Re: old lexicons

From: Edward Hobbs (
Date: Wed Aug 27 1997 - 14:14:14 EDT

Andrew Kulikovsky writes:

> >,I have the opportunity to purchase a copy of the old Grimms lexicon. Is their
> >any reason to own it over the Thayers? Any wisdom in this decision would be
> >greatly appreciated.
> It might be of some interest to a library which wishes to have as complete
> a collection of NT Greek lexicons as possible. But as a tool, it is
> impossibly outdated. Thayer is the end of that line, and has long outlived
> its usefulness. (It was my first lexicon; I still keep my copy to remind
> myself of how far we have come in my lifetime).
> If you don't have it, buy Bauer.

Edward, were your comments above regarding Grimm's or Thayer's lexicon?


My reply:

Both (or all three!). If you examine the title-page of Thayer's Lexicon,
the story becomes somewhat apparent. Wilke's 1839/1851 lexicon (in Latin)
was revised by L.W.Grimm in 1862 (again, Greek to Latin, not German).
Thayer translated Wilke-Grimm (2nd edition, 1879) into English, in 1886,
corrected ed. in 1889.

But Thayer was already becoming out of date when it was first published--
not only the papyri, but the newer grammar and lingistics rendered it
obsolete by the end of the 19th century.

Again, buy Bauer. (If I really believed that Danker would get a revision
out [3rd. rev. ed.?] within the year, I'd say wait. But I suspect it will
be much longer than that. So buy it if you don't have it.

Edward Hobbs

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