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Moody Handbook of Theology, Revised and Expanded

3.83 of 5 stars 3.83  ·  rating details  ·  168 ratings  ·  22 reviews
The Moody Handbook of Theology leads the beginner into the appreciation and understanding of this essential field of study. It introduces the reader to the five dimensions that provide a comprehensive view of theology: biblical, systematic, historical, dogmatic and contemporary. The apostle Paul wrote that all Scripture is 'profitable for teaching' (2 Tim. 3:16), that Timo ...more
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Published September 1st 2008 by Moody Publishers (first published 1989)
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Clark Goble
I’ve had this book in digital format for quite some time and had the pleasure of pulling it out as required reading for a recent class. It proved to be a valuable resource. Paul Enns provides readers with a reference text that breaks down, defines, and explores all the various branches of theology. He accomplishes this by first identifying and then breaking down the five major divisions of theology: Biblical Theology, Systematic Theology, Historical Theology, Dogmatic Theology, and Contemporary ...more
Jason Fiore
I'm a scholarly layman wishing to delve deeper into Christian theology. I'm a member of a Wesleyan evangelical sect. I like to read books written by scholars who I know I'm not going to agree with. I find that it helps me sharpen my scholarship, keeps me on my toes and broadens my horizons. I do not agree with the Calvinist/Dispensationalist viewpoint (or approach) Dr Ennis favors. Dr Ennis tries to be fair and tries to accurately represent approaches and scholarship he does not agree with, and ...more
Dan Glover
Unique book - brief but able discription of the various fields of theological study (biblical, systematic, dogmatic, historical, etc.). As an overview and intro, does a good job of familiarizing the curious layman. For any kind of depth one would need to read works in each category (and to be fair, from each school of thought or perspective in each category).
Harold Cameron
Everyone who wants to be skilled in their occupation or trade needs certain tools to be effective. A carpenter for example needs a hammer, a saw and certain other tools for his trade. A mechanic needs wrenches and screwdrivers and the such to be able to do his job. For the Pastor, Bible teacher, Evangelist, Sunday School teacher, or other individuals involved in either some type of full time ministry or lay ministry at their church one group of tools that are most surely needed by them are Bible ...more
The little handbook of theology that I used in my college studies often returns to my hand as a reference tool today. Enns' fascinating little work introduces the student to the various approaches to theology. The volume is divided into five sections. The writer first presents a biblical theology which moves through the Bible section by section, demonstrating the progressive nature of revelation on various points of theology along the way. Next, Enns moves to systematic theology. In this section ...more
David S. T.
I got this book wanting sort of a comparison of different Christian theologies. In a way this does that, but it is a very biased book. The author is very much an ultra conservative 4 point Calvinist (refuting the idea of limited atonement) and so all of his opinions and summaries come from that perspective. I was pretty surprised that he used Hans Küng (someone who is not officially allowed to teach catholic theology) as a big basis for his catholic section and ignored more accepted theologians ...more
Joe Valenti
This is an excellent text for lay people or students that are interested in understanding the entire gamut of theology. In the revised and expanded edition, Enns even deals with some more current issues in Evalgelicalism.

My cautions are two-fold. First, Enns has very strict views when it comes to the story of God, the end times, and role of the Jewish people. He is dispensational. Be careful not to blindly agree with all of his conclusions.

Secondly, this is a surface text. Enns does not have th
First, a note for the author:

Imply: verb (used with object), -plied, -ply·ing.
-to indicate or suggest without being explicitly stated: His words implied a lack of faith.

Infer: verb (used with object)
-to derive by reasoning; conclude or judge from premises or evidence: They inferred his displeasure from his cool tone of voice.

As you can see, these two words are not intended to be interchangeable.

On another note: since this is termed a handbook, I did not expect full treatments of all aspects of t
Nov 26, 2008 Charles rated it 2 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Nobody probably
Recommended to Charles by: Moody
Shelves: theology
It was ok, probably one of those books that I'll randomly reference in papers and use to look things up a few times in my life. For the time being I hope that by keeping it, it might absorb all of the dust in my room (or something useful).The book felt a bit biased toward Calvinism and dispensational theology. It did give a good explanation for Arminianism, but I felt the covenant theology was locked up and shut off from the reader (not completely though). The section on angelogy was great, but ...more
G Walker
Good, basic text... still a little too fundamentalistic and dispensational, but better than Chafer or Ryrie in that in engages the broader (western) traditions of western Christendom. Nothing is dealt with exhaustively, more of a primer than anything. Still, at a bible college level, helpful in a basic orientation to basic theological issues. NOT a definitive text in ANY way whatsoever.
This was my text book in Grad School. It is one of the books that I still continually refer to. Enns is concise in explaining theological concepts. He also includes some work on other views. I recommend this book to others wanting a concise understanding of Systematic Theology.

May 18, 2011 Cynthia marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
Please can you help me to read the book on my computer?
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Jason Frazier
This is one of the most biased books that is so widely accepted as a standard textbook for theology. Christian Theology by Millard Erickson is much better & less biased.
Shawn Paterson
Good overview and survey of theology. Paul Enns does however express his personal beliefs throughout the text (such as dispensationalism).
Bill Simmons
Very good read for the layperson trying to understand and make theology a part of his or her studying of the Scriptures.
Started this book in 2013 but finally completed it. It's a good reference book for the different types of theology.
Craig Houston
Great overview of Christian Theology, written by a humble man of God.
It is a very informative book. It reveals who is who and what is what.
Good reference source for a variety of religious studies.
Daniel Alvers
good, although not as good as Ericson.
Tom Griffiths
A must have for every bookshelf
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