About the Biblical Lexicography Section

The Biblical Lexicography Section is part of the Society of Biblical Literature, and aims to bring together those working on lexicography. Its discussions seek to bring the theoretical to bear on the practical tasks of dictionary making.

As well as being a forum for exchange and encouragement between lexicographers, the section aims to publish from time to time its proceedings. Some have been published in the Perspectives on Syriac Linguistics series at Gorgias Press, which is now known as the Perspectives on Lingusitics and Ancient Langauges (PLAL) series.


The section has two co-chairs, and a small committee. Currently the co-chairs are Dr Anne Thompson (Cambridge) and Prof Erik Eynikel (Regensburg).


The biographies of some of those involved in the section are below:

Erik Eynikel: professor of Biblical Languages at the University of Regensburg and adjunct professor in residence at the University of Dallas. He published on a variety of Biblical Topics; for BibLex is most relevant: co-author of J. Lust, E. Eynikel and K. Hauspie, A Greek-English Lexicon of the Septuagint, 2nd rev. edition, Stuttgart: Deutsche Bibelgesellschaft, 2003.

James Aitken: author of Semantics of Blessing and Cursing in Ancient Hebrew (Louvain, 2007) and editor of the Demetrios Database of Septuagint Greek, engages in both Hebrew and Greek lexicography. He has been attending SBL since 2000. He is currently employed as the Academic Director of the Centre for the Study of Jewish--Christian Relations in Cambridge.

Regine Hunziker-Rodewald: Professor of Old Testament studies in Strasbourg, France. She engages in the etymological update of the abridged and revised version of Hebräisches und aramäisches Lexikon zum Alten Testament, has been a member of the Steering Committee of the SBL Biblical Lexicography section since 2004, and is in charge of groupe de recherches et d'études sémitiques anciennes (GRESA).

John A. L. Lee: (born NSW, Australia 1942) gained his BA (Hons I in Greek, Hons I and Medal in Hebrew) at the University of Sydney in 1966, before proceeding to Pembroke College, Cambridge, where his PhD was awarded in 1970. In 1973 he was appointed to a Lectureship in the Department of Greek (later Classics) at the University of Sydney, where he taught Classical and Koine Greek until his retirement in 2001. Since 2002 he has held the honorary position of Senior Research Fellow at Macquarie University, Sydney, attached to the Department of Ancient History, and has continued to be active in research and attendance at conferences. For the years 2003--05 he was co-chair of the Biblical Lexicography Section of SBL. In 2005 he was elected Fellow of the Australian Academy of the Humanities. His special interest has been Greek language, and within it lexicography, throughout his academic career, and he has published extensively on lexicographical topics. His major works are: A Lexical Study of the Septuagint Version of the Pentateuch (Scholars Press, 1983), A History of New Testament Lexicography (New York: Peter Lang, 2003). He is currently working on an edition and study of the Complutensian NT lexicon of 1514.
Contact: Department of Ancient History, Macquarie University, Sydney 2109, Australia. Email: lee120@ozemail.com.au