I recently had the opportunity to review Nelson's Illustrated Bible Dictionary by General Editor: Ronald F. Youngblood, Contributors: F. F. Bruce and R. K. Harrison. It arrived a couple of weeks ago and sadly, I'm just now getting around to posting about it. I didn't have a good Bible Dictionary; so, when I saw this was going to be one of the books available for October through Booklook Bloggers, I jumped on it. I was excited for it to arrive and am so glad I chose this book to review. It will definitely be a resource I will use many times throughout my life.
This dictionary is so great, y'all! At over 1200 pages, this dictionary is packed full of great information that will no doubt be a great resource in your personal Bible study. With over 7,000 words described in the book, there are in-depth definitions for each word which will help you formulate a better understanding of what you are studying. There are definitions for not only words, but also descriptions of people and places which is especially helpful for minor characters in your study.
In addition to the definitions, there are also plenty of visual aids, including over 500 full color pictures. Most pages have at least one picture that corresponds to a word listed on the page. There are also a plethora of maps, of which I am a big fan as I like to know how close the cities are that I'm studying about. There are also outlines of each book of the Bible and timelines and genealogy charts.
This book seriously has it all. If you are looking for a go-to resource, I would definitely recommend this book. It has so much great information, it's hard to believe you would need anything else.
The book retails for just under $35 on Amazon and would make a great gift for the Bible scholar on your Christmas list.