- Hardcover: 560 pages
- Publisher: Zondervan; 1st edition (April 9, 1993)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0310542103
- ISBN-13: 978-0310542100
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The Analytical Lexicon to the Greek New Testament Hardcover – March 27, 1993
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The Analytical Lexicon to the Greek New Testament was created to aid in the study of the Greek New Testament, using sophisticated computer resources to ensure an accurate, helpful, and in-depth analysis of the word forms that make up the New Testament. Its combination of features sets it apart from all previously published analytical lexicons: - Based on the UBS 3d edition (revised). - Includes both accepted and variant readings - Consistent with today's standard Greek lexicons - Gives the frequency of each inflected form, verse references for forms that occur only once - Includes Goodrick-Kohlenberger numbers for all words - Includes principal parts for all verbs - Contains a grammatical section with a discussion of paradigms and explanations as to why paradigms are formed as they are Most significantly, The Analytical Lexicon to the Greek New Testament is keyed to the author's Morphology of Biblical Greek, which explains in detail why some Greek words follow certain patterns and other Greek words follow seemingly very different patterns. The Analytical Lexicon to the Greek New Testament is more than a tool for quick reference---it provides the Greek student or scholar with an index to another body of literature.
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"Who should not use this volume? 1) A first-year Greek student. The only way to learn the language is to struggle. If you use this volume instead of learning the basic paradigms, you are cheating yourself and most likely will never develop a true facility in the language. 2) Those who know a little Greek. This can be very dangerous, because a cursory exposure to Greek cannot convey the complexity and beauty of the language." (page ix)
Since both conditions applied to me then, I was alarmed, regretted I had ever bought the book and wondered if I should ask someone to keep the book away from me until after I had completed basic Greek. I'm glad some calm was restored and I decided to ignore the dire warning for the book did me no harm. I'm not sure to whom exactly the warning is directed but how could anyone with a genuine interest in learning Greek use this book to avoid learning the paradigms? Besides, I think this dictionary is of little use anyway to beginners as they wouldn't be reading the Greek New Testament.
But once you start to read (or at least attempt to read, for the two are really very different) the New Testament, this lexicon becomes hugely useful. Unlike a normal dictionary where only lexical terms can be found, you can find any word in the New Testament in here, nicely parsed and linked to its lexical form.
However, the usefulness of this lexicon is somewhat reduced if you own a UBS Reader's Edition, which also parses many verbs for you, though not all. But the UBS Reader's Edition does not do any parsing for other word groups and, of course, there is no alphabetically arranged order. You may also find yourself turning to, if you have it (and you must), Trenchard's Complete Vocabulary Guide more frequently if you need to find the meaning of a word as its cognate list will link the word you are looking for to other words with the same root. I also find that this analytical lexicon has a tendency to give meanings of words that are rather harder to use in translation as opposed to Trenchard's definitions. Perhaps Mounce is aiming for greater accuracy. But these two books do tend to somewhat limit the use of this dictionary. Still, in the long run, you will be glad you have purchased this lexicon. To me, the lexicon is an essential buy.
It is very east to use. You find he Greek word using an interlinear Bible (you can find interlinears for free online or using a website such as blueletterbible) Then look up the word in the lexicon. By the word you will find the root word or the lexical form. Find the root word and there you have it, all the possible meanings of the word.
It is inexpensive compared with another recommended lexicon.
I have only had this for a few weeks.