The Brown-Driver-Briggs Hebrew and English Lexicon by Francis BrownA trio of eminent Old Testament scholars--Francis Brown, R. Driver, and Charles Briggs--spent over twenty years researching, writing, and preparing The Brown-Driver-Briggs Hebrew and English Lexicon. Since it first appeared in the early part of the twentieth century, BDB has been considered the finest and most comprehensive Hebrew lexicon available to the English-speaking student. Based upon the classic work of Wilhelm Gesenius, the father of modern Hebrew lexicography, BDB gives not only dictionary definitions for each word, but relates each word to its Old Testament usage and categorizes its nuances of meaning. BDBs exhaustive coverage of Old Testament Hebrew words, as well as its unparalleled usage of cognate languages and the wealth of background sources consulted and quoted, render BDB and invaluable resource for all students of the Bible.
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Brown-Driver-Briggs Hebrew and English Lexicon
Gesenius is widely considered the father of modern Biblical Hebrew lexicography. BDB uses two main methods to determine the meaning of a word. Second, BDB examines at how a word is used in context to determine its meaning. BDB was by far the best lexicon available for biblical studies in the first half and mid th century. It has a level of comprehensiveness well beyond that of its predecessors. However, like all tools for biblical studies, BDB has its strengths and weaknesses.
It is organized by Hebrew alphabetical order of three letter roots. Some modern printings have added the Strong's reference numbers for Biblical Hebrew and Aramaic words. In , semitists Jo Ann Hackett and John Huehnergard received a National Endowment for the Humanities grant to fund creation of a revised and updated electronic version of the BDB; the resulting Biblical Hebrew and Aramaic Lexicon will be available through a website Semitica Electronica or via print-on-demand. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. UT College of Liberal Arts. University of Texas at Austin.
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Scholar PDF. It is the only electronic edition that contains not only all the elements of the printed original edition, including all instances of the cognate Semitic languages, but also its pagination. As a result it can be easily used with other indexes and reference works which have been published to date. Varda Books' edition is also the easiest to use, and the most user-friendly edition of BDB in any format, be it print or electronic. The printed book metaphor has been retained in full--down to every page, paragraph, and glyph. On top of it, since there's no complicated software to learn, you already know how to use the electronic edition. Although there are more up-to-date dictionaries especially with regard to the use of Ugaritic and Akkadian , none is as thorough as BDB in its careful reading of the Bible.