Biblical Word Scholars and Theologians (Bible Study Primer)

Hey Y'all, I'm making preparations for my new thing (Bible Study Studio)! So, I though I would get started with some Bible Study Basics, but I'm calling it Bible Study Primer, for now. 

Most of us Bible teaching type folks base our work on the scholarly works of many a men! 

I myself often turn to their resources for aid in my daily work. Actually, two of their works sit on my study table as I write this. I would say most of my Bible work is built on the work of a few ancient scholars! Noah did not create the WOOD from which he built the ARK and we do not create the WORDS which we  write. 

Please find below, my list of eleven, almost ancient Biblical Scholars, list sourced from Truth Magazine XXII: 4, pp. 73-75 January 26, 1978.

James Strong (1822-1894) was born in New York City and graduated from Wesleyan University in 1844. He was Professor of Exegetical Theology in Drew Theological Seminary from 1868-1893. He spent ten thousand American dollars and thirty-five years of his life in methodical work on his concordance of the Bible. This concordance lists every word of the Revised Version of 1881 which differs from the KJV. It includes an appendix for the ASV. This concordance has served as a standard reference work since 1894. 

William Edwy Vine (1873–1949) Better known as W. E. Vine, was a Biblical scholar who received his education at the University College of Wales and the University of Wales. He is considered an authority on the ancient classics. He is the author of a number of familiar commentaries, but best known for his reference work entitled An Expository Dictionary of New Testament Words and Vine's Expository Dictionary of Biblical Words.

Brown-Driver-Briggs Trio included: The Reverend Francis Brown (1849 – 1916) was an American Semitic scholar born in Hanover, New Hampshire. Samuel Rolles Driver (1846 – 1914) was an English and Hebrew scholar, born in Hampshire, England. Charles Augustus Briggs (1841 – 1913), was a scholar and theologian, born in New York City The trio of Old Testament scholars–spent over twenty years researching, writing, and preparing The Brown-Driver-Briggs Hebrew and English Lexicon. Since it first appeared (1906) in the early part of the twentieth century, BDB has long been considered one of the finest Hebrew lexicons available to the English-speaking Bible student. It is a comprehensive, and comprehensively sourced, resource for studying definitions and uses of every Hebrew and Aramaic word in the Bible. It is well respected and widely used among scholars.

Joseph Henry Thayer (1828-1901) Thayer was born in Boston, Mass. and educated at Harvard and Andover Universities. He was professor of the New Testament Criticism and Interpretation of the Divinity School of Harvard University from 1884-1901. Described as the "Prince of the Lexicographers, Thayer was one of the most respected of all authorities on New Testament Greek. He served as secretary of the American Committee of Revision for the New Testament which was responsible for the American Standard Version. 

Henry George Liddell (1811-1898), a Biblical scholar, was born at Binchester in Durham. He was educated at Charterhouse and Oxford. He was the headmaster of Westminister and the dean of Oxford for 36 years. He is remembered best as the compiler, along with Robert Scott, of the Greek Lexicon which bears their names. 

Robert Scott (1811-1887), a Biblical scholar born in Devonshire, England, was Master of Balliol College. Later he was Dean of Rochester (1870). Liddell and Scott worked together to produce their Greek-English Lexicon which was published in 1843 after nine years of work. It is still considered a standard reference work in its field. Their lexicon is more useful for classical Greek.

Fenton John Anthony Hort (1828-1892) was a New Testament critic and Biblical scholar as well as a Professor at Cambridge University. He edited the Greek text which formed the basis for the English Revised Version. A fifty-seven page introduction by sets out the basic elements of the science of textual criticism. He is closely associated, with Westcott, and and with J. B. Lightfoot, the famous commentator. Some say his tendency to perfectionism, greatly derailed his ability to publish!

Archibald Thomas Robertson (1863-1934) Better known as A. T. Robertson was professor of Interpretation of the Greek New Testament at Southern Baptist Theological Seminary for nearly a half century. Robertson was an authority on the Greek New Testament, a preacher a lecturer and a writer with forty-five volumes on both popular and profound subjects to his credit. A Grammar of the Greek New Testament in the Light of Historical Research is known as one of his greatest contributions to the serious Bible student

Felix Wilbur Gingrich (1901-1993) was an American educator, scholar of Biblical Greek, and Christian layman who spent his entire career working with students at Albright College in Reading, Pennsylvania. Gingrich published many books and articles, including a definitive translation of a Greek-English lexicon of the New Testament. In 1949 a leave of absence from his duties at the college to give his full-time to the task of translating Bauer's Work. The Manuscript was finished in 1955. This Lexicon is likely, one of the most, widely used of all Lexicons


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