[b-hebrew] Recommend Dictionary and a Question

Bryant J. Williams III bjwvmw at com-pair.net
Wed Dec 10 00:55:12 EST 2008

Dear Mary,

I would highly recommend (TWOT) ***Theological Wordbook of the Old Testament,***
Edited by R. Laird Harris, Gleason L. Archer, Jr., and Bruce K. Waltke, 2
Volumes, Chicago: The Moody Bible Institute of Chicago, 1980.
Dewey Number: 220.4'4'0321
Library of Congress: BS440.T49
ISBN: 0-8024-8631-2 (set)

I would also recommend, but do not have (YET!), (NIDOTT) New International
Dictionary of Old Testament Theology, 5 Volumes, by William Van Gemeren.

Rev. Bryant J. Williams III
----- Original Message ----- 
From: "Mary Thompson" <maryethomp2005 at mac.com>
To: <b-hebrew at lists.ibiblio.org>
Sent: Tuesday, December 09, 2008 5:40 AM
Subject: [b-hebrew] Recommend Dictionary and a Question

> Hello Everyone -
> I'm very new on this list-serve and new also to trying to understand
> the Tanakh in Hebrew.
> I have two questions:
> 1) What dictionary or other reference books would you recommend to
> me?  Currently I'm using the JPS Hebrew-English Tanakh, but the only
> dictionary I have is the one included in my Strong's Concordance,
> which is an older edition from 1983.  I'd be willing to get a updated
> dictionary if you could recommend one that was more complete or
> accurate.  Is there a grammar primer you'd recommend as well?
> 2) Also, I've noticed in the Tanakh that often before a word there is
> a prefix joined by a 'dash' (for lack of a better term).  For
> example, at Exodus 12:27 the word for Israelites in the Hebrew is BNY-
> Y$R'L.  This prefix is listed in Strong's as related to 'to build'.
> The English says "...the houses of the Israelites..."  so am I right
> in understanding that the prefix sets up the possessive?
> Another example, one that I have not been able to find in Strong's,
> is `DT-Y$R'L at Exodus 12:6.  This is given in English as "...the
> assembled congregation of the Israelites..." but the prefix isn't
> listed in my book.
> Thank you in advance for your help.
> Mary.
> _____________
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