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Gene Britton | Forum Activity | Posted: Sun, Dec 3 2017 12:58 PM

If you could only have two; which would you keep?

ISBE

Anchor

Baker Encyclopedia of the Bible

New Bible Dictionary

Lexham Bible Dictionary

Erdman's Dictionary of the Bible

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Edwin Bowden | Forum Activity | Replied: Sun, Dec 3 2017 1:31 PM

Of those options:

ISBE

Anchor

The 8 vol IVP Dictionary is a must for any serious Bible student. No other dictionary reproduces its material.

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GaoLu | Forum Activity | Replied: Sun, Dec 3 2017 1:40 PM

I think that is like asking: If you could only have two legs on a table, which two would you choose?  You need them all!  

With that disclaimer:  ISBE / Anchor

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Jan Krohn | Forum Activity | Replied: Sun, Dec 3 2017 1:45 PM

Gao Lu:
If you could only have two legs on a table, which two would you choose?  You need them all!  

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Erwin Stull, Sr. | Forum Activity | Replied: Sun, Dec 3 2017 2:32 PM

ISBE and Anchor

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doc | Forum Activity | Replied: Sun, Dec 3 2017 3:02 PM

Is not Lexham Bible Dictionary Free ? Therefore you can have three from the list at the cost of two if I am correct

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Gene Britton | Forum Activity | Replied: Sun, Dec 3 2017 4:03 PM

I have all of these but have primarily used ISBE most of my life and am looking for alternatives. I have the IVP NT volumes but have never used.  I will have to take a look.  I only have the Anchor set in hard copy.  Just trying to get some ideas; thanks for the replies!

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DAL | Forum Activity | Replied: Sun, Dec 3 2017 4:31 PM

IVP Black Dictionaries (since they are a set) and AYBD!

DAL

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Dan Francis | Forum Activity | Replied: Sun, Dec 3 2017 5:08 PM

ISBE/Anchor without a second thought... However if you are on a tight budget Lexham Bible Dictionary / Erdman's Dictionary of the Bible (Freedman) would not be a horrible option. 

-dan

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Clint Cozier | Forum Activity | Replied: Mon, Dec 4 2017 4:51 AM

I agree that the combination of ABD and ISBE give you both ends of the spectrum. I really like Lexham for quick reference, but as others have pointed out i'ts free (or at least part of any base package). I tend to start in ABD and work my way out.

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Matthew | Forum Activity | Replied: Mon, Dec 4 2017 5:33 AM

Yet another vote for AYBD and IVP.

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Greg Corbin | Forum Activity | Replied: Mon, Dec 4 2017 7:13 AM

ISBE and Baker - and get Lexham for free.

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Joseph Sollenberger | Forum Activity | Replied: Mon, Dec 4 2017 11:16 AM

I completely agree with the statement given by Dan Francis!

-Joseph

Joseph F. Sollenberger, Jr.

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Kiyah | Forum Activity | Replied: Mon, Dec 4 2017 1:15 PM

Anchor and Eerdmans from your list. 

I also like New Interpreter's, Harper Collins (revised 2011), and the Dictionary of Deities and Demons (DDD).

The Lexham Bible Dictionary is actually pretty good but it serves the same purpose as Anchor so I'd keep Anchor if I had to choose between the two.

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Ryan | Forum Activity | Replied: Tue, Dec 5 2017 1:22 PM

Matthew:

Yet another vote for AYBD and IVP.

Yes

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DAL | Forum Activity | Replied: Tue, Dec 5 2017 1:44 PM

Ryan:

Matthew:

Yet another vote for AYBD and IVP.

Yes

Which, technically, are the real dictionaries and the ones that count, the others don’t count since they are “Encyclopedias.“ 🤪

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