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Researching Biblical (NT) Koine Greek

The problem with much traditional views of biblical texts is it totally disregards both the historical society context as well as what did the Greek word mean to the readers of the day. A concordance like Strong's etc. is virtually worthless since it includes all possible meanings without any attempt to seriously look at what it actually meant to the Hebrew Christians 2000 years ago.

One of the most respected theological sources to attempt to find what the true understanding of the NT Greek is what is often referred to as the "Kittel". It's name is derived from its writer, a German named Kittel. Its real name is "The Theological Dictionary of the New Testament" This extensive resource (about 15 volumes) is considered one of the best attempts to look at both NT and other Greek literature written in biblical times to try and understand the Greek meanings. There is also a "Little Kittel" which just deals with NT Greek. It is much like a dictionary but you have to know Greek since while the narrative has been translated from German to English the word listings are in Greek. There also is another version that transliterates the Greek into English that most seminary libraries probably have.


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