[B-Greek] George Somsel - BDAG

George F Somsel gfsomsel at yahoo.com
Sat Nov 18 20:15:14 EST 2006

I think you'll find that BDAG lists who said what.  I.e, it tells you what authors are using words in which ways.  If you pay attention to the sources that are cited, you should not be misled by some meaning which may be later than the NT.  

Having said that, may I refer all questions regarding lexicography to Ann Nyland who happens to be an expert in this area.  Ann, you're on.

----- Original Message ----
From: Denise Parkes <deniseparkes at hotmail.com>
To: b-greek at lists.ibiblio.org
Sent: Saturday, November 18, 2006 8:10:08 PM
Subject: [B-Greek] George Somsel - BDAG

Hi George,

I am concerned that since the BDAG utilises literature from post-NT times - 
early Christian writers - in deriving it's definitions,  it may not 
therefore reflect the original meanings of some NT words.

Shouldn't a lexicon of the NT be based only on the NT and literature in use 
when it was written in 1st Century Palestine?

Also, can you tell me whether lexicons in general utilise everyday formal 
and informal writings, like court records and letters, in deriving their 

Thank you in anticipation of your help,
Denise Parkes

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