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.

Online Jewish and Biblical source databases

I received this as an email today, so I thought I would pass it along as the resources it mentions would seem to be helpful to those involved in Jewish studies. Sadly the resources are not free.

Beth Ilan UniversityI’m writing on behalf of C.D.I. Systems in concert with Bar Ilan University. We have several unique online databases that I believe would be of interest to your faculty and students. We specialize in Jewish and Biblical source databases such as our Talmud Text Database, Cotar, and most importantly, our Online Responsa Project. Some of the most successful universities in the world, such as Harvard, Oxford and Cambridge, have already subscribed to our services, and I invite you to join them

The Online Responsa Project includes thousands of sources, from biblical all the way to modern Hebraic texts, representing a period of over three thousand years of knowledge and source material.

For more information you can check the website.

The Talmud Text Online Database. This site encompasses virtually all primary textual witnesses of the Babylonian Talmud, including hundreds of complete manuscripts and first printed editions and well over one thousand fragments from the Cairo and European archives- many as both text and digital images.  The site’s URL for more information on this project.

And finally, Cotar is a comprehensive and unique repository of articles that provide answers to Halachic questions. The database contains more than 2400 topics with direct links to the relevant articles.

To find out even more about our online databases please click on this link.

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.