theology, place, person, etc. impacts current-day believers.

This revised edition of the Nelson’s Illustrated Bible Dictionary includes full-color in the photographs included, a cross-reference system for translations, outlines of the books of the Bible, maps, and more – all great resources to study the Bible in more depth. Some of the photos do seem a bit dated, but still show the intended object.

Besides being beautiful and interesting to look through, this dictionary has earned a spot on one of our “often-used” shelves.

How do you use Bible dictionaries in your study? 

Disclosure: I received a free copy of this book from the publisher (BookLook program) in exchange for my honest review. All opinions expressed are my own.

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