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  • Genre:RELIGION
  • SubGenre:Biblical Reference / Dictionaries & Encyclopedias
  • Language:English
  • Pages:1232
  • eBook ISBN:9781620952573

Dictionary of Bible Themes

by Martin H. Manser

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Overview
Do you want to know your Bible better? This innovative dictionary of the Bible will guide you through its central themes, such as God, Jesus Christ, the Holy Spirit, sin and salvation, the church, suffering, hope, and eternal life. You will gain a full and fresh appreciation of the richness of the Bible. This unique and comprehensive topical dictionary covers over 2,000 themes, giving explanations, key Bible references, and cross-references to related themes. Produced by the highly respected editorial team of Martin H. Manser, Alister E. McGrath, J. I. Packer, Donald J. Wiseman, J. Gordon McConville, and Stephen H. Travis.
Description
Do you want to know your Bible better? This innovative dictionary of the Bible will guide you through its central themes, such as God, Jesus Christ, the Holy Spirit, sin and salvation, the church, suffering, hope, and eternal life. You will gain a full and fresh appreciation of the richness of the Bible. This unique and comprehensive topical dictionary covers over 2,000 themes, giving explanations, key Bible references, and cross-references to related themes. Produced by the highly respected editorial team of Martin H. Manser, Alister E. McGrath, J. I. Packer, Donald J. Wiseman, J. Gordon McConville, and Stephen H. Travis. The study of the Bible lies at the heart of the Christian faith. It is therefore important that readers of the Bible are given every means of help so that they may get as much benefit and enjoyment as possible out of reading the Bible. The Dictionary of Bible Themes is designed to allow its users to appreciate to the full the unfolding of the unity and richness of the Bible by studying its central themes. What is the Bible all about? The Dictionary of Bible Themes was planned to allow its users to identify and explore the leading themes of Scripture – themes such as God, Jesus Christ, the Holy Spirit, the human race, sin and salvation, the Christian life, the church and the hope of glory. This Dictionary identifies these, and many other key themes, and traces them throughout the course of Scripture. The Bible is here allowed to speak for itself, with a minimum of comment and explanation. The approach adopted in this volume allows its users to come into contact directly with Scripture, rather than having to approach it through the views of commentators. The main themes of Scripture are identified, key biblical references are provided and the mutual relationship of themes is set out clearly. Over 2,000 themes detailed in this work cover doctrinal, ethical, historical and cultural subjects. In addition to dealing with the great themes of the Christian message of salvation, the themes thus also deal with practical issues of Christian living. This approach allows a unifying of Christian wisdom, both theological and practical, for the edification of God’s people. The thematic approach The approach adopted in this work differs significantly from a more lexical approach found in some older reference works. A thematic approach is based on related ideas; a lexical approach is based on individual words. The difference between them can easily be appreciated by considering the theme of “assurance”. A word-based approach would be limited to identifying biblical passages in which words such as “assure” or “assurance” appear. A thematic approach, however, goes far beyond this and explores all the basic elements of the theme. It identifies its basic ideas, its presuppositions and its consequences, in order that the theme in all its fullness can be unfolded to the reader. Thus the material that deals with assurance covers the grounds of assurance (e.g., the knowledge of God, the certainty of his word, the work of the Holy Spirit), the nature of assurance (of a relationship with God, of salvation, of eternal life and a future hope) and the relationship between assurance and the life of faith. An extensive system of indexing and cross-referencing allows the dynamic relationship of the many biblical themes to be understood and further explored. A further advantage of the thematic approach of the Dictionary of Bible Themes is that it can be used with any Bible translation. Although the verse references provided are intended to be illustrative rather than exhaustive, the reader will nevertheless find a wealth of biblical material arranged thematically. The thematic approach will be particularly welcomed by those who are preparing studies or talks on biblical themes and wish to ensure that they have included or referred to the central passages within Scripture. It will enable them to gain an understanding of the