[B-Greek] Critical Commentaries

Carl W. Conrad cwconrad at artsci.wustl.edu
Sat Feb 22 20:26:00 EST 2003

Date: Sat, 22 Feb 2003 14:38:00 -0500
Forwarded for "Bill W. Rodgers" <billfred at erols.com>

Subject: Re: [B-Greek] Critical Commentaries

Jim:  I could not agree more than with Carl.  I always consult "Word
Pictures" when I am reading any other NT commentary.  And Lightfoot is a
gold mine of information.  The big grammar of Robertson is also a must have.


Carl W. Conrad wrote:
> At 10:25 AM -0500 2/22/03, Jim West wrote:
>>At 09:14 AM 2/22/03 -0600, you wrote:
>>>Question: Is there any significant difference between the critical
>>>commentaries over the last two hundred years? What I mean by this - is
>>>Bloomfield, Robertson, Lightfoot, Alford, McKnight, and Expositors STILL
>>>going to be reliable sources. I understand the new discoveries and studies,
>>>but will these sources still be considered reliable?
>>in my nearly always humble (!) view- the works of alford on the linguistic
>>and grammatical side of things re the nt are invaluable.  i make constant
>>use of them.  sure, scholarship evolves- but what alford contributes is
>>really something valuable and permanent.  luther said once that if you were
>>going to write something- write it- set it on a shelf and wait nine years-
>>if it was still important- then publish it.  alford could have set his stuff
>>on the shelf for 100 years and it still would have been worthy of
> Actually, I think it was the Roman poet Horace rather than Luther he said
> that, but it's good advice even if its 1500 years earlier.
> I would add Robertson to this; I think that his _Word Pictures_ is always
> worth checking and also that his big grammar will continue to be invaluable
> for a long time to come. This does not mean, of course, that any particular
> judgment he offers on any particular item is "the last word" (let's not
> leave ourselves open to that!) but in my opinion (at least as humble as
> Jim's!), Robertson's knowledge and wisdom with respect to Koine Greek has
> probably not since his passing nor is likely any time soon to be matched or
> surpassed. I know that I'm still learning from him.


Carl W. Conrad
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