Notes about the electronic version of the TDNT

The TDNT entries combine many forms of a word (usually from the same root) in a single topic. For example, for the entry for agathós (αγαθός) the topic contains definitions also for agathoergéō/αγαθοεργέω [to do good], agathopoiéō/αγαθοποιέω [to do good], agathopiós/αγαθοπιός [doer of good], agathopoiía/αγαθοποιία [doing good], agathōsýnē/αγαθωσύνη [goodness], philágathos/φιλάγαθος [lover of goodness], aphilágathos/αφιλάγαθος [despiser of the good].

In order to keep the subject of each entry small, it was chosen to only use the first word of the topic (e.g. agathós) as the subject of the whole dictionary entry. But in order for all of the words that are discussed in the topic to be ‘searchable’ from other places, they have been added to the internal index of the module. For example, in Lk 6:9 (NA27) there is the word γαθοποισαι, whose root word (lemma) is αγαθοποιέω. If you click on this word in the Bible view you will notice that the TDNT dictionary will jump to the entry for agathós-αγαθός since the word αγαθοποιέω exists in the internal index of the module. Moreover, if you right-click on this word in the Bible view and you select from the popup menu Lookup->Lookup “Lemma: αγαθοποιέω” in… you will notice that there is an entry for the TDNT-> agathós-αγαθός.

The Strong numbers that have been added at the topics do not exist in the TDNT itself and only represent (in most cases) the first of the words discussed in each topic; as such, they are quite limited in scope and they should not be considered complete.

 

Transliteration

All Greek words in the TDNT are transliterated. In this electronic version, the words of each topic have been converted to Greek using the transliteration mapping that is used by the TDNT. This allows all ‘lookup’ functionality of theWord to work properly and be able to identify the proper entries in the TDNT. For example, if you go to Strong/Mickelson entry G3004 (λέγω) and right click on this word, you will see that in the menu Lookup “λέγω” in… there is the entry for TDNT->légō/λέγω.

 

How to perform a word lookup from a Greek text that does not contain any ‘Lemma’ information

At this moment, the only Greek New Testament module that comes with Lemma information within is the NA27. For other modules (like the TR or WHNU) that do not contain this information, looking up a word includes one more step.
For example to lookup the word
εγένετο in Lk 6:6 you can:

-       right click on the word in the Bible view and select Lookup->Lookup “Strong: 1096” in->Mickelson(G1096) – notice that we use here the Strong number to identify the Strong entry in the Mickelson/Strong dictionary. Alternatively, you can just click on the Strong number.

-       A Book view will display the entry for the G1096 Strong number, showing the root word γίνομαι: right click on this word and from the Lookup menu you will see the TDNT entry of γίνομαι.