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.

Evangelical Quarterly Digitisation Completed

Evangelical Quarterly Digitisation
Over 70 issues of Evangelical Quarterly now in Wycliffe Hall Library

The Evangelical Quarterly (1929-present) represents a tremendous resource for Bible students. It contains contributions from the best of 20th Century Evangelical scholarship, including G.W. Bromiley, I. Howard Marshall and F.F. Bruce. This morning I completed the digitisation of the back-issues, a project that I have been working on for over 10 years. Paternoster Publication’s archive of this journal was destroyed in the 1990s, so a complete set of scans has been sent to the current publisher. I would like to acknowledge the assistance of a number of UK Bible College who provided copies for scanning, including Highland Theological College, Wycliffe Hall and Tyndale House.

You can now access hundreds of Evangelical Quarterly articles by clicking here

Why are not all the articles on-line?

This is an important question. Paternoster Publications had a somewhat unique copyright arrangement. After one year from publication the rights reverted to the author, who could then have his/her work republished elsewhere. So make the run of over 1,500 articles available in any format it is necessary to contact each of the hundreds of authors. As many of these authors are deceased their literary executors have to be tracked down. Whilst I have been able to obtain a large number of permissions, the search continues for many others. If anyone knows an author whose work is not on-line as yet – or his/her executor – do ask them to contact me. More recent issues are less of a problem as the Publisher provides me with PDFs for uploading 5 years after publication – though again, the author’s permission is always required.

F.F. Bruce Copyright International Publications – Update

Professor FF BruceLast December I hosted a guest post by Larry Stone, who is organising the reprinting in electronic formats the works of F.F. Bruce. Larry has told me that the process is moving forward. He writes:

F.F. Bruce Copyright International plans to publish at least 17 books as ebooks in the fall under the Kingsley Books imprint — ranging in price from $2.99 to $14.99. Things are going more slowly than planned because we want to take the time to make excellent ebooks.

Six of the covers of these books are shown below. Click on the thumbnails to bring up a larger image.

 The Spreading Flame - F.F. Bruce  Paul and His Converts - F.F. Bruce  The New Testament Development of Old Testament Themes
 The Letters of Paul - F.F. Bruce  Second Thoughts on the Dead Sea Scrolls - F.F. Bruce  Acts - A Bible Study Commentary - F.F. Bruce

I will post further information as it becomes available.