This book has strong Hebrew roots which is bad. The book opens with an arrogant statement from Merril F Unger. This person basically says if you do not know Hebrew then you can not have the beautiful deep meaning of Gods word.
As if God can not bring his word to the English as perfect as it is in the Hebrew tongue.
If we managed to construct a time machine, grab Moses and show him our efforts of that deep understanding I think we would be up for some rebuke.
If you read Matthews bible this book is of virtually no use.
If you are well acquainted with English then this book is useless.
Hebrew was recreated in the 19th century so a deep understanding from Hebrew is a poor way of looking at it. If your learning Greek or Hebrew then yes I might recommend this but if you are not doing that then all you need is google or dictionary.com.
If your learning Greek then you are better off with a book that teaches you the language.
Sorry to give this book this bad review but truly it is useless, it is way to basic.
On April 9, 2011, a woman named Julie gave this version of Vine's Expository Dictionary a single star rating. Her Review Summary line reads: "Warning ~ THIS IS NOT THE ORIGINAL VINES." Julie then gave her reasons for believing the content of this version of Vine's Dictionary had been tampered with. Julie based her suspicion on a word-study she did on the word "SOZO, saved" (Strong's #4982). She wrote that an online version of Vine's Dictionary included the following definition of SOZO: "to keep safe & sound, to rescue from danger or destruction. To save a suffering one from perishing from disease. To make well, to heal. To restore to health." Yet, when she searched for this definition in the Vine's Dictionary she purchased from CBD, she couldn't find it.
Julie then wrote: "After doing a little research I found out that the original Vines had not been copyrighted. I looked in the Vines I had purchased and found it had been copyrighted in 1996. Apparently those who republished [sic] it took liberty upon themselves to remove part of the original meaning & then to [sic] copyright it. Who knows how many other things they have changed. I would not recommend [sic] this dictionary to anyone."
Unfortunately for Julie, she was mistaken. The definition of SOZO she had read online was not from Vine's Dictionary. Instead, it was an outline written by the authors of the website she was reading (www.blueletterbible.org) on how the various New Testament authors used the word SOZO.
Vine's Expository Dictionary is such a great resource for Bible students, I couldn't let Julie's mistake influence someone's consideration to purchase it.