[B-Greek] George Somsel - BDAG

Carl W. Conrad cwconrad at artsci.wustl.edu
Sun Nov 19 12:43:09 EST 2006

One really ought to look at an entry in BDAG to get an idea of how it  
is organized; it will indicate the earliest extant instance of its  
usage and it will clearly indicate the meanings, as it puts it, "in  
our literature" -- i.e. the New Testament and Early Christian  

On Nov 19, 2006, at 12:00 PM, Webb wrote:

> Curtis Hinson wrote: "I have the understanding that any
> extant bit of Greek text, whether formal, informal, or scrawled on a
> bathroom wall, is fair game for understanding the context and semantic
> range of the word."
> This is true. One should keep in mind, however, that BDAG is a  
> dictionary of
> a specific literary corpus, and does not attempt, more than  
> incidentally, to
> make use of non-literary sources. The latest edition of BDAG mentions
> Moulton-Milligan, Vocabulary of the Greek New Testament from Non- 
> Literary
> Sources, in its Foreward, but I recommend regularly cross-checking  
> words
> with M-M to get a feel for the impression that the average non-Jewish,
> non-Christian person on the street might have formed upon hearing a  
> given
> word.
> Webb Mealy
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Carl W. Conrad
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