As time and years pass, new characters, scholars, terms, or ideas emerge in the field of theology. That is one of the primary reasons dictionaries of theology need to be updated from time to time.
Intervarsity Press has done so by updating the first edition of a very well known single volume dictionary that has become a classic: New Dictionary of Theology. This second edition has been updated with new articles and topics, as well as new contributors. The first edition was released in 1988 and contained 757 pages. The New Dictionary of Theology: Historical and Systematic, 2nd ed. will be available in May 28, 2016. It has been loaded with 1044 pages and over 800 articles written by classic and new scholars. The improvement is not only limited to the inclusion of new articles but also to the revision and expansion of existing articles from the first edition. According to Intervarsity Press, Half of the over 800 articles are new or have been revised, expanded, or rewritten.
Inside of this volume, readers will find generous articles in both length and content, covering many topics on theology, scholars, denominationalism, historical theology, and many other topics relevant to theology. Seminary students, pastors, scholars, and any person interested in learning more about theological terms and historical characters, will find this dictionary very valuable.
Readers may assume this second edition is more expensive than the first edition. Wrong assumption. It is even cheaper than the first edition. (Price of the first edition vs price of the second edition)
In conclusion, the New Dictionary of Theology: Historical and Systematic is a single volume work that must be in the hands, shelves and desks of every pastor, theology student, scholars, and Christians in general. I anticipate this updated edition will become a classic for many decades as its predecessor was.
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