[B-Greek] Lexicographer reviews one: Danker on Muraoka

Carl Conrad cwconrad2 at mac.com
Tue Apr 13 15:12:00 EDT 2010

On Apr 13, 2010, at 2:44 PM, Mark Lightman wrote:
> I know no one asked me, but can I give a quick
> 90 second sermonette on why Greek Lexicons are
> basically a waste of time and money?
> There are two kinds of Greek words, common ones
> and rare ones.  If a word is common, you can figure out
> what it means by reading it again and again.  If a word
> is really common, like DE or KAI or hO you don't even
> have to do very much reading to figure out what it means.
> If a word is rare, no one knows what it means anyway, so
> your guess is as good as anyone's.

Neither the assertion nor the inference is true. I think it
depends considerably on who "anyone" is.

> The dirty little secret of NT Greek lexigraphy is that
> there is not a dime's worth of difference between 
> Bauer and Thayer. 

This is not true either.

> I suspect this applies to Muraoka
> and LEH.

It is probably true that Mark suspects it applies. That does not make it true.

If all one wants is a glossary, I'd go for Barclay Newman.

> --- On Tue, 4/13/10, Michael Aubrey <mga318 at yahoo.com> wrote:
> From: Michael Aubrey <mga318 at yahoo.com>
> Subject: Re: [B-Greek] Lexicographer reviews one: Danker on Muraoka
> To: "Carl Conrad" <cwconrad2 at mac.com>, "B-Greek" <b-greek at lists.ibiblio.org>
> Date: Tuesday, April 13, 2010, 10:48 AM
> Another review of Muraoka has appeared within just a few days from Bryn Mawr Classical Review:
> http://bmcr.brynmawr.edu/2010/2010-04-20.html
> This particular one isn't quite as gentle as Danker's.
> ________________________________
> From: Carl Conrad <cwconrad2 at mac.com>
> To: B-Greek <b-greek at lists.ibiblio.org>
> Sent: Sat, April 10, 2010 2:09:18 PM
> Subject: [B-Greek] Lexicographer reviews one: Danker on Muraoka
> Muraoka's revised _A Greek-English Lexicon of the Septuagint_ was published in 2009 and noted first here in a message from Louis Sorenson:
> http://lists.ibiblio.org/pipermail/b-greek/2009-June/049384.html
> I noted John Hobbins' enthusiastic review of it:
> http://lists.ibiblio.org/pipermail/b-greek/2009-July/049944.html
> Now Fred Danker has reviewed it in SBL's Review of Biblical Literature; some B-Greekers might find particularly interesting one major lexicographer's take on
> the work of another:
> http://www.bookreviews.org/bookdetail.asp?TitleId=7273
> PDF download: http://www.bookreviews.org/pdf/7273_7915.pdf
> Carl W. Conrad
> Department of Classics, Washington University (Retired)

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

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