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Bible Dictionaries

BIBLE DICTIONARIES, works that treat topically the places, persons, history, doctrines, and objects of the Bible. Probably the first to undertake such a work was [[Eusebius of Caesarea]] (c. a.d. 326), who wrote a four-volume encyclopedia of which only one part is extant, known as the Onomasticon. It is a geographical dictionary, listing and describing about 600 names of towns, rivers, etc., in the OT and in the gospels. Jerome (d. c. a.d. 340), who knew Pal. intimately, tr. it into Lat., correcting some of its errors and adding some important material. No tr. of this work has ever appeared in the Eng. language. A few years later, in a.d. 367, Augustine expressed what must have been the general desire of many serious students of Scripture when he wrote in his Rules for the Interpretation of Scripture: