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A Greek-English Lexicon of the New Testament and Other Early Christian Literature, 3rd Edition

A Greek-English Lexicon of the New Testament and Other Early Christian Literature, 3rd Edition
Author: Walter Bauer
ISBN 13: 9780226039336
ISBN 10: 226039331
Edition: 3rd
Publisher: University of Chicago Press
Publication Date: 2001-01-15
Format: Hardcover
Pages: 1188
List Price: $165.00

Described as an "invaluable reference work" (Classical Philology) and "a tool indispensable for the study of early Christian literature" (Religious Studies Review) in its previous edition, this new updated American edition of Walter Bauer's Wörterbuch zu den Schriften des Neuen Testaments builds on its predecessor's staggering deposit of extraordinary erudition relating to Greek literature from all periods. Including entries for many more words, the new edition also lists more than 25,000 additional references to classical, intertestamental, Early Christian, and modern literature.

In this edition, Frederick W. Danker's broad knowledge of Greco-Roman literature, as well as papyri and epigraphs, provides a more panoramic view of the world of Jesus and the New Testament. Danker has also introduced a more consistent mode of reference citation, and has provided a composite list of abbreviations to facilitate easy access to this wealth of information.

Perhaps the single most important lexical innovation of Danker's edition is its inclusion of extended definitions for Greek terms. For instance, a key meaning of "episkopos" was defined in the second American edition as overseer; Danker defines it as "one who has the responsibility of safeguarding or seeing to it that something is done in the correct way, guardian." Such extended definitions give a fuller sense of the word in question, which will help avoid both anachronisms and confusion among users of the lexicon who may not be native speakers of English.

Danker's edition of Bauer's Wörterbuch will be an indispensable guide for Biblical and classical scholars, ministers, seminarians, and translators.


The first English translation of Walter Bauer's terbuch . . ./> in 1957 was based on the fourth edition of the German, and the second, in 1979, based on the fifth German edition. Here Danker (New Testament, Lutheran School of Theology, Chicago) draws on the sixth German edition and the two previous English editions, as well as his own broad knowledge of Greco-Roman literature, papyri, and epigraphs. He has extended the definitions for the Greek terms to help readers and translators avoid anachronisms, and to lessen confusion for readers who may not be native English speakers. The dictionary goes only from Greek to English, not vice versa. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)