I recently purchased and receive a copy of A Greek-English Lexicon of the New Testament and other Early Christian Literature, 3rd edition (BDAG). It is sufficiently different from the 2nd edition that (1) I will start using BDAG rather than BADG to prepare Greek notes and (2) will slowly go back and revise Greek notes done up until now so that they refer to BDAG. Since I have prepared and posted 52 sets of Greek notes so far this process will take time.
When I first started preparing and posting Hebrew and later Greek notes along with lectionary readings and then making them link to each other I did not concern myself with being precise. By which I mean if a lection was (to make up an example) 1 Samuel 5:1-2, 10-14 then I simply posted Hebrew notes for 1 Samuel 5 and let it go at that. There might be another lection 1 Samuel 5:15-20 and so long as 1 Samuel 5 included 1-2, 10-14 and 15-20 then both Lections posts would link to 1 Samuel 5.
I have decided to start being more precise. At the very least label links so they list only the specific verses for the lectionary reading. So if the reading is for 1 Samuel 5:1-2, 10-14 and the Hebrew notes cover 1 Samuel 5:1-20… the link will say “1 Samuel 5:1-2, 10-14“.
I am considering whether to start splitting up Hebrew/Greek notes so they cover only the verses for each lectionary reading. This has pros and cons. Pros = Someone wants Hebrew/Greek notes for a particular lection so they get notes only for the verses included in that lection. Cons = This could make Hebrew/Greek notes more complicated. So instead of one set of notes for 1 Samuel 5 there would be two (to make up an example): 1 Samuel 5:1-2, 10-14 and 1 Samuel 5:15-20. It also “obscures” how a given passage or chapter is used on different days in the Christian calendar. It would be interesting to compare how 2nd Sunday of Advent (B) uses one part of Psalm 85 and 8th Sunday after Pentecost (B) uses another part.
Since I have already posted hundreds of Lections and Hebrew/Greek notes I will (1) start making these changes going forward and (2) will go back and make changes slowly and gradually.
I would be interested in what the handful of dear visitors think.
I am still looking for ways to improve this website so it is more useful for clergy and laity alike. I have started adding links to the Lectionary posts to that they link to the previous day or Sunday and to the next day or Sunday in the Christian calendar. That will make it easier for visitors who ask “what is the next set of readings?” or “what was the previous set of readings?”
< Link to previous set of readings
> Link to next set of readings
One thing that has bothered me until now is wondering how people can quickly look up what are the lectionary readings for a given Sunday? Sure there are Lections posts, along with Hebrew notes and Greek notes, but nothing so far that says, “These are the readings for this week”. I have now added a Revised Common Lectionary feed which links to the Revised Common Lectionary website by Vanderbilt Divinity Library.