[B-Greek] BDAG vs. TDNT (abridged)

Clayton Javurek javurek at asu.edu
Fri Feb 21 16:19:51 EST 2003

Clayton Javurek
E-MAIL: javurek at asu.edu

Use the 1 volume TDNT for the following:
1. Diachronic analysis - history of the word thru time
2. Theological exposition - how this word theologically related to its own
   and the meaning of other words which express the same idea

Use BDAG for the following:
1. Translation of a passage
2. Precise definition of a word in its particular context

Overall, BDAG is better for precise exegetical meaning of a word in its
TDNT is better for getting at the broader meaning of a word throughout the

-----Original Message-----
From: McCarthy, Brian S. UTRC [mailto:McCartBS at UTRCCT.res.utc.com]
Sent: Friday, February 21, 2003 12:38 PM
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Subject: [B-Greek] BDAG vs. TDNT (abridged)

I'm wondering what are the pros and cons of the abridged one-volume TDNT
versus BDAG?

I've never heard anyone comparing them directly.  Does this indicate that
they're not "competitors", but different sorts of things, used for different

When would you use one as opposed to the other?

Are there other works in the same or similar categories that would
supplement or replace either one, especially perhaps coming from a more
conservative/evangelical/Reformed theological, uh, "bias"?

Brian McCarthy
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