Tuesday, April 27, 2021

The Cambridge Greek Lexicon (1) - Envy

EDIT: I got the name wrong! I called it initially the Cambridge Classical Lexicon, it is the Cambridge Greek Lexicon.

Many of us will have pricked up our ears when the news broke this month that the Cambridge Greek Lexicon is finally out. For many long years this project has been in the making, and I remember going to a day-conference in the Classics faculty on the topic when I was still a student.

So today I left a Covid-restricted Tyndale House early and cycled to the Cambridge University Press shop in the centre of town. The momentous nature of this new publication is not lost on the shop as they have devoted one of their window displays to both recent Greek publications, the Grammar and the Lexicon.

I am always impressed by the wide variety of books on display in this shop 😊

Clearly this lexicon is not for the faint-hearted as it is quite heavy. It may therefore well be that pound-for-pound this is not an expensive purchase; I got a lot of weight for my £51.99 (discount for University members).

 Anyway, in the coming days I will post a series of observations and random thoughts on this new lexicon solely and unashamedly from the standpoint of a student of the New Testament (I know, I am setting myself up for a fall by saying ‘in the coming days’).

I guess that you will have picked up the sole purpose of this post by now, to induce pure envy, nothing less.


  1. Your aim is succeeding, Dirk!

  2. I've been waiting for the CUP shop to open so I could get a copy. Bice to see that they are open again.

  3. I was expecting a review of the lexicon using entries for words meaning "envy" as a case study.

  4. Alexander Thomson4/27/2021 6:44 pm

    What says the entry for "harpagmos"?

    1. Alexander Thomson4/28/2021 7:12 pm

      Any kind person willing/able to share the entry for "harpagmos", please?

    2. I have heard that it is not included, although I have not looked at it myself.

    3. No entry for ἁρπαγμός (volume I, p.221). But there are short ones for ἅρπαγμα and ἁρπάγιμος ; and a good one for ἁρπαγή (p.220).

  5. In February it was still $40 US pre-pub price on bookdepository.com in the UK, and had been as low as $38, including shipping.

  6. Alexander Thomson4/28/2021 7:17 pm

    The pricing at amazon.co.uk is confusing : there is supposedly a new copy for £53, but the buying options are between £55 and £60.