REVIEW: New Unger’s Bible Dictionary

9780802490667_p0_v1_s260x420More than a dozen years ago, I received an award at the Future Preachers Training Camp in Nashville, TN. Little did I know that it would become such an invaluable resource to me. The book was The New Unger’s Bible Dictionary. It was thick, but packed with amazing pictures and dictionary entries on various people, places, and things in the Bible.

Last month, Start2Finish Blog gave away a copy of IVP’s Bible Background Commentary on the Old Testament. This month, I am pleased to announce that we are giving away another resource, the one that I won at camp so many years ago. Due to the wonderful generosity of Moody Publishers, we are able to give away a copy of The New Unger’s Bible Dictionary. I believe in the importance of every Christian building a small, affordable library of Bible Study resources. This is why I profiled the background commentary, and want to promote this dictionary now.

This dictionary is described on in this way:

Unger’s Bible Dictionary has been one of the bestselling Bible dictionaries on the market since its introduction in 1957. Now, this time-honored classic is more valuable than ever. Updated and expanded by respected Bible authorities including R.K. Harrison, Howard F. Vos, and Cyril J. Barber, The New Unger’s Bible Dictionary is packed with the most current scholarship. More than 67,000 entries are supplemented with detailed essays, colorful photography and maps, and dozens of charts and illustrations to enhance your understanding of God’s Word. Although this volume is based on the New American Standard, extensive cross-referencing makes it useful with all major Bible translations, including the New International, King James, and New King James versions.

In my personal study, I have found this resource to be invaluable. While writing The Epic of God, and now The Derision of Heaven, I find myself resorting to it constantly. In my opinion, it is by far the absolute best one-volume dictionary you could purchase. Its scholarship is excellent and I commend it to you enthusiastically. The book retails for about $30 on, but here’s your chance to win a copy for free. There are multiple ways to enter the contest (see below). The contest ends this Thursday at 11:59 pm, and the winner will be announced on Friday, May 24.

For those who are longtime readers, who already follow me on social media, and have already liked the pages, remember that you receive extra entries into the contest every time you “refer” someone via social media.

Again, I want to sincerely thank Moody Publishers for sponsoring this giveaway by donating a copy of The New Unger’s Bible Dictionary. If you don’t already have a copy, I encourage you to pick one up soon if you don’t win our giveaway!

Michael Whitworth is the founder of Start2Finish and author of several books, including the award-winning "The Epic of God" and "The Derision of Heaven." In his spare time, Michael enjoys reading and drinking coffee, watching sports, and spending time with his awesome family and furry golden retriever.

  1. Reply
    Kyle Mashburn May 20, 2013 at 7:41 pm

    The greatest barrier to enjoyable Bible Study is two fold, but they somewhat go hand-in-hand. 1. Lack of good, solid, in-depth yet easy to read material readily on hand when you live hours from a college or university with a resourceful library. 2. Resource material that will give an illustration, make a point, or reference to some former resource, but fail to give detailed information about where it came from.

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    Jon May 20, 2013 at 10:26 pm

    The average person is not willing to commit the time and effort.

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    Matt May 23, 2013 at 9:28 am

    Understanding the deeper meanings that preachers/teachers are able to explain.

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    Jacob Sweeney May 23, 2013 at 10:17 am

    Often my greatest barrier is making time. I just need to get into the text and let it work on me. The Word is powerful and simple. Reading it and asking God to work is often all we need.

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    Gipson Baucum May 23, 2013 at 12:02 pm

    probably scheduling time

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