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Dictionary of Latin and Greek Theological Terms, 2nd Edition

Drawn Principally from Protestant Scholastic Theology

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This indispensable companion to key post-Reformation theological texts provides clear and concise definitions of Latin and Greek terms for students at a variety of levels. Written by a leading scholar of the Reformation and post-Reformation eras, this volume offers definitions that bear the mark of expert judgment and precision. The second edition includes new material and has been updated and revised throughout.


"Of the thousands of books in my academic library, there are only three titles that I treasure so highly that I keep one copy at my office and another at home. In the early years of my academic career, Richard Muller's dictionary was the very first to attain such esteemed status. Not only is it a repository of information impossible to find so quickly anywhere else, it is just a darn good read. It's a primer of Latin syntax and at the same time a sophisticated introduction to careful theology. It's a thrill to see it newly improved, some thirty years later! Serious students of Latin, serious students of theology, and--frankly--serious students of clear thought will be in Richard's debt for another generation to come. Well done!"

John L. Thompson, Fuller Theological Seminary

"If one of the most well-read theologians of his generation presents a dictionary, one has high expectations, and Richard Muller does not disappoint! Besides more common terms, one also finds here lucid explanations of rarer scholastic expressions, so that even the specialist will learn and profit from this book. This is a must-have for students and professors and for everybody who studies the Christian tradition."

Ulrich L. Lehner, University of Notre Dame

"Few theological resources offer as much insight and useful information as Muller's dictionary. I regularly encourage my students to buy this book and read it cover to cover! This is more than a reference occasionally to be consulted; it is a key to unlocking the riches of classic Reformed theology. I highly recommend this book to students, pastors, and scholars--to anyone who wants a deeper understanding of the historic Protestant faith."

J. V. Fesko, professor of systematic and historical theology, Westminster Seminary California

The Author

  1. Richard A. Muller

    Richard A. Muller

    Richard A. Muller (PhD, Duke University) is P. J. Zondervan Professor of Historical Theology Emeritus and senior fellow of the Junius Institute for Digital Reformation Research at Calvin Theological Seminary in Grand Rapids, Michigan. He is the author of...

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Praise for the First Edition

"The author has painstakingly provided us with the means to master the technical vocabulary of the Protestant heritage. The dictionary is clear, concise, and carefully nuanced. It is a trustworthy and precise reference tool that deserves wide acceptance from seminaries and libraries. The book will accomplish its goal for its intended audience with great success. It will also go far to promote a more responsible understanding of Protestant scholasticism among those who are outside the Reformed or Lutheran traditions."

Bradley L. Nassif,

TSF Bulletin

"A reference volume which will be useful for every student of dogmatics. At a time when study of Latin and of the 17th century dogmaticians is in danger of becoming a lost art, Muller and Baker are to be commended for making this extremely useful volume available."

J. F. Brug,

Wisconsin Lutheran Quarterly

"Good reference works are worth their weight in gold. This is a welcome addition to their ranks. . . . This is a tool whose immense usefulness will not be limited to the Latinless of the world."

D. F. Wright,


"The need for a dictionary of Latin and Greek theological terms has long been recognized by theological students. This work satisfies that need exceptionally well. It contains clear, precise definitions of most of the technical terms a student is likely to find in studying classical Protestant theology."

David L. Puckett,

Bibliotheca Sacra

"In addition to its importance for the study of scholasticism, this is useful as a dictionary of classic Protestant theology. . . . Certain to become a standard reference tool."

John R. Muether,

Westminster Theological Journal