No serious study of the Hebrew text of the Bible, or indeed any other ancient Hebrew text, can properly be done without reference to DCH. Indeed, the first eight volumes would have been enough. But the English–Hebrew Index provides us with an important additional lexical tool: for example, the seven words listed for ‘truth’, eight for ‘law’, twelve for ‘save’ and the like will help us to identify semantic fields and achieve greater precision in defining the meaning of particular words.
The second element in this volume is the Word Frequency Table. This is a combination of the Word Frequency Tables in the various volumes of DCH. There, the lists of word frequencies were arranged under each letter of the alphabet. In the present publication, all the words in the Dictionary are combined in a single list arranged in order of frequency of occurrence. Unlike all previous lists of occurrences of Hebrew words, the present list includes the occurrences not only in the Hebrew Bible but also in the whole scope of The Dictionary of Classical Hebrew, which is to say, Sirach (Ecclesiasticus), the Dead Sea Scrolls and the Hebrew Inscriptions as well as the Hebrew Bible itself. For each word there is listed the number of occurrences in each of those four corpora, and the ranking position of a given word is determined by the total number of occurrences in all the classical Hebrew texts combined.
This product is the ninth and final volume of the The Dictionary of Classical Hebrew (8 vols.).
The new index highlights the fact that, however large the corpus is, with the addition of ancient inscriptions, Ben Sira and the Dead Sea Scrolls, it remains an unnatural, arbitrary cross-section of the language containing, for instance, two words for ‘sneeze’ and no word for ‘cough’ or ‘yawn’, seven for ‘lion’, ten for ‘owl’ but no word at all for ‘cat’.
—John F.A. Sawyer, Society for Old Testament Study Book List.
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David J. A. Clines is emeritus professor of biblical studies at the University of Sheffield. He currently serves as publisher and director of Sheffield Phoenix Press. He served as president of the Society for Old Testament Study (1996) and the Society of Biblical Literature (2009). He is the author of The Theme of the Pentateuch, Interested Parties: The Ideology of Writers and Readers of the Hebrew Bible, and On the Way to Postmodern: Old Testament Essays.