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The Dictionary of Classical Hebrew, I
Edited by David J.A. Clines
The Dictionary of Classical Hebrew is a completely new and innovative dictionary.
Unlike previous dictionaries, which have been dictionaries of biblical Hebrew, it is the first dictionary of the classical Hebrew language to cover not only the biblical texts but also Ben Sira, the Dead Sea Scrolls and the Hebrew inscriptions.
This Dictionary covers the period from the earliest times to 200 CE. It lists and analyses every occurrence of each Hebrew word that occurs in texts of that period, with an English translation of every Hebrew word and phrase cited.
Among its special features are: a list of the non-biblical texts cited (especially the Dead Sea Scrolls), a word frequency index for each letter of the alphabet, a substantial bibliography (from Volume 2 onward) and an English–Hebrew index in each volume.
See also The Concise Dictionary of Classical Hebrew, a one-volume version of The Dictionary of Classical Hebrew.
David J.A. Clines is Professor of Biblical Studies at the University of Sheffield.
The praise of BDB in 1892 may be repeated for this new dictionary. It is indeed 'a landmark and a glory for the generation which produced [it]'.
C.S. Rodd, Editor, Expository Times
Sheffield is to be congratulated on a remarkable achievement. Volume 1 proves beyond doubt that The Dictionary of Classical Hebrew is going to combine the strengths of the Gesenius-BDB tradition-thoroughness, comprehensiveness, meticulous 'old-fashioned' textual scholarship-with impeccable 20th-century linguistic theory.
J.F.A. Sawyer, Society for Old Testament Study Book List
If there is anything sensational about the contemporary study of ancient Hebrew, then one must say: It is in book form, and the book is called the Sheffield Dictionary of Classical Hebrew … Absolutely indispensable!
Bernhard Lang, Editor, Internationale Zeitschrift für Bibelwissenschaft und Grenzgebiete
[I]t is an innovative dictionary, which no one will
regret having—and from which all will gradually profit, as they
learn to use it properly … It is a remarkable achievement, one of
which Clines and his colleagues can rightly be proud. Joseph A. Fitzmyer, Journal of the American Oriental Society.
The best dictionary to use for the texts treated [the Dead Sea Scrolls]. J.A. Fitzmyer, A Guide to the Dead Sea Scrolls.