What are the differences between a bible encyclopedia and a bible dictionary? Why would someone use one versus the other? This is in relation to doing hermeneutics.

  • I think they're basically the same. An actual dictionary of the Biblical languages is however called a lexicon instead. Rather confusing.
    – curiousdannii
    Aug 19, 2019 at 14:22
  • thanks for answering Aug 22, 2019 at 16:19

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This may help you: Think of a regular dictionary such as Websters or any that you are familiar with. You use it to look up words that you don't understand. The same is true of a Bible dictionary. Use it to look up words that you aren't familiar with. Regarding a "regular" encyclopedia, you use it to read more details about a certain subject. The same is true about a Bible encyclopedia. You use it to read more about a specific subject that is in the Bible. An encyclopedia has much more detail and has a different purpose than a dictionary does. Hope this helps you know which one to use at various times as you study the Word of God. God bless YOU.


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