Spicq's lexicon & linguistics

Eric Weiss (eweiss@acf.dhhs.gov)
Wed, 3 Apr 96 14:26:08 EST

Re: the request for info on Spicq's lexicon:

I saw Spicq's lexicon (3-volumes) a few months ago and again last week for
about $50 and almost bought it. I searched for reviews and found one by
Moises Silva, I believe (I wish I remember what journal it was in). What he
wrote made me think Spicq's wasn't something I couldn't live without, so I
decided to spend the $50 elsewhere.

On a related subject: I was talking today with the bookstore manager at the
college where I'm taking 2nd-year Greek about the value of linguistics for
interpreting the biblical text (he has had 7 years of Greek and 10 years or
so of Hebrew in addition to classes in linguistics). He said most of the
stuff out there, being lexically based and not linguistically based, and
analysing words diachronically instead of synchronically, is of little value
-- he described Kittel's TDNT as "worthless" or "useless" (I can't remember
which!). When I asked him what he does or would do with things like New
Int'l Dict of New Test Theol and Theol Wordbook of the Old Test (both of
which I have, paying $88 for the first and $40 for the second -- excellent
sale prices), he said he doesn't (and wouldn't) use them!

Any thoughts from the scholars out there about these remarks? I know David
Allan Black, who has linguistics expertise, recommends NIDNTT in his book on
using Greek in ministry.