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Anchor Yale Bible Dictionary

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The Anchor Yale Bible Dictionary is a six-volume state-of-the-art dictionary of the Bible offering the most up-to-date and comprehensive treatment of biblical subjects and topics.


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The Anchor Yale Bible Dictionary covers a wide range of topics, discover the most popular categories, such as people, places and deities by clicking on the tiles below.
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The most extensive Bible dictionary ever created:

  • With over 7 million words of authoritative content, the Anchor Yale Bible Dictionary remains the gold standard reference for Biblical Studies. It is an unprecedented interfaith exploration of the Bible that is interdisciplinary in scope
  • The first major Bible dictionary to be published in America in 30 years that includes six volumes of approximately 1,200 pages each
  • More than 6,000 entries, 7,000,000 words, and nearly 1,000 contributors
  • Endpaper maps of the Near Eastern world keyed to text for quick location of archaeological and biblical sites
  • Articles on pseudepigraphic and apocryphal texts, Nag Hammadi tractates, and individual Dead Sea Scrolls, including the most recently published sectarian Dead Sea Scrolls as well as articles illustrating the literary artistry of the biblical text
  • A richness of information unequaled in the history of biblical studies

Edited by David Noel Freedman

Editorial Consultants: Hans Dieter Betz (Greco-Roman Religion); James H. Charlesworth (Apocrypha and Pseudepigrapha); Frank Moore Cross (Old Testament); William G. Dever (Archaeology); A. Kirk Grayson (Mesopotamia and Assyriology); Peter Machinist (Bible and Ancient Near East); Abraham J. Malherbe (New Testament); Birger A. Pearson (Early Christianity); Jack M. Sasson (Bible and Ancient Near East); and William R. Schoedel (Early Christian Literature)