[B-Greek] Reader's Lexicons

Jennifer & Bruce McKinnon jennifer.bruce at telus.net
Sat Oct 10 15:21:28 EDT 2009

I own hard copies of BDAG and Liddell & Scott, etc., but use Kubo's Lexicon 
for an initial quick read.  I've found it definitely worth having.
Bruce McKinnon

----- Original Message ----- 
From: "Sarah Madden" <sarah.r.madden at gmail.com>
To: "Carl Conrad" <cwconrad2 at mac.com>
Cc: <b-greek at lists.ibiblio.org>
Sent: Saturday, October 10, 2009 6:11 AM
Subject: Re: [B-Greek] Reader's Lexicons

> 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 ><>
> Maryland
> Maryland
> 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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