[B-Greek] Thayer's Lexicon for Logos

Carl Conrad cwconrad2 at mac.com
Fri Oct 2 07:23:26 EDT 2009

Here's another item of some ἀμφισβητῆσις: Logos software  
announced this week that it is preparing an electronic version of the  
1889 edition of Thayer's Lexicon. Some (I won't name names) have  
heralded this. My own sense is that buttered toast has been around  
longer than Thayer's Lexicon and that is because it remains relevant  
to our daily existence. I was wondering whether I was all alone in  
this feeling when, lo and behold, Mark Hoffman has a blog entry  
questioning the move:
We've had this discussion on the utility of this old classic before; I  
don't really want to start it all over again. But I would echo MGVH's  
advice: "If asked, I guess I would tell my students that it is helpful  
if used judiciously, but they would be better off saving up their  
money to get BDAG or the Exegetical Dictionary of the NT."

Carl W. Conrad
Department of Classics, Washington University (Retired)

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