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Theological Dictionary of the New Testament (10 Vols)


The Theological Dictionary of the New Testament in 10 volumes by Gerhard Kittel & Gerhard Friedrich, translated into the English by Geoffrey Bromiley, is considered the standard Greek dictionary for Greek Bible study. Here’s my take, which should surprise nobody: it is the Best of Class when it comes to Greek dictionaries. I recommend you read my DDT Comprehensive Review for more information about the content of the module. This particular review is about how the module itself works with theWord Bible Software.


TDNT10 is designed to beautifully work with theWord. Let’s take a look at a few of the benefits of this theWord module. All of my following comments will be based on the entry for “justifed” found at Rom 3:24. I used the KJV English Bible module and the TRa Greek Bible module - both free with theWord.


Take a look at the screen shot (those screen shots expland when you put your mouse on them). I’ve highlighted 3 areas (“A”, “B”, and “C”) for short discussion.


First, take a note of the slider (“A”). Notice how small it is? That means this particular article is loooong. How long, you ask? How about 25,000+ words!


Second, notice the topic tree (“B”). There are multiple items of interest I’d like to point out about this section. First, notice that the main roots are at the top. Yet also notice that each of those individual words has its own subentries below. How that practically functions is that this is one loooong article, but each entry is “clickable.” So by clicking any of those words in the root family, you can go straight to the proper paragraph. Nice. In our example, when I clicked on dikaioumenoi in the TRa module, it took me not only to the correct root stem, but right to the correct word (notice how it is shaded in gray). Nicer nicer! Oh, but get this, non-Greek users! If I click on the word “justified” in the KJV module, it takes me right to the same paragrapha (only the “G1344” subentry is selected). Nicest! Nicest! Nicest! If you need me to spell that out, no Greek is necessary to look up definitions using the TDNT10 for theWord!!


Third, the real world book page entries are very subtly noted in every article. Check out “C” and screen shot 2. This is important for two reasons. First, if you are writing an academic paper, this allows you to provide for easy citations in your work, because you know both volume and page number. But secondly, it allows you to reference other people’s footnotes.


Let me explain that. Let’s say you’re reading a work by Aloiscius Jones called Greek Widgets in the World of the Bible (if you can’t tell, I made that up). He makes a cool comment that you’ve never thought about before, and the only citation he makes to it is “see Kittel, Vol 8, page 275.” What? No word entry? How do I find that using theWord’s version? There are no digital page numbers!! Wait a minute: yes there are. And you can look it up! Using a book search window, simply type this in “v8 p275” and then search the TDNT10 topic content. Want to guess how many entries it will find? Just one. And from there, one click takes you straight to that content.


This module works just like I would expect a Greek dictionary to work with good Bible study software, and it has the added benefit of print-and-paper page numbers. I absolutely love this work.


This is simply a summarized review of the Theological Dictionary of the New Testament (10 Vols) as formatted for theWord, a free Bible software program. To see an in depth review of the contents of TDNT10, go to my comprehensive review here.


This TW summary review is by Dr. David S. Thomason. Copyright 2023. All rights reserved.

DDT TW Rating


Best of Class