[b-hebrew] Analytical Lexicons.
George F. Somsel
gfsomsel at juno.com
Tue Aug 10 14:24:37 EDT 2004
On Tue, 10 Aug 2004 13:25:45 -0400 Trevor Peterson <06PETERSON at cua.edu>
> >===== Original Message From "wattswestmaas"
> <wattswestmaas at eircom.net> =====
> >A quick question about hebrew lexicons because I am not able to
> view any of
> >them and decide for myself.
> First, a quick commment about the subject line--none of these is an
> lexicon. That is something different.
> >I can get a two volume Koehler and Baumgartner study edition; or
> >abbreviated version prepared by William L Holladay. What are the
> One difference is the depth of information. Holladay's is little
> more than a
> glossary. Another difference is, unless I'm unaware of a new
> edition, Holladay
> is based on the previous edition of KBL, which means it's out of
> date. If you
> can afford it, you should get HALOT (the most recent edition of
> Koehler-Baumgartner). The study edition isn't as portable as it
> might be, but
> it's not terrible either. For depth and completeness, it is
> unsurpassed. Holladay would be a handy tool for quick lookup of
> words as you're reading, but it's little more than that.
> >Also what are the differences between the above and the standard
> About a century of scholarship. BDB represents the best of 19th-c.
> lexicography. (I know there are some on this list who would disagree
> with the
> quality part, but it's hard to argue with the timing issue.) HALOT,
> not as up-to-date as it could be (due to a long production time),
> reflects a
> lot of newly discovered information that was inaccessible to BDB.
> The Qumran
> material was unheard of, as was Ugaritic. Akkadian had been
> deciphered, but it
> was still a young discipline, and there are a lot of problems with
> the cognate
> evidence in BDB. HALOT may not cite every new proposal, but 20th-c.
> philological studies have contributed significantly to the potential
> of words. On more common words, none of this may be terribly
> important; but
> for words that occur only one or two times in the biblical corpus,
> abundant and current evidence can make a big difference. On the
> other hand,
> BDB is arguably the best Hebrew lexicon ever produced, if the state
> knowledge is taken into account. In the opinion of many scholars,
> its analysis
> is more insightful, and the layout is more useful. Since it is
> usually pretty
> inexpensive as a used or reprint copy, it's definitely worth
> Trevor Peterson
Why not get both? Rather than spending $125.00 / vol. for HALOT, spend
$159.00 for the whole thing.
And BDB is still not to be ignored, as Trevor stated. It can be had in
electronic form for $49.95
or get it and a lot more for $399.95.
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