Re: AGAPH and Lexical Resources

From: Kevin W. Woodruff (
Date: Tue Feb 17 1998 - 14:29:38 EST

Dear Clayton:

I would include NIDNTT and Moulton and Milliganas "must-haves" as well. TDNT
is plagued by what D. A. Carson calls the "root-meaning fallacy," but for
sheer depth you can't really beat it. I own all of them but I kee[ reaching
for my beloved Colin Brown over and over again.

At 10:07 AM 2/17/98 +0000, you wrote:
>In trying to answer Paul Zellmer's question on the use of AGAPH in Jude 12, I
>decided to check all of my lexical resources. This little exercise took about
>an hour. I had to look in the following: BAGD, LSJ, Louw & Nida, Thayer, Lust,
>TDNT, NIDNTT, EDNT, Spicq, Cremer, Mult. & Milligan. I did not look in
>Cunliffe or Pring because I new better.
>I have performed similar exercises before and have reached some tentative
>conclusions that might be useful to those still acquiring their library.
>The compiling of lexical resources is primarily a process of plagiarizing
>previous works.
>No one except a professor of NT needs to own all of these books.
>If you want to get 99% of the useful information on Koine Greek lexica
>purchase three works: BAGD, LSJ, and Louw & Nida. You can live without the
>rest of them with little noticeable loss.
>I hope this saves some of you students some $$$.
>I am also certain that someone on this list will take exception to what I have
>stated above.
>Clayton Stirling Bartholomew
>Three Tree Point
>P.O. Box 255 Seahurst WA 98062

Kevin W. Woodruff, M.Div.
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