Believing that a fresh study of synonyms is long overdue, Dr. Custer has utilized new sources of material in order to help pastors and students “determine the limits within which certain synonyms are equivalent and outside of which they are not.” Each word starts with its lexical definition as found in Arndt and Gingrich and amplified when necessary by distinctions given in Liddell, Scott and Thayer. The words are then traced through classical Greek, the papyri, the Septuagint, the New Testament, and occasionally through the writings of the apostolic fathers. A brief summary is given at the end of each chapter and an index of Greek words appears at the back of the book. Custer places the Greek words in two categories: Substantives and Verbs. Under the former is a list of words such as Burden, Good, Remembrance, Soul, Trickery, and Word. Under the latter are phrases like I Anoint, I Complete, I Send, and I Watch.
Stewart Custer received a B.A. and M.A. in Bible and a Ph.D. in Greek text from Bob Jones University. He began teaching at BJU in 1955 as a graduate assistant in Greek. Besides teaching Biblical Theology, Methods of Bible Exposition, and advanced Greek courses at BJU, Custer was the director of the university’s planetarium and produced programs for public viewing. He was chairman of the Division of Bible and editor of Biblical Viewpoint, the journal of BJU’s School of Religion, until his retirement. Dr. Custer has been in demand as an expository preacher, visiting many churches to present a series of expositions on a single book of Scripture or to speak on specific topics such as the fallacies of evolution or the inspiration of the Bible. He currently serves as the pastor of Trinity Bible Church in Greer, SC.