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Analytical Lexicon to the Greek New Testament

By by Timothy Friberg, Barbara Friberg, and Neva F. Miller

A great lexicon

I use the version of Friberg that is found on the BibleWorks software program. But comparing BibleWorks to this hardcopy edition, it looks like they are the same.

That said, I used this lexicon extensively when I was working on my Analytical-Literal Translation of the New Testament (ALT). It was always the first lexicon I would check when doing a word study. And with BibleWorks, this was very easy. Just right click on the word. But even in hardcopy, it would not be that difficult to look up the word if you know Greek.

Friberg’s lexicon gives the basic definition using one word or a short phrase, along with some sample verse references, with sometimes a partial verse included. Shades of meanings are represented by Friberg giving more than one word or phrase for the basic meaning. When a word has more than one basic meaning, these are numbered and listed individually, again with sample verse references. When a word has a literal and a common figurative meaning, these are both given.

I found Friberg’s lexicon to be very accurate. I would often do more detailed word studies by referring to several other lexicons and theological dictionaries, but often, I ended up using one of Friberg’s suggested translations. I also sometimes used both Friberg’s literal definition for the main text of the ALT and its figurative meanings for the bracketed figurative meanings in the ALT.

So I cannot recommended this lexicon highly enough. It is detailed enough for general word studies while being simple enough that one can get a grasp of the meanings(s) of a word at a glance.

Review of Analytical Lexicon to the Greek New Testament. Copyright (c) 2008 by Gary F. Zeolla.


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