Encyclopedias, dictionaries etc

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  1. David FCC

    David FCC Puritan Board Freshman

    Can anyone suggest the best types of dictionaries, topical studies etc available.
    All I have at the moment is strongs concordance but i'm looking for more reference material to aid study.

    Thanks Guys.

  2. Whitefield

    Whitefield Puritan Board Junior

    I have always found this handy:

    Walter A. Elwell Evangelical Dictionary of Theology
  3. greenbaggins

    greenbaggins Administrator Staff Member

    Get a hold of the International Standard Bible Encyclopedia, in the second edition. You will find loads of help there on almost every Bible topic. It gives more info than a standard one-volume dictionary, which you would rather quickly outgrow. If you want even more information than that, I would go with the new IVP reference dictionary set, which has one volume on every major section of the Bible. The one on the OT prophets is still in preparation. It's more expensive, but also worth it. Beyond that, I would actually recommend commentaries. I have a commentary suggestion post on my blog for less technical but still helpful commentaries here.
  4. Tim

    Tim Puritan Board Graduate

    You can try the free program E-Sword. You can 'try out' various resources that are available free (mostly older material without any copyright, but some is new). There are dictionaries, encyclopedias, commentaries, etc. Then, if you want to purchase a high quality hardcover book, you can do so with confidence that you will put it to good use.

    Edit: As of May 6, 2008 - the new version of E-Sword has generated such downloading traffic that the download is not currently available due to server difficulties. If you are interested, wait a few days and check the website again.
  5. VilnaGaon

    VilnaGaon Puritan Board Sophomore

    Mcclintock and Strong's Cyclopaedia is excellent if a bit dated. :2cents:
  6. py3ak

    py3ak They're stalling and plotting against me Staff Member

    I wish it were possible to find Fairbairn's Imperial Bible Dictionary around here: you might have greater success with that in your part of the world.
  7. NaphtaliPress

    NaphtaliPress Administrator Staff Member

    Not Bible, but an essential for historical study is Dictionary of Scottish Church History & Theology, ed. Nigel M. de S. Cameron, David F. Wright, David C. Lachman, and Donald E. Meek. OOP but it needs to be reprinted.:2cents:
  8. JM

    JM Puritan Board Professor

    I second E-Sword.
  9. DMcFadden

    DMcFadden Puritan Board Doctor

    I agree with e-Sword as one of the two best PC based FREE Bible software programs. If you wait until Monday, a wonderful site will be up again with LOTS of add-ons for free (in the ver. 9 format). http://e-sword-users.org/users/index.php

    My other suggestion would be Wordsearch with all of their free materials as downloads.
  10. reformedminister

    reformedminister Puritan Board Sophomore

    I like Zondervan's Pictorial Encyclopedia of the Bible over ISBE. My favorite Bible Dictionary is Hasting's Dictionary of the Bible (5 vol.). It was one of the first one's that I purchased. It is old but very good. I have had others, some mentioned above, that are great, like Strong's Cyclopedia and ISBE. As far as topical studies go, I don't think you can get any better than the Thompson Chain-Reference Bible.
  11. Berean

    Berean Puritan Board Doctor

    Does anyone know if the new v9 of eSword is going to require a completely new installation? Are the old v8 add-ons compatible or are they, too, being revised? Thanks.
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