I frequently refer to Vine's as I seek a better understanding of God's Word. In His wisdom, He ordained that this great blessing was written first in Hebrew and Greek. It is a fact that several different words in these original languages are often translated by only one word in English. Greek is particularly known as a language in which shades of meaning are rendered by different words for which there are no direct English equivalents. Being able to find the meaning of a key word in Greek has often given me a new and richer understanding of many seemingly familiar passages. I would far rather use a concise book than trying to wade through multiple internet entries. I did give Vine's 4 stars because it is not always possible to determine the original language's word in the passage I'm studying. For this I use an interlinear Hebrew and Greek Bible which has the literal English translation below the original language. (The words are also keyed to Strong's Concordance, as is Vine's, another very useful feature.) I am grateful that these reference works are available to us. My Vine's is an indispensable aid to my Bible study.
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.