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

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

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

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

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This Extra Volume of the Dictionary of the Bible contains thirty-seven Articles, six Indexes, and four Maps. A word will be sufficient on each of these parts of its Contents.

I. THE ARTICLES

Those who have kept in touch with the study of the Bible in recent years will understand why it has been found necessary to prepare an Extra Volume. Discoveries have been made which have an important bearing on the interpretation of both the Old Testament and the New. It is enough to name the three articles which stand first in the alphabetical list given below—Agrapha, Apocryphal Gospels, and Code of Hammurabi. A Dictionary of the Bible cannot ignore such discoveries. But they do not form part of the Contents of the Bible; nor do they deal directly with its Language or its Literature; so that they are not likely to be looked for in the alphabetical order of words in the Dictionary. The best way seemed to be to gather them into an Extra Volume.

Other articles will be found in this volume, for reasons which will be readily understood and appreciated. Some of them, like the article on the Sermon on the Mount, with which the volume opens, might have taken their place in the alphabetical order of the Dictionary. But they have not usually been so included, and it was felt that the Extra Volume would give more prominence to their special character and importance.

II. THE INDEXES

The Indexes have been prepared with great care. They are full, and yet it will be found that every item in them has been carefully selected and described.

The Index of Texts contains all the passages of Scripture upon which there is any note of consequence in the Dictionary; and, again, the most important notes are . . .

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