Re: (textual theory) Jn 21:15-17

From: Carl W. Conrad (
Date: Tue Apr 21 1998 - 08:06:43 EDT

At 3:01 AM -0500 4/21/98, Michael Phillips wrote:
>At 11:18 PM 4/19/98 +0200, Rolf wrote:
>> So your example can be used to illustrate that while the Semantic domain
>>model has great advantages over the earlier Etymological model, it also has
>>certain weaknesses. It works very well with idiomatic Bible translation
>>when the target groups do not want to work with the text themselves, but
>>want a "ready to serve text". And it is very good for b-greekers when they
>>are working with the meaning of a particular word, also to consult the
>>lexicon of Louw/Nida and use their special angle of approach.
> I am unfamiliar with that lexicon (and expose, here and now, my
>ignorance). Is it on-line? If not, do you have an ISBN? Or can you point
>me to a discussion in the archives? What special angle of approach do they

Information on the two-volume Louw-Nida _Greek-English Lexicon of the New
Testament Based on Semantic Domains_ may be found on the web at:

It is a very useful work in two volumes, the first being the meat of the
work, discussions of NT Greek words in terms of the realm of meaning to
which they belong (e.g. under "Population Centers" there are articles for
POLIS in two distinct senses, KOLWNIA, KWMOPOLIS, KWMH, AGROS, and
PAREMBOLH), the second volume being a Greek index that provides ready links
to all the articles in volume 1 that discuss that word in one or another
context of meaning. In some ways this is like a thesaurus in its treatment
of words that refer to the same area of meaning but distinguishing these in
terms of how they overlap and/or how they are sharply distinguished from
one another. Although this was conceived, I believe, as an aid to those
translating the NT into foreign languages (such as Paul Zellmer, our
occasional correspondent from the Phillippines who has been conferring with
the list occasionally--he's on a team translating the NT into one of the
Philippines languages), it is a helpful reference work for people wanting
to delimit more precisely what kinds of contexts words appear in and how
words that are akin in meaning should be differentiated. Like any work
produced by human beings, there are items in it that some would question as
to accuracy (this is no less true of BAGD and LJS, including the most
recent LJS-Glare), but nevertheless many have found the sort of information
this work provides on lexicology of the NT language invaluable.

Carl W. Conrad
Department of Classics/Washington University
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