A Dictionary of the Bible: Dealing with Its Language, Literature, and Contents, Including the Biblical Theology - Vol. 1

A Dictionary of the Bible: Dealing with Its Language, Literature, and Contents, Including the Biblical Theology - Vol. 1

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A Dictionary of the Bible: Dealing with Its Language, Literature, and Contents, Including the Biblical Theology - Vol. 1

A Dictionary of the Bible: Dealing with Its Language, Literature, and Contents, Including the Biblical Theology - Vol. 1

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'Give heed to . . . teaching.' Perhaps the Church of Christ has never given .

As a contribution towards the furnishing of the Church for that great work, this DICTIOsufficient heed to teaching since the earliest and happiest days. In our own day the importance of teaching, or, as we sometimes call it, expository preaching, has been pressed home through causes that are various yet never accidental ; and it is probable that in the near future more heed will be given by the Church to teaching than has ever been given beforeNARY OF THE BIBLE is published. It is a Dictionary of the Old and New Testaments, together with the Old Testament Apocrypha, according to the Authorized and Revised English Versions, and with constant reference to the original tongues. Every effort has been used to make the information it contains reasonably full, trustworthy, and accessible.

As to fulness. In a Dictionary of the Bible one expects that the words occurring in the Bible, and which do not explain themselves, will receive some explanation. The present Dictionary more nearly meets that expectation than any Dictionary that has hitherto been published. Articles have been written on the names of all Persons and Places, on the Antiquities and Archæology of the Bible, on its Ethnology, Geology, and Natural History, on Biblical Theology and Ethic, and even on the obsolete or archaic words occurring in the English Versions. The greater number of the articles are of small compass, for care has been exercised to exclude vague generalities as well as unaccepted idiosyncrasies ; but there are many articles which deal with important and difficult subjects, and extend to considerable length. Such, for example, and to mention only one, is the article in the first volume on the Chronology of the New Testament.

As to trustworthiness. The names of the authors are appended to their articles, except where the article is very brief and of minor importance ; and these names are the best guarantee that the work may be relied on. So far as could be ascertained, those authors were chosen for the various subjects who had made a special study of that subject, and might be able to speak with authority upon it. Then, in addition to the work of the Editor and his Assistant, every sheet has passed through the hands of the three distinguished scholars whose names are found on the title-page. These scholars are not responsible for errors of any kind, if such should be dis-

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