Benjamin Davidson’s Analytic Hebrew Lexicon

Benjamin Davidson, Analytic Hebrew LexiconOne of the advantages of helping sort donated books at Book Aid is that I can often find suitable material for digitisation. This very damaged copy of Benjamin Davidson’s Analytical Hebrew Lexicon would have gone into the recycling. Instead I have been able to disbind and scan it. This title is in the public domain.

Benjamin Davidson [d.1871], The Analytical Hebrew and Chaldee Lexicon: consisting of an alphabetical arrangement of every word and inflectioncally and contained in the Old Testament scriptures, precisely as they occur in the sacred text, with a grammatical analysis of each word, and lexicographical illustration of the meanings: a complete series of Hebrew and Chaldee paradigms, with grammatical remarks and explanations. London: Samuel Bagster & Sons Ltd., [1850?]. Hbk. pp.874.  [Click here to visit the download page]

Preface

The instruction of a competent living Teacher is doubtless the most efficient means of acquiring any Language. Supplied with such help, the Student requires little more than the subject at heart, attention, and perseverance. And there cannot be said to be any lack of Teachers of the Hebrew Language in England; for, besides the Universities and Colleges with their qualified Tutors, there are numerous private teachers of sufficient ability. Suitable Books too are abundant and accessible.

A practical difficulty, however, remains: Students can rarely secure the advantage of oral instruction long enough to obtain a complete knowledge of Hebrew; and those especially who seek to qualify themselves for the Ministry of the Word of God, too frequently find their College Terms expire without their having attained proficiency: for, unlike the Classics, the Hebrew language is ordinarily taken up during the busiest period of life…

Biblical Linguistics Digitisation Project

Biblical Linguistics Digitisation Project

Dr Dale Brueggemann contacted me recently to request that I make available key Biblical linguistics resources on my website in PDF. A great number of Greek & Hebrew lexicons and grammars are now out of copyright which still have value to Bible students and scholars. Dr David Instone-Brewer from Tyndale House has agreed to make available the language works that Tyndale House have digitised to form the start of what I am calling the Biblical Linguistics Digitisation Project. As my own knowledge of biblical language reference works is very limited I am very grateful to Dale and David for their expertise and advice when selecting material.

Here are the first volumes to be made available through this project. Note that due to the number of pages in each volume the file sizes are very large.

Material available so far

H.F.W. Gesenius, A Hebrew and English Lexicon of the Old Testament: With an Appendix Containing the Biblical Aramaic. Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1906. Hbk. pp.1127. [Click to download in PDF]

Marcus Jastrow [1829-1903], A Dictionary of the Targumim, the Tahmud Babli and Yerushalmi and the Midrashic literature: with an index of scriptural quotations. London: Luzac & Co. / New York: G.P. Putnam’s Sons, 1903. Hbk. pp.1736. [Click to download in PDF] [283 MB !]

Francis Brown, S.R. Driver & Charles A. Briggs, A Hebrew and English Lexicon of the Old Testament with an appendix containing the Biblical Aramaic based on the Lexicon of William Gesenius as Translated by Edward Robinson. 1906. [Click to download in PDF]

J. Payne Smith, ed., A Compendius Syraic Dictionary Founded Upon the Thesaurus Syriacus of R. Payne Smith, D.D. Oxford: The Clarendon Press, 1903. Hbk. pp.626. [Click to download in PDF]

William Wilson [1783?-1873], The Bible student’s guide to the more correct understanding of the English translation of the Old Testament by reference to the original Hebrew. London: Wertheim & Macintosh, 1850. Hbk. [Click to download in PDF]

I am trying to find other material to scan and add to the project, so I will keep you all posted when new material is added. In the meantime, visit the Languages section of the Biblical Studies website for more resources.

Something for Hebrew scholars!

I have just uploaded the following monograph:

D. Winton Thomas, “The Prophet” in the Lachish Ostraca. London: The Tyndale Press, 1946. Pbk. pp.28.

It has a lot of Hebrew text in it, but should still be accessible to those with no Hebrew at all (like me).

I was surprised to find some of the Tyndale monographs selling on-line for up to £25 – this one could cost you up to £7.13. I found it encouraging – people still want to read them.