[B-Greek] George Somsel - BDAG

Steve Westfall steve.westfall at comcast.net
Sat Nov 18 22:42:13 EST 2006


It should be pointed out that BDAG is NOT a lexicon of the NT alone.  It is
a lexicon of early Christian literature.  The full title of the work is:

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

That's the corpus of literature that it covers.

Steve Westfall

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[mailto:b-greek-bounces at lists.ibiblio.org] On Behalf Of Denise Parkes
Sent: Saturday, November 18, 2006 7:10 PM
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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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