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Vine's Complete Expository Dictionary of Old and New Testament Words: With Topical Index (Word Study) Hardcover – August 26, 1996
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1. You do NOT need Greek knowledge to use this book. It is that simple and arranged that way, using KJV of the Bible as the main text.
2. It explains KJV word in an original Greek in context. It provides the meaning of the word in a proper context of Greek background. For example: In English Bible, there is only one word for "love" but in NT Greek, there are four (two being used the mostly). Therefore VCED fills the gap between English Bible and Greek NT nicely and effectively.
3. It provides the definition of a word (KJV word) more accurately than the English dictionary because it uses Greek use of the word. For example: The word, "godliness (1Tim. 2:2)" in Merriam Webster Collegiate Dictionary is defined as "1: Divine 2: pious, devout -" but in VCED, it defines it as " 'to be devout,' denotes that piety which characterized by a Godward attitude, does that which is well-pleasing to Him." It provides fuller meaning of the word by explaining how the word is used in the NT.
4. It can be used with Strong's Exhaustive Concordance. Every word is numbered with Strong's number so you can use it more efficiently.
5. This edition includes OT Dictionary as well. Although not written by Vine himself, it still is helpful, but is not as complete as Vine's NT.
6. This edition is clear in typeset (modernized). Previous editions were bad to read because of its old typeset.Read more ›
As you become more comfortable with examining the meanings of the original Hebrew or Greek words, you may find yourself wanting more, and so there are other, more in-depth dictionaries available. But this is quite accessible and an excellent starting point. Vine's is also fairly denomination-neutral, being careful not to expound too much on opinion, but sticking to the business of objectively defining the word.
If you're looking for an expository dictionary and don't have one, this is the place to start.
I use Vine's everytime that I do research. It is a good resource and full of information. But I must caution those who intend to use this book w/out any knowledge of Greek, that you will have to put forth some effort into this book. At times there are words that come across, such as "passive use, middle intensive, conditional clause", which will only make sense if the reader understands Greek. I know of an English teacher who has a hard time w/ Greek...mainly because, for example, an infinitive in Greek is not the same as an infinitive in English. So understand that the labeling of words in Vine's is from a Greek standpoint.....not English.
In my studies I have discovered that many times Vine's is unable to ascertain the meaning/definition of the use of a word. It's use to me that is it has logically grouped words together, and summarizes (at best) the usage of the words in the New Testament. In my corresponding research w/ Kittel's and Colin Brown, I have found the groupings of Vine's to be somewhat consistent.
When I need a quick look at a word, I always go to Vine's. If I need in-depth study, I pull my other books out.
This book will be a huge benefit for anyone who serious studies the New Testament. I believe that those who do casual study will not gain the full use of this book.
For those who are looking for in-depth insight and knowledge into the use of Greek words and language will not find much benefit from this book. Those who do want to see the "richness" of the original text will need to embark on a life-long study of New Testament Greek.
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An essential, authoritative tool for serious bible study and increased understanding, Kindle format makes it even more accessible (search facility)Published 9 days ago by Amazon Customer
This books does not really give plain and simple definitions...more like a reference book, then a dictionary.Published 17 days ago by Ms. Jazzi
I have used this publication for years. Just wanted to be able to now access it from my tab instead of hauling out the whole book when i am using it for researhPublished 18 days ago by CH
Helpful for serious Bible study to understand words in original context.Published 19 days ago by Bonnie Hanson
If you want to gain any insight into the New Testament from the standpoint of the original Greek, you will not get it from Vine's. Read morePublished 21 days ago by R Clark
I like to meditate on Scripture before going to bed and this works equally as well. To mediate on a word and to learn it's meaning. Read morePublished 1 month ago by J.H.