Easton's Bible Dictionary generally refers to the Illustrated Bible Dictionary, Third Edition, by Matthew George Easton M.A., D.D. (1823-1894), published in 1897 (three years after Easton's death) by Thomas Nelson. Because of its age, it is now a public domain resource. It contains nearly 4,000 entries relating to the Bible, from a 19th century Christian viewpoint. Despite its name, many of the entries in Easton's are encyclopedic in nature, although there are also short, dictionary-like entries. — Excerpted from Easton's Bible Dictionary (1897) on Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia.