The Brown-Driver-Briggs-Gesenius Hebrew and English Lexicon

The Brown-Driver-Briggs-Gesenius Hebrew and English Lexicon

Francis Brown, S. R. Driver, Charles A. Briggs, William Gesenius

Language: English

Pages: 1200

ISBN: 2:00328154

Format: PDF / Kindle (mobi) / ePub

A nicely retypeset edition of the B-D-B. Includes Strong's concordance numbers. Will dynamically link to the Tanakh ('Jewish Bible'/'Old Testament') from this publisher, which can be found here:

Publisher's description

This is the most accurate and complete electronic edition of The Brown-Driver-Briggs Hebrew and English Lexicon (BDB) in existence. It is the only electronic edition that contains not only all the elements of the printed original 1906 edition, including all instances of the cognate Semitic languages, but also its pagination. As a result it can be easily used with other indexes and reference works which have been published to date.

Varda Books' edition is also the easiest to use, and the most user-friendly edition of BDB in any format, be it print or electronic. The printed book metaphor has been retained in full--down to every page, paragraph, and glyph. On top of it, since there's no complicated software to learn, you already know how to use the electronic edition.

Although there are more up-to-date dictionaries (especially with regard to the use of Ugaritic and Akkadian), none is as thorough as BDB in its careful reading of the Bible. ". . . practically a concordance," notes Prof. Jeffery Tigay, “[BDB] is very acute in its treatment of semantic nuances and will alert you to nuances you never suspected."

Since it first appeared in the early part of the twentieth century, BDB has been considered the finest and most comprehensive Hebrew lexicon available to the English-speaking student. BDB gives not only dictionary definitions for each word, but relates each word to its usage in the Hebrew Bible and categorizes its nuanced meanings.

Exhaustive coverage of Hebrew words, its unparalleled usage of cognate languages and the wealth of background sources consulted and quoted, has made BDB the most recommended resource for all students of the Bible.

But it's not only Bible students who can benefit by consulting it: anyone seriously engaged in the study of Hebrew can benefit as well. Unlike most other dictionaries, BDB lists words by their roots rather than in alphabetical order and in each case gives the full range of biblical usages. That is why, if you are trying to trace a word's etymology in post-biblical or modern Hebrew usage, you'd do well to consult BDB as well.

With generous permission of Hendrickson Publishers, Varda Books has added Strong's Concordance numbers to enable even those with minimal knowledge of Hebrew to be able to use this Lexicon with ease. The use of Strong's numbers makes this edition especially user-friendly and allows the reader to easily look up the meaning of almost any word in the Hebrew Bible no matter what level of language skills you have.

Adding to its usefulness, this electronic edition of BDB has been programmed to work either as a stand-alone book or interactively with Varda Books' electronic edition of The JPS Hebrew-English Tanakh (Scholar PDF), which can be purchased separately. Now, by simply clicking on any one of 186,734 biblical reference in BDB, you'll access the BHS-based authoritative edition of the Hebrew text of Tanakh with renown JPS English translation right next to it.


Our edition of BDB retains all of the printed original's valuable features while adding the functionality that comes with the use of computers. Varda Books has:

  • Retained printed book metaphor. . .
  • so you always know where you are in the book

  • Preserved original pagination . . .
  • to permit you to continue using other already published excellent biblical study tools, which refer to BDB by its page number

  • Not omitted any of the original text . . .
  • so you know that you use the most authoritative edition possible, however the text has been also fully corrected and updated with all changes noted in the addenda et. corrigenda in the print edition

  • Added Strong's numbering system . . .
  • to allow you to expand greatly your understanding of the biblical text beyond what is normally permitted by a translation, even if your knowledge of Hebrew is minimal,

  • Appended the Index of all Hebrew words in BDB. . .
  • to permit you to find quickly any place in Lexicon

  • Hyperlinked BDB with JPS Hebrew-English Tanakh (Scholar PDF) . . .
  • so if you purchased it, you can click on any biblical references in BDB and instantly see the Hebrew text of the biblical source, placed next to renowned JPS English translation

    Source: Publisher's online portal.

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