Hebrew Resources

 

FONTS   

 

The instructor uses the SP fonts, distributed to the public by the Society of Biblical Literature. To obtain these free fonts, click the SP Fonts link, scroll down to find the Windows or Mac versions. For this course the SPTiberius Hebrew font will be used. The SPAtlantis transliteration font may also be helpful. (If you do not have unzip software to extract the files, a link at the top of the page makes it available.)

(The newer SBL Fonts require a Unicode environment, a keyboard driver, and employ the Israeli keyboard for faster typing by touch typists. The SP Fonts employ an intuitive character match for English and European speakers; for example a dalet is represented on the keyboard by the letter d, the yod by y, etc.)

 

HEBREW LEXICONS (DICTIONAIRIES)

 

Each student will need a good Hebrew Lexicon, either:

 

Brown, F.; Driver, S. R.; and Briggs, C. E.  A Hebrew and English Lexicon of the Old Testament.  Oxford: OUP, 1907 (= BDB, this older work has recently been corrected and augmented by Hendrickson publishers. Some of its data is out of date, but it is still useful for it thoroughness)

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 Koehler, Ludwig;  Baumgartner, Walter and Stamm, Johann Jakob.  The Hebrew and Aramaic Lexicon of the Old Testament. Trans. and ed. M.E.J. Richardson.  Leiden: E. J. Brill, 2001. (=HALOT. This is considered one of the most up to date Lexicons).

 

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The older Gesenius Hebrew Lexicon (predecessor of the BDB) may also be of some use, it is available online through Tyndale House.

 

For a more comprehensive dictionary of Biblical and Rabbinic Hebrew and Aramaic, an old standard work is Jastrow’s Dictionary of the Talmud, also made available online by Tyndale House.

 

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