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A Patristic Greek Lexicon

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A Patristic Greek Lexicon represents the final result of a project begun in 1906 under the auspices of the Central Society for Sacred Study when H. B. Swete was Warden and Regis Professor of Divinity at Cambridge. Lampe and his editorial team worked concurrently as Henry Stewart Jones was in the midst of editing the 9th edition of A Greek-English Lexicon. Because LSJ intentionally excluded all post-Biblical Christian authors from its scope, Lampe’s A Patristic Greek Lexicon has since become the essential reference for the study of the vocabulary of many Church Fathers.

The design of the patristic lexicon is presented as a companion or supplement to LSJ. Words that are well attested in the general lexicon and otherwise of less interest for the readers of patristic literature do not receive discussion. Similarly, in order to make space for more vocabulary and lexicographic discussion, common usage of some words is left to LSJ and A Patristic Greek Lexicon only provides analysis of unusual or unique senses for the patristic authors. Thus the editors assume that the user of A Patristic Greek Lexicon will have LSJ, also, at their side. Traditionally in the print edition this has been difficult and cumbersome, but in the digital edition for Logos Bible Software, this process becomes simple and efficient.

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  • Coverage of several pre-Christian works, such as the Testaments of the Twelve Patriarchs, the Confession of Asenath, and the Psalms of Solomon
  • Occasionally goes beyond lexicography to provide context for important historical doctrines that hinge of particular theological terminology
  • Includes many common words without theological import because of their use in typological or allegorical discussion
  • Those articles that trace theological ideas are organized around theological categories rather than grammatical usage

Top Highlights

“glory, i.e. dazzling splendour which is in OT and NT peculiar attribute of Godhead and manifestation of divine presence” (Page 380)

“3. Son being image, reflection, or lustre of Father’s glory” (Page 380)

G. W. H. Lampe was a British theologian and Anglican priest who dedicated his life to theological teaching and research. He was Edward Cadbury Professor of Theology at the University of Birmingham from 1953 to 1960.


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  1. rupert Froschauer
  2. Rev. Paul L. Vasquez
    FINALLY, a functional electronic version of Lampe. I’ve been going off scans that can either OCR Greek or English, but not both (and not accurately for either).
  3. Kevin Clarke, Ph.D.
    I have found this to be an indispensable resource for translating texts in the patristics era, as it serves as something of a supplement to the "Great Scott," going over and beyond by tracing the subtleties of the patristic development of language throughout the centuries. Bid and share.
  4. M. Fred Haltom

    M. Fred Haltom


    I've used Lampe's lexicon for years and have found only minimal help in it beyond BDAG. But I consider it a must have item in a Greek professor's library.