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Dictionary of Bible Themes


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Now you can identify and explore the most important topics in Scripture! The Dictionary of Bible Themes leads you directly to the places the Bible talks about God, Jesus Christ, the Holy Spirit, the human race, sin and salvation, the Christian life, the church and the hope of glory--even when the topic word is not used in the passage. With minimal comment or explanation, this Dictionary allows the Bible to speak for itself as key themes are identified and traced throughout the course of Scripture. Rather than approaching it through the view of the commentators, you can see for yourself what the Bible says about these key topics.

The over 2,000 themes detailed in this work cover doctrinal, ethical, historical and cultural subjects. The themes also deal with practical issues of Christian life, making this volume an excellent addition to the libraries of pastors, teachers of the Bible, or anyone who enjoys topical Bible study!

Comparable to the venerable Nave's Topical Bible in scope, the Dictionary of Bible Themes stands apart in its unique, nine-level classification of themes that brings related biblical and theological concepts together. This thematic approach isn’t limited to identifying only the Biblical passages containing the key word, but goes far beyond to explore all the basic elements of the theme. It identifies its basic ideas, its presuppositions and its consequences, in order that the theme in all its fullness can be unfolded to the reader. For example, to find every place in the Scriptures that talk about the humanity of Jesus, the Dictionary of Bible Themes would present this topic and lead you to Bible verses that may not use the words “humanity of Jesus” but are relevant to the topic.

The thematic approach of the Dictionary of Bible Themes can be used with any Bible translation and is an excellent reference for those preparing studies or talks on biblical themes, providing reference to the central thematic passages within Scripture. It will enable them to gain an understanding of the overall place of the topic theme within Scripture and to explore the way in which it relates to other themes. It will also be valuable to layman who wish to follow a biblical passage or theme throughout the Bible. The thematic study of Scripture also allows for the true appreciation of the unity of Scripture, following the unfolding of God’s redemption throughout the Bible.


  • Alphabetical List of Themes – complete listing in one single alphabetical order of all the theme titles.
  • Select cross-references are also provided for ease of use, e.g., at “anxiety” the reader is directed to “worry” and at “Cephas” to “Peter”.
  • Scripture Index of Themes – verses of the Bible are listed and appearing alongside each verse are the themes associated with that particular verse.
  • Themes cross-refer you to the various parts of Scripture at which each theme occurs and are organized under descriptive headings.
  • Arranged like a systematic theology
  • Nine themes are further explained with 1,400 topics and over 16,000 sub-topics with links to over 80,000 cross-references in the Bible.

From the Preface

"The study of Scripture lies at the heart of the Christian faith. It is therefore important that readers of Scripture are given every means of help so that they may get as much benefit and enjoyment as possible out of reading the Bible. The Dictionary of Bible Themes is designed to allow its users to appreciate to the full the unfolding of the unity and richness of Scripture by studying its central themes"

About the Editor(s)

Martin Manser is a professional reference-book editor who since 1980 has compiled and edited Bible reference material and English-language dictionaries. He has been involved for many years in a Baptist church in his home town of Aylesbury, England, and is married with a son and a daughter.

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