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Evangelical dictionary of theology
Elwell, Walter A.
Second edition.
Publication Information:
Grand Rapids, Mich. : Baker Academic ; Carlisle, Cumbria, U.K. : Paternoster Press, [2001]

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1312 pages ; 27 cm.
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BR95 .E87 2001 Adult Non-Fiction Central Closed Stacks-Non circulating

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Fifteen years after its original publication comes a thoroughly revised edition of the Evangelical Dictionary of Theology . Every article from the original edition has been revisited. With some articles being removed, others revised, and many new articles added, the result is a completely new dictionary covering systematic, historical, and philosophical theology as well as theological ethics.

Author Notes

Walter A. Elwell (Ph.D., University of Edinburgh) is professor of Bible and theology at Wheaton College Graduate School. He is the editor of numerous reference works and the coauthor of Encountering the New Testament .

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Choice Review

Elwell's new edition, a rich resource of evangelical (conservative) Christian perspectives on a host of theologically related topics, adds 215 new entries (100 considered no longer relevant were deleted) for a total of just over 1,400. Prefaces to both editions (1st ed., 1984) are followed by a list of abbreviations for sources cited. Next comes the roster of contributors, 300 evangelical scholars, which gives for each the school granting their doctorate. Entries in the main part are arranged alphabetically by subject or name; each concludes with useful list of books, sometimes adding periodical articles. The large number of entries allows a broad range of topics to be covered, including philosophers (Descartes), theologians (Brother Lawrence, John Cobb), social topics (abortion, Scopes trial), biblical material (Mark, biblical theology, eschatology), and classic and contemporary theological issues ("God, Arguments for the Existence of," "Jesus Seminar"). Topics central to evangelical belief (e.g., "Bible, Inerrancy and Infallibility of") are presented in detail, but some other areas (e.g., theologian Hans Frei) are given limited treatment, reflecting evangelical reaction to the topic. Since this is in keeping with the work's intention, that treatment still seems useful. The book is recommended especially for libraries serving undergraduates, but it needs to be supplemented with other works (e.g., Oxford Dictionary of the Christian Church, 3rd ed., CH, Nov'97; or A New Handbook of Christian Theology, ed. by Donald Musser and Joseph Price, 1992). D. Bourquin California State University, San Bernardino