A Greek-English Lexicon of the New Testament and Other Early Christian Literature, Hardback Book

A Greek-English Lexicon of the New Testament and Other Early Christian Literature Hardback

Edited by Walter Bauer

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Described as an "invaluable reference work" (Classical Philology) and "a tool indispensable for the study of early Christian literature" (Religious Studies Review) in its previous edition, this new updated American edition of Walter Bauer's Worterbuch zu den Schriften des Neuen Testaments builds on its predecessor's staggering deposit of extraordinary erudition relating to Greek literature from all periods.

Including entries for many more words, the new edition also lists more than 25,000 additional references to classical, intertestamental, Early Christian, and modern literature.

In this edition, Frederick W. Danker's broad knowledge of Greco-Roman literature, as well as papyri and epigraphs, provides a more panoramic view of the world of Jesus and the New Testament.

Danker has also introduced a more consistent mode of reference citation, and has provided a composite list of abbreviations to facilitate easy access to this wealth of information.

Perhaps the single most important lexical innovation of Danker's edition is its inclusion of extended definitions for Greek terms. For instance, a key meaning of "episkopos" was defined in the second American edition as overseer; Danker defines it as "one who has the responsibility of safeguarding or seeing to it that something is done in the correct way, guardian." Such extended definitions give a fuller sense of the word in question, which will help avoid both anachronisms and confusion among users of the lexicon who may not be native speakers of English.

Danker's edition of Bauer's Worterbuch will be an indispensable guide for Biblical and classical scholars, ministers, seminarians, and translators.


  • Format: Hardback
  • Pages: 1188 pages, Ill.
  • Publisher: The University of Chicago Press
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  • Category: Language: reference & general
  • ISBN: 9780226039336


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Self designated as BDAG, this edition is more liberal than the older moderate BAGD. It's attempt at semantic domains still does not match Louw & Nida.

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A Lexicon Fit for Years of StudyThis lexicon is invaluable for doing Greek word studies. As a layman struggling to teach myself Greek, I find it a great place from which to launch my Greek word studies. It contains more than 15,000 references to classical, intertestamental, early Christian and modern literature.This edition contains more elaborate definitions of Greek terms than other lexicons I have seen. The benefit of these, to me, is that it helps give me a fuller sense of the word being studied and helps me to avoid anachronisms.There is no doubt in my mind that this is the lexicon for serious Greek students.