Wednesday, September 30, 2009

Danker's Concise Lexicon

The Concise Greek-English Lexicon of the New Testament

The Concise Greek-English Lexicon of the New Testament

Edited by Frederick W. Danker
University of Chicago Press, 2009
408 pages, English and Greek
ISBN: 9780226136158
Your Price: $55.00

I just received Danker's new Concise Lexicon and thought you might like to know a bit more about it.

In the preface, he says that it is not an abridgement of BDAG, although it owes much to it. It is also not a reworking of his earlier (1983) Concise Lexicon. Rather, it is a fresh work that owes a bit to many sources, including a modern Greek, a Ms. Krug, who offered insights that he found helpful (this follows nicely with the recent thread on Greek NT scholarship by modern Greeks). In fact, she is even included on the title page.

The entries are short, with a brief etymology (where known), a definition, glosses, and references for the gloss. As befitting a work of this sort, many irregular verb forms are listed, referencing the correct lexical form.

I especially liked where he stated in the preface that Greek does not exist to serve the translator and is unapologetic for coining neo-logisms where English is inadequate.

This work certainly won't replace BDAG, but it isn't intended to. At $55.00, it is more affordable for the beginning student, but I would hope that whoever purchases it would eventually/soon use BDAG also.

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