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Jonathan Wass
01-25-2006, 02:52 PM
I was wondering if anyone would be willing to explain how they have used Perseus in Bible study and explain any of the features that would be useful for Bible study.

Thanks

Michael Hanel
01-25-2006, 04:14 PM
I was wondering if anyone would be willing to explain how they have used Perseus in Bible study and explain any of the features that would be useful for Bible study.

Thanks

It is not really helpful for Bible study per se. It is helpful for comparative literature reasons. In other words, it can be helpful for looking up how words are used in other bodies of classical literature. You have access to the Liddell-Scott lexicon. You can access the Symth classical grammar which being old still is fairly standard in scholarship. You can access the Vulgate and click on words to get their morphologies if you're big into Latin. In other words, Perseus is not really a Bible study site, but it can be used to increase your knowledge of the Greek language and grammar and maybe even just some of the thought world of ancient times.

The bigger question may be why is that YOU ask. What do you use it for and what do you want to use it for?

Jonathan Wass
01-25-2006, 04:47 PM
Originally Posted by Michael Hanel
The bigger question may be why is that YOU ask. What do you use it for and what do you want to use it for?



Typically I have used Loeb's Library for word studies using BDAG and Kittel. I appreciate being able to see the context of words used within BDAG. Eventually I will no longer have access to Loeb's Library (since it is housed in the school I am attending) and I was wondering if Perseus is a resource that could take its place.

I have noticed that much of Perseus' resources are not contained in Loeb's Library and vice verse. I also am not a "scholar" of what all of the documents and contents of the Perseus website. I guess I am asking what kinds of study Perseus would be useful for.

Michael Hanel
01-25-2006, 04:58 PM
Here is a link to the the material that Perseus hosts http://www.perseus.tufts.edu/hopper/collection.jsp?collection=Perseus:collection:Greco-Roman

If what you want to do is track down words or citations from BDAG or Kittel you can do this via Perseus rather easily as long as Perseus has the source. Perseus is not housing the Loeb Classical Library online. However, they do have many of the older Loebs online. They do not have every single Greek (or Roman author), but they do have many of the major ones. This would not replace a university/seminary library, but it can help ease the pain if you move far away from one. Generally if you're looking something up from BDAG or Kittel they will give you a line or book reference to the Greek work. All you would do is follow this up through Perseus. If you're looking for every Greek work written, you'd have to move away from Perseus and start eyeing the TLG (http://www.tlg.uci.edu/) but now you're talking big time money. :)