Pocket Dictionary for the Study of the New Testament Greek

By Matthew DeMoss
Downers Grove, IL : InterVarsity (2001). 138 Pages.

Reviewed by Dr. Will Varner
13.1 (Spring 2002) : 114-115

 This unassuming little volume will prove to be a great help to students of the Greek NT and also to anyone engaged in serious NT study. “From ablative to zeugma, it defines the tangled terms that infest Greek textbooks, grammars and lexicons” (back cover). More specifically, the book provides concise definitions for over 1,700 terms that are used in the following areas of NT research—grammar, word study, textual criticism, exegetical method, and literary criticism. The breadth of the words defined actually demands that the title of the book should not give the impression that it is limited to the “study of New Testament Greek.” It really can serve as a miniature handbook for someone studying any aspect of the “later testament.”

DeMoss, book review editor and production manager of Bibliotheca Sacra, also includes definitions for a number of pesky Latin and German words and phrases that often cause heartache to those brought up in our post-classical educational system. He concludes with a list of definitions for the many abbreviations, expressions, and sigla we encounter, many of which are also derived from Latin (131-38).

Undoubtedly, such a work will omit some arcane word or phrase that we may occasionally encounter. Future editions may seek to add to its breadth. The volume, however, has yet to disappoint this reviewer in that regard.

Students, professors and pastors should have this little volume at hand on their desk. It will provide many an answer for that term—in Latin, German, or English—that causes us to “pause” in our study and ponder its meaning before we keep reading.