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Numismatics and Greek Lexicography


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List of Figures List of Tables Acknowledgements List of Abbreviations Part One: Chapter 1: Introduction Chapter 2: The History of Coinage Chapter 3: The Study of Coinage Chapter 4: Critical Issues in the Appeal to Coinage Part Two: Chapter 5: Filos Chapter 6: Karpoforos Chapter 7: Neokoros Chapter 8: Thoes, Eleutheria, Eirini Kai Asfaleia, Kaveiros Chapter 9: Charaktir Chapter 10: Ktistis Chapter 11: Vasileus Vasileon Conclusion Bibliography Index of Modern Authors Index of Scripture References and Other Ancient Sources

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Considers the value of incorporating numismatics in Greek lexicography, drawing specific outcomes for the study of the New Testament through carefully selected case studies.

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Michael P. Theophilos is Associate Professor of Biblical Studies and Ancient Languages in the Faculty of Theology and Philosophy at the Australian Catholic University, Australia.


Significant ground-breaking books such as this are rare and the importance of this book cannot be overstated. It is clear, detailed, and correct in pointing out an unquestionable deficiency in New Testament lexicography making it an excellent book for anyone interested in biblical Greek. * Reading Religion *
The methodological discussion has the potential to help shape the future of Greek lexicography and, especially, the tools upon which students and scholars rely. Theophilos's study is sure to leave an impression on the field. Scholars of the New Testament and early Christianity are in his debt. * Journal of Language, Culture, and Religion *
'Theophilos' invaluable, original and innovative research breaks new ground methodologically in bringing together the usually disparate specialties of numismatics, lexicography and New Testament studies. All three areas will substantially benefit from this scholarly, robust and up to date critical appraisal and the subsequent series of case studies. It is highly recommended for numismatists and Neutestamentler, and will extend lexicographers beyond their usual recourse to papyrology and epigraphy. * Alanna Nobbs, Macquarie University, Australia *
In this eloquent volume, the author equips his reader to appreciate and to understand two long established and technical fields of study: numismatics and lexicography. New Testament scholars are encouraged to recognise not only the significant contribution that coin inscriptions can make to lexicography, but also how such insights into the Greek language might illuminate New Testament Texts. Theophilos combines a sophisticated approach with critical rigor and lucid accessibility. * Mary Marshall, Oxford University, UK *
This book is an invaluable contribution to the field of New Testament vocabulary studies and lexicography, a "must read" for novices and specialists alike. It eruditely and amply exemplifies the shortcomings in our lexicons and translations, all of which combine to hinder our full understanding. Essential for improving this state of affairs is a focus on the wealth of non-literary evidence for the contemporary language, most of it not yet properly explored. Coins have been the most neglected; Theophilos remedies this gap, makes exciting a subject that at first sight might appear dry and inaccessible, and leads the way forward with further discoveries. * Anne Thompson, Cambridge University, the Cambridge Greek Lexicon Project, UK *

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