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Evangelical Dictionary of Theology, 3rd Edition

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This bestselling reference tool has been a trusted resource for more than 25 years with over 165,000 copies sold. Now thoroughly updated and substantially revised to meet the needs of today's students and classrooms, it offers cutting-edge overviews of key theological topics.

Readable and reliable, this work features new articles on topics of contemporary relevance to world Christianity and freshened articles on enduring theological subjects, providing comprehensive A-Z coverage for today's theology students. The author base reflects the increasing diversity of evangelical scholars. Advisory editors include D. Jeffrey Bingham, Cheryl Bridges Johns, John G. Stackhouse Jr., Tite Tiénou, and Kevin J. Vanhoozer.


"The Evangelical Dictionary of Theology and before it the Baker Dictionary of Theology have been valuable reference tools for decades. This latest edition, sixteen years after the previous one, is very welcome. Narrowing the focus to theology per se has created space for a fuller coverage of this area with many new entries. This book is no mere update or new edition but is a substantially new work in its own right. A valuable reference tool to have at hand."

Tony Lane, professor of historical theology, London School of Theology

"Few reference works ever achieve the status of 'classic,' but the Evangelical Dictionary of Theology is one that has. I am glad to see this updated version ready to serve a new generation of theology students."

Timothy George, founding dean, Beeson Divinity School, Samford University; general editor, Reformation Commentary on Scripture

"This is an indispensable tool for anyone who wants to study and communicate Christian Scripture and thought. I'm so grateful it has been enhanced for a new season."

John Ortberg, senior pastor, Menlo Church; author of All the Places to Go

"For over thirty years the Evangelical Dictionary of Theology has been the first stop for students, pastors, and teachers to explore distinctly evangelical perspectives on crucial theological ideas, terms, and issues. This new edition brings much-needed voices from underrepresented communities to enrich and broaden our understanding. I could not be more pleased or enthusiastic about its release."

Mark Young, president, Denver Seminary

"I commend the robust theological focus of this new edition of the now classic work, the Evangelical Dictionary of Theology. The sheer scope of evangelical contributors is breathtaking! In a day when words are daily humiliated, this volume is a powerful reminder of the power of words and their meaning. The articles contained in this excellent volume are important and well researched. I heartily commend it!"

Timothy C. Tennent, president, Asbury Theological Seminary

"The new edition of the Evangelical Dictionary of Theology is a monumental achievement of evangelical scholarship. The articles and essays produced by the outstanding group of contributors to this remarkable, wide-ranging, balanced, and accessible volume will ably serve the next generation of students, pastors, and scholars alike. It is a privilege to recommend this work and to congratulate the editorial team who helped to shape this valuable resource."

David S. Dockery, president, Trinity International University

"Evangelical Dictionary of Theology is a first-class work of theological scholarship, providing an evenhanded and judicious overview of Christian theology from an evangelical standpoint. I cannot recommend it highly enough for students, seminarians, professors, pastors, and anyone interested in Christian ministry."

Bruce Ashford, provost and professor of theology and culture, Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary

"With a rigorous focus on the key themes, topics, and people of systematic and historical theology, this volume is an indispensable handbook for pastors and teachers. New to this third edition are many authors and entries related to global Christianity (such as African theology, immigration, Asian theology, and Hispanic theology). The articles are the optimal length for a substantive overview of the topic with a brief bibliography pointing the direction for further study. I will use this resource regularly and recommend it heartily."

Clinton E. Arnold, dean and professor of New Testament, Talbot School of Theology, Biola University

The Authors

  1. Daniel J. Treier

    Daniel J. Treier

    Daniel J. Treier (PhD, Trinity Evangelical Divinity School) is Knoedler Professor of Theology at Wheaton College Graduate School in Wheaton, Illinois. He is the author of Introducing Theological Interpretation of Scripture and the coeditor of several...

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  2. Walter A. Elwell

    Walter A. Elwell

    Walter A. Elwell (PhD, University of Edinburgh) is professor emeritus of New Testament at Wheaton College and Graduate School in Wheaton, Illinois, where he taught for 27 years and served as dean. He has written or edited numerous books, reference works,...

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"The Evangelical Dictionary of Theology is a longstanding theological resource within evangelical traditions. . . . The editors have . . . made several sensible, gentle amendments to the EDT and it remains an important, high-quality resource for anyone with interest in evangelical theology. . . . With this new edition, the scope is tailored to subjects of essential interest to systematic theology. . . . Perhaps most important, the editors have taken special care to diversify the list of contributors. . . . The EDT now begins to reflect more judiciously the shape of the global evangelical church. . . . For all of the above reasons, the theological substance of the EDT has been considerably enhanced. . . . The EDT is an excellent theological resource. Entries are wisely curated, accessible to wider reading audiences (even undergraduates), and seem always to strike just the right balance between rigor and concision. . . . The volume has been an admired resource for nearly forty years, and this new edition will only broaden its appeal."

Matthew Arbo,

Reading Religion

"An aesthetically appealing, well organized, systematic theology focused, technical resource for evangelical Christian theology. . . . Every pastor, student, or teacher will benefit from EDT in their research or to gain a deeper level understanding of some of the major issues and ideas within evangelical theological circles. This resource is built upon the shoulders of giants, of late and today, who have preserved the intellectual richness of all that Christianity has to offer. These are no ordinary people. EDT is represented by the world's top evangelical scholars. . . . I rate EDT five stars. The overall feel of the book is revamped and appealing with some significant updates and changes."

Jason Kline,