New International Dictionary of New Testament Theology
by Colin Brown
The New International Dictionary of New Testament Theology is, first, a basic enlargement of the German Theologisches Begriffslexikon zum Neuen Testament. On its first publication in German it was recognized as a major reference work and has since become a more and more widely acclaimed as an important tool for understanding the theology and message of the Bible. Its trans...more
Hardcover, 16 pages
Published July 4th 1986 by Zondervan
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If I were stranded on a desert island and could have only one book other than the Bible, this would be it. (Okay, the four volume set. I'm cheating.) Brown's magnum opus is a gateway to biblical and systematic theology and an invaluable aid to exegesis. Brilliant in its paradoxical breadth, depth and concise focus, this dictionary is much more than a "tool." It may be creatively used for study, devotion, historical, theological and interdisciplinary reading. Spend the money to get this set, then...more
Out of all the theological study tools I have, this four volume set is the most useful in depth and sound for precise explanation of terms, how these terms were used in Greek and cutting away so much superfluous opinions and editorials we have associated with many beliefs held. In other words, if you want to get to what the original authors were driving at, this is a great scalpel.
i love this set of books. it compares the original text, classical literature, a variety of commentaries and culture context with regard to nearly any word or topic found in the new testament. my favorite entry thus far is the idea of "binding and loosing" as it relates to rabbinical teaching.