Ancient Hebrew Dictionary
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Whether you know Hebrew or not, this book will provide you with a quick reference resource for learning the meaning of many Hebrew words that lie beneath the English translations, which will open new doors for you into Biblical interpretation. The Hebrew language of the Bible must be understood from its original and Ancient Hebrew perspective. Our interpretation of a word like "holy" is an abstract idea, derived out of a Greco-Roman culture and mindset, which is usually understood as someone or something that is especially godly, pious or spiritual. However, the Hebrew word קדוש (qadosh) means, from an Ancient Hebrew perspective, unique and is defined in this dictionary as: "Someone or something that has, or has been given the quality of specialness, and has been separated from the rest for a special purpose." With this interpretation, we discover that the nation of Israel is not "holy," in the sense of godliness or piety, but is a unique and special people, separated from all others to serve God. This Biblical Hebrew dictionary contains the one thousand most frequent verbs and nouns found within the Hebrew Bible. Each word is translated and defined from its original concrete Ancient Hebrew perspective, allowing for a more accurate interpretation of the text. In addition to the one thousand verbs and nouns, the appendices in the book include a complete list of Hebrew pronouns, prepositions, adverbs, conjunctions and numbers.
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- Original language: English
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- Dimensions: 8.50" h x .47" w x 5.51" l, .61 pounds
- Binding: Paperback
- 212 pages
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18 of 22 people found the following review helpful.
By Deena W. Packer
The Inclusion of ancient Hebrew characters and their explanation helps me when I study the Old Testament, which is the foundation for the New Testament. Very valuable!
7 of 8 people found the following review helpful.
Ancient Hebrew Dictionary
By James R Fincham
Jeff Benner has given us a great resource that is keyed to Strong's and gives much greater depth to the Hebrew understanding than Strong's. A prized volume that is already showing wear!! Jeff gives great insight to Hebrew from many perspectives.
14 of 18 people found the following review helpful.
Of very little value, but boy will it preach! :(
As far as the Hebrew dictionary is concerned, it is probably the least objectionable of Benner's Hebrew books. Why? He usually just gives a gloss (an definition in one or two words) and the Hebrew spelling (of no better value than Strong's or other basic works, however). But Benner also has some "word studies" for some of the Hebrew Words, and that is the problem with this work. These more complete word studies are very poor and often misleading.
Just visiting Benner's website will inform you that he is self-studied in Hebrew. Nothing wrong with that. But he simply is not studied enough. For instance, to have a word study that suggest "bara" means fat or filled, is a mistake of the most elementary kind. The two words are homophones, but mean to separate things (for this Hebrew word for create). This leads Benner to other exegetical fallacies as you read through. They may "sound good" to an untrained ear (and even preach well to the masses) but they are in error.
I hold no ill will for Mr. Benner, but I can not recommend this book for any type of serious study. Since many who use Benner's works will not want to use the more challenging classical Hebrew tools, may I suggest that you consider the well done, though highly readable: Mounce's Complete Expository Dictionary of Old and New Testament WordsMounce's Complete Expository Dictionary of Old and New Testament Words.