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Greek-English Lexicon of the New Testament and Other Early Christian Literature Hardcover – 23 Jan 2001

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  • Hardcover: 944 pages
  • Publisher: University of Chicago Press; 2nd Revised edition edition (23 Jan. 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0226039323
  • ISBN-13: 978-0226039329
  • Product Dimensions: 5.1 x 21 x 26.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By David Gibbons on 19 Jan. 2011
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This is THE reference for koine greek (the language of the New Testament). This particular version is not the latest, lacking the revisions of Danker, but for the interested amateur like myself, especially one on a limited budget, it is just perfect. One note: It is not an analytic lexicon, that is, it does not list every form of words explicitly so you do need to be able to parse words to get the base form to use it, but there are relatively cheap analytic lexicons that make good companions to this for those still learning the language. Also, for those wanting to work on other early Christian documents this lexicon includes words found in such works whereas most NT lexicons only include words found in the New Testament itself.
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25 of 28 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 10 Jun. 1998
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If it were not for this lexicon the serious, but "linguistically challenged" scholar, would have a hard time understanding the correct usage of just about any Koine Greek word. By comparring the usage in the NT and the writings of Josephus and early Christian writers, we can discern how the early church used a certain Greek word, in fact, what the Apostle's intended to convey in their writings. No other lexicon in existance does this. If there is such a thing a "truth" this lexicon shows what the early church taught that it was. Throw out all of your other lexicons and buy this one.
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Can't quite believe I managed to get a copy at such a good price!n
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34 of 37 people found the following review helpful
This is the most authoritative lexicon for NT Greek 30 Sept. 1997
By Jonathan W. Robie - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
This is the standard Greek lexicon for New Testament studies. I find that it takes longer to use than Louw and Nida, but gives a more mature understanding. It gives many more examples, and also points out grammatical features of the words, which can be extremely helpful. This lexicon does not attempt to give you a full dictionary definition; instead, it tries to give you the data to allow you to develop your own. For a comparison of the standard lexicons for New Testament Greek, see "[...]
25 of 28 people found the following review helpful
Intelllectually demanding, but worth it 7 May 2002
By Samuel M Smith - Published on Amazon.com
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This book makes you work for each little bit of understanding. The method of giving many, many different examples of usage for each Greek word really broadens your understanding of each word, but is time-consuming.
This lexicon is excellent for word studies beyond the Strong's level and will drive you nuts if you don't know your case forms yet (I know from experience).
But all in all, this is a resource no Biblical scholar or wannabe scholar should be without. I'd recommend getting Strong's Concordance, Vine's Expository Dictionary, a Greek New Testament and this book to go along with a New American Standard Bible for the novice in Greek.
Your understanding of the New Testament and of Greek will grow by leaps and bounds with diligent study of these very basic resources - even if you don't intend to study Koine Greek professionally.
15 of 16 people found the following review helpful
Like the OED, but for Greek. 25 April 2001
By Nathan Eady - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
In a word, thorough. Owning this, you won't use your smaller Greek lexicons anymore. Besides definitions (multiple definitions, showing the range of meaning of each word), there are copious examples taken from actual usage, both in and out of the NT. This is THE lexicon of koine Greek.
19 of 22 people found the following review helpful
an essential 19 Sept. 2002
By NotATameLion - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
With the exception of the short dictionary at the back of my Greek New Testament, no tool has been of more use in my study of Biblical Greek than this lexicon.
More than just a dictionary, the strength of this lexicon is that it gives both specific meanings of words in context as well as a knowledge of the shadings of meaning that a word carries throughout the Bible. This moves the student from a general grasp of a thing to an attentiveness to the precise way God has made himself known--there is nothing quite like it.
As other reviewers have noted, this is probably not a good place for beginners hoping to do a word study to jump in. I'd recommend Vine's for that. I also recommend that those serious in the study of Biblical Greek use this book in conjunction with a Greek New Testament, Mr. Mounce's Grammar (his lexicon is handy too), and Zerwick's Grammatical Analysis. This broad group of tools should help keep you from falling pray to a single interpretive spin.
Don't let its size and price scare you off--this book is essential for the student of Biblical Greek.
16 of 19 people found the following review helpful
Quite Usable 27 Jan. 2001
By Jonathan Bailey - Published on Amazon.com
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I am reviewing the second edition of this book, having only recently discovered the third edition, which may have a number of differences. This lexicon is one of the more thorough lexicons of the New Testament. It gives a wealth of information about each word, including several definitions as well as examples of its use in various places in scripture and other ancient writings. Even opinions of various scholars about meanings are found. The book is touted as the lexicon that gives you the information that you need to make a personal decision about what the word means, discovering the definition on your own. The most common complaint about the lexicon is that it is so exhaustive that it can be difficult to use, and people often prefer to have a smaller dictionary that will just give them a quick definition. I have personally been quite impressed by the usability of this lexicon, however. For each word there are short, concise definitions in italics, and one can ignore all the supplementary information if one wills. If one can only afford one lexicon, I would hope they would get this one. It is the standard lexicon, and the complaints about it being cumbersome are unfounded.
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