Bible Dictionaries

WEB BASED BIBLE DICTIONARIES,
ENCYCLOPEDIAS, TOPICAL BIBLES, ETC

Updated April 28, 2015

The Study Dictionary from Bible.org

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International Standard Bible Encyclopedia (ISBE)

Easton's Bible Dictionary (EBD)

Smith's Bible Dictionary (SBD)

Strong's Dictionary of Greek and Hebrew Words

Relevant Maps

Definition of the word - click link at bottom of page (referred to as "Word Study") - very nice.

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Hint: You may need to check alphabetic index for specific terms. E.g., a search for "temple" does not yield an article in ISBE, but under "T" you will find "Temple, A1" and Temple, A2" with lengthy articles.
Most of the Dictionaries and Encyclopedias below are from Studylight.org American Tract Society Bible Dictionary

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CARM Theological Dictionary

Articles are well written. Christian Apologetics & Research Ministry (CARM) has compiled a small but useful collection of theological terms (like amillenialism, antinomianism, Arianism, Calvinism, Sola Fide, etc.). These terms are not generally found in Bible dictionaries.

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Charles Spurgeon's Illustration Collection

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Cyclopedia of Biblical, Theological and Ecclesiastical Literature

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1911 Encyclopedia Britannica

Contains over 40 million words in nearly 40,000 articles

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Fausset's Bible Dictionary

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Hastings' Dictionary of the New Testament

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Hastings' Dictionary of the Bible

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Holman's Bible Dictionary

This is a more modern dictionary with crisp, succinct definitions.

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International Standard Bible Encyclopedia

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The 1901 Jewish Encyclopedia

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King James Dictionary

Lists more than 6,500 words whose definitions have changed since 1611.

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Kitto's Popular Cyclopedia

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Nave's Topical Bible

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Torrey's Topical Textbook

Lists more than 20,000 topics with Bible references. Excellent resource to prepare a Bible study on a specific topic.

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Trench's Synonyms of the New Testament

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Vine's Expository Dictionary of the NT

This is the old standby classic resource for Greek word studies.

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See also:

Vine's Expository Dictionary of Old Testament

Webster's 1828 Dictionary

Many definitions have Biblical references. Excellent English dictionary

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Web Bible Encyclopedia

Enter search term in box below to retrieve "hits" but note that not all "hits" are specific for the "web encyclopedia" so is not quite as helpful as searches in the preceding dictionaries (but there are pictures and maps with some of the definitions). This site is also developing a "WEB BIBLE", using the KJV with links from "key words" in the text to specific definitions of those words. To get an idea of how it might be useful when it is fully developed go to WEB BIBLE and under "Old Testament" select Genesis & chapter 15. Click on "Abram" (in blue) (then click Abraham) for the linked definition.

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Rise and Fall of World Empires

Click and watch the rise and fall of kingdoms of the World in 90 seconds...very interesting!

The Visual Bible

Search Engine for Maps and Images at the Visual Bible

Note: Type in Corinth, hit Search and results open in a new window. Now click one of the maps to enlarge and you will see a watermark ("Faith Images"). I have discussed this issue with the webmaster and he states that (1) all the maps and images can be freely used in any non-profit setting (talks, websites, etc), (2) the watermark is scheduled to be removed in the future and (3) finally when you download the map or image it will not have the watermark. Some information including email address is required to enable the free download. Note that when you enlarge a map or image, other resource options will appear, some of which include well written articles in the Tyndale Bible Dictionary.

Or Click Here for a listing of all 182 maps

One nice feature of this search engine is that maps and images will be retrieved that relate to the specific Bible references. For example, perform a search on "Acts 16" and you will retrieve the Scripture passage in addition to a map of Paul's third missionary journey and a picture of the river where Lydia was converted as she listened to Paul proclaim the Gospel..