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Dictionary of Bible Themes

Dictionary of Bible Themes


Martin Manser

Martin H. Manser,
Managing Editor
Alister E. McGrath,
General Editor
J. I. Packer,
Consultant Editor
Donald J. Wiseman,
Consultant Editor
J. Gordon McConville,
Assistant Consultant
Stephen H. Travis,

Scripture index copyright Martin H. Manser, 2009.
As Editor, Martin Manser wishes to thank all those who compiled or edited the
‘NIV Thematic Study Bible,’ on which this work is based.

Taking Bible Study to a New Level

Do you want to know your Bible better? This innovative dictionary of the Bible will guide you through its central themes, such as God, Jesus Christ, the Holy Spirit, sin and salvation, the church,  suffering, hope, and eternal life. You will gain a full and fresh appreciation of the richness of the Bible.

This unique and comprehensive topical dictionary covers over 2,400 themes, giving explanations, key Bible references, and cross-references to related themes.

Produced by the highly respected editorial team of Martin H. Manser, Alister E. McGrath, J. I. Packer, Donald J. Wiseman, J. Gordon McConville, and Stephen H. Travis.

A New Approach to Learning the Scriptures

The approach adopted in this work differs significantly from a more lexical approach found in some older reference works.  A thematic approach is based on related ideas; a lexical approach is based on individual words.  The difference between them can easily be appreciated by considering the theme of “assurance”.  A word-based approach would be limited to identifying biblical passages in which words such as “assure” or “assurance” appear.  A thematic approach, however, goes far beyond this and explores 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.  Thus the material that deals with assurance covers the grounds of assurance (e.g., the knowledge of God, the certainty of his word, the work of the Holy Spirit), the nature of assurance (of a relationship with God, of salvation, of eternal life and a future hope) and the relationship between assurance and the life of faith.  An extensive system of indexing and cross-referencing allows the dynamic relationship of the many biblical themes to be understood and further explored.

When studying the Bible thematically the Bible is allowed to speak for itself, with a minimum of comment and explanation. The approach adopted in this volume allows its users to come into contact directly with Scripture, rather than having to approach it through the views of commentators. The main themes of Scripture are identified, key biblical references are provided and the mutual relationship of themes is set out clearly. Over 2,400 themes detailed in this work cover doctrinal, ethical, historical and cultural subjects. In addition to dealing with the great themes of the Christian message of salvation, the themes thus also deal with practical issues of Christian living. This approach allows a unifying of Christian wisdom, both theological and practical, for the edification of God’s people.

The The Dictionary of Bible Themes module includes a massive index that links every verse in the Bible to at least one theme and often many more. With the numerous cross-links to other themes the reader can quickly examine all the related themes.

Bible Analyzer Unique Enhancements

The Dictionary of Bible Themes is such a valuable resource for studying the Bible thematically that we have added a dedicated Theme Tab to the Bible Reference Panel in Bible Analyzer to better utilize its linking and cross-referencing features.

With Bible Analyzer 4.6.5 and newer, the Theme Index Display is updated to the Current Reference in Bible Analyzer whenever it is changed. Thus every theme for the current verse or chapter is convieniently displayed along with a preview popup on mouseover. A click will open the full them in the Dictionary Window.
(See first image at right.)

Also, the Themes can be accessed by viewing the Library Reference Index under the Library Tab to veiw every theme that contains the current verse. (See second image at right.)

The Dictionary of Bible Themes module also contains an exhaustive Themes Index that lists every theme by topic. (See third image at right.) For a detailed demonstration, watch the video below.

Demonstration Video (Youtube, 5:55min)

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Themes Tab in Reference Panel

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Viewing Themes in Library Index

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Theme Index By Topic

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