InterVarsity Press has combined some of their essential articles from four of their dictionaries - Dictionary of Jesus and the Gospels, Dictionary of Paul and his Letters, Dictionary of the Later New Testament and its Development, and Dictionary of New Testament Background - into this one-volume compendium, a wonderful reference source for those who want to broaden their knowledge of the New Testament. This book is a bit on the academic side but has a lot of worthwhile material.
The dictionary starts out with a one-page explanation of how to use this book, which is easy to read and understand. It has a long list of abbreviations, and there is a glossary of terms in the back of the book with short definitions, along with a scripture index and articles index. Contributing scholars to this dictionary are from various denominations and countries.
The dictionary is arranged in A-to-Z format with long, extensive topical articles like God, death, Ascension, and others, most divided into three parts – how the particular topic relates to the gospels, how it relates to the letters of Paul, and how it relates to the rest of the New Testament. Each section starts with an introduction followed by a short outline. There are cross references in the articles and see-also references after the articles. There are also references to articles in the four dictionaries listed above that relate to the topic in this dictionary. The articles end with a bibliography of many English titles. There are also commentaries on the various scriptures of the New Testament.
This dictionary belongs in any scripture reference collection whether in libraries or in individual collections and is highly recommended for those seriously involved in scripture study. The publisher is reputable, having published many books and reference materials on scripture, theology, and other religious areas. Some of their material is Catholic, but most are for all denominations, as is this book.