A Book-by-Book Guide to Biblical Hebrew Vocabulary

by William R. Osborne / Russell L. Meek

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Retail: $19.95
Size: 6 x 9 inches
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 200
Pub Date: December 2019
ISBN: 9781683070863
ISBN-13: 9781683070863
Item Number: 070863
Categories: Biblical Studies and Interpretation; Language and Reference

Product Description

A Book-by-Book Guide to Biblical Hebrew Vocabulary is intended to help students, pastors, and professors who wish to read a particular book of the Hebrew Bible in its original language to master the vocabulary that occurs most frequently in the book in question. In contrast to typical Hebrew and Greek vocabulary guides, which present vocabulary words based on their frequency in the Hebrew Bible or New Testament as a whole, this book presents vocabulary words based on their frequency in individual biblical books of the Hebrew Bible, thus allowing readers to understand and engage with the text of a particular book easily and quickly.


“Meek and Osborne have produced an intelligently conceived and well-executed volume of vocabulary lists for the mastery of Biblical Hebrew. This will enable the second-year student to strategically memorize new vocabulary. For those who have completed elementary Hebrew, this tool is markedly superior to competing vocabulary textbooks.”

Duane Garrett, John R. Sampey Professor of Old Testament Interpretation, The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary

“Portions of the Old Testament contain highly specialized and concentrated vocabulary, including technical terms that may be genre-specific. Reading through a book canonically can be a daunting and discouraging task for the beginning or intermediate student. Yet there is no substitute for direct and unmediated access to the text. Osborne and Meek have provided a helpful way to immerse oneself in the literature of the Hebrew Bible, without getting sidetracked or distracted by such technical vocabulary.”

Bill T. Arnold, Paul S. Amos Professor of Old Testament Interpretation, Asbury Theological Seminary

“Osborne and Meek offer an effective tool, ideal for students and teachers alike, to facilitate better reading and study of the Hebrew Bible. . . . A Book-by-Book Guide to Biblical Hebrew Vocabulary demystifies and simplifies the process of learning vocabulary. Each biblical book is subdivided by frequency into manageable word lists with concise glosses. . . . The result is a helpful resource providing constructive support for learners interested in reading Hebrew with greater ease.”

Chip Hardy, Associate Professor of Old Testament and Semitic Languages, Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary

Author Bios

William R. Osborne (PhD, Midwestern Baptist Theological Seminary) serves as associate professor of Biblical and Theological Studies at College of the Ozarks in Point Lookout, Missouri. He is the author of Trees and Kings: A Comparative Analysis of Tree Imagery in Israel’s Prophetic Tradition and the Ancient Near East (University Park, PA: Eisenbrauns, 2018) and co-editor of Riddles and Revelation: Explorations into the Relationship between Wisdom and Prophecy in the Hebrew Bible (London: Bloomsbury T&T Clark, 2018). He has served as editor of Journal for the Evangelical Study of the Old Testament and has authored many articles and reviews.

Russell L. Meek (PhD, Midwestern Baptist Theological Seminary) is lecturer in Old Testament and Hebrew at Ohio Theological Institute. He has co-authored and co-edited multiple books, including Trajectories: A Gospel-Centered Introduction to Old Testament Theology (Eugene, OR: Pickwick, 2018) and Riddles and Revelations: Explorations into the Relationship between Wisdom and Prophecy in the Hebrew Bible (London: Bloomsbury T&T Clark, 2018), along with authoring several articles and essays