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A Comprehensive Etymological Dictionary of the Hebrew Language for Readers of English (Hebrew Edition) Hardcover – Abridged, January 10, 1987
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Also helpful to the lay student is that Dr. Klein assumes no other linguistics background. Unlike other etymologies such as Jastrow, only knowledge of the Hebrew and English alphabets is assumed, and references to languages such as Persian and Egyptian are given in English transliteration.
Finally, Dr. Klein was not afraid to let his personal charm show through in his writing. Throughout there are entries that include such phrases as "generally considered ... but I believe ...." or "I disagree with those who say ...." It is clear that the CEDHLRE is a personal work, the product of one scholar's love for his field.
My one complaint about this work is its unfortunate scarcity. While the CEDEL is fairly available (including here on Amazon) the CEDHLRE has been kept in undeserved obscurity. In my first copy, I luckily found early on that a folio had been misbound so that one set of pages appeared twice and the next was missing; I was able to replace it while the bookseller still had volumes in stock.Read more ›
The work is done by one man, and thus has a consistent flavor. The definitions are brief, usually prefaced with the gender and number of the term. The words reflect various periods of the Hebrew language: Biblical Hebrew to New Hebrew (with loan words). Though his definitions and etymologies are brief, they often put to shame much more expensive dictionaries.
Klein is an expert in this field, and this volume is VERY useful for the accurate study of Hebrew. I do wish that the basic Hebrew font could have been a little clearer, and that the other languages could have been written in their native scripts (transliterations are used). The price varies from 50 to 100 dollars, but get it if you can, at any price it is a bargain!! Gary S. Dykes
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This is most helpful - even to one just beginning to learn Hebrew. Highly recommend!Published 1 month ago by DLF
the Comprehensive Etymological Dictionary of the Hebrew Language for the English Reader. that tells it all!Published 6 months ago by Amazon Customer
Astounding and helpful. This goes beyond interlinears for bringing to light the symantic beauty of Hebrew.Published 8 months ago by William Meyer
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Eric Bissel of "Eriktology" recommended this book for those studying the Ancient Scripts and Bible study of the Hebrew Language. Read morePublished 16 months ago by C. Morris