Bibliographic Details

The dictionary of classical Hebrew / David J.A. Clines, editor.

Imprint Sheffield : Sheffield Academic Press, 1993-2011.
Description 8 v. ; 26 cm.
Language English, Hebrew
Subject Hebrew language -- Dictionaries -- English.
English language
Hebrew language.
Format E-Resource, Print, Book
URL for this record
Other authors / contributors Clines, David J. A.
ISBN 1850752443 (v. 1)
1850755442 (v. 2)
9781850755449 (v. 2)
1850756341 (v. 3)
9781850756347 (v. 3)
1850756813 (v. 4)
9781850756811 (v. 4)
1841272175 (v. 5)
9781841272177 (v. 5)
9781906055523 (v. 7 : acid-free paper)
1906055521 (v. 7 : acid-free paper)
9781906055530 (v. 8)
190605553X (v. 8)
1905048750 (v. 1 : Sheffield Phoenix Press)
9781905048755 (v. 1 : Sheffield Phoenix Press)
1905048769 (v. 2 : Sheffield Phoenix Press)
9781905048762 (v. 2 : Sheffield Phoenix Press)
1905048777 (v. 3 : Sheffield Phoenix Press)
9781905048779 (v. 3 : Sheffield Phoenix Press)
1905048785 (v. 4 : Sheffield Phoenix Press)
9781905048786 (v. 4 : Sheffield Phoenix Press)
1905048793 (v. 5 : Sheffield Phoenix Press)
9781905048793 (v. 5 : Sheffield Phoenix Press)
1905048807 (v. 6)
9781905048809 (v. 6)
Notes Includes bibliographical references and indexes.
Other form Online version: Dictionary of classical Hebrew. Sheffield : Sheffield Academic Press, 1993-<2007 >
Online version: Dictionary of classical Hebrew. Sheffield : Sheffield Academic Press, 1993-<2007 >
Review by Choice Review

The term "Classical Hebrew" has been broadened beyond the natural sources of the Hebrew Bible (sans Aramaic passages) to include nonbiblical texts from Qumran and Ben Sira, inscriptions, and other occasional texts from the earliest attestation to the emergence of rabbinic Hebrew in the codification of the Mishnah, c. 200 CE. Presenting a "spirit of the age" approach to Hebrew lexicography, this dictionary disengages from the objectives of the older Hebrew lexicons: historical, etymological, comparative. It tends to strike a contemporary center as it considers, in gender-inclusive language, the ways in which word occurrences, textual meanings, and linguistically based syntagmatic analysis redress philological imbalances and the like, helping to foster functional skills in the study of ancient Hebrew texts. On another level, this postmodern user-friendly work proposes a trade-off; biblical Hebrew is not more central than the Hebrew of nonbiblical texts. But it is doubtful whether less knowledge of biblical Hebrew skills can secure more reader involvement. More disturbing is an appeal for reader and library support. The possibility that a thoughtfully conceived research effort may be brought to an end at its beginning ought to concern all who value unfettered and unhindered scholarship. Comprehensive and useful, it is recommended for readers and libraries with a special interest in classical Hebraica. Z. Garber; Los Angeles Valley College

Copyright American Library Association, used with permission.
Review by Choice Review