• General Editor: Scott Hahn
  • Hardcover: 1008 pages  ($30 to $45)
  • Publisher: Doubleday Religion (June 16, 2009)
  • ISBN-13: 978-0385512299

This Dictionary was written with the purpose to help readers understand the details of the Bible. It is a huge book of over 1000 pages and it contains over 5000 items.  This dictionary provides an extensive coverage of items both big and small, both major and minor.  The book covers the people, places, culture, history, events and the individual books that make up the Bible. This is done with references to the book, chapter and verse where the item can be found in the Bible. For those topics that appear in multiple places in the Bible, having a book like this that lists all of the locations is of tremendous value. This is because it allows the reader to see the “big picture”, for example, how a topic developed over the course of history from the Old Testament into the New Testament.

This Catholic Bible Dictionary could also be considered an encyclopedia, for it explains the topics with more that just a simple definition. The items are explained with a depth that makes the topics understandable. The items are arranged alphabetically, and are cross referenced extensively so that it is easy to find an item if you are not looking it up under the exact heading.  This book does not contain a table of contents or a index, because they are not needed. There are two small appendixes, and an index to the maps.  Seven maps  are included (in color).

Dr. Hann is a Professor of Theology and Scripture at Franciscan University of Steubenville, where he has taught since 1990. He received his Ph.D. in Biblical Theology from Marquette University in 1995. For more information about the author please see his website: www.scotthahn.com