Eerdmans Dictionary of the Bible (Edited by David Noel Freedman, 2000)

If you are looking for a new Bible dictionary, you might want to consider Eerdmans Dictionary of the Bible. Comprehensive yet accessible, it is written by scholars for a general audience. The over 600 authors represent a wide range of theological conviction (from evangelical to Roman Catholic to liberal and beyond), which, depending on what you want in a Bible dictionary, is either a strength or a weakness. I’m glad to have it in my library; though, as with all Bible dictionaries, this one needs to be read with appreciation for the scholarship, and with discernment.


Eerdmans Dictionary of the Bible edited by David Noel Freedman (Grand Rapids, MI: Eerdmans; 2000) 1425 pp. + maps.