Book Reviews -- By: Anonymous

Journal: Journal of the Evangelical Theological Society
Volume: JETS 22:3 (Sep 1979)
Article: Book Reviews
Author: Anonymous

Book Reviews

A Critical Concordance to the Letter of Paul to the Romans: The Computer Bible, Vol. 13. By A. Q. Morton, S. Michaelson ano J. David Thompson. J. Arthur Baird and David Noel Freedman, eds. Wooster, Ohio: Biblical Research Associates, Box 3182, The College of Wooster, 1977, x + 337 pp., $21.00 softcover.

This is the first volume in the Computer Bible series to employ computer-generated Greek script, a vast improvement over previous transliteration schemes. It is to be hoped that technology such as this will yet provide us with breathing marks and accents in the future. The ten pages of introduction by Thompson provide a good explanation of how the concordance might be put to profitable use alongside the Biblical text of Romans itself. Yet the concordance is more than just a reference tool in that the key-word-in-context format allows for a wide variety of syntactical, linguistic and grammatical studies. Further, phrase identification is made much easier and the NT vocabulary is likely to receive greater attention in matters of philological detail that bear on style and authorship. Each lemma is printed as a separate entry above the occurrence(s) of that same grammatical form as a key-word-in-context. The number of occurrences is given adjacent to each lemma.

Six categories are included. The standard forward key-word-in-context concordance lists occurrences of every word of text under its respective lemma. Occurrences are arranged alphabetically based on the word immediately following the key word and not just in text sequence—thus the idea of “forward.” The reverse concordance lists key words alphabetically from right to left, with a view to possibly gaining insight into morphological habits of the author and their meanings (if any). A reverse index and word count is included for similar purposes. The forward index and word count may likewise serve to identify verbal habits, while the word frequency list and frequency profile table can be studied to yield valuable statistics about word use and style that are more scientific than casual impressions about a writer’s language. Naturally all of these various detailed observations of Paul’s vocabulary in Romans that might be made with the aid of this significant volume will be relative to other such studies and statistics of other epistles in the Pauline corpus. Therefore we can eagerly await the completion of more excellent research tools such as this.

Paul Elbert
Christ College, Irvine, CA 92715

Scripture, Tradition and Interpretation: Essays Presented to Everett F. Harrison by His Students and Colleagues in Honor of His Seventy-Fifth Birthday. Edited by W. Ward Gasque and William Sanford LaSor. Grand Rapids: Eerdmans, 1978, x + 331 pp.

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