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About the Author
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.
Top Customer Reviews
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.
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.Read more ›
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.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Probably the best Lexicon available. I did not buy a new one as the cost was very high.This used one was in pretty decent shape for less than $100. Read morePublished 18 days ago by D. Robert Pike
This is the standard text for a reason. the 4th edition is much needed, although the typeset selection is slightly obnoxious for people used to the SBL font. Read morePublished 28 days ago by Alexander T. Johnson
I bought this as a gift for someone who loves to learn Greek and was very excited to use it.
I had to exchange the first copy I purchased, but I was happy with the end... Read more
Great book, very comprehensive and straight forward. A must for any pastor or teacher of the Bible.Published 2 months ago by Joshua Collins
This is an excellent example of the bookmaker's art. The book is large but sturdy with good thickness to the page so there's no "bleed-thru. Read morePublished 3 months ago by RevDrDon
This lexicon is arguably the best out there for the serious bible student, scholar and theologian! That said, one wonders whether the lexicon is a lexicon or many lexicons in one... Read morePublished 5 months ago by JJ
A standard reference tool for serious study of the Greek New Testament.Published 6 months ago by Andrew A. Carr