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Noah Webster's American Dictionary of the English Language, published in 1828, has enjoyed a renewed interest in American homeschooling and Bible study. The first edition of Webster's dictionary is perhaps the only general dictionary that can also be called a Christian one.
Webster believed that language is a creation of God, and that education is "useless without the Bible."
The 1828 Dictionary is unique in that it consistently references Scripture where applicable and favors Biblical explanations of concepts over secular.
For example, in Webster's definition of sin, the first line reads:
The Webster 1828 Dictionary is extremely helpful in studying the King James Bible where aid is needed in understanding words no longer in common use.
The dictionary is not a Bible dictionary in the sense of theological study, however. Webster sought to define words in the English language, not to create a doctrinal work. In fact, Webster's primary goal was to provide a dictionary for use in the United States:
Webster's work is valuable in any study of American history, as Noah Webster began his work in language at the time of the American Revolution. Thus, the Dictionary has been renewed as a tool of education in many American schools and homes. Note Webster's secondary definition of liberty, where natural liberty is defined:
The dictionary includes over 60,000 definitions.
A larger, later revision of this work is the Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary of the English Language, also included.
SwordSearcher can be conveniently configured to open the appropriate definition in the Webster Dictionary any time a word in the Bible is double-clicked.