overall place of this theme within Scripture and to explore the way in which it relates to other themes. It will also be valued by readers of Scripture who become interested in a biblical passage or theme and wish to follow it through. The Scripture Index which allows readers to see immediately which themes are associated with the passage under study will allow its users to turn to the Bible Themes section and discover other passages of relevance, as well as other biblical themes that cast light on the particular importance of the passage or theme being studied. The thematic study of Scripture is also important in another respect. Tracing the great biblical themes throughout Scripture allows us to appreciate the essential unity of Scripture. As we trace the unfolding of God’s purposes of redemption throughout the pages of the Bible, we come to appreciate more fully how Scripture bears witness to the same God and his same purposes throughout the great themes that bind it together. Application of God’s word The editors hope that this new work will bring a fresh quality and depth to readers’ understanding and grasp of the riches of Scripture. It is a work that has been designed to meet the many needs of God’s people in today’s world, whether they are individual believers, or a Christian family studying Scripture in the quietness of the home, or preachers preparing to thrill and challenge a congregation with a fresh appreciation of the wonders of God’s word. Structure of the Dictionary of Bible Themes The heart of the Dictionary of Bible Themes is the section on Bible Themes: over 2,000 themes covering the key themes of Scripture. Two ways of helping readers find their way into this section are provided: • the Alphabetical List of Themes. This provides a complete listing in one single alphabetical order of all the theme titles. Selective cross-references are also provided for ease of use, e.g., at “anxiety” the reader is directed to “worry” and at “Cephas” to “Peter”. • the Scripture Index of Themes. Verses of the Bible are listed and appearing alongside each verse are the themes associated with that particular passage. In each case, the theme name and theme number should be noted and readers should use the theme number to locate the theme in the Thematic Section. Using the Bible Themes section This section contains over 2,000 themes, covering the key themes of Scripture. Themes cross-refer you to the various parts of Scripture at which each theme occurs and are organised under descriptive headings. You can use the resources of the Bible Themes section in a variety of ways to support your Bible study. Classification of themes The editors have given considerable thought to the arrangement and categorisation of themes. Each theme has been assigned a four-digit number, given with the aim of reflecting the theme’s core subject matter and allowing both ease of reference and an understanding of the overall place of the theme in Scripture. For example, one major group of themes focuses on “God”, another on “Jesus Christ” and another on “sin and salvation”. The categorisation is not intended to force a straitjacket upon the biblical material by placing any kind of arbitrary restrictions on it. Indeed, in a number of instances, a theme could have been categorised differently. The classification is simply intended to make the identification and exploration of themes as simple as possible for the benefit of readers. Each theme number consists of four digits. The first digit stands for one of nine main groups of themes: 1000 God 2000 Jesus Christ 3000 Holy Spirit 4000 Creation 5000 Humanity 6000 Sin and salvation 7000 God’s people 8000 The life of the believer 9000 Last things Within each of the major groups of themes, themes have been arranged in subcategories. For example, under Jesus Christ 2000 come: 2003 Jesus Christ, qualities of 2200 Jesus Christ, titles and descriptions of 2300 Jesus Christ, ministry and work of 2400 Jesus Christ, gospel of 2500 Jesus Christ, history of Within each subcategory, general themes are in many instances given first, followed by themes in alphabetical order. For example, under the subcategory 2200 Jesus Christ, titles and names of comes first the general theme 2203 Jesus Christ, titles and names of followed in alphabetical order by specific names and titles, e.g., 2206 Jesus, the Christ 2218 Jesus Christ, Son of God 2221 Jesus Christ, Son of Man In many cases, themes are of such importance and complexity that they have been divided in logical order into more manageable sections. For example, the theme of “the church” has been divided as follows: 7020 church, the 7021 church, OT anticipations of 7022 church, and Jesus Christ 7023 church, and Holy Spirit 7024 church, nature and foundations of 7025 church, unity and fellowship of 7026 church, leadership of 7027 church, purpose and mission of 7028 church, life of All the themes are listed in alphabetical order in the alphabetical index. Below is a list of the major groups of themes and subcategories: 1000 God 1010 God, nature and qualities of 1200 God, titles and descriptions of 1300 God, work of 1400 God, knowledge of 1500 God, the Trinity 1600 Scripture as the word of God 2000 Jesus Christ 2003 Jesus Christ, qualities of 2200 Jesus Christ, titles and descriptions of 2300 Jesus Christ, ministry and work of 2400 Jesus Christ, gospel of 2500 Jesus Christ, history of 3000 Holy Spirit 3005 Holy Spirit, qualities of 3100 Holy Spirit, titles and descriptions of 3200 Holy Spirit, ministry and work of 4000 Creation 4100 Supernatural beings 4200 Places 4300 Metals and minerals 4400 Vegetation and food 4600 Living beings 4800 Natural and supernatural phenomena 4900 Time 5000 Humanity 5070 Individuals in OT and NT 5125 Parts of the body and clothing 5200 Human civilisation 5650 Human relationships 5760 Human attitudes and behaviour 6000 Sin and salvation 6010 Sin 6100 Aspects of sin 6500 Salvation 6600 Aspects of salvation 7000 God’s people 7010 The church as the people of God 7100 Titles of the people of God 7200 History of God’s people in OT 7300 Institutions and culture of OT 7500 Jews and Gentiles 7600 History of God’s people in NT 7700 Leadership and the people of God 7900 The life of the church 8000 The life of the believer 8010 Faith 8100 The life of faith 8200 The character of the believer 8400 The tasks of the believer 8600 Prayer and worship of the believer 8700 Threats to the life of faith 9000 Last things 9010 Death 9100 Aspects of the last things 9200 Judgment 9300 Resurrection 9400 Heaven 9500 Hell 9600 Hope Extract from alphabetical index of themes Aaron 5071 -- as model priest 5073 -- spokesman for Moses 5072 abandonment 5770 Abba 1250 abiding in Christ 8102 ability See skill 5531 abolition 4906 abomination 6103 Abraham 5075 -- character of 5077 -- life of 5076 -- significance of 5078 Abram See Abraham 5075 abstinence 5771 -- as a discipline 5773 -- from drinking See drinking, abstention from 4436 abundance 4035 abuse 5775 Abyss, the 9520 acceptance 6602 -- divine 6603 -- human 6604 access to God 6606 accountability See responsibility 5051 accusation 5201 -- false 5202 achievement 5776 acquittal 5203 Adam 5080 -- and Jesus Christ 5083 -- creation and life of 5081 -- significance of 5082 addiction 6106 admonition 5777 adoption 6608 -- descriptions of 6610 -- nature of 6609 -- privileges and duties of 6611 -- responsibilities of See adoption, privileges and duties of 6611 adoration 8632 adorning 5778 adultery 6242 -- spiritual 6243 advice 5779 advisers 5780 affection 5781 affliction See suffering 5560 affluence 8701 after-life 9110 agape See love 8292 age 5204 ageing See old age 5725 agnosticism 8702 agony 5782 agreement 5783 agriculture 4406 alertness See watchfulness 8490
About the author
Martin H. Manser was educated at Manchester Grammar School and Eltham College, London. He received a BA Honours degree in linguistics after studying at the Universities of York (England) and Regensburg (Germany) and went on to gain an M Phil degree. Since 1980 he has compiled or edited over 200 reference books in the areas of English language and Bible reference. His titles include the Bloomsbury Good Word Guide, the Chambers Thesaurus, the Oxford Learner’s Pocket Dictionary and the Penguin Wordmaster Dictionary. He has edited many Bible-reference titles that are designed to help readers get into the Bible, including as Managing Editor of the NIV Thematic Study Bible (Hodders) and Managing Editor of the Anglicised NRSV Cross-reference Bible (OUP), the Collins Dictionary of the Bible, the Collins Bible Companion, three Best Loved titles for Collins (Readings, Prayers, and Carols) I never knew that was in the Bible (Nelson), Christianity for Blockheads (Zondervan), Critical Companion to the Bible (Facts on File), and joint author of Who’s who of the Bible (Lion). He was also the revising editor of the 8-million word Matthew Henry Commentary (Zondervan) and editor of the award-winning Collins Bible Companion and Open Your Bible and the CLC Bible Companion. He has also written or edited books on writing and business, eg the Penguin Writer’s Manual, the Guide to Good Writing and the Guide to Style (both published by Facts on File), Time Management, Presenting, Mindpower (published by Harper Collins) and Teach Yourself Introducing Management in a Week and Teach Yourself Successful Project Management in a Week (Hodder Education). Since 2001, he has been a Language Trainer and Consultant with national and international companies and organisations, leading courses on communications and business skills, eg on project management, report writing and running effective meetings. He and his wife live in Aylesbury, Bucks, England and have a son and a daughter, a son-in-law and two grandchildren.
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