I’ve actually received two books in the mail this week that I am super, super excited about. The first of them is the Catholic Bible Dictionary edited by Scott Hahn from DoubleDay Religion. I saw the title and just from that felt like this book could fill a real void in Catholic Biblical scholarship – a good, up-to-date, one-volume dictionary of the Bible that is accessible to the general reader. In particular, I wanted to see if it would be something that I could recommend as a good reference volume for the seminarians that I teach. Thanks to DoubleDay for sending along a copy!
I’ll be beginning to work through this text soon, but in the meantime, here is the publisher’s description:
More than a generation has passed since the appearance of the last major Catholic Bible dictionary. It has been a fertile generation for biblical scholarship, an eventful time for biblical archaeology, and a fruitful time for the Church’s interpretation of the Bible. It is time for a new resource.
Scott Hahn, internationally renowned theologian and biblical scholar, has inspired millions with his insight into the Catholic faith. Now he brings us this important reference guide, written specifically for Catholics, which contains more than five thousand clear and accessible entries and covers a wide range of people, places, and topics. From Genesis to Revelation, the whole of salvation history is presented and explained in smart, easy-to-understand prose.
Catholic Bible Dictionary is an invaluable source of information, insight, and guidance for Catholics and others who are interested in enriching their understanding of Sacred Scripture. Scott Hahn draws from two millennia of scholarship to create an accessible and comprehensive tool for deeper and more rewarding biblical study.