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The Dictionary of Classical Hebrew. I. Aleph. Revised Edition

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The Dictionary of Classical Hebrew Revised (DCHR) is a complete revision, with over 100,000 improvements, of the original Dictionary of Classical Hebrew (1993–2016).



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The Dictionary of Classical Hebrew Revised (DCHR ) is a complete revision, with over 100,000 improvements, of the original Dictionary of Classical Hebrew (1993 —2016).

It contains 6,300 Hebrew words not in the standard lexicon of BDB, and refers to many newly published texts, including 540 Dead Sea Scrolls and 4,000 ancient Hebrew inscriptions. New features include: a notation of 3,700 byforms (words with the same meaning and similar form) identified for the first time; 700 verbal nouns (nouns derived from a verb) with their own articles (not previously shown in Hebrew lexica), 330 denominative verbs (verbs derived from a noun), and the semantic field to which every word belongs (a totally new feature for Hebrew dictionaries).

Data on synonyms have been greatly expanded, and loanwords from other languages included. Articles on personal names show (for the first time) all short forms, long forms, and alternative forms of the name, bibliographies have been updated and expanded, and 35,000 emendations of biblical texts noted. Every occurrence of each word in Classical Hebrew is noted.

All the subjects and objects of verbs are listed, and the verbs used with each noun, as well as all nouns used in a construct (genitive) relation with another noun. As with DCH, every Hebrew word in the Dictionary (except for the sections on synonyms) is followed immediately by an English translation, so that the Dictionary can be easily understood by a person with little or no Hebrew. When completed, DCHR will be 5 million words in length (equivalent to 50 standard-size books), 25% longer than DCH, and 4 times the length of BDB and HALOT.

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  1. Anja Klein, Expository Times.

    It was especially two features that proved ground-breaking for the new dictionary project [The Dictionary of Classical Hebrew]. First, the editors based the dictionary on all known Hebrew texts, covering the Hebrew Bible, Ben Sirach, the Qumran materials, and Hebrew inscriptions. Secondly, it relied on modern linguistics, and in a synchronic approach set out to study every occurrence of each word in its context. Now … the first volume of the revised edition, The Dictionary of Classical Hebrew Revised, has appeared and gives an idea about how the project has developed …
    While an electronic version of the DCHR would be a valuable addition and appreciated by many, there is something to be said about the printed version that visually displays the abundance of Classical Hebrew and adds an exciting and valuable reference tool for the field.

  2. Christo van der Merwe, Journal of Northwest Semitic Languages.

    [T]he exhaustiveness of the word list (including many new words and/or proposed emendations), its clearly structured system of bibliographical information about the lemmas in the word list, its treatment of byforms, synonyms, verbal nouns, denominative verbs, the variants of personal names, its inclusion of semantic fields, and its statistics on the lexical stock of the various corpora, are unsurpassed in CH [Classical Hebrew] lexicography. Christo van der Merwe, Journal of Northwest Semitic Languages.

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David J.A. Clines
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