Alphabetical List of Commonly Used Religious Terms and Phrases

A | B | C | D | E | F | G | H | I | J | K | L | M | N | O | P | Q | R | S | T | U | V | W | X | Y | Z

- A -

Aaronic
Aaronic priesthood

Abba
Abrahamic covenant

Abraham’s bosom
Abraham’s side

Adonai

Advent
Advent season

Advocate, the
age of grace
age to come
agnostic(ism)
Allah

Almighty, the
almighty God

Alpha and Omega
amillennial(ism)(ist)
ancient Near East
Ancient of Days

angel
the angel Gabriel
angel of the Lord

Annunciation

Anointed
Anointed One
anointing of the sick

ante-Nicene fathers
anti-Catholic

antichrist (general spirit)
Antichrist, the (person)

anti-Christian
antichurch
anti-Semitism
anti-Zionist
appendixes

Apocalypse (Revelation of John)
apocalyptic

Apocrypha (noncanonical writings)
apocryphal

apostle
apostolic
apostle John, Paul, etc.
Beloved Apostle, Apostle to the Gentiles, etc.
apostles, the
Apostles’ Creed
apostolic age
apostolic council (Acts 15)

archangel

ark
Noah’s ark
ark of testimony
ark of the covenant

Armageddon
Arminian(ism)
Ascension
Ash Wednesday
Athanasian Creed
atheist
Atonement
Augsburg Confession

- B -


babe in the manger
baby Jesus
Babylonian captivity

baptism (general)
Baptism (of Christ)

Battle of Armageddon
Beast (Antichrist)
Beatitudes
Beelzebub
Being (God)
Beloved Apostle
best-seller, best-selling
Betrayal (of Christ)

Bible
Bible Belt
Bible school
Bible study
biblical

blessed name (Christ)
Blessed Virgin
blood of Christ, the
body of Christ

Book (Bible)
book of Genesis (book of Matthew, etc.)
Book of Life
Book of Mormon
Book of the Covenant
Book of the Law
Book of Truth

born-again (adjective)
Bread of Life (Bible or Christ)
Bridegroom (Christ)
bride of Christ
brotherhood of man
Buddha
burnt offering

- C -


Calvary
Calvinist

Canon, the (Scripture)
canon of Scripture
Captivity (specific historical event)
catalog

catholic (universal)
Catholic Church
Catholic Epistles (James, etc.)
Catholicism

Celestial City

charismatic
charismatic church, charismatic movement

cherub(im)
chief priest
Chief Shepherd
children of Israel
chosen people (Jews)

Christ
Christlike
Christ child
Christianize
Christmas Day
Christmas Eve
Christocentrism
Christology
christological

church (body of Christ, building, service)
church age
church and state
church fathers (the Fathers)
church in America
church triumphant
church invisible, militant, universal, visible
Church of England
Church of Rome

City of David
Comforter

commandment
the first commandment
the Ten Commandments

Communion (sacrament)

Communism
communist (adjective)
Communist (noun)

confirmation

conservatism, conservative
counseled, counseling
Counselor

Covenant
covenant of grace, covenant of works

creation (the result)
Creation (the act)
Creator

cross, the (the wooden object)
Cross, the (the event)

crown

Crucifixion, the
the crucifixion of Christ

Crusades, the
Curse, the

- D -


Dark Ages, the
Davidic covenant
Davidic law
Day of Atonement
Day of Judgment
Day of Pentecost
Day of the Lord
Dead Sea Scrolls
Decalogue
Defender (God)
deism

Deity, the
deity of Christ

Deluge, the
demon(ic)
Depression, the
Deuteronomic
Deuteronomist

Devil, the
a devil

Diaspora, the
disciples
dispensation(alism)(alist)
dispensation of the Law
Dispersion
divided kingdom

divine
Divine Father
Divine Doctor
divine guidance
Divine Providence (God)
Divinity, the
the divinity of Christ

Door, the (Christ)
doxology, the
Dragon, the (Satan)

- E -


early church
East Coast
Easter Sunday
Eastern religions
ecumenical(ism)

El
Elohim
El Shaddai

Emmaus road
end times, the
Enemy, the (Satan)
Epiphany

epistle
John’s epistle
the Epistle to the Romans
Epistles, the (New Testament letters)

eschatology
eschatological

Eternal, the
the eternal God
Eternal City, the
eternal life
eternity

Eucharist

evangelical
evangelist (person who evangelizes)
Evangelist (one of the gospel writers)

Evil One

Exile, the
exilic period

Exodus, the
extrabiblical

- F -


faith, the (Christianity)
faith-healing

Fall, the
fall of man

false Christ (generic)
false prophet (general)
False Prophet (in Revelation)
far-out
Father, the (God)
Father of Lies
fatherhood of God
Fathers, the (church Fathers)

Feast, the (Passover)
Feast of Booths
Feast of Tabernacles
Feast of the Dedication

First Adam
Firstborn, the (Christ)
First Person of the Trinity
Flood, the
footwashing

Four Gospels, the
fourth gospel

free will
free world
fundamentalist(ism)

- G -


Galilean, the (Christ)
Garden of Eden
Garden of Gethsemane
gehenna

Gentiles
gentile believers

General Epistles

gnostic(ism) (generic)
Gnostic(ism) (specific sect or heresy)

god (pagan)
God (Yahweh)
Godhead (essential being of God)
godlike
godless, godsend
godly
God-man
God’s house
God’s Word (Bible)
God’s word (promise)

Golden Rule, the
Good Book, the
Good Friday
Good News, the
Good Samaritan

Good Shepherd
the parable of the good shepherd

gospel
Gospel of John, etc.
Gospels, the
gospel truth

Gothic (style or type of art)
grain offering
Great Awakening
Great Commandment
Great Commission
Great High Priest
Great Judgment
Great Physician
Great Shepherd
Great Tribulation
Great White Throne

- H -


hades
hang-up
Hannukah
Head, the (Christ)
heaven
heavenly Father
hell
Herodian
Herod’s temple

high priest, a
High Priest, the (Christ)

holiness
the Holiness Movement

holocaust (generic reference)
Holocaust (specific historical event)

holy
Holy Bible
Holy Book (Bible)
Holy City
Holy Communion
Holy Eucharist
holy family
Holy Ghost
Holy Land (the land of Canaan, the land of Jesus)
the holy name of Jesus
Holy of Holies
Holy One (God, Christ)
Holy Scriptures
Holy Spirit
Holy Trinity
Holy Week

house of the Lord

- I -


Immanuel

Incarnation, the
the incarnation of Christ
indexes
infant Jesus
inner veil
Intercessor, the (Christ)
intertestamental
Isaian
Isaianic

- J -


Jehovah
Jesus
Jesus Prayer, the
Jewish Feast (Passover)
Johannine
John the Baptist

Jordan River
the river Jordan

Jubilee

Judaic
Judaica
Judaism
Judaizer
Judean
Judeo-Christian

judges, the (leaders in Israel)
Judgment Day
judgment seat of Christ

- K -


kerygma (Greek for “preaching”)
King (God or Christ)
King James Version

kingdom, the
Christ’s kingdom
kingdom of God
kingdom of heaven
kingdom age

King of Glory
King of Kings
kingship of Christ

Kinsman-Redeemer

Koran
koranic

- L -


lake of fire

Lamb, the (Christ)
Lamb of God
Lamb’s Book of Life

land of Canaan
land of Jesus
Land of Promise

Last Day, the
last days, the
Last Judgment, the
last rites
Last Supper, the
last times, the

law (as opposed to grace)
Law, the (Pentateuch)
law of Moses, a (an individual ordinance)
Law of Moses, the (the entire collection of individual ordinances)
Lawgiver (God)

layperson
Lent(en)
Levitical
Levitical decrees
liberal(ism)

Light (Christ)
light of Christ in the world
Light of the World (Christ)

living God
living Word
Logos, the

Lord, the
our Lord
Lord of Hosts
Lord of Lords
Lord’s Anointed, the (Christ)
Lord’s Day, the
lordship of Christ
lordship salvation
Lord’s Prayer, the
Lord’s Supper, the
Lord’s Table, the

Lost Tribes
lost tribes of Israel

Lukan

- M -


Magi
Magnificat, the

major prophets (people)

Major Prophets (OT books)
Majority Text
mammon

Man, the (Jesus)
Man of Sin
Man of Sorrows

Markan
Marcan
Masorete
Masoretic text
Mass (Catholic service)
matrimony
Matthean
Mediator, the (Christ)
medieval
medieval era
mercy seat

Messiah, the (Christ)
messiahship
messianic

Middle Ages, the
midtribulation(al)

millenarian(ism)(ist)
millennial kingdom
Millennium, the
ministry, the

minor prophets (people)
Minor Prophets (OT books)

Mishnah
modernism
Mosaic
Mosaic Law
Most High, the
Mount of Olives
Mount of Transfiguration
Mount Olivet
Mount Sinai
Muhammad (preferred spelling)
Muslim (preferred designation)

- N -


name of Christ

Nativity, the
nativity of Christ

Near East
neo-orthodox(y)
new age
new ageism
new birth
new covenant
new heaven and new earth
New International Version
New Jerusalem
New Testament church
Nicene Creed
Noah’s ark
non-Christian
northern kingdom

- O -


old covenant
Old World
Olivet discourse
Omnipotent, the

One, the
the one true God

Only Begotten, the
only begotten of the Father
only begotten son of God
orthodox(y)

- P -


Palm Sunday
the papacy
parable of the prodigal son (specific parables are not capitalized unless used as titles)
parachurch
Paraclete, the

paradise (heaven)
Paradise (Garden of Eden)

Parousia
partial Rapture
part-time
Paschal Lamb (Christ)
Passion Week
Passover
Passover Feast
Passover Lamb
Pastoral Epistles
Pastoral Letters
pastorate, the

patriarch, a
Patriarch, the (Abraham)

Paul the apostle
the apostle Paul
Pauline
Pauline Epistles
Paul’s epistles
Pauline Letters
Paul’s letters

peace offering
Pentateuch
Pentecost
Pentecostal(ism)

person of Christ
persons of the Trinity
the Three Persons of the Trinity

Petrine

pharaoh, the (general)
Pharaoh (title used as personal name)

pharisaic (attitude)
Pharisee (specific sect)

Pilgrims, the
pillar of cloud
pillar of fire
Poetic Books

pope, the
Pope Benedict XVI

postbiblical
post-Christian
postexilic
postmillennial(ism)(ist)
predestination
premillenial(ism)(ist)
pretribulation(al)
priesthood of believers
priesthood of Christ
Prince of Darkness
Prince of Peace
Prison Epistles
Prison Letters
Prodigal Son, the
Promised Land (Canaan or heaven)
Promised One, the
proof text

prophet Jeremiah
the Weeping Prophet
prophets, the (people)
Prophets, the (OT books)

Protestant(ism)

Providence (God)
providence of God
providential

psalm, a
psalmist, the
Psalms, the (OT book)
Psalter, the

Pseudepigrapha
pseudepigraphal

purgatory
Puritan(ism)

- Q -


Qumran

- R -


Rabbi, the
a rabbi
rabbinical

Rapture, the
real presence
Received Text, the
Redeemer, the
Reformation
Reformed church
Reformed theology
Reformers
Renaissance

Resurrection, the
the resurrection of Christ

Rock, the (Christ)
Roman Catholic Church

- S -


Sabbath
sabbatical
sacrament(s)
sacramental(ism)
Sacred Host
Sadducee (specific sect)
Sanhedrin

Satan
satanic
satanism

Savior
scribe

scriptural
scripture(s) (nonbiblical religious writings)
Scripture(s) (Bible)

Second Adam
Second Advent
Second Coming
second coming of Christ
Second Person of the Trinity

secular humanism
seder

Semite
Semitic
Semitism

Septuagint
seraph(im)
Sermon on the Mount
Serpent, the (Satan)
Seventh-day Adventist
seven seals
Seventieth Week
shalom
Shechinah
sheol
Shulammite
Sin-Bearer, the
sin offering
skeptic, skepticism
Solomon’s temple

Son of God
Son of Man
sonship of Christ

southern kingdom
Sovereign Lord
storytelling
Sunday school
Supreme Being, the
Sustainer, the
synagogue

Synoptic Gospels, the
synoptics, the
synpotic writers, the

- T -


tabernacle, the
table of shewbread
Talmud
Targum
temple, the

Tempation, the
the temptation in the desert

Ten Commandments
the tenth commandment
the first commandment

Ten Tribes
the ten tribes of Israel

tent, the
Tent of Meeting
the Tent of the Testimony

Testaments, the
Textus Receptus
theistic
theologian
Third Person of the Trinity
throne of grace
Thummin
tomb, the
Torah
Tower of Babel
Transfiguration, the
Transjordan
Tree of Knowledge of Good and Evil
Tree of Life
tribe of Judah
Tribulation, the (event)
Trinitarian
Trinity, the
Triumphal Entry
triune God

Twelve, the
the twelve disciples

- U -


unchristian
ungodly
united kingdom (specific period in Israel’s history prior to divided kingdom)
universal church
universalism(ist)
unscriptural
Upper Room, the
Upper Room Discourse
uptight

- V -


Vacation Bible School
Victor, the (Christ)
videotape
Vine, the
Virgin Birth, the
Virgin Mary, the
visible church
Vulgate

- W -


Water of Life, the

Way, the
the Way, the Truth, and the Life

Western church
Westminster Confession
Wicked One, the (Satan)
Wisdom Literature
wise men

Word, the
Word made flesh
Word of God
Word of Life
Word of Truth

worldview
worshiped, worshiper, worshiping
Writings, the

- Y -


Yahweh
Year of Jubilee