[B-Greek] Reader's Lexicons

Mark Lightman lightmanmark at yahoo.com
Sun Oct 11 21:27:09 EDT 2009

<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? >
Indeed, it could, but have not Reader's Editions made these
Reader's Lexicons obsolete?  The advantage of not needing to 
have ANY second book in hand, no matter how convenient, cannot be
overstated.  And remember, Zondervan's RGNT, unlike an interlinear,
a translation, or UBS Reader's Edition, does NOT just
supply one word glosses, but gives you several meanings, taken
from Trenchard's book.  Why would anyone buy Kubo or that new version of
the Reader's Lexicon instead of a Reader's Edition?  If you are going to
cheat, cheat with the best.

Mark L



--- On Sat, 10/10/09, Aaron Marshall <greekmeister1 at hotmail.com> wrote:

From: Aaron Marshall <greekmeister1 at hotmail.com>
Subject: [B-Greek] Reader's Lexicons
To: b-greek at lists.ibiblio.org
Date: Saturday, October 10, 2009, 6:30 AM

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?

Aaron Marshall

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