Compact Greek-English Lexicon of the New Testament

edited by Mark A. House

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Retail: $24.95
Size: 5 x 7.375 inches
Binding: Hardcover
Pages: 192
Pub Date: 2008
ISBN: 9781598563252
ISBN-13: 9781598563252
Item Number: 563252
Categories: Language and Reference; Pastoral Helps

Product Description

This handy dictionary is a revision and expansion of Alexander Souter’s A Pocket Lexicon of the Greek New Testament. Long a favorite among biblical scholars, Souter’s Pocket Lexicon offers concise yet clear English definitions and helpful grammatical information on every Greek word used in the New Testament.

Compact Greek-English Lexicon of the New Testament includes full and insightful definitions, especially of frequent “little words” (articles, prepositions, etc.), as well as many biblical references. Word definitions are placed first and set off in italics for quick reference. It was written after recent papyrus discoveries, which is important for the most up-to-date definitions.

• Numbering of complex definitions
• New entries covering words from recently discovered texts
• Noun genders
• Adjective endings
• More detailed parts-of-speech labeling
• Listing irregular verb forms


"This is a thoroughly updated version of a handy resource first composed by Alexander Souter and published in 1916. Editor Mark House has made a number of additions and corrections and updated the translations, yet this remains the highly portable and useful tool it has been for nearly a century. Each Greek word is succinctly assigned its English equivalent or equivalencies, often with an illustrative reference to a particular New Testament text or a grammatical note. The size, reasonable price, and helpful, reliable content make this perfect for a student of the NT to carry to class or library without having to weigh down a backpack with a heavy lexicon.”
The Bible Today

“For decades of the 20th century, Scottish theological students knew and used a trilogy of' works by Alexander Souter, Professor of Humanity at the University of Aberdeen ('humanity' is a term that originated in the Renaissance and has been used to describe the Latin department of Scottish universities). These works were Souter's edition or the Greek New Testament, Novum Testamentum Graece, his discussion on The Text and Canon of the New Testament, and A Pocket Lexicon of the Greek New Testament. Souter was a very able classicist, who also produced some notable scholars. . . .
I have used Souter's Lexicon ever since student days, and always considered it the best of the smaller Greek lexicons. Now it comes out with some editorial revision both in regard to current style (eg; , Arabic numeral, not Roman) and of the entries themselves. In the main, Souter’s definitions have been preserved, but irregular forms such as futures and aorists have been inserted. The changes increase its usefulness and it will continue to serve students well. Souter’s memory lives on in his apt definition of the meaning of words in the Greek New Testament, definitions that are sometimes better than much those in much larger lexicons.”
Reformed Theological Review

"A last comment: the positives and exemplary scholarship of this book are certainly to be commended. Every serious New Testament Greek scholar should have a copy in his or her library."
Review of Biblical Literature

"The whole book is elegantly designed and clearly printed, all helping to enhance the ease of its use. The introduction gives an excellent explanation of the dictionary and its history and construction. For a surprisingly comprehensive, nicely produced hardback in a handy almost pocket size, its price of £13.99 ($24.95) seems a pretty good bargain. This will be an essential companion to any student or scholar studying the Greek New Testament, and certainly belongs in any library which supports them."
Reference Reviews

“Mark House's Compact Greek-English Lexicon is based on Alexander Souter's A Pocket Lexicon to the Greek New Testament (1916). Souter's Pocket Lexicon was a resource created for both theological students and clergy to have a convenient and accessible tool at a reasonable price. It incorporated new knowledge from Greek papyri discoveries in Egypt in Hellenistic Greek that brought fresh light on words and phrases used in the Greek NT. Thus he provided, from his studies, the range of meanings of Greek NT words without cluttering the text with detailed explanations. This volume enhances Souter's work with 11 different features. These include: revised definitions consistent with modern English; new Greek word entries arising from textual discoveries; addition of analysed forms of more than one thousand irregular verbs and some unusual words; and addition, for nouns, of definite articles plus genitive word endings to show gender and declension patterns. There is a preface and an abbreviations list. Greek word entries are distinguished by bold type, definitions are in italics and comments use normal type. The font size enables readers to distinguish the breathings. Certain words have scriptural references but not all (this is a compact lexicon). . . This clearly presented hardback lexicon is slim enough to carry around with a Greek NT.”
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Editor Bio

Mark A. House (PhD, Fuller Theological Seminary) is Professor of Biblical Studies at New Geneva Theological Seminary in Colorado Springs, Colorado, and the Director of the Online Greek Program at Reformed Theological Seminary, Virtual. He is the editor of Analytical Lexicon of New Testament Greek: Revised and Updated (2012) as well as The Compact Greek-English Lexicon of the New Testament (2008).

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