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A great disappointment
on 24 March 2011
I bought this book in the expectation that I would be able to retire an old undated copy of the lexicon by Thomas Sheldon Green, published by Bagster. Green's lexicon goes back to the nineteenth century, but later editions do take account of variant NT readings. (So does Trenchard, though in a different way.) It should not be assumed that Green's lexicon, because it is so old, sticks to the KJB's interpretations of the Greek text.
Green's alphabetic section runs to 216 densely printed pages. Trenchard's is printed larger and more legibly but has only 178 pages, less 14 blanks. That correctly suggests that there is less content in Trenchard. Trenchard helpfully shows the number of occurrences of each word, but he only gives verse references when the word occurs just once in the NT. In contrast, Green gives verse references in every entry. When words have multiple senses, Green's approach is incomparably more helpful. Take a really hard case, the word "logos": Green lists over 20 senses, giving verse references for each, whereas Trenchard gives even more possible renderings but not a single verse reference. What use is the latter approach for a serious student of the NT?
Apart from legibility, I struggle to find a single reason for buying Trenchard's book. I am not retiring Green, because I can't. Green is readily available on the second-hand market at a fraction of the price, and has been reprinted repeatedly, even quite recently. Draw your own conclusions.