[B-Greek] RE: Trench's Synonyms

Kevin Woodruff cierpke at prodigy.net
Wed Feb 19 10:07:23 EST 2003

I'm reminded what the great English Bapist minister C.
H. Spurgeon said, "In order to be able to expound the
Scriptures, and as an aid to your pulpit studies, you
will need to be familiar with the commentators: a
glorious army, let me tell you, whose acquaintance
will be your delight and profit. Of course, you are
not such wiseacres as to think or say that you can
expound Scripture without assistance from the works of
divines and learned men who have laboured before you
in the field of exposition. If you are of that
opinion, pray remain so, for you are not worth the
trouble of conversion, and like a little coterie who
think with you, would resent the attempt as an insult
to your infallibility. It seems odd, that certain men
who talk so much of what the Holy Spirit reveals to
themselves, should think so little of what he has
revealed to others."

--- Barry Hofstetter <nebarry at earthlink.net> wrote:
> ----- Original Message -----
> From: "Carl W. Conrad" <cwconrad at artsci.wustl.edu>
> To: "'Biblical Greek'" <b-greek at lists.ibiblio.org>
> Sent: Wednesday, February 19, 2003 7:50 AM
> Subject: [B-Greek] RE: Trench's Synonyms
> > If you really think you are going to reach the
> point where you are no
> > longer "dependent on <re>sources such as
> commentaries, lexicons,etc.," I
> > can only say: "Lots of luck!" I've been working
> away at Greek for 52 years
> > now and I don't believe that I'll ever--in this
> life--feel that I can
> > dispense with major reference works in Greek.
> Different persons will have
> > different judgments about which reference works
> are most important, but I
> > have and use on a regular basis BDAG, LSJ, L&N,
> BDF, ATR's big grammar,
> > Smyth, and, to a considerably lesser extent,
> Wallace GGBB. I've never used
> > Trench, Moulton & Milligan, or some other
> resources that many deem very
> > valuable, but I cannot imagine serious work in
> ancient Greek texts without
> > access and utilization of these resources.
> I know "amen" posts are frowned upon, but I can't
> help myself -- excellent
> observations.
> Even as native speakers of English (with all due
> respect to those on the list
> for whom English is a second language, but the
> comments still apply to your
> first language) we sometimes need to consult
> dictionaries or other reference
> works.  How much more so ancient Greek, millenia
> removed from our current
> context?  I have only been doing Greek for a paltry
> 25 years.  I have gotten to
> the point where I can pick up practically any page
> of the NT and read it with
> what most people would consider a correct
> translation.  Extra-biblical
> literature requires a bit more work, however, and I
> always double check my
> readings against the appropriate reference works
> before using them in an any
> public context.
> N.E. Barry Hofstetter
> Professor of Theological and Biblical Studies
>     The Center for Urban Theological Studies,
> Philadelphia, PA
> http://home.earthlink.net/~nebarry
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Prof. Kevin W. Woodruff, M. Div., M. S. I. S.
Library Director/Reference Librarian, Professor of New Testament and Greek
Cierpke Memorial Library
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