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New International Dictionary of New Testament Theology: Abridged Edition
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74 of 75 people found the following review helpful
on January 15, 2007
This is not a kiddie version of the New International Dictionary of New Testament Theology (DNTT). I think in many respects, this is superior. Actually, when you consider the superior factors and then look at the price difference from the original, I think you'd find it hard to justify ever buying the four volume set.

First off, this is more well organized and easier to use. The editors of this abridged edition (DNTT-AE) noticed that while the original grouped the Greek words by English words (e.g., two, three, or more words could be grouped under an English word), there was little discussion of the similarities and differences between the Greek words grouped there. So they decided to list all words by Greek word order, not English. This makes finding the word you want a breeze. However, they've helpfully listed the other related words grouped in the original DNTT at the end of the entry for comparisons.

Second, they've included the Goodrick-Kohlenberger numbering system, which is now used in so many other NT resources. This allows those who can't read Greek to more easily benefit from this book.

Third, they retained almost all of the important stuff. They made it shorter by 1) deleting those extensive bibliographies after each entry, many of which are now dated and half of which were in German. Most pastors wouldn't use that information anyway. 2) Gone are the full length articles on specific topics that were more in the category of Systematic Theology rather than what you expect to find in a theological dictionary (e.g., articles like "Revelation in Contemporary Theology"). 3) When lengthy arguments were made for alternative interpretations, these were abridged or eliminated, instead just describing the conclusions. 4) Discussion of the use of a word in classical Greek was abridged and only the relevant information kept. 5) Duplicate discussions of the same information was intergrated to save space. Aside from that, you have everything from the DNTT but in a more organized, easy to use fashion! How did they cram four volumes into one? Well for one thing, volume four is only an index. They crammed three volumes of information into one volume by doing three things. First, they shrunk the type. My eyes are getting weak, but this smaller type is very readable for me. It's plenty big. Second, they moved from a single column to double column format. Finally, they increased the height and width of the book to make the book larger. It is a full inch taller, and about two inches deeper than the original. And it is only about as thick as volume 1 of the original set.

As a result, you are getting virtually all you need from DNTT for $23. You save money over the four volume set, which is $93 here at Amazon. You save a chunk of shelf space. You also save time reading through irrelevant classical Greek information that actually has no exegetical value in the NT (remember, they kept the information about Classical Greek that's relevant for NT interpretation), and skimming past extensive bibliographical information you'll never track down. If I didn't need the full DNTT for a project I'm working on, my set would be on eBay in no time! I own and routinely use TDNT, DNTT, the Exegetical Dictionary of the NT (EDNT), and Spicq's Theological Lexicon of the NT (TLNT). I originally got this DNTT-AE as a fluke, to look it over for a friend just getting into learning Greek. I gave him many Greek resources, but kept this one. It's more practical and user friendly than the original.

One last comment. In using all of the four standard theological dictionaries, I find that Spicq's TLNT provides superior insights to the others. I recommend it more highly than the others, but due to some problems of consistency and completeness, it is not good all by itself. Read my review of it here on Amazon. I think that this DNTT-AE and Spicq's TLNT are a super combination and may be all a pastor or educated lay person would need by way of theological dictionaries of the NT. Most pastor's that have TDNT never use it. The same could be true of DNTT, but DNTT-AE makes it easier to use, and you don't have to wade through so much like you do in TDNT. There's no wading through Spicq's TLNT either. DNTT-AE and Spicq's TLNT are a great combination.
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19 of 19 people found the following review helpful
on March 28, 2009
Of all of the bible study books I have, this inexpensive reference is far and away the best value. I like it better than my Little KittleTheological Dictionary of the New Testament, and it is about half the price. It works best with the Mounce InterlinearThe Zondervan Greek and English Interlinear New Testament (NASB/NIV), which also uses GK rather than Strong numbering. These two books are the best money you could spend for original language word study. I find them exciting.

For those who would prefer to start with English rather than Greek, the Mounce dictionary Mounce's Complete Expository Dictionary of Old and New Testament Words, is well written, compact and very useful. But it cannot equal Verbrugge's Greek based dictionary for insight and enlightenment. Choose the Greek based reference if you are at all up to it. It is not all that difficult, and well worth the extra effort.
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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful
on August 8, 2009
This book is great. It contains definitions for every Greek word in the New Testament. It also contains a lot of other information, like the word's use in Greek culture, its use in the Greek Old Testament, and most importantly, all the ways it is used in the New Testament. This is a great book for a Sunday School teacher or any studious layperson. You don't need to know Greek to use it, but you do need an exhaustive concordance or an English to Greek bible so you can determine what word to look up.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
on April 5, 2012
Overall, this is a very fine, helpful lexical/word study tool. Admitedly, there is no theological/lexical resource that matches Kittel's unabridged, multi-volume set, for degree of detail (having used it extensively while at Bible college); however, that set is quite expensive and takes up a lot bookshelf space. What this one-volume work does pretty well is summarize the most pertinent findings of the most significant Greek words in the New Testament. To its credit, it is concise and theologically conservative. It represents solid scholarship and is a worthy resource. On the negative side, the print size is quite small (understandable given the amount of data to include in one volume), and some of the conclusions regarding any given word's usages sound more like biased interpretation than raw, objective observations. Overall, though, it is a practical, helpful word study aid, and the prevailing price on Amazon was phenomenal. Recommended for busy pastors, Bible teachers and believers in general wishing to better appreciate the meaning of the New Testament.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
I would give it five stars because it is a wonderful volume, but Zondervan's glue binding for the volume I got is terrible. It was starting to separate from the get-go and now a year later it is splitting on the inner pages. I am not one to be hard on my books as I look at them as an investment, yet after a year and light usage I am re-ordering another copy hoping it will be better.
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on July 8, 2015
Greatly Improved - Good condensation and clear text! Also, instead of being organized by Subject Order like Vine's, it is now ordered by GK number coding and Original Greek word order. Though the GK number coding is actually inferior to Strong's because it is least used - it is still close enough to the Strong's that it will help you locate your word. (This limitation is recognized in that it has conversion charts for the GK to Strong's - if you don't mind thumbing through 17 pages of them in the back of the book at page 705!) Also, for those who still want a Subject Index, it can be found on page 627. Critique: Should have the Alphabetical Index in the front and this all should have used the Strong's numbering system instead of the GK! I've scanned the Alphabetical Index and put a copy in the front of the book - and will add the Strong's numbers to it if I ever get the time!) lighthors@yahoo.com
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on March 10, 2015
Was difficult at first to figure out how to use, but found out that the scriptures in the back (Scripture Index) have page numbers where you can find what page that passage is used on. The same goes for the Subject Index. It does not cover every word in the Greek language. It only covers words that have Theological significance.
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on March 26, 2015
This 'abridged' edition is a good option for the financially challenged student and pastor - ver thorough but may leave the high-level academic a little short changed.
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on March 16, 2013
Because of the variability and sheer bulk of Kittle, this is a very good summary of words and concepts at less than a half page or so, typically,
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on January 3, 2015
Just the thing for someone like me who knows some Greek but never studied in depth, it is probably my most used language tool.
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