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An academic vocabulary is the informal collection of specialized words or phrases that are commonly used within a particular field of study but often unknown or unused by those outside that academic field. The fields of theology, literature, and philosophy (among others) possess academic vocabularies often used by those who discuss the Scripture. In the realm of theology, our academic vocabulary includes words like Christology, pneumatology, soteriology, ecclesiology, eschatology, and typology.

Academic vocabularies inevitably develop in every school of study. However, sometimes academic vocabularies make a subject unnecessarily complicated to newcomers. Those who wish to impress you with their knowledge will frequently use these academic words; although, common words are just as suitable.

An academic vocabulary may use common words with a specialized meaning. For example, the word saved generically means “rescued” or “secured.” However, Christians typically use the word saved to speak of someone who is saved by the blood of Christ from God’s eternal wrath which awaits all who are lost or damned under their sin.

“But God demonstrates His own love toward us, in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us. Much more then, having now been justified by His blood, we shall be saved from wrath through Him. For if when we were enemies we were reconciled to God through the death of His Son, much more, having been reconciled, we shall be saved by His life” (Ro. 5:8-10).

The Bible includes many specialized words (e.g., atonement), but the biblical writers largely wrote for the benefit of the average person. Following suit, Balancing the Sword was written for the average person.

Also see academicvocabulary, and content area vocabulary.

Author: Allen B. Wolfe

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Balancing the Sword is a structured study guide for every chapter of the Bible.