Academic journal article Journal of the Evangelical Theological Society

The Book Study Concordance of the Greek New Testament

Academic journal article Journal of the Evangelical Theological Society

The Book Study Concordance of the Greek New Testament

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The Book Study Concordance of the Greek New Testament. By Andreas Köstenberger and Raymond Bouchoc. Nashville: Broadman & Holman, 2003, viii + 1528 pp., $59.00.

Release of a variety of uniquely helpful study tools in recent years has facilitated work on the Greek NT. To their number Andreas Köstenberger and Raymond Bouchoc have added this compilation of Greek concordances for each book of the NT. The Book Study Concordance does not replace conventional concordances, such as the Konkordanz zum Novum Testamentum Graece or The Exhaustive Concordance to the Greek New Testament, but rather plays a complementary role, filling a niche by offering a clearer view of each NT book's vocabulary.

There are, however, a number of minor adjustments that could make this good tool even better. The designation "total word count" may be confusing to some, for this refers not to the total number of words in the book but rather the total vocabulary for the book. Romans, for example, is given a "total word count" of 1060, but many commentators refer to the total number of words in a book when doing statistics, and, for Romans, that number is 7,111. The addition of a true "total word count" would be helpful. While crunching numbers, why not give percentages following the vocabulary count, number of words occurring at least 10 times, and number of words occurring once? For example, the percentage of vocabulary to total words for Romans is about 15% and the number of words occurring once is at about 8%. …

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