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New Testament words (William Barclay Library) [Paperback]

William Barclay
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1 Jan 2000 066424761X 978-0664247614 New edition
Greek is one of the richest of all languages, with an unrivaled power to express different shades of meaning. In this book, William Barclay examines many of the key words of the Greek New Testament, explaining what these words meant to the writers of the New Testament and to those who read an heard their message for the first time.The William Barclay Library is a collection of books addressing the great issues of the Christian faith. As one of the world's most widely read interpreters of the Bible and its meaning, William Barclay devoted his life to helping people become more faithful disciples of Jesus Christ.

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  • Paperback: 304 pages
  • Publisher: Westminster John Knox Press; New edition edition (1 Jan 2000)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 066424761X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0664247614
  • Product Dimensions: 20.7 x 12.8 x 2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 149,480 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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'I should like to think of this book as an attempt to make the results of linguistic scholarship available for the ordinary reader of the New Testament. It is my hope and my prayer that it may do something to make the New Testament more meaningful for at least some than it was before.' - William Barclay

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William Barclay (1907-1978) is known and loved by millions worldwide as one of the greatest Christian teachers of modern times. His insights into the New Testament, combined with his vibrant writing style, have delighted and enlightened readers of all ages for over half a century. He served for most of his life as Professor of Divinity at the University of Glasgow, and wrote more than fifty books--most of which are still in print today.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Amplification 21 Aug 2010
Id always been puzzled about the 'meek' inheriting the world, this explanation makes much more sense. I understand the problem of translating from one language/culture to another, but understanding the Bible would be easier if the text was amplified. William Barclay has done simple folk like me a great service. I would/will be recommending it.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant 10 July 2011
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If you want to dig a bit deeper into the meanings of Greek words in the NT then Barclay gives you an insight you've probably never considered. We gave this to a friend who has found it invaluable. We got this at a good price, and the seller was very quick to send it. Well done.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Brillant a must for a christian's Library 26 Sep 2008
By Dave
This work is a must for every Christian, it will deepen your love for the Scriptures, help in forming the new personality (Colossians,3:10 ) and deepen your knowledge of the bible.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Word study for the layman 26 April 2001
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I have looked at and own some of the schorlarly greek word study books. They are not easy for a layman like me to understand. Barclay presents it simple and clear. He quotes from several ancient greek minds and tries to communicate the mindset of that age so you get an idea of the picture the Bible writer is trying to describe. He presents several different definitions of the same word. A excellent book, I only wish it was on all the Bible greek words but I guess he picked the nuggets.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Basic Word Studies 7 Jun 2002
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Most modern Christians, Catholic or not, are well versed in Latinate theological terms and notions. But how well do they know the Greek words and ideas of the Scriptures themselves? Despite that the Greek New Testament has been back in the West for several centuries now, its vocabulary still has not become a part of the mental furniture of the common Christian. Logos, agape, kyrie eleison.... Can you go any further? And more importantly, how well do you understand these words, words that were spoken, prayed, discussed, and debated almost every day in the ancient church?
Even if the only Greek you know is "alpha" and "omega", Barclay's little classic is an enjoyable and accessible place to start your word studies. (It might even encourage you to learn Greek!) In a series of graceful short essays, Barclay examines a few dozen important or interesting words in light of their biblical and classical usage; what he comes up with is one part philology and one part devotional reading.
For the student who has some Greek, this book will remind him or her why one studies Greek in the first place. It should also cure the beginning student of the tendency to impose English meanings and connotations on Greek words, treating the Greek as if it were only elaborate dress for his own thoughts--a code, and not a language.
Written in 1964, some of the information might be out of date in the scholarly world; also, considering that a number of the words have been the subjects of whole books, one must not expect Barclay's accounts to be the end-all and be-all. But there is much good to be had from this book, and I recommend it both for individual study and small-group discussion.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Starter Book 19 Jan 2001
By Dorothy Ward - Published on Amazon.com
This book takes certain great New Testament words (more than 70) and traces their meanings in classical Greek, the Septuagint, in Hellenistic Greek, and in the Papyri, giving the reader a greater understanding of what these words meant to the writers of the New Testament and to those who read and heard their message. It makes a great starter book for someone just beginning word studies.
5.0 out of 5 stars Exellent Resource 7 Feb 2013
By MEK - Published on Amazon.com
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Book arrived as promised and in excellent condition. I have used this book for years and still find it very insightful for use in bible study whether the student is familar with the Greek language or not.
5.0 out of 5 stars New Testament Words by William Barclay 8 Jan 2013
By The Scribe - Published on Amazon.com
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I am very satisfied with my purchase of this particular book. Barclay comes highly recommended and makes for, not only a good read, but he follows a pattern while describing certain Christian docrines. As a matter of fact, I will go as far to recommend W E Vines'Dictionary of OT and NT Words as a companion with Barclay's book so as to broaden the actual meaning of the original Greek language.
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