[B-Greek] Reader's Lexicons

Sarah Madden sarah.r.madden at gmail.com
Sat Oct 10 09:11:26 EDT 2009

Aaron et al. --

Sakae Kubo's *A Reader's Greek-English Lexicon of the New* *Testament* lists
(and defines) -- by verse -- any Greek word that occurs fewer than 50x in
the NT. In addition, any word that occurs at least 6x in a particular book
(say, Luke) is listed at the front of that book's entries in a "special
vocabulary" section.

I like to use it after I've tried to guess what the mystery word is, and
tried to look it up in a lexicon. Of course, when one's available time is an
issue, going to Kubo first does save tons of time. It's reasonably priced as
well (under $30).

Sarah ><>

On Sat, Oct 10, 2009 at 8:51 AM, Carl Conrad <cwconrad2 at mac.com> wrote:

> On Oct 10, 2009, at 8:30 AM, Aaron Marshall wrote:
> >
> > I haven't been on this list long, so this may have been discussed at
> > some point.  In the recent discussion of interlinears one of the
> > arguments in their favor was that it aided rapid reading for those
> > new to Greek, allowing them to avoid the tedium of looking up every
> > other word in their lexicon.  While I would certainly not use one
> > for in-depth exegesis of a particular passage, I have always found a
> > reader's lexicon to be helpful if I just wanted to sit down and
> > practice rapid reading, which I much prefer to the parsing and
> > translation I had to do when I took Greek in college.  Could
> > something like Sakae Kubo's Reader's Lexicon be an acceptable
> > compromise between using an interlinear and reading the Greek text
> > with only BAGD or LSJ in hand? By the end of second year Greek one
> > has the base vocabulary to use one effectively.  What say the Greek
> > masters among us?
> I think you've raised a question that will draw a variety of different
> responses, perhaps even some nuanced ones; I don't think it's a simple
> black-and-white issue. Here are some of my thoughts.
> (1) Unless you have a big desk or work surface, I hardly think it's
> possible to read with either or both BDAG and LSJ "in hand." If you
> can afford it -- and I think the investment is well worth while --
> what's really convenient is to have the Greek text, BDAG, and LSJ all
> open in an electronic version with the ease of clicking on a word in
> the Greek text and going at once to the appropriate lemma in either or
> both lexica. This way you can skim basic definitions and glosses
> quickly and return to the Greek text; I would keep a note pad and mark
> down each word you've had to look up, and if I found myself looking up
> the same word two or more times, I'd take the time to peruse the
> lexicon entry for that lemma more thoroughly and familiarize yourself
> with the spectrum of usages listed for it.
> (2) If you can't afford the above, then you might work with the Kubo
> or with one of the abridged manual lexicons like the "middle Liddell"
> or perhaps the new abridged Danker volume (which I haven't seen yet,
> but would expect to be worth the price). I'd still recommend the
> practice of noting down each word that you look up and studying in
> more detail words that you find you've looked up two or more times.
> (3) I'm not really familiar with the Sakae Kubo book, but some other
> certainly will be.
> Carl W. Conrad
> Department of Classics, Washington University (Retired)
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