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A Greek-English Lexicon of the New Testament and Other Early Christian Literature, 3rd Edition Hardcover – January 15, 2001

ISBN-13: 978-0226039336 ISBN-10: 0226039331 Edition: 3rd

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  • Hardcover: 1188 pages
  • Publisher: University of Chicago Press; 3rd edition (January 15, 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0226039331
  • ISBN-13: 978-0226039336
  • Product Dimensions: 10.2 x 7.9 x 2.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 5.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (59 customer reviews)
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Will influence more biblical scholarship than any one other book published in the English language in the last half century. -- Currents in Theology and Mission

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Frederick William Danker (1920-2012) was the Christ Seminary–Seminex Professor Emeritus of New Testament at the Lutheran School of Theology in Chicago, Illinois. He was editor of A Greek-English Lexicon of the New Testament and Other Early Christian Literature, among other books.


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For serious study of Biblical Greek issues, this is a wonderful tool.
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The typography alone would be worth the upgrade for someone like myself who frequently uses this volume.
David Kilpatrick
For those looking for the definitive New Testament Greek lexicon, this is it!
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62 of 64 people found the following review helpful By Kevin Woodruff on December 13, 2000
Format: Hardcover
Like the the biblical pearl of great price, the only advice I can give is,"Go sell all that you have" and get this newest edition of the venerable Bauer, Arndt, Gingrich, and Danker! This edition includes much longer definitions rather than the simple glosses that have been used by the previous two editions. The typography has been greatly improved and it makes this edition much more user-friendly. Frederick Danker is worthy of the kudoes that will be coming his way in his magisterial revision of this indispensable tool for any minister, seminarian, theological student, professor, teacher or Biblical scholar. This will be standard Greek lexicon for the next two decades. Even if you have BAGD, you'll want ot get this edition (now known as BDAG). The improvements alone are worth the purchase price.
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137 of 152 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on April 12, 2004
Format: Hardcover
Danker brings tremendous industry and learning to this new edition of what is, without question, the ultimate lexicon of New Testament Greek in English. Since so many other reviews appraise the (very great) absolute value of the 3rd edition, I feel that it's appropriate to sound a cautionary note about whether the 3rd edition really shines that much relative to the 2nd edition. (...)
In short, the 2nd edition is a monument of scholarship, a rock of scholarly solidity and clarity that has not been suddenly rendered obsolete. One's enthusiasm for shelling out for the 3rd edition is a bit dampened when you consider several issues:
(...)To conclude, there is obviously an audience who needs to have the absolute most current edition: namely, scholars who are going to follow up all the references in the bibliography, who need to have the published record (the 3rd edition) of every iota of deepened reflection reached by Danker. But the 2nd edition is not just a book now useful only to "unscholarly" readers. It was published in 1979, making use of Qumran material, etc., and it continues to offer its users a lucid and authoritative account of the NT lexicon.
I am not a NT specialist, but a Classics professor. I think my demands for quality philological information with which to read the NT are pretty high. The 2nd edition meets them to my satisfaction. I'd not be distressed to have only the 3rd edition--on the whole, its advantages outweigh its annoyances--but there is certainly not $50 worth of difference in the value of these editions.
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33 of 37 people found the following review helpful By David A. Bielby VINE VOICE on October 23, 2005
Format: Hardcover
I actually use the BDAG 3rd Edition add on in BibleWorks 7.0 along with Kittel's TDNT and Spicq's Theological Lexicon book sets. In my software I have BDAG next to Thayer's, Liddell & Scott, Louw & Nida's Semantical Domain, United Bible Societies, and Friberg's Lexicon. I use all of them every week for sermon exegesis (except for Kittel's and Spicq's). BDAG is a great lexicon, maybe not the best...as some reviewers have said. It really depends on what you are studying. Louw & Nida's Semantical domain really helps one see the range of a word in context to other words, and BDAG doesn't do that. BDAG gives one a lot of information, but if you are not a trained scholar, it's hard to understand it all. So often I end up turning to other lexicons for more information.

There is a tendency with BDAG towards gender inclusivity in some entries, so if you are concerned about that issue, you may be happy or unhappy with that depending on your position. It's more accurate than the older editions. Just know that the gender inclusive approach is controversial and a reason why this lexicon should be compared with others. I really like to compare this lexicon with the semantical domain lexicon by Louw & Nida.

Comparing this lexicon with other lexicons is super easy in the outstanding professional grade exegetical software called BibleWorks 6.0. (See my review there). With the pass of mouse, one can see all the lexicons on a word, with BDAG being just one of several. This allows constant comparison...and that's really the best way to use this lexicon in my opinion. When you do that over and over, week after week, month after month as I do, one gets the feel for this lexicon's strength.
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17 of 19 people found the following review helpful By Dr. Marc Axelrod VINE VOICE on July 24, 2006
Format: Hardcover
This is the most comprehensive Lexicon of Koine Greek available. I like how for almost every word, the lexicon gives you an extensive list of how this word is used in not only the New Testament, but in some of the Christian literature of the post New Testament era.

It gives you the tense and voice and mood of words, and whether or not a verb is used passively or actively in a given verse. This is the pinnacle textbook for those who are exegeting and parsing the New Testament.

The only caveat I have is with the price. But even at $140, this book is still essential for a richly rewarding study of the New Testament for advanced students. But if you live near a seminary library, you'd almost be farther ahead to use the copy in the reference section.

But if you live in the boonies like me, this book is something you should get. You may want to buy the CD-ROM Version, it is very intuitive and easy to use, and best of all, it is run on the proprietary Libronix Digital Library System, the fastest and most seamless software engine available.
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