Defining Theological Terms

One of the essential tasks of those who journey into theology and ministry is to learn and review the meanings of key theological terms related to specific concepts, movements and people.  Here are some key resources:

  • Dictionary of Latin &Greek Theological Terms.  2nd ed.  Edited by Richard Muller.  Grand Rapids, MI: Baker Books, 2017.
  • Dictionary of Theological Terms: A Ready Reference of Over 800 Theological and Doctrinal Terms.  3rd exp. upd. ed.  Edited by Alan Cairns.  Greenville, SC: Emerald House Group, Inc., 2003.
  • Evangelical Dictionary of Theology. (Baker Reference Library) 3rd ed.  Edited by Daniel J. Treier and Walter A. Elwell.  Grand Rapids, MI: Baker Academic, 2017.
  • New Dictionary of Theology.  1st ed.  Edited by David F. Wright, Sinclair B. Ferguson and J.I. Packer.  Downers Grove, IL: IVP, 1988.
  • New Dictionary of Theology: Historical and Systematic.  2nd ed.  Edited by Martin Davie, Tim Grass, Stephen R. Holmes, John McDowell, T.A. Noble, Kevin J. Vanhoozer, David Emmanuel Singh and Roland Chia.  Downers Grove, IL: IVP, 2016.
  • 101 Key Terms in Philosophy and Their Importance for Theology.  Edited by Kelly James Clark, Richard Lints and James K.A. Smith.  Louisville, KY: Westminster John Knox Press, 2004.
  • Pocket Dictionary of Theological Terms.  Edited by S. J. Grenz, D. Guretzki and C. F. Nordling.  Downers Grove, IL: IVP, 1999.
  • The Baker Compact Dictionary of Theological Terms.  Edited by Gregg R. Allison.  Grand Rapids, MI: Baker Books, 2016.
  • The Cambridge Dictionary of Christian Theology.  Edited by Ian A. McFarland, David A. S. Ferguson, Karen Kilby and Iain R. Torrance.  New York, NY: Cambridge University Press, 2011. 
  • The Dictionary of Historical Theology. 1st ed. Edited by Trevor A. Hart.  Grand Rapids, MI: Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing Company, 2000.
  • The Westminster Dictionary of Theological Terms.  2nd rev. ed.  Edited by Donald K. McKim.  Louisville, KY: Westminster John Knox Press, 2014.
  • Zondervan Dictionary of Bible and Theology Words.  Edited by Matthew S. DeMoss and J. Edward Miller.  Grand Rapids, MI: Zondervan, 2002.