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Theological Dictionary of the New Testament: Abridged in One Volume Hardcover – Abridged, July 10, 1985
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Regarding the Nazi affiliation of its editor and some of its authors, we are all a mixed bag. Do we refuse to listen to music conducted by Herbert von Karajan because he was a Nazi, or of Strauss because he was a womanizer? As James Sveda said on a "Record Shelf" program on NPR years ago on this subject, "Perhaps the last word on this subject was said by a carpenter who lived two thousand years ago, 'Judge not, lest you yourselves be judged.'"
This is a wonderful resource, especially for those lacking the expertise (or the $$) to tackle the full 10-volume work.
The outline of the book is easy to follow. Kittel looks at every major usage of the Greek word from its cultural setting to its biblical usage. While I concur that sometimes Kittel's theology is not orthodox, his background history of the Greek word and its root usage is worth the price of the book. True New Testament Greek students will still enjoy diving into the Greek text yourself without seeing Kittel's word studies but it is helpful to see how he compares to your own exegesis.
The lack of any Strong's numbers or actual greek-text index detracts from this otherwise valuable resource. Besides that, it is a gold mine of exegetical insight.
I used it some during seminary and even after that in my personal Bible studies, but more so when I started working on my Analytical-Literal Translation of the New Testament: Third Edition (ALT). However, I probably turn to Colin Brown's 4 volume New International Dictionary of New Testament Theology (4 Volume Set) more than I do this "little Kittle." I probably am influenced by my seminary professors in this regard as they seemed to prefer Brown over Kittle.
The arrangement of this volume is by Greek words, but with the letters transliterated into English letters. For each entry, the main English word is given first in bold, then in brackets is a one word definition, followed by related words with the same format.
Then the main article begins with a discussion of the use of the word(s) in classical literature. Then there's a discussion of the usages of the word(s) in the LXX translation of the Hebrew OT, often indicating what Hebrew word the LXX was translating, the usage in latter Judaism is given, then is the discussion of the usage on the NT, followed by the usage in the Apostolic Fathers.Read more ›
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A vital part of any library that belongs to a serious bible student.Published 4 months ago by Linda S. Allard
A very valuable reference for anyone desiring to remake Christianity with the writings of a convicted war-criminal and Nazi theologian. Read morePublished 5 months ago by Bill P
This set was written by Gerhard Kittel - a NAZI THEOLOGIAN who was TRIED and COVICTED of War Crimes. Read morePublished 9 months ago by Nicholas J Thalasinos
This book escapes the difficult usage of the full set. Puts you on the right path for word study to use other resources as well. A preacher's gem. English index!Published 13 months ago by Larry Packard