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Christian Book Award® | Bible Reference Works Criteria

Category Description


Bible Reference Works

This award is for scholarly material inclusive of the following:

  • Reference Works/Commentaries including dictionaries, concordances, encyclopedias and other reference works in the area of theology, doctrine, church history, and biblical studies including books that offer any analysis, exposition, or annotation of specific biblical texts.
  • Works of Theology, Doctrine, or Church History, including explanatory, expositional or analytical works.

Note: Curriculum and/or mixed media product may be entered as long as a book is the central core of the package.


Judging Criteria *

1. Audience / Format
Is the audience clearly defined or understood from the presentation?
Does the format of the book complement the purpose of the work?
If the book has features such as an index, bibliography, etc., are they effective and useful?
If the book has additional materials (video, etc), do they enhance the purpose and overall impact of the work?

2. Content
Is the perspective, depth of treatment, and reading level consistent with the purpose of and audience for the book?

Is there evidence the book has been well-researched?
Is the information reliable and accurate?
Are the main points presented in a clear, straightforward manner?

3. Author / Editor
Does the author/editor have the credentials for writing and preparing such a work?
Does the author/editor have sufficient experience/employment in the field to be considered highly knowledgeable?

4. Writing Style / Mechanics
Does the style of writing make the book accessible to the intended audience?
Does the quality of the author’s prose (syntax, word choice, rhythm, etc.) enhance the content?

5. Design
Do the cover, color, layout, and text size facilitate the reading experience?
Where applicable, does the presentation in charts, graphs, etc. make the information as accessible as possible?

6. Impact
Does the work meet a need in the Christian community?
Does it have the potential to significantly influence the Christian community or significantly substantiate information already available?

Does the work add new information or a new perspective to Christian scholarship or ministry?


* using a scale of 1-10


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