This dictionary has been designed to provide teachers and students with a concise collection of definitions and explanations of items that are mentioned in or are otherwise associated with the Bible. It is based primarily upon the biblical text, supplemented by information from the other books of scripture accepted as standard works by The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. It is not intended as an official or revealed endorsement by the Church of the doctrinal, historical, cultural, and other matters set forth. Many of the items have been drawn from the best available scholarship of the world and are subject to reevaluation based on new research and discoveries or on new revelation. The topics have been carefully selected and are treated briefly. If an elaborate discussion is desired, the student should consult a more exhaustive dictionary.
In addition to names of persons and places mentioned in the Bible, there are articles that may be regarded as introductory to the study of scripture, such as Bible, canon, revelation, and certain cultural items. A short account is given of each of the books of the Bible. An attempt has been made to deal with a few doctrinal subjects, such as atonement, baptism, Holy Spirit, priesthood, restoration, and resurrection. Chronology and various matters connected with Bible antiquities have also received attention.