Greek Lexicon priorities?

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Dominick Sela | Forum Activity | Posted: Wed, Jan 19 2011 7:04 AM

Now that Thayer's Lexicon is out, if you purchased it, have you changed your priority of Greek Lexicons? I know many have BDAG, LEH LXX, BAGD, LSJ/Liddell.  What is your list of Greek lexicon priorities now and where does Thayer fit in?

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Bill Cook | Forum Activity | Replied: Wed, Jan 19 2011 8:11 AM

I have Thayers near the top.

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nicky crane | Forum Activity | Replied: Wed, Jan 19 2011 8:17 AM

I've put thayer at the top and am impressed.

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Eric Weiss | Forum Activity | Replied: Wed, Jan 19 2011 8:31 AM

nicky crane:

I've put thayer at the top and am impressed.

Why does or would a person prefer Thayer's to BDAG? And can Thayer's be trusted where it might disagree with BDAG or give different word meanings than BDAG, since Thayer was written before the discoveries of the papyri and the understanding of Koinê Greek they provided?

 

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Steven L. Spencer | Forum Activity | Replied: Wed, Jan 19 2011 8:47 AM

For the reason Nicky gave, Thayer's was out-of-date as soon as it was published. BDAG is the most well respected lexicon amongst the vast majority of biblical scholars. It's great!

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Bill Cook | Forum Activity | Replied: Wed, Jan 19 2011 8:47 AM

I am still saving up to afford BDAG. Smile

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Steven L. Spencer | Forum Activity | Replied: Wed, Jan 19 2011 8:48 AM

oops, for the reason Eric gave. Sorry, Nicky

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Jonathan Burke | Forum Activity | Replied: Wed, Jan 19 2011 9:59 AM

Thayer is a luxury of nostalgia  as far as I'm concerned. I need my lexicons to be authoritative and up to date.

* BDAG

* TDNT

* LSJ

* EDNT

* TLNT

* ANLEX

* DBL

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nicky crane | Forum Activity | Replied: Wed, Jan 19 2011 12:26 PM

I'm still impressed with thayers, and the price is right!  

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Pastor Michael Huffman | Forum Activity | Replied: Wed, Jan 19 2011 12:53 PM

Thayers, I am sorry to say, is a waste of money if you own BDAG. I used Thayers in seminary and the BDAG by far is the best, but I understand expense too.

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mab | Forum Activity | Replied: Thu, Jan 20 2011 6:49 AM

It would be nice if Logos would get a couple of vintage lexicons into the works: Abbott-Smith and Cremer. The former is succinct where BDAG might be a bit much, the latter was the Kittel of its day.

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Denise | Forum Activity | Replied: Thu, Jan 20 2011 7:17 AM

I think the older lexicons are great, when you're trying to understand the logic in the older commentaries. Detective work.


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Eric Weiss | Forum Activity | Replied: Thu, Jan 20 2011 11:36 AM

Abbott-Smith is nice for the Hebrew equivalents, and it benefits from the papyri studies.

However, Danker of BDAG last year published a concise lexicon, which, while derived from BDAG, is also informed with some more current studies; I have a hardcover version I carry to church. That might be nice for Logos to offer for those who don't have the $150 or whatever for BDAG. I think it may only have NT words, though, vs. BDAG which I think includes vocabulary from other early Christian writings.

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