Monday, March 24, 2014

"A Reader's Lexicon of the Apostolic Fathers" Review

"A Reader's Lexicon of the Apostolic Fathers," published by Kregel Academic is a really useful tool when it comes to interpreting the early church fathers. The lexicon is accurate, provides a useful range of semantic meanings, and helps the student interpret the words used 30 times and less. When used in conjunction with Michael Holmes’s third edition of the Apostolic Fathers (Baker, 2007), this becomes an indispensable resource for the student of church history (or those wanting to advance their Greek training).

Does the price make sense? I think so. It is well-bound, well laid-out, and useful. I found the words I was looking for quickly and received the gloss I needed. I think those who would be interested in this would be willing to shell out the money either way.

So is it a buy? Again, it all depends how into interpreting the apostolic fathers you are. I like it. I am glad I have it. The layout looks good and I know I am going to use it more in the future. In my mind it is an excellent source that is a must buy for all serious students of church history (and those looking to brush up on their Greek).

*Thanks to Kregel Publishing for providing a free review copy of this book in exchange for a fair review*