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Thursday, February 27, 2014

New Reader’s Lexicon of the Greek New Testament—Chris Keith

Kregel Publications sent out a mass email earlier that notified recipients of A New Reader's Lexicon of the Greek New Testament.  I was intrigued by this because Sakae Kubo's Reader's Greek-English Lexicon was/is one of my favorite Greek tools.  I was particularly fond of it in seminary.  It looked like the new version was an update.  Then I saw my colleague Steve Walton post on its virtues here.  Finally, I got my hands on my own copy and I'm happy to recommend it to any readers of the Jesus Blog who are able to read the Greek New Testament.  How I've managed to miss this resource since its publication in 2008 is a mystery, and I'm embarrassed, but I'm glad to be late to the party rather than not arrive at all.  What's great about it, and different from Kubo, is that it uses the updated (3d ed.) BDAG definitions throughout and, even better, includes computer-generated statistics next to the words that indicates quickly (1) how many times a word appears in the NT book you're reading at the time, (2) how many times it appears in all works traditionally attributed to that author, and (3) how many times it appears in the NT.  The stats take NA27/UBS 4 as their baseline Greek text.

UPDATE:  Alban Books, the UK distributor of this volume, is offering a discount to readers of the Jesus Blog.  If you put in code ABJB0314 at checkout, you can receive a 25% discount and free postage until March 31!  Just click here.


  1. One of the things I've most enjoyed about Bible software is being delivered from ever having to page through a lexicon. Click on the word you need and presto, there you are looking at Bauer or LSJ or Louw-Nida or whatever you can afford. (The downside of the software era in biblical studies is that between them, Logos and Accordance are going to bankrupt me.)

    1. I tend to be the opposite. I think the software becomes a crutch. At least for me personally, it helps my memory of the vocab to go through the process of looking it up.

  2. Kregel also put this darling out:

  3. Thanks Chris. You can find out more about the book and order on our website here: