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Title: Dictionary of Classical Hebrew, Volume 9: English-Hebrew Index; Word Frequency Table
Author: Clines, David J A
Additional Authors or Contributors: (ed)
Publisher: Sheffield Phoenix Press; Publication Date: 2016
Hardcover; ISBN: 9781909697485
Volumes: 1; Pages: 900
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Volume 9 offers a valuable enhancement of the 8-volume Dictionary of Classical Hebrew (1993-2011).
In DCH I-VIII, each volume had its own English-Hebrew Index, but this volume presents a much improved gathering together of all those indexes. The Index here contains every word used as a translation (gloss) in the Dictionary, that is, all the words printed in bold. In addition - a feature not seen before-beneath each listed word are noted all the Hebrew words it translates, together with the volume and page reference of the relevant article.
The Index thus shows at a glance all the Hebrew words that are translated with the same English word, e.g. Arrogance 10 Hebrew words, Arrow 7, Assembly 10, Band 9, Basket 9, Bend 10, Branch 23, Break 21. So it becomes an index of synonyms, hard to parallel elsewhere in the scholarly literature.
Indexes have not been a common feature of 20th-century Hebrew dictionaries, though they were quite frequent in older lexica, and it is time they were restored as a customary element in a lexicon. Browsing the Index will prove not only interesting but also useful.
Each volume of DCH also included a Frequency Table for the words of that volume. In Volume 9, all the data for the 8 volumes are brought together, so that the user can immediately see which are the most frequent words in Classical Hebrew. Words are arranged by the total number of occurrences in the four corpora covered by DCH: the Hebrew Bible, Ben Sira, Qumran texts, and Hebrew Inscriptions. After ten common particles, the most frequent words are those for son, say, be, do, come and Israel- a thought-provoking factoid.