[b-hebrew] Recommended Dictionary

Mary Thompson maryethomp2005 at mac.com
Thu Dec 11 09:01:06 EST 2008

Thanks Karl, for saying these things.  I tend to jump into the deep  
end enough on my own.  ;-)

I am new at Hebrew - and haven't even attempted reading the Hebrew  
version alone from cover to cover (although I have read it in English  
several times).  I don't mind a learning curve (actually it's my  
favorite part of any endeavor), and now that I've found you guys to  
answer my questions, I know it will be less of a struggle.  And I  
have a lot of greenhorn questions.

One thing I've learned over the years of being a writer and an  
autodidact and learning about various languages is that no dictionary  
is perfect, even 'the best' English dictionaries have shortcomings  
and can disagree with each other.  I no longer expect perfection or  
absolute answers.  No language really works that way, anyway.  Living  
languages are dynamic, and dead languages were dynamic, and it's not  
possible to capture all the nuances of either.

For a good overview of linguistics, check out _The Power of Babel: A  
Natural History of Language_ by John McWhorter.

My thanks, also, to everyone who helped answer my questions.  I'll  
probably get the BDB soon.  If anyone can recommend a beginner  
grammar, I'll add it to my list.  And I'll get my greenhorn questions  
together, so be ready.

Mary Thompson
maryethomp2005 at mac.com

"I am always doing that which I cannot do, in order that I may learn  
how to do it."
  -- Pablo Picasso

On Dec 10, 2008, at 1:37 PM, K Randolph wrote:

With self-study, one does not have the companionship of teachers and  
students to catch all the times one does not understand which source  
form has, and when we have made mistakes. This is why I recommend an
analytical lexicon. The analytical lexicon will also help her learn the

She should not expect to be a scholar after the first time reading  
through, nor even after the second or third time. But after a while,  
several cover to cover readings of Tanakh, she should get there.

Karl W. Randolph.

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