Ancient Hebrew Lexicon of the Bible
By Jeff A. Benner
The Hebrew language is a root system oriented language and the lexicon is divided into sections reflecting this root system. Each word of the Hebrew Bible is grouped within its roots and is defined according to its original ancient cultural meaning. Also included in each word entry is its alternative spellings, King James translations of the word and Strong's number. (616 pages)
“What an excellent tool to study, search and learn what the words meant to the people back then when the words were inspired. It can change your outlook all for the better!”
-- Gail Williams
“Excellent book... Now when I read the Tanakh, it's almost like watching a movie. I can see the action of the words come alive...I highly recommend it to anyone who likes to study.”
All previous Biblical Hebrew lexicons have provided a modern western definition and perspective to Hebrew roots and words. This prevents the reader of the Bible from seeing the ancient authors original intent of the passages. This is the first Biblical Hebrew lexicon that defines each Hebrew word within its original Ancient Hebrew cultural meaning. One of the major differences between the Modern Western mind and the Ancient Hebrew's is that their mind related all words and their meanings to a concrete concept. For instance, the Hebrew word "chai" is normally translated as "life", a western abstract meaning, but the original Hebrew concrete meaning of this word is the "stomach". In the Ancient Hebrew mind, a full stomach is a sign of a full "life". Indexes are included to assist with finding a word within the lexicon according to its spelling, definition, King James translation and Strong's number.
- An introduction to the Ancient Hebrew alphabet, language and thought.
- The history of the Hebrew script from ancient to modern times.
- Reconstruction of the original Hebrew alphabet and root system of roots and words.
- Alphabetical ordering of Parent, Child and Adopted Roots with each root listing the Hebrew nouns and verbs derived from the root.
- Ancient Hebrew, Modern Hebrew and English transliteration of roots and words.
- The action, concrete and abstract meaning of each Hebrew root.
- Ancient Hebrew Cultural definition of Hebrew roots and words.
- Root origins of Hebrew words and their relationship to other roots and words.
- Frequency each word is used in the Hebrew Bible.
- Listing of foreign words found in the Hebrew Bible.
- Index to English translations of Hebrew words, King James Translations of Hebrew words, Strong's numbers and alternate Hebrew spellings of Hebrew words.
Total Reviews: 94 ( 4.3 ) See all reviews
Alex Greco - Ancient Hebrew Lexicon extremely helpful guide
The Ancient Hebrew Lexicon brings into focus the original writing and cultural language. Modern language and culture reflect things such as electricity, communications (cell phones), technology (computers), and transportation (automobiles, planes,etc.,) that were not present 3,000 years ago. You need to know what the original writing and language meant to the people of that era.
jb - LOVE having the paleo insight!
Love the addition of Jeff Benner's works to my Hebrew study collection. I love the insights he gives with links all the way back to the Paleo. He often gives a twist to the regular definitions of words that give a bit more depth to my understanding of the ancient Hebraic mindset and thought pattern.
Seaotter - In Depth Reference Guide
This study tool is an in depth reference guide to the meaning of Hebrew words, which I use often. It enables you to translate Old Testament Hebrew into English. it is exhaustive in it's definitions. One excellent feature is that it is keyed to the Strong;ss numbering system. I would highly recommend it.
Gail Williams - Hebrew Lexicon of the Bible is excellent
"What an excellent tool to study, search and learn what the words meant to the people back then when the words were inspired.
It can change your outlook all for the better! Nothing like facts"
Elaine Bridges - A Great Work
I received this book a few days ago, fast as usual from Amazon and am really enjoying it. My Hebrew studies over the years were feeling rather stalled and this book gave me a new energy to keep going in them. I have also enjoyed a few chuckles so far about how interesting some Hebrew words roots were related to common Hebrew words so that makes my study fun. I did not find it hard at all to learn the ancient script from the Aramaic style and now hardly even notice except when I use the ancient pictographs to try to think of the relationship before I look at the author's conclusions. I have been told that this was hard for some but I found it easy so maybe it just depends on the person and the way they think. If you are feeling stagnated in your study or maybe even if you are new to Hebrew I think you will love this reference. I will not give the book five stars though because in the first part of the book in the short tutorial on how the author is presenting the information and why, there are some errors that unless you are pretty fluent in Hebrew will trip up your understanding of his point. I would hope that the next edition would correct some of the charts and spellings but I did not find it a problem once I caught what was going on. I plan to get Mr. Benner's work on Exodus and Geneses in the future.
luvinevryminit - Great Study Resource
"Jeff Benner's book is a valuable tool in studying the essence of Hebrew parent/
child root words and how they work. The illustrations bring the concepts of the words to life. Some of his aleph-bet definitions are considerably different from Frank Seekins' definitions in his book, ""Hebrew Word Pictures"", but that actually helps to refine some of the pictographic explanations. I would've liked more information on how Mr. Benner arrived at the definitions of some of the Hebrew pictographs, but overall, this book is very helpful to my studies of Ancient Hebrew."
Eddie - New Concrete Understanding
Excellent book! It took me a while, but I finally understand the concept. Now when I read the Tanakh, it's almost like watching a movie. I can see the action of the words come alive. This is one of the most used books in my collection. I highly recommend it to anyone who likes to study. This book has brought a renewed zeal to our weekly Torah study group.