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Southwestern Journal of Theology, Fall 2003

A Greek-English Lexicon of the New Testament and Other Early Christian Literature. Third Edition.

Edited and revised by Frederick William Danker. Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 2000.
Electronic edition: Bellingham, WA: Logos Research Systems, 2002, $125.

The Logos digital form of the University of Chicago third English edition of BDAG takes a significant step forward in making this excellent reference available and usable. Powerful pop-up features via the cursor are impressive. When one moves the cursor over an abbreviation, a pop-up box appears with the complete word, phrase, or title. In addition, the Bible or Apocrypha text appears in a pop-up window when one puts the cursor over a text reference—appearing in one’s translation of choice or in the original language.

Integrating BDAG with a collection such as the Scholar’s Library gives additional functionality. Whenever BDAG cites historical writings by Philo or Josephus, the pop-up window shows the English translation of the cited text. Double clicking on any English word in the text automatically links to its definition from Merriam-Webster’s Collegiate Dictionary, 10th Edition. Double clicking on a Hebrew or Greek word in its lemma (lexical) form links to its main entry in the Enhanced Brown-Driver-Briggs Hebrew and English Lexicon or BDAG.

Advantages of this electronic version over the printed version are exciting. The reference contains three fields: (1) extended definition, (2) formal equivalent (similar to a gloss), and (3) translation equivalent. One can search the entire BDAG for all of the uses of a word or limit the search to one or more of the above fields. Since the electronic BDAG is built on the Libronix Digital Library System (LDLS) its wealth of Greek knowledge is readily searchable along with all other volumes one has from Logos or third-party publishers using the Logos Library System or LDLS. So, one can access BDAG by a hot-link from a word in any English or Greek Bible text published by Logos just by right clicking on a word in the text. It can also be accessed by a simple (or complex) direct search.

This writer highly recommends one spending the extra cost of adding BDAG to the Scholar’s Library. This combination will enhance an already valuable resource.

James R. Wicker
Associate Professor of New Testament
Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary

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