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'...includes a large amount of valuable new material, and it is the most up-to-date, and in several ways the best, modern lexicon of the Old Testament in Hebrew.' J.A. Emerton, Vetus Testamentum. '...a mine of extremely fruitful and reliable information...excellent...we recommend it to all serious exegetes.' John M. Bauchet, Scripture Bulletin. '...will remain an indispensable standard work of reference for decades to come.' Walter W. Muller, Mundus. 'The dictionary in this new form will have a very good future...' Professor James Barr, The Divinity School, Vanderbilt University, Nashville, Tennessee '...an extremely attractively produced and easy to use lexicon, which will be essential for all students of Hebrew and which will greatly assist them in their reading of the Old Testament.' The Expository Times. '...KB remains the lexicon of choice and this less expensive edition is a welcome feature.' Richard S. Hess, Themelios.

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57 of 58 people found the following review helpful
The best resource 12 Feb 2003
By Frederic C Putnam - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
The best English lexicon of biblical Hebrew & Aramaic, KBL is also easier to use than the classic BDB. Words are listed alphabetically, rather than grouped by root, with cross-references to other words from the same root (no more trying to figure out a noun's putative "verbal root"). Akkadian tends to dominate the etymological information, rather than Arabic), along with Ugaritic. Glosses tend to be traditional, although references within the articles and the extensive supplementary bibliography (84 pages; alphabetically by author) allow you to find narrative lexical discussions. The Aramaic section is outstanding, with citations ranging far beyond biblical Aramaic. Although some might be tempted to begin with an "intermediate" lexicon such as Holladay, KBL's layout, clarity, and wealth of information makes this appropriate for both beginning students, pastors, teachers, and other scholars.
22 of 24 people found the following review helpful
Koehler - Baumgartner 3 Mar 2006
By AJ - Published on Amazon.com
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This lexicon should be in the library of anyone seeking to understand the deeper meanings of Hebrew words in Tanach. No one text stands alone in that regard; however, it is felt that Koehler - Baumgartner is indispensable for any serious student of Biblical Hebrew, and everyone is a student of this wonderful language. The 2-volume unabridged study edition is affordable and is more space efficient on the shelf. Buy this one with confidence.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
Great Lexicon—for certain people. 23 July 2014
By Jems - Published on Amazon.com
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This lexicon is wonderful, but for many people, it's simply too much and a waste of money. The discussion of cognate languages and vast amounts of information concerning all the verses and uses of each word will overwhelm you if you're just beginning to learn the language, or if you're a pastor who wants to under gird a sermon with some Hebrew. In that case, I suggest getting the Concise Hebrew and Aramaic Lexicon of the Old Testament (by Holladay) as it is a paired down version of this lexicon.

If, however, you want to dig deeper into Biblical Hebrew, or if you intend on going into scholarship, then this lexicon (colloquially known as HALOT) is a must have, along with the "Dictionary of Classical Hebrew" (again, for those who don't want to dig so deep, the concise version is out as well, and is a wonderful resource, even for scholars who want a concise lexicon for daily use). HALOT has strong scholarship and comes from a different tradition than BDB/Gesenius. Thus, entries are listed according to spelling, rather than the tri-radical root, and the old source theory notes found in BDB are absent (and not much of a loss, especially considering the linguistic work that backs each entry).

tl;dr if you want to dig deep, by this lexicon, and use it. If you want something to just help with translations, buy the concise version, or the Concise Dictionary of Classical Hebrew for a fifth of the price, or less.
4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
Simply the best! 12 Aug 2013
By Ben J. Welch III - Published on Amazon.com
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Everything you ever wanted to know about biblical Hebrew words but were afraid to ask! This two volume set is only for those who want to conduct a detailed etymological study of the Hebrew language.
Are you floundering learning Biblical Hebrew? 26 Jun 2014
By Cathy E. Scharf - Published on Amazon.com
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This book lists all entries alphabetically rather than by root. It's thorough in explaining the word's various possible meaning with examples. Great resource!
